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Archive for August 12th, 2009

Obvious fake USB flash drives listed on ebay UK

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UK ebay seller peter_pan1981 is listing obvious fake 8GB and 32GB flash drives – obvious because the Vaio name is shown and this name is only used for laptops! The seller previously sold the fraudsters’ favourite 16GB leather flash drive.

The seller has removed listings after being warned about the Vaio name so the seller may have been unaware that the drives were fake. We hope the seller will get in touch with anyone who already bought, provide them with a refund and warn them they are in danger of data loss if they use the drives.

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 05 September 09
It seems that peter-pan1981 decided to start selling these self same fakes again – but this time has a more ambitous 64GB and the seller has made sure that the tell tale vaio name was no longer visible. We therefore conclude that this is deliberate fraud, rather than the seller being an innocent victim of a fraudulent supplier.

The seller has expanded the range of fakes on offer from this drive and the fraudsters’ favourite to include several Kingston models. Apparently none of this seller’s customers has actually tested their flash drives as the seller still has 100% positive feedback.

This seller is well aware of the existence of the frankenflash project and knows full well about h2testw, yet still lists known fakes. Perhaps buyers might like to test their drives and report this seller to the police as the sale of fraudulent and counterfeit items is a criminal offence.

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Written by fightflashfraud

August 12, 2009 at 9:00 PM

64GB flash drive listed with low start price by US ebayer

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mehranpbc818

The start prices of flash drives listed by US ebay seller mehranpbc818 seem a bit low which makes us wonder if they are 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 12, 2009 at 9:00 PM

Here we go – the fraudster’s favourite flash drive yet again

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shuoija2009

Here we see yet another seller of the most popular model among fraudsters – attractive and easy to reprogram to any apparent capacity they like. We expect the drives sold by shuoija2009 will be as fake as all the rest coming from China.

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 12, 2009 at 6:59 PM

This 64GB Kingston flash drive on ebay Italy is a fake

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desperados_666

This is fake – Kingston have never made this model in 64GB. Anyone using one will suffer data loss and corruption. The 32GB one offered by seller desperados_666 also appears to be a fake. 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 12, 2009 at 4:20 PM

These are counterfeits not real Sony flash drives

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link2linkuk

These flash drives were not made by Sony and they are not 500GB – there are no 500GB USB flash drives. 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 12, 2009 at 1:55 PM

The flash drives pictured here seem to be counterfeit

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irinka_t

The genuine swivel type model from Kingston that looks like these is not made in capacities above 16GB. We therefore conclude that the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB flash drives listed on ebay by irinka_t are counterfeit and 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 12, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Seems this 32GB DataTraveler flash drive is counterfeit

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cuocon1

A feedback comment left by a buyer suggests to us that this 32GB Kingston DataTraveler listed by cuocon1 on ebay Italy is counterfeit. Counterfeits cause data loss and corruption. Buyers should check the serial numbers of these with Kingston. We think they will say they are not 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 12, 2009 at 8:03 AM