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Archive for August 2009

A Genuine 16GB Kingston for £9.30? We don’t think so!

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qiaopeng168200

Can China-based seller qiaopeng168200 provide genuine 16GB Kingston flash drives for £9.30? Somehow we think not – we think they will prove to 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 23, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Seller in China pretends in ebay listing that item is in Ireland

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artsila0109

In this listing for the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive seller artsila0109 is pretending the item is in Ireland although the seller is located in China! This is no doubt a new ID belonging to one of the devious fraud gangs operating 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 22, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Fraudsters’ favourite flashdrive in private ebay auction

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happy_wedding_dress_on_my_store2008

Seller happy_wedding_dress_on_my_store2008 is using private auctions to sell the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive. We are sure this ID is one of a ring of IDs being used by the same fraud gang 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 22, 2009 at 4:45 PM

New ebay seller in China uses private auctions to sell flash drives

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yuexiu09

China – based seller yuexiu09 looks very dodgy indeed to us. We wouldn’t have a flash drive from this seller if they were being given away! As well as the dead givaways of low price, suspicious picture and use of private listings to hide what people bought the seller also has dodgy feedback!

yuexiu09fb

So there we have it – fake feedback from another suspected fraudster! You will find that xuexinhubu is also on our suspected fraudster list. 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 22, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Hong Kong seller auctions 16GB SD cards on ebay

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systore_seller

We suspect that the SD memory cards auctioned by Hong Kong powerseller systore_seller on ebay are fake capacity and a couple of recent feedback comments seem to support our suspicions. 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 22, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Is fraudulent ebay seller heqingfen2009 lying low now?

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heqingfen2009

Reports to sosfakeflash have confirmed our suspicion that the 16GB DataTraveler flash drives sold by heqingfen2009 (an ebay seller registered in China) are counterfeit and fake capacity – not only that, apparently some have viruses:

heqingfen2009-negs

The seller is not currently listing anything on ebay – probably lying low and waiting for the dust to settle! 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 21, 2009 at 11:00 PM

We think these 64GB Kingston DT150 are counterfeit

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sash-brands

We think that the flash drives sold by sash-brands came from a fraudulent wholesaler and are counterfeit. If we are wrong then buyers will be able to use the unique serial number to check with Kingston that the drive is genuine. We think Kingston will be unable to verify the drive and will say it is probably counterfeit.

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 21, 2009 at 8:40 PM

ebay seller lists 32GB Kingston DT 150 in private ebay auction

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tiandicangsang201088

Seller tiandicangsang201088 is using private auctions to sell 32GB & 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives. We are convinced these are counterfeit and fake capacity. We think this is yet another ID being used by a fraud gang in China. Buyers can check the serial number with Kingston – all genuine DT 150 drives have individual serial numbers which can be verified.

This seller and ruyuyi20080808 are one and the same. Both IDS have been used to sell other fraudulent items too and ebay has removed many of their listings and suspended the ruyuyi20080808 ID.

If you bought any flash memory item from these sellers test them immediately with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 21, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Another new ebay ID in China lists fraudsters’ favourite flash drive

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gbp_591

Here we go again with another new ID gbp_591 (new sheeps clothing for an old fake flash wolf we think) listing the all time favourite flash drive for fraudulent reprogamming to fake capacities. This seller seems to have been suspended quickly by ebay. 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 21, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Are these 16GB Sony Pro Duo memory cards on ebay genuine?

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halmusawy

UK ebay member halmusawy has listed a lot of 16GB Sony Pro Duo memory cards on ebay. Some are on buy it now and others are listed (as above) in auctions with 99p start. We hope that halmusawy didn’t buy these from a fraudulent wholesaler in China, as many other ebayers have done. We will be interested to hear from buyers who have tested these cards.

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 21, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Looks like a new ebay ID for familiar fraud gang in China

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chenzhi11682009

Registered on ebay China seller chenzhi11682009 was offering the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive here. 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.

