Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for August 19th, 2009

Are these Sandisk compact flash memory cards genuine?

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sultech

We were rather surprised to see a UK business seller with powerseller status listing these cards with a 99p start price with free p&p. Seller sultech only has one negative. Close examination of the seller’s feedback comments shows that the answer to our question about whether these are genuine is a clear no!

We think listing these as used is a ploy to lull buyers into a false sense of security as people do sometimes list genuiine slightly used memory items with a 99p start. Such listings are normally for items of 2GB or lower, however – and not with free postage! We suspect this could be deliberate fraud.

There are quite a number of comments about fakes in both positive and neutral feedback. The fact that refunded buyers are not leaving negative feedback allows this seller to continue defrauding ebay members.

Please, folks – when you buy fake items leave a negative both as a clear warning to others and to help ebay remove fraudsters from the site!!

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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Written by fightflashfraud

August 19, 2009 at 11:48 PM

Is this UK seller offering genuine flash drives or fakes?

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megan_a69

Are the 16GB USB flash drives sold by megan_a69 genuinely 16gb or are they fake capacity drives bought from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers in the far east? At the moment we don’t know. The seller claims that they are fully tested – we hope this is true. If they are genuinely 16GB then this seller is managing to supply 16GB USB flash drives cheaper than anyone else we have come across.

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 17/10/10
Seller megan_a69 has now listed 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives at less than half the price they are being sold at elsewhere:

Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted after a while.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 19, 2009 at 9:36 PM

Suspect ebay listings for 32GB Transcend SD memory card

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powerstar88

We strongly suspect the 32GB Transcend memory cards listed on ebay by powerstar88 will prove to be 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.

We have had some information from a buyer which seems to confirm our suspicions about this seller. The buyer says:

“The picture they use in the ebay listing is from Transcend USA so it’s the actual picture. I got a memory error in my camera, then I looked closer at the card. The printing on the label is not professional quality. The vendor on ebay is powerstar 88, who suprisingly is a powerseller with 2232 transactions and a 99% feedback rating.

I contacted Transcend USA and they told me about the color transitions at the top of the card (should be smooth – mine’s not) then asked for the serial number on the back of the card….the card I received has no serial number.”

Written by fightflashfraud

August 19, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Looks like this Hong Kong seller has a huge range of fakes

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nancy-trendy

Recently registered in Hong Kong, ebay seller nancy-trendy seems to have a huge array of different fake capacity flash drives for ebay members to choose from. Which one would you like to destroy your files with? Though only six models are shown here this seller has plenty of others for you to choose from.

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 19, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Yet another new ID in China selling fake capacity flash drives?

vcbmiolkl

In our opinion the flash dirives offered on ebay by vcbmiolkl simply have to be fake capacity – you can’t sell real 16GB flash drives on abay at this price. 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 19, 2009 at 1:08 PM

A very familiar fake flash drive listed in private ebay auction

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tamadi09

This is a very familiar fake capacity flash drive. Where you see flash memory in private auctions this is generally a sure fire sign of fraud. Buyer IDs are not hidden for the benefit of the buyer where flash memory is concerned but to hide the seller’s fraud. We wouldn’t touch seller tamadi09 with a bargepole.

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 19, 2009 at 10:06 AM