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Archive for August 23rd, 2009

Are this ebay member’s 4GB flash drives genuine?

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djc_scotland

We hope that all the models of 4GB flash drive shown above listed on buy it now by seller djc_scotland (registered on ebay on 02-Jun-09) are genuine and were not purchased from one of the many fraudelent suppliers who sell fakes. Two ebay members contacted this seller expressing concerns about the possibility that the flash drives might not be genuine.

The seller told both ebayers that he had been dealing with his supplier for 2½ years and that all customers were satisfied. However, as the seller only registered on ebay less than three months ago, and did not tell either of those who expressed concern who the “trusted supplier” is we have no way of verifying this claim.

Unfortunately most buyers just plug their flash drives into the computer, look at the properties and leave positive feedback without fully testing the drive – so we can’t assume that the 100% positive feedback for this seller at present is meaningful either. We will be very happy if we find that djc_scotland is supplying genuine flash drives. We are actively seeking genuine sellers but it seems the water is very muddy.

UPDATE 23rd October
We note that the seller is using private sales – if the flash drives being sold are genuine why hide buyer IDs?

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

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Written by fightflashfraud

August 23, 2009 at 11:17 PM

We suspect this ebay seller from Thailand is a fraudster

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iam_abookworm

We think iam_abookworm is a deliberate fraudster with some computer knowledge who knows how to get around automated fraud detection systems. We think that it would be closer to the truth if the seller took “book” out of the ID!

It seems that iam_abookworm didn’t reckon with the real people in the frankenflash project who detect fraud (rather than computer systems most companies rely on!) – we have little doubt that if buyers check serial numbers with Kingston that they will say the cannot verify the drive as 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.

We doubt that this flash drive from Hong Kong is really 16GB

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lalamazoo1874

We think that this flash drive being auctioned on ebay by lalamazoo1874 will (like almost all flash memory coming out of Hong Kong) prove to be fake capacity. Fake capacity drives cause data loss and corruption.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 23, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Is this a genuine 128GB flash drive? No it certainly isn’t!!

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merrysupermarkets

Is USA registered seller merrysupermarkets so merry that he or she is suffering from delirum tremens? Certainly looks like it from some of the seller’s photos! This is not a 128GB flash drive – its real capacity is probably 2GB. We suspect all flash memory items from this seller will turn out 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 23, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Sandisk mini SD card on ebay seems a bit too cheap

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gloget

This 4GB mini SD card seems a little on the cheap side to be genuine and the use of private ebay listings makes us very suspicious of Hong Kong seller gloget. 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 23, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Another fraud ID registered on ebay China by the look of it

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qiangjie009

We think that qiangjie009 is another ID registered on ebay China by one of the familiar fraud gags to sell fake flash memory. 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 23, 2009 at 12:08 PM

A Genuine 16GB Kingston for £9.30? We don’t think so!

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qiaopeng168200

Can China-based seller qiaopeng168200 provide genuine 16GB Kingston flash drives for £9.30? Somehow we think not – we think they 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 23, 2009 at 9:00 AM