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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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 12, 2009 at 9:00 PM

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  1. This seller is alternating between at least three ID’s to sell fake capacity and counterfeit goods.




    All three ID’s can be seen popping up in feedback exchange between them. I have included link to feedback page for peter_pan1981 below.

    I expect there is a possibility prices have been getting pushed up with what I think is called shill bidding.


    September 8, 2009 at 2:40 AM

  2. This seller was clearly informed by an ebay member about the possibility of the black leather drives being fake capacity. The seller was also provided with links to fight flash fraud and sosfakeflash sites as well as a link to the h2testw.

    The seller responded to the ebay member by assuring them that the black leather drives were definitely 16GB and had passed the test with no errors.

    This is not the response you would expect from a seller who is unaware of fake capacity and counterfeit drives. This definitely sounds like someone who is more than familiar with the test and what it is used for.

    The counterfeit Sonys were only removed after the same ebay member noticed them and got back to the seller to tell them there was no doubt on the Sony drives being fake.

    The previous buyers of these drives remain blissfully unaware of the possibility of their drives being fake capacity. I very much doubt the seller will suggest they test and report back.

    If you are reading this and would like to know what the previous customers would have to say on this, why not contact them through ebay messaging system and ask them?

    If you have bought a drive from this seller, please test and send in your results to the email address given at Your input is welcomed and valued by the team here at fightflashfraud. The more evidence gathered on these sellers, the better. This is your chance to help fight against the injustice we all suffer as a result of this ongoing fraud.


    August 13, 2009 at 9:27 PM

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