Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

Another ebay seller in China with a familiar 16GB flash drive

with 3 comments


The flash drive listed by hulijing2009 is the fraudsters’ favourite – easily programmed to any 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 6, 2009 at 12:51 PM

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  1. In general, the sellers of these fakes in the orient will quite often refund very quickly. They do not want attention drawn to their trade in fake capacity and counterfeit goods.
    That is why I would urge victims to use the Resolution Centre method first rather than just contact the seller directly. The more ebay and paypal are made directly aware of, the better. That way, they may act sooner on these sellers and there will be less victims as a result.

    Dreamerman, you should be complaining. It’s not good enough to just get your money back and think it is ok for this to go on. People are losing data every day trusting these devices or having to pay again for music downloads they already saved to their players. On top of that, there is the time wasted and the possibility of having to wait ages for your money back. Add this to the frustration of having to go to the post office and photograph all your individual steps for claiming back your money from an awkward seller, and you would soon find reason to complain.

    Did you test before leaving feedback for your seller?
    Most people are unaware of the problem and the need to test before leaving feedback. They trust the information given on the drive by the operating system. I was one of those people.

    If you did leave positive feedback initially, did you use follow up feedback to warn others?
    Many victims do not use the follow up feedback utility after they have had a refund. I find this a bit selfish.

    The use of follow up feedback is a way of helping prevent others becoming victims too.

    If everyone was to just sit back, accept things as they are and not complain, the problem would only get worse. That is why this site and sosfakeflash were created, to complain and fight back against the injustice of it all.

    So, Dreamerman, can we count on you to complain now, and help us combat this problem?


    August 7, 2009 at 2:10 PM

  2. I bought this flash drive from another ebayer & proved to be a fake 2GB. There are plenty of fake ones floating around. I manage to get a full refund + postage back to source so I am not complaining. I also bought a 16GB MP3 player & that was a fake too. Similarly I got my money back.


    August 6, 2009 at 10:25 PM

  3. To give people an idea of how dodgy this seller is, I have just checked the seller’s feedback and it is presently at -4. Yes, that’s right, minus 4.

    The sellers of this particular model of drive are coming and going like yo-yos at the moment. No sooner has one started selling, they disappear and another pops up in their place. I think it is a lot to do with multiple ID’s as well as anything else.

    I would strongly suggest never buying this particular model of flash drive from any seller. I have never seen one good report about them.


    August 6, 2009 at 9:28 PM

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