Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Seems this UK ebayer has been shopping in fake flash land!

with one comment

griffontechnologyukbenWe can see no trace of this flash drive on the Kingston website so we are fairly certain that ebay member griffontechnologyukben has been on a shopping trip to fakeflashland. The seller may not be aware that these flash drives are probably counterfeit and fake capacity.

Sadly a lot of ebay sellers think they can buy flash drives cheap from China. They assume that when they buy from suppliers in China they are buying directly from the factory and get them at bargain prices because they cut out the middle man.

This is not the case!!!

Many suppliers in China are fraudulent.

Any seller who does not want to be suspended by ebay and face possible prosecution needs to research things properly before buying flash memory to sell on ebay. Some founder members of the frankenflash project learned this lesson to their cost – one of the reasons the blogs about fake flash items were founded!

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 12 Aug 2009
It appears from information now received that we were mistaken in giving seller griffontechnologyukben the benefit of the doubt. Apparently this seller seems to be a determined fraudster with no care for the damage inflicted on others by the sale of dangerous fakes.

Having apparently already defrauded 7 buyers with fake USB drives this seller seems determined to defraud another three with this item:
griffonprom
Very interesting! Picture only shows in list view not in the actual item listing. We can say without a shadow of a doubt that no one can sell genuine new 16GB flash drives for under £10.

This seller is also offering (carefully invisible) memory cards:
griffonblock

DO NOT BUY ANY MEMORY ITEM FROM griffontechnologyukben!
IF YOU DO YOU ARE AT HIGH RISK OF DATA LOSS / CORRUPTION!!

We now wonder whether the car this seller has listed is safe to drive – or is that dodgy as well?

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Written by fightflashfraud

August 10, 2009 at 7:12 PM

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  1. An ebay member did get in contact with the seller to inform them the drive was not a real Kingston. Therefore the seller is in absolutely no doubt about the drives and these sites here.

    The listing was ended very shortly afterwards.

    However, not content with ending the sale of the fake Kingston (no longer available for viewing as Kingston made ebay remove it), the seller has relisted an almost totally identical item under a different description, suggesting the drives are ideal for school use.

    If these are indeed the same fake Kingstons, I would see this as the most despicable actions from a seller I have seen yet, especially considering the audience the seller is aiming at.

    (You may have to click on all items for sale by this seller to see smaller picture and other memory products for sale by this seller.)

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/USB-2-0-16GB-Flash-Memory-Stick-Promotional-Branding_W0QQitemZ170370879987QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_AudioTVElectronics_PDAsAccessories_MemoryCards?hash=item27aae551f3&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14

    Traveler

    August 12, 2009 at 2:59 AM


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