Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

UK ebayer auctions 64GB Kingston with 99p start price

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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

2 Responses

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  1. Some people don’t have the sense they were born with!

    Maybe someone could get in touch with ebay member andrewatcloud9 and enlighten him about the facts by sending him to have a look at this and other blogs about fake flash.

    Maybe he will then realise what a lucky escape he had by choosing an apparently honest seller and reverse the negative feedback to one that says “thanks for not defrauding me!”

    fake flash victim

    August 17, 2009 at 11:49 PM

  2. The seller did keep to his word on the sale of the one drive he allowed to run the course of the auction.

    In his efforts to do the right thing, the seller contacted the buyer to let them know he had come to realise the drive was a counterfeit.

    The buyer clearly states this in the negative feedback he left for the seller. The buyer seems to think the seller is just trying to back out of the sale because the price did not go high enough for the seller’s liking.


    August 17, 2009 at 9:59 PM

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