Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

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

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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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 23, 2009 at 11:17 PM

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  1. I’m so glad I found this site…Keep up the good work I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog. Thanks,

    A definite great read.. 🙂


    Bill Bartmann

    September 19, 2009 at 8:18 AM

  2. Those stainless drives look just too familiar. These are a favourite amongst the oriental fraudsters and appear in listings for nearly every confirmed fraudster I have seen so far.

    No wonder the ebay members were concerned!


    August 24, 2009 at 12:57 AM

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