Seller chenzhi11682009 is no longer registered on ebay so buyers will not be able to leave feedback or communincate with the seller through ebay. If you bought a fake capacity flash drive from this seller claim a refund though paypal immediately.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 21, 2009 at 11:40 AM

There is no such thing as a Sony Vaio flash drive!!

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everylittlehelps4u
The Vaio name is only used for laptops – this flash drive listed by everylittlehelps4u is fake fake fakity-fake! 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 21, 2009 at 8:39 AM

These 8GB Sony memory sticks may be counterfeit

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wal-mart88Information has come to our attention that suggests the 8GB Sony memory sticks sold by wal-mart88 (a new seller in China) may well 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 20, 2009 at 9:48 PM

This 8GB flash drive from Hong Kong is a bit on the cheap side

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budgetflash

The slightly low price of 8GB flash drives listed by budgetflash makes us wonder if these are genuine 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 20, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Devious Chinese fraudster pretends items are in Ireland

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continue.acun

Here we have a devious fraudster selling a very familiar fake capacity flash drive and pretending that the item comes from Ireland. Anyone using a flash drive sold by continue.acun will suffer data loss after a while. 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. The seller is no longer a registered user so if you bought a fake flash drive from this seller claim a refund from paypal immediately.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 20, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Auction for 64GB Kingston DT150 looks suspect to us

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sleeds1992

We strongly suspect that the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives being auctioned by sleeds1992 will prove to be counterfeit and fake capacity. If they are genuine buyers will be able to verify the 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 20, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Yet another new fraudster ID in China by the look of it

nanaxixi09

We think nanaxixi09 will turn out to be yet another ID set up to defraud people with fake capacity flash memory. The use of private sales by nanaxixi09 makes this new seller particularly suspicious – a devious tactic to hide buyer IDs so that victims can not easily be warned. 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 20, 2009 at 10:29 AM

ebay seller in China with 32GB SD cards in private listings

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superseller5018

At the time we spotted this item from superseller5018 this seller had a 100% positive feedback score of 64. Only two feedback comments related to private listings. The use of private listings and low buy it now price makes us strongly suspect that this is yet another fraud ID set up by one of the familiar oriental fraud gangs.

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 20, 2009 at 6:59 AM

Are these Sandisk compact flash memory cards genuine?

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sultech

We were rather surprised to see a UK business seller with powerseller status listing these cards with a 99p start price with free p&p. Seller sultech only has one negative. Close examination of the seller’s feedback comments shows that the answer to our question about whether these are genuine is a clear no!

We think listing these as used is a ploy to lull buyers into a false sense of security as people do sometimes list genuiine slightly used memory items with a 99p start. Such listings are normally for items of 2GB or lower, however – and not with free postage! We suspect this could be deliberate fraud.

There are quite a number of comments about fakes in both positive and neutral feedback. The fact that refunded buyers are not leaving negative feedback allows this seller to continue defrauding ebay members.

Please, folks – when you buy fake items leave a negative both as a clear warning to others and to help ebay remove fraudsters from the site!!

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 19, 2009 at 11:48 PM

Is this UK seller offering genuine flash drives or fakes?

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megan_a69

Are the 16GB USB flash drives sold by megan_a69 genuinely 16gb or are they fake capacity drives bought from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers in the far east? At the moment we don’t know. The seller claims that they are fully tested – we hope this is true. If they are genuinely 16GB then this seller is managing to supply 16GB USB flash drives cheaper than anyone else we have come across.

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 17/10/10
Seller megan_a69 has now listed 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives at less than half the price they are being sold at elsewhere:

Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted after a while.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 19, 2009 at 9:36 PM

Suspect ebay listings for 32GB Transcend SD memory card

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powerstar88

We strongly suspect the 32GB Transcend memory cards listed on ebay by powerstar88 will prove to 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.

We have had some information from a buyer which seems to confirm our suspicions about this seller. The buyer says:

“The picture they use in the ebay listing is from Transcend USA so it’s the actual picture. I got a memory error in my camera, then I looked closer at the card. The printing on the label is not professional quality. The vendor on ebay is powerstar 88, who suprisingly is a powerseller with 2232 transactions and a 99% feedback rating.

