Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

We suspect this ebay seller from Thailand is a fraudster

with 3 comments


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.

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  1. Are any of us surprised at the fact that this seller has determinedly tried to continue with fraud? Probably not!
    i_am_a_worm would be (we think) a much more appropriate ID for this seller.


    August 27, 2009 at 8:59 PM

  2. This seller further relisted the same drives and once again had them removed.

    This is the kind of action I would expect from a determined fraudster.


    August 27, 2009 at 8:49 PM

  3. The seller was questioned by an ebay member on authenticity of his Kingstons and appears careful in the wording of his reply.

    “We can guarantee this flash drive is original brand new.”

    No mention of it being genuine, just original and new

    Kingston certainly agreed these drives were counterfeit. Six drives listed were completely removed without trace.

    If you have bought a drive from this seller, please test and send in your results to the email address given at Your input is welcomed and valued by the team here at fightflashfraud. The more evidence gathered on these sellers, the better. This is your chance to help fight against the injustice we all suffer as a result of this ongoing fraud.


    August 24, 2009 at 6:51 PM

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