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Archive for August 2009

Baby Hong Kong gremlin sells fraudsters’ favourite on ebay

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Here we have a baby gremlin (new fraudster ID selling only one type of flash drive) based in Hong Kong. This seller is listing the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive – easy to program to any capacity they like!

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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 31, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Is this a genuine 16GB Kingston DataTraveler 100

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ramsa-ltd

ramsa-ltdThe Kingston DataTraveler flash drives from new UK ebay member ramsa-ltd seem a tad on the cheap side.

This makes us wonder if they came from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers in the orient. These fraudulent suppliers sell counterfeit and fake capacity items.

The seller may have no idea that there could be a problem with the drives – we have come across many sellers in the UK who purchased fake flash memory items from these suppliers.

The 32GB and 64GB models should have individual serial numbers which (if they are genuine) can be verified by Kingston. We are not sure if the 16GB model has checkable serial numbers – if not a quick test with h2tesw would reveal whether they are genuinely 16GB or not.

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 30, 2009 at 11:40 PM

Fraudsters’ favourite in private gremlin sales on ebay

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heyjude20088

gremlin2sSeller heyjude20088 seems to be a devious young gremlin in China using private sales and selling a mixture of items other than flash drives (what we have christened “the mix”).

This is a very cunning way of hiding what has been sold to whom and protecting the seller’s feedback score from falling too far. Obviously our fraudster friends are hoping to hang onto this ID!

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 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Hong Kong seller with Data Traveler in private ebay auctions

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jk_holdings

The use of private auctions by seller jk_holdings makes us think these DataTraveler flash drives may 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 30, 2009 at 2:27 PM

We think these flash drives from Hong Kong will be fake

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greatetech

We think it is very likely that the flash drives sold by greatetech will prove to be fake capacity. 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 30, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Seems we have another new baby gremlin from China here!

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yuanshuai0022

We have christened the new fraud ID’s registered in China who are popping up very quickly and listing only one item “baby gremlins”. The aim seems to be to sell as many fake flash drives as possible using a single listing before being caught and suspended from ebay.

This particular baby gremlin is hoping to get away with it for longer than otherwise by using private listings. Private listings protect the seller not the buyer by making it almost impossible for ebay members to warn buyers before they leave positive feedback.

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If you buy a flash drive from a seller in China and your files vanish or become corrupted then you can be sure the seller is a gremlin! 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 30, 2009 at 9:21 AM

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 29, 2009 at 10:24 PM