I contacted Transcend USA and they told me about the color transitions at the top of the card (should be smooth – mine’s not) then asked for the serial number on the back of the card….the card I received has no serial number.”

Written by fightflashfraud

August 19, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Looks like this Hong Kong seller has a huge range of fakes

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nancy-trendy

Recently registered in Hong Kong, ebay seller nancy-trendy seems to have a huge array of different fake capacity flash drives for ebay members to choose from. Which one would you like to destroy your files with? Though only six models are shown here this seller has plenty of others for you to choose from.

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 19, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Yet another new ID in China selling fake capacity flash drives?

vcbmiolkl

In our opinion the flash dirives offered on ebay by vcbmiolkl simply have to be fake capacity – you can’t sell real 16GB flash drives on abay at this price. 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 19, 2009 at 1:08 PM

A very familiar fake flash drive listed in private ebay auction

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tamadi09

This is a very familiar fake capacity flash drive. Where you see flash memory in private auctions this is generally a sure fire sign of fraud. Buyer IDs are not hidden for the benefit of the buyer where flash memory is concerned but to hide the seller’s fraud. We wouldn’t touch seller tamadi09 with a bargepole.

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 19, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Flash drive from ebay member in Phillipines is too cheap

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xiaoshao298

We think this 16GB flash drive listed by an ebayer in the Phillipines is too cheap to be genuine. It seems likely that this ebayer purchased them from a fraudulent wholesaler in the far east. 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 18, 2009 at 10:31 PM

Seems we have another Hong Kong Fraudster on ebay

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elaishop

The flash drive show here is the fraudsters favourite! Why? It is easy to re-program to any fake capacity the fraudsters like – take your pick! Would you like a 4GB fake? Perhaps you’d prefer an 8GB or 16GB fake? If you really want to lose a lot of data our friends in Hong Kong can even reprogram these to 64GB or higher so that you can lose as many files as you like!

This seller also offers the journalist’s dream item:

elaishop_audio

If the journos in the frankenflash project didn’t think these were fake they would be rushing to buy one from elaishop at this price!!

If you bought a flash memory item from elaishop and ran into problems with it do not beleive any guff about it being faulty! This is deliberate fraud – test your drive with the free program h2testw, report in to sosfakeflash, file a claim with paypal and report the seller to ebay – link to h2testw download page (free program from German computer magazine) is provided on our article about the program

Please report in to sosfakeflash with all the information requested in this article – don’t leave it on the site – send it to the email address – then it can go into our fake flash database so that an alert can be issued on the Internet.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 18, 2009 at 10:17 PM

looks like yet another ebay ID registered in China by fraudsters

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taniangdi099 Here we have (yet again) the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive. Most of the fraudsters operating out of China sell this model – the oldest fake capacity flash drive.

Why is this model so popular with fraudsters? It is easy to reprogram to any fake capacity they like and looks very attractive to buyers! A winning combination for any fraudster. We are sure that flash memory items from seller taniangdi099 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 18, 2009 at 8:19 PM

Are the memory cards from this ebay seller genuine?

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abc1478963

Feedback comments from some ebayers who have had problems with memory cards from seller abc1478963 suggests that they may not be genuine. The fact that the seller is based in Hong Kong but states that this memory card is located in Bristol in the UK adds to our suspicions about this seller.

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 18, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Looks like yet another new ebay ID set up by our fraudster friends

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zhou.0

We fully expect any flash memory sold by zhou.0 to be fake capacity. We don’t think anyone could possibly sell a genuine 16GB flash drive on ebay for £9.22 with free p&p. If you buy at this price all you can expect is a fake that will cause file loss and data corruption.

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 18, 2009 at 2:24 PM

This is a fake – not made by Sony and not 32GB!

