Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for August 26th, 2009

Are these lexar flash drives on ebay genuine?

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If these 16GB Lexar flash drives listed by razersystemsltd are genuine then they are a bargain.

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 26, 2009 at 11:42 PM

Ebay member in Israel sells cheap flash drives from China

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Seller goodi2008 is selling flash drives purchase cheaply from a supplier in China. These will undoubtedly be fake capacity and we suspect the seller knows it. Here is what goodi2008 says in listings:

You are bidding on a BRAND NEW USB 2.0 flash memory drive.

This drive which is made out of hard plastic/rubber and is foldable into its metal clip as can be seen in the picture has been bought as a wholesale for little money in China. The items have not been and will not be tested. The information in the description below was given to me by the seller in China.

DESCRIPTION
Storage Capacity: 16GB
USB version: 2.0
Data Retention: 10 Years
Data Encryption: 1,000,000 times

System Requirements:
Microsoft Windows ME, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Mac OS 9.x or higher, Linux Kernel 2.4 or higher.

Color: Black (As can be seen on the top row in the picture)

ATTENTION!
The information to this item has been given truthfully to the best of my knowledge and belief. As already said, I have not tested the item. All information to this item was given to me by the seller himself and therefore I will not give any warranty, exchange or money back guarantee.

By bidding on this item, you fully understand the conditions.
Please bid only if you really agree with the conditions above. Thank you for your understanding.

Well that’s pretty clear then! If you are foolish enough to buy from goodi2008 you can kiss goodbye to your money. We are sure you will also be kissing goodbye to most files you save to one of this seller’s flash drives.

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 26, 2009 at 9:00 PM

Suspect ebay listing for 16GB MP4 player from Hong Kong

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newest_product

We consider this listing by Hong Kong powerseller newest_product (registered on ebay since 25 March 2009) highly suspect. For one thing the seller is using a private auction for the item and for another the post and packing is fantastically high. Private listings for this sort of item is usually a sign of fraud.

The use of a 99p start price and having postage costs of over £25 is a way of evading ebay fees – not the actions of an honest seller. It can also make it easier for the seller to wriggle out of giving a full refund if the item proves to be fake. We think this seller’s MP players will prove 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 26, 2009 at 6:50 PM

We suspect these DataTraveler drives on ebay were counterfeit

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ultimate_memory

Seller ultimate_memory (an ebay member in the USA) has sold six of these flash drives. We suspected they were counterfeit and fake capacity. It seems we were right. A member of our team contacted Kingston about this seller and listings were removed by ebay (probably as a result of pressure from Kingston)

The six buyers who bought from this seller before listings were remove should check the serial numbers with Kingston (if they have receive this counterfeit flash drive) and put in a paypal claim immediately. If a buyer has not yet received their counterfeit they should get in touch with ebay – as ebay removed listings they know the item is fake and should ensure that buyers get a refund.

Due to the sterling efforts of members of our team many fraudsters who listed fake Kingston items have had items removed from ebay (and in some cases been booted off ebay altogether) over the last few months. However, our team is small and we need victims to help out! If you bought a fake flash memory item on ebay please try to warn other victims!

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 26, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Do we think this is a genuine 64GB flash drive? No we don’t!!

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emil_hasanov

We think the Kingston DT150 drives sold by emil_hasanov are counterfeit. Buyers should check the serial number with Kingston. 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 – This seller’s listings (and those of a number of others we had planned to post about) have been removed by ebay. No doubt due to pressure from Kingston as a result of a member of our team reporting the sales to Kingston – saves us the trouble of writing a post for each and every one – we just need to post individually about those who are still getting away with fraud!

If you bought a Kingston DataTraveler from any of the following sellers you will no doubt find the item has vanished from your won list:
ultimate_memory, e-choices, n_kashafi, dreamonlineshop, morgen-discount-store, isuper_sales, dtech8, virtuallydiscover1823, flashmaster38, crawlerzonline – no doubt there are others to follow.

Get your paypal refund claim in quickly! Although item details will probably have vanished from ebay you will still see them in your paypal account if you have already paid for the drive.

Want a “refined” fake flash drive? Look no further than huchou00!

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huchou00

The ebay ID huchou00 was registered in China on 13th August 2009 and immediately started listing this flash drive. At the time of writing this is the only item listed by this seller. We think huchou00 is a disposable “hit and run” ID set up by one of the fraud gangs in China.

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 26, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Seller in China lists suspect flash drives on ebay

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kensington153

We are convinced that all USB flash drives sold by kensington153 will prove to be fake capacity. The DataTraveler drives will also be counterfeit – buyers can check serial numbers with Kingston. 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 26, 2009 at 1:20 PM