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Archive for August 3rd, 2009

UK ebay seller with cheap 32GB Sandisk Ultra Backup

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ukbigdeal

The Sandisk Ultra Backup flash drives sold on ebay by UK member ukbigdeal are very cheap if they are genuine. We would be very surprised if this seller is managing to sell genuine ones at this price as profit margins on flash memory are not huge. Buyers are strongly advised to check serial numbers with Sandisk.

If the packaging has been thrown away and you don’t have the serial number a test with the free program h2testw will reveal whether or not the drive has the capacity shown in the operating system.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

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Written by fightflashfraud

August 3, 2009 at 11:52 PM

We don’t think Kingston make a flash drive that looks like this

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esave2day

UK based ebay seller offers a number of models of Kingston flash drives on ebay at prices we think are too low to be profitable. The model shown above cannot be found on the Kingston web site so we don’t think it is made by Kingston. This makes us wonder if esave2day has bought the drives on sale from a dodgy supplier.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

UPDATE 07 August 2009
A member of the team has discovered that Kingston did used to make this model but it is discontinued – we still suspect it will be fake capacity but may be a reprogrammed model of lower capacity. It is probably old stock from a fraudulent wholesaler. Other listings from this seller also look suspect to us.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 3, 2009 at 9:40 PM

Flash drives from this seller are very cheap if they are genuine

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crazypricedeals

The flash drives sold on ebay by UK member crazypricedeals are very cheap if they are genuine. The 64GB Sandisk Ultra Backup costs around £165 direct from Sandisk. We would be very surprised if this seller is managing to sell these at not much more than half this price as profit margins on flash memory are not huge. Buyers are strongly advised to check serial numbers with Sandisk.

If the packaging has been thrown away and you don’t have the serial number a test with the free program h2testw will reveal whether or not the drive has the capacity shown in the operating system.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 3, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Looks like another fraud ID in China to us!

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mememao9898

Looks like we have another carefully set up ID from one of our favourite flash fraud gangs in China here. None of the feedback at the time we noticed this was for flash memory. Seems that the mememao9898 ID was set up using a familiar pattern. Sellers build a defensive wall of positive feedback by selling cheap items (often at a loss) to delay the inevitable suspension when buyers start to find out that the flash memory items from the seller are fake capacity.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

UPDATE 09/10/09
This fraudster has now changed ID to 123456wowo123456 – obviously hoping to slip under the radar!

Written by fightflashfraud

August 3, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Another fraudster selling fake flash by the look of things

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zhanguoru888

The picture used by zhanguoru888 is one used by several fraudsters in China. This suggests that this is a replacement ID for one suspended by ebay. We expect that as usual this drive will turn out to be fake capacity – a small capacity drive fraudulently programmed to fool the operating system. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 3, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Are these swivel type drives genuinely 32GB or not?

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valuedeals2008

If these drives listed by UK ebay member valuedeals2008 are genuine the seller risks making a loss by selling them at auction. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 3, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Are the 64GB Kingston DT150 from this ebayer genuine?

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kishansavani

If (as seller kishansavani insists) the Kingston flash drives sold are genuine we wonder why this seller hides buyer IDs with private auctions. Normally we only see private auctions when someone is selling fake capacity items. This makes us a bit suspicisious. Buyers can check serial numbers with Kingston to find out whether these flash drives are genuine or counterfeit.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 3, 2009 at 9:51 AM