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li125

This flash drive is fake fake fakity fake! Sony have never sold 32GB flash drives. Worse than it being counterfeit it is fake capacity (probably less than 1GB) and will cause data loss and corruption. 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 18, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Seems to be another fraud ID registered on ebay China

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sdiugi_w

How could anyone sell genuine, new, 16GB USB flash drives on ebay at this price with free P&P? We don’t see how they could. We are fairly certain that anyone who buys these flash drives from sdiugi_w will eventually find themselves with lost and corrupted files. 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 18, 2009 at 9:01 AM

64GB DT150 auctioned on ebay France with 1 euro start price

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aimidrine

We think these 64GB DataTraveler 150 USB flash drives auctioned by aimidrine will prove to be counterfeit. Buyers should check serial numbers with Kingston, they will be able to verify them if they are 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 18, 2009 at 6:05 AM

Canadian ebay seller with suspect MP players

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sell-it-fast-online-com

Ebay member sell-it-fast-online-com listed what we think were counterfeit Kingston flash drives. The listings were removed by ebay, no doubt as a result of pressure from Kingston about the issue of counterfeits. We think that this listing for MP players is also suspect.

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 18, 2009 at 1:32 AM

UK seller has Kingston listings removed by ebay

with one comment

Seller fraj4084 doesn’t seem to have the sense he or she was born with. An ebay member warned the seller the Kingston DataTraveler drives listed on ebay were likely to be counterfeit and fake capacity and advise the seller to test with h2testw. The ebay member got this response:

well thank you very much for your advice but i really cant check my usb because at the moment i only have 3 and i have put them all for selling.
cheers!!!!!

If you bought a Kingston flash drive from this seller be sure to claim a refund! 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 17, 2009 at 11:17 PM

A new ID for a known fraudster selling fake 32GB memory cards?

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jiejie5544

Many thanks to Sean for alerting us to this listing by seller jiejie5544. This ebay member was observant enough to notice that the seller (though registered in China) stated that the item was listed as being located in the USA.

This (allong with a massive number of listings for these 32GB memory cards at auction with low start prices) made him (quite rightly) very suspicious about this seller. Members of the frankenflash project will find this SD memory card very familiar. It was previously sold under other fraudster IDs and we suspect that jiejie5544 is another ID for the same fraud gang.

Investigations so far reveal a very familiar pattern that we see time and time again with fraudsters who sell fake flash memory. If you bought one of these from jiejie5544 test it immediately with h2testw – you are in grave danger of data loss and corruption!

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 17, 2009 at 9:54 PM

A Visual Example – Guide Made Easy: Proving A Fake USB Flash Memory Pen Drive Stick Pen To Be False Capacity

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A Fake usb flash drive, is a memory pen stick that has been digitally altered – reprogrammed to lie to an operating system about the real size of it’s flash nand storage chip. Once you exceed true capacity of the chip, you begin to loose files. People do not suspect the real reason, thinking it an error in the data transfer. Only when it happens again and again do they suspect there is something more… How can you find out if you have a fake usb flash drive?

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The auction start price for this Corsair flash drive seems a bit low

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fanxukaka_123

The low start price for this 64GB Corsair flash drive listed by US seller fanxukaka_123 makes us wonder if these are counterfeits bought from a fraudulent wholesaler. 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 17, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Looks like another new ebay fraudster ID registered in Hong Kong

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i.babecare

We think that i.babecare is a new ID set up by fraudsters in Hong Kong for the purpose of selling flash memory items. We are fairly certain that this flash drive 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 17, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Are this seller’s flash drives genuine or counterfeit?

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pjm2203

We can’t be sure as the picture in this listing by pjm2203 isn’t sharp enough but there is something about the back of the packaging that makes us suspect that this 8GB DataTraveler 101 flash drive could be counterfeit. If it is counterfeit it will also be fake capacity, causing data loss and corruption.

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 17, 2009 at 1:53 PM

UK ebayer auctions 64GB Kingston with 99p start price

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thepcbase

Our suspicions about the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler drives listed by UK seller thepcbase were arroused by the use of private auctions and the 99p start price with free postage. If they had been genuine then seller thepcbase was risking a large financial loss on them. Kingston had ebay remove some of the seller’s listings and an ebay member warned thepcbase that they were likely to be fake.

