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Archive for August 5th, 2009

Seller of Kingston DT150 apparently sold counterfeits in the past

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babieblackcatSeller babieblackcat seems to be using dropshipping here. As these are shipped from Hong Kong we strongly suspect they will turn out to be counterfeit and fake capacity.

It seems from examining this seller’s history that this would not be the first time this seller supplied counterfeits.

We strongly advise buyers to check serial numbers with Kingston. We think they will probably say they are likely to be counterfeit.

If they are counterfeit they will also be fake capacity and cause data loss for users.

The true capacity of the drive can be discovered by testing with the free program h2testw.

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

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August 5, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Another seller in China selling the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive

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ebidetrade001

This is the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive – easily programmed to any fake capacity. Seller ebidetrade001 also offers a stainless steel model. This seller started by selling a large quantity of styluses at a loss – a familiar strategy for building up feedback – before listing flash drives that we are certain are fake capacity. The fact that buyer IDs are hidden is very suspect.

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.

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August 5, 2009 at 1:18 PM

A shady looking ebay seller in the UK swaps ID when questioned

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valentinoUK seller valentino.46.rossi is listing a number of flash memory items at prices too low to be credible, including the Lexar memory card above.

The top picture shows what you would pay for this if you bought on the Lexar website. So if you bought direct from Lexar you would pay around £100 for this card. The lowest price we could find this card at anywhere was just over £67.

We don’t think the seller would be listing them at auction (as you can see in the second picture) like this if they were genuine. The risk of making a huge loss would be just too big.

This seller behaves in a very suspicious way. On being questioned about an item by one ebay member the seller swapped ID. When questioned about a Fujifilm SD card by a different member the seller claimed to be selling them for a friend.

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.

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August 5, 2009 at 10:05 AM