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Archive for August 4th, 2009

This flash drive is certain to be counterfeit and fake capacity

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hishatcha

An ebay member sent a message to hishatcha yesterday warning that this item is counterfeit and fake capacity. The seller has not replied or removed the listing. This makes us wonder if (rather than being an innocent victim of a fraudulent supplier) hishatcha is commiting deliberate fraud.

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 4, 2009 at 10:55 PM

This ebay seller is taking a big risk if flash memory is genuine

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rilainey

Ebay seller rilainey as listed a range of flash memory items at auction. If the seller’s items are genuine then the seller is taking a big risk as he or she could end up very out of pocket! 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 4, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Another suspect seller in China offering flash drives on ebay

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jun_ting1218Seller jun_ting1218 offers several models of flash drive in buy it now listings on ebay including the fraudsters’ favourite (shown left) – this drive is a favourite because it is both very attractive and extremely easy to program to false capacities. This seller cleverly built up a huge feedback score with jewellery before listing flash drives which we are almost certain will turn out to be 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 4, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Looks like another fraudster ID in China selling on ebay

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szyz0919

We suspect that szyz0919 will turn out to be another ID being used by the fraud gangs in China to sell fake flash memory items. We think this flash drive is likely to be 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 4, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Who would you beleive – an ebay seller or Kingston?

mcmilesuk

We find this listing by ebay member mcmilesuk intriguing. In the listing the seller states:

You are bidding on a Kingston DataTraveler 150 32GB USB Flash drive

This item is new and unused

You will receive the drive exactly as pictured

I brought this item in PC World but did’nt use it,

I had this item on ebay earlier but some monkeys at kingston complain that this was’t the genuine article

This is a genuine article

Please ask any questions before bidding

What on earth does this seller mean calling employees of the company whose name is on the drive “monkeys?” Does this seller thinks he knows more about Kingston flash drives than the company themselves? We think the cheeky monkey here is mcmilesuk.

pantsonfireAs to the claim that this was purchased from PC World we are inclined not to beleive this. There are members of the frankenflash project living in various parts of the UK and none of us saw this drive on sale in any branch of PC World.

One member of the team was in a large PC World store on Sunday and there were none of these on sale. Another member checked online and couldn't find the drive on the PC World site either.

UPDATE 6th August 2009
mcmilesukserialSeller mcmilesuk has said he was mistaken about buying the drive from PC world. We don’t quite understand how you forget where you bought something like this and why anyone would buy such a high capacity drive if they have no use for it.

The seller has responded to the request that he should provide a picture of the serial number so that this can be checked with Kingston.

We will be interested to see what develops here. An enlarged version of the serial number shown in the seller’s photo has been provided for easy reading.

Readers of this post may like to view the comments. We think this makes interesting reading.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 4, 2009 at 11:30 AM

UK ebay member risks financial loss if this flash drive is genuine

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sugarglass

If the Sandisk flash drive listed at auction on ebay by UK member sugarglass is genuine then this member is risking making a loss on sales. 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 4, 2009 at 9:31 AM

These 32GB Integral flash drives seem a bit on the cheap side

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radarmorganbrady

UK seller radarmorganbrady is offering these 32GB flash drives on ebay at a price below what we would expect. A bargain if they prove to be genuine. 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 4, 2009 at 6:00 AM