The seller acknowledged that the ebay member was right and said he would refund any buyers. We hope he will be true to his word. If not then buyers are advised to check serial numbers with Kingston. If they were genuine then Kingston would be able to confirm this, as they aren’t an email from Kingston stating that the serial number cannot be verified should assist buyers to get a refund.

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 17, 2009 at 12:20 PM

64GB DataTraveler 150 from UK ebayer is probably fake

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ahmredwan

We suspect that the 64GB DataTraveler 150 flash drives being sold by ahmredwan will prove to be counterfeit and fake capacity. An ebay member tried to warn the seller but it seems the seller paid no heed. This type of drive should have an individual serial number which can be used to verify the drive if it is genuine. Sellers should check that drives are genuine before selling them otherwise they risk negative feedback, suspension of their ebay account and possible prosecution from fraud.

Every time you sell an item on ebay you are agreeing to take full responsibility for the item you sell. If you sell a fake it is no good burbling about your supplier – it is your responsibility as a seller to ensure your items are 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 17, 2009 at 10:00 AM

New seller in China with too cheap 16GB Kingston

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jixin099

We fully expect this 16GB flash drive listed by new ebay seller jixin099 to be counterfeit and fake capacity. It is simply not possible to sell a genuine one this cheaply. As always 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 17, 2009 at 8:00 AM

32GB SD card listed by ebay member in Ireland seems too cheap

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mac_gor

We think the 32GB SD memory cards listed on ebay by mac_gor (a seller registered in Ireland) seem too cheap to be 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 16, 2009 at 11:36 PM

A seller registered on ebay China with suspect flash memory

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lalatoto.li

We suspect that these 32GB SD Memory cards listed by powerseller lalatoto.li may be fake capacity and strongly advise buyers to test them with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 16, 2009 at 9:37 PM

Hong Kong ebay seller with too-cheap 16GB flash drives

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alphapound

We think the 16GB flash drives listed on ebay by seller alphapound are too cheap to be genuine. We are pretty sure they will 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 16, 2009 at 6:32 PM

This 32GB Flash drive on ebay UK is too cheap to be genuine

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iwanttobuy_2007

We wouldn’t want to buy this flash drive from seller iwanttobuy_2007 – it is too cheap to be a real 32GB flash drive. We expect the real capacity will be very much less than 32GB. 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 16, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Another new ID for one of our familiar fraud gangs?

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lili.010016

We suspect that lili.010016 is another new ID set up by one of the familiar fraud gangs in China. We are certain this flash drive is 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 16, 2009 at 1:05 PM

64GB flash drive in private listings on ebay France

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prigastore0645If the 64GB flash drive listed by prigastore0645 is genuine we wonder why the seller is using private listings. 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 16, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Looks like one more fake flash seller in Hong Kong

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minimanymart

Here we have seller minimanymart loading the postage – probably to avoid ebay fees. It could also be to try avoiding giving full refunds. Buyers will no doubt discover these flash drives are fake capacity, like almost all those coming out of 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 16, 2009 at 6:24 AM

Suspect 64GB DataTraveler 150 listed by US ebay member

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janfud

The buy it now price shown in this listing by US seller janfud seems a bit low for a 64GB DataTraveler 150. This makes us wonder whether it may be a counterfeit. Buyers are advised to 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.

UPDATE 20TH Sept 2009
This seller is no longer a registered user. Listings for these Kingston drives were removed by ebay, no doubt under pressure from Kingston. However, ebay member johalraj purchased one of these (item no 230367630134) from janfud for £36.22 and sold it on for £41.05 (item no 190335733597) – this re-sale of fakes is one of the awful things that happens sometimes.

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August 15, 2009 at 11:55 PM

Is this 128GB flash drive on ebay France genuine?

