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Archive for August 29th, 2009

This looks like a very cunning Hong Kong fraudster on ebay

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lankwai_square

Seller lankwai_square looks like a very cunning and devious fraudster to us! This seller is using every trick in the book to get away with defrauding ebayers out of their hard earned pennies with not a care about the data loss that buyers will suffer as a result. The data loss caused by such fraudsters is of much more concern to members of the frankenflash project than the money people may lose by purchasing fake flash memory.

Even in such difficult economic times as now money can be earned again. Files saved to fake flash items can not be replaced (unless they have also been saved elsewhere) – many ebayers have lost things they can never replace by purchasing “bargain” flash memory from fraudulent sellers. If you see flash memory at fantastically low prices you can expect to get a fantastically fake capacity item. Buy from this seller at your peril! We fully expect all flash memory from lankwai_square 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.

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Written by fightflashfraud

August 29, 2009 at 10:24 PM

Looks like an ebay gremlin with a carefully constructed ID

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alice_daphne_a

gremlin2sIt seems that the ID alice_daphne_a is not as disposable to our fraudster friends as some of the more recent gremlin IDs. Fraudsters who were suspended have been rushing to set new IDs recently as the water gets hotter for fraudulent sellers.

Gremlin IDS are set up to defraud ebay members out of money by selling fake capacity memory items that cause data loss and corruption.

Ebayer who buy these fake capacity item suddenly find they can’t open files on their flash drive, memory card or MP player – often too late to claim a refund even if they do find out the truth. Most probably just think the item has developed a fault.

This is not the case – the items have been fraudulently programmed to fake capactities. Once the true capacity (usually 2GB or less) has been exceeded there is nowere for the files to go except into the fake flash void! Most of the new IDs set up in China begin selling fakes immediately but with this one (registered in November 2008) feedback was carefully built up with cheap loss-making items before beginning on fraudulent sales.

The fraud gang we think this ID was registered by obviously hope to hang onto this ID a bit longer than most of the ones set up recently. 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 29, 2009 at 9:00 PM

Looks like another suspect ebay seller registered in China

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s.lifeng20089

Seller s.lifeng20089 seems to have been selling sunglasses until recently. Now this seller offers a range of USB flash drives. We think they will all 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 29, 2009 at 6:52 PM

We suspect this 8GB Sandisk SD card on ebay may be fake

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caojf1981

Seller caojf1981 (registered in China) has mostly sold clothing until now, but is now listing these SD cards. We have a feeling that the SD cards 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 29, 2009 at 5:05 PM

This 16GB flash drive on ebay seems too cheap to be genuine

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parts-for-sale-london

This flash drive seems a bit too cheap to be genuine. This makes us wonder if parts-for-sale-london (like many other UK sellers) purchased these from a fraudulent wholesaler. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 29, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Seller in Singapore lists fraudsters’ favourite flash drive on ebay

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cool.stuff12053

This flash drive listed on ebay by seller cool.stuff12053 is not cool stuff – it is a dangerous fake which will cause users’ files to be lost or corrupted. The seller may be unaware of this – many ebayers have bought such drives from fraudulent wholesalers.

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 18TH SEPT 2009

This seller is not currently listing anything for sale – investigation suggests that this may be a founding member of what we have christened the singjapan gang, from before they began singing from the same “made in Japan” hymn sheet!!

Written by fightflashfraud

August 29, 2009 at 2:26 PM

This flash drive from Hong Kong is an obvious fake

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buyingculture

If you bought a flash drive from Hong Kong based ebay seller buyingculture we are fairly certain it will be fake capacity – the one in this and other listings are familiar models sold by fraud gangs in Hong Kong. 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 29, 2009 at 12:16 PM