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Archive for August 17th, 2009

UK seller has Kingston listings removed by ebay

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Seller fraj4084 doesn’t seem to have the sense he or she was born with. An ebay member warned the seller the Kingston DataTraveler drives listed on ebay were likely to be counterfeit and fake capacity and advise the seller to test with h2testw. The ebay member got this response:

well thank you very much for your advice but i really cant check my usb because at the moment i only have 3 and i have put them all for selling.
cheers!!!!!

If you bought a Kingston flash drive from this seller be sure to claim a refund! 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 17, 2009 at 11:17 PM

A new ID for a known fraudster selling fake 32GB memory cards?

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jiejie5544

Many thanks to Sean for alerting us to this listing by seller jiejie5544. This ebay member was observant enough to notice that the seller (though registered in China) stated that the item was listed as being located in the USA.

This (allong with a massive number of listings for these 32GB memory cards at auction with low start prices) made him (quite rightly) very suspicious about this seller. Members of the frankenflash project will find this SD memory card very familiar. It was previously sold under other fraudster IDs and we suspect that jiejie5544 is another ID for the same fraud gang.

Investigations so far reveal a very familiar pattern that we see time and time again with fraudsters who sell fake flash memory. If you bought one of these from jiejie5544 test it immediately with h2testw – you are in grave danger of data loss and corruption!

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

Written by fightflashfraud

August 17, 2009 at 9:54 PM

A Visual Example – Guide Made Easy: Proving A Fake USB Flash Memory Pen Drive Stick Pen To Be False Capacity

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A Fake usb flash drive, is a memory pen stick that has been digitally altered – reprogrammed to lie to an operating system about the real size of it’s flash nand storage chip. Once you exceed true capacity of the chip, you begin to loose files. People do not suspect the real reason, thinking it an error in the data transfer. Only when it happens again and again do they suspect there is something more… How can you find out if you have a fake usb flash drive?

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The auction start price for this Corsair flash drive seems a bit low

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fanxukaka_123

The low start price for this 64GB Corsair flash drive listed by US seller fanxukaka_123 makes us wonder if these are counterfeits bought from a fraudulent wholesaler. 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 17, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Looks like another new ebay fraudster ID registered in Hong Kong

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i.babecare

We think that i.babecare is a new ID set up by fraudsters in Hong Kong for the purpose of selling flash memory items. We are fairly certain that this flash drive will prove to be 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 17, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Are this seller’s flash drives genuine or counterfeit?

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pjm2203

We can’t be sure as the picture in this listing by pjm2203 isn’t sharp enough but there is something about the back of the packaging that makes us suspect that this 8GB DataTraveler 101 flash drive could be counterfeit. If it is counterfeit it will also be fake capacity, causing data loss and corruption.

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 17, 2009 at 1:53 PM

UK ebayer auctions 64GB Kingston with 99p start price

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thepcbase

Our suspicions about the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler drives listed by UK seller thepcbase were arroused by the use of private auctions and the 99p start price with free postage. If they had been genuine then seller thepcbase was risking a large financial loss on them. Kingston had ebay remove some of the seller’s listings and an ebay member warned thepcbase that they were likely to be fake.

The seller acknowledged that the ebay member was right and said he would refund any buyers. We hope he will be true to his word. If not then buyers are advised to check serial numbers with Kingston. If they were genuine then Kingston would be able to confirm this, as they aren’t an email from Kingston stating that the serial number cannot be verified should assist buyers to get a refund.

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 17, 2009 at 12:20 PM