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joyever_euWe suspect that the 128GB flash drives auctioned by joyever_eu on ebay France 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 15, 2009 at 9:31 PM

This Hong Kong ebay seller’s 32GB SD Cards look a bit suspect

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xoldskool

The fact that this seller is abusing private auctions which are not intended for items like SD cards, along with the prices they are going for, suggest to use that these are false capacity. Anyone using false capacity memory will eventually find themselves with lost and corrupted files.

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 15, 2009 at 7:08 PM

A new ebay ID in China listing the fraudsters’ favourite!

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skdeas09

This leather flash drive is certain to prove to be fake capacity – we are sure this new ID belongs to a familiar fraud gang. The use of private listings makes us certain that this is another case of fraud on ebay. 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 15, 2009 at 5:01 PM

64GB Kingston DT 150 in private auction by ebayer in China

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daiweiyun88828

This just has to be a counterfeit – too cheap to be genuine and hiding buyer IDs. Counterfeits cause file loss and data corruption. With DT150 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 15, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Royaume-Uni vendeur ebay listes apparemment faux Kingston sur ebay France

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Nous nous demandons pourquoi le vendeur ebay UK estherlevy.4256 inscription est 64 Go de Kingston DataTravleler les lecteurs flash USB sur ebay France plutôt que sur le site du Royaume-Uni. Serait-il possible que le vendeur sait qu’ils sont faux et il est conscient qu’il existe un très active équipe de ebayers regarder ebay UK pour fraude?

Avez-estherlevy.4256 pense que cela signifierait que le projet ne serait pas frankenflash éventuellement en savoir plus sur le vendeur et les activités de l’établissement de rapports sur fightflashfraud? Vérifiez vos numéros de série, à Kingston – ils seront en mesure de vous dire si elles sont authentiques. Nous ne le pensons pas – et il semble que l’acheteur qui a laissé ce commentaire mai ont trouvé estherlevy.4256 de départ:

atention obget ne coréspon pas a la déscription ARNAQUE !!!!!!!!!!

Written by fightflashfraud

August 15, 2009 at 12:38 PM

This looks like another suspect seller to us!

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my_1234567

We consider this 8GB flash drive listed by powereseller my_1234567 (registered on ebay China) to be suspect and think it could well 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 15, 2009 at 10:30 AM

64GB Kingston in ebay auctions with 99 cent start price

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lynelisio610

Would you risk auctioning something worth over $160 with a start price of 99 cents? We certainly wouldn’t! Either countbernadot7967, lynelisio610 and luk191 are big gamblers or the Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives are counterfeit and fake capacity. Buyers are advised to 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 15, 2009 at 8:22 AM

Is this 64GB Kingston DataTraveler on ebay USA genuine

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powerseller878

Are the 64GB Kingston flash drives offered by powerseller878 genuine Kingston? We suggest buyers check the serial numbers with Kingston. If they are genuine then Kingston will be able to verify this. If not then they will be fake capacity and buyers will end up with lost and corrupt data after a while.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 14, 2009 at 8:40 PM

Another ebayer in Australia auctioning 64GB DT 150’s

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rubberuler

We think it very unlikely indeed that the 64GB DataTraveler 150 flash drives from rubberuler are genuine. Buyers can check the serial numbers with Kingston to find out. We think they will find that they are counterfeits. Counterfeits cause data loss and corruption.

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 14, 2009 at 6:14 PM

100% GENUINE?? We suspect these are 100% counterfeit!

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jz5147

Seller jz5147 claims these 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drives are 100% genuine. We suspect otherwise. Buyers can check the serial numbers with Kingston to find out.

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 14, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Known ebay fraudster safe2star now listing memory cards!

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safe2star

Seller safe2star is a known fraudster who has been selling fake MP Players for some time – you can see the ones the frankenflash project has evidence about on the sosfakeflash blog. The listing above indicates that the seller has now added memory cards to the repetoire of fakes being sold on ebay.

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 14, 2009 at 2:58 PM

64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 in auction on ebay Australia

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giibbo

We are fairly certain that the DataTraveler 150 flash drives listed for sale by giibbo are counterfeit. Serial numbers can be checked with Kingston to find out whether or not these drives are 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 14, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Are these 16GB USB flash drives from China genuine?

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buyaolian0912

We wonder whether or not these flash drives listed by seller buyaolian0912 are genuine or not. If they are then this is indeed an unusual seller as almost all the flash memeory items coming out of China are fake capacity. A statement in the seller’s listing indicates that buyaolian0912 is not entirely honest however:

The item will be delivered by Airmail or Registered Airmail and stated as gift with lower price.

Stating that it is a gift and giving a lower value is a way of evading duties – this makes us suspicious. 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 14, 2009 at 10:24 AM

This 32GB Sandisk flash drive on ebay seems too cheap

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07ninja

We think this 32GB Sandisk is a bit too cheap to be genuine and suspect it could be counterfeit. Seller 07ninja may not be aware that there could be a problem with the drive – if it is counterfeit it will be fake capacity and cause data loss and corruption after a while.

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 14, 2009 at 8:06 AM

Suspect looking ebay listings for 64GB Kingston DT 150

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urone39

The tiny picture and low start price makes us suspect that the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drives listed by US ebay seller urone39 may be counterfeit. Buyers are advised to check serial numbers with Kingston. If these are genuine then Kingston will be able to verify this. If not they will be fake capacity and dangerous to use as they will cause data loss and corruption.

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 14, 2009 at 5:37 AM

Tell-tale sign makes us think this flash drive is fake capacity

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uplonker

There is a tell-tale sign that this drive listed by UK seller uplonker is a fake capacity flash drive obtained from a fraudster in China. We do not know whether the seller is aware of this 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 13, 2009 at 10:50 PM

These are either bargain 16GB Kingston or counterfeits

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elbello_123

Are the 16GB Kingston flash drives listed by elbello_123 and abi_green a bargain or are they counterfeit? If they are counterfeit they will be fake capacity and cause data loss and corruption for users.

abi_green

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 13, 2009 at 9:00 PM

Obvious fake 64GB Kingston flash drive listed on ebay USA

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m.ltd

The model of flash drive pictured in this listing by m.ltd has never been made in 64GB capacity – it is a fake that will cause data loss and corruption. 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 13, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Seems we have a fake capacity 32GB DataTraveler here

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leoncityplace

This flash drive listed by leoncityplace on ebay Australia is a familiar fake. This is not a genuine 32GB flash drive and will cause data loss and corruption. 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 13, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Various Kingston flash drives auctioned on ebay

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topbuyaustralia

Seller topbuyaustralia has listed a lot of different Kingston flash drives at auction. We suspect these could well be counterfeits purchased from a fraudulent wholesaler. 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 13, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Seller on ebay Australia auctions 64GB DataTraveler 150 drives

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nikechou

We have little doubt that the 64GB DataTraveler USB flash drives being auctioned by seller nikechou will prove to be counterfeit and fake capacity. Such items are dangerous – users find themselves with lost and corrupted files. Buyers should check the serial number of any high capacity Kingston flash drive with the company. They will be able to verify the drive if it is 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 13, 2009 at 11:04 AM

This ebay member won’t take advice!

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anujpaudel

Despite being advised that this flash drive is fake capacity by at least two ebay members seller anujpaudel insists it is 16GB. We beg to differ – in over 18 months members have never yet found one of these to have a true capacity of 16GB.

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 13, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Obvious fake USB flash drives listed on ebay UK

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peter_pan1981B

UK ebay seller peter_pan1981 is listing obvious fake 8GB and 32GB flash drives – obvious because the Vaio name is shown and this name is only used for laptops! The seller previously sold the fraudsters’ favourite 16GB leather flash drive.

The seller has removed listings after being warned about the Vaio name so the seller may have been unaware that the drives were fake. We hope the seller will get in touch with anyone who already bought, provide them with a refund and warn them they are in danger of data loss if they use the 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.

UPDATE 05 September 09
It seems that peter-pan1981 decided to start selling these self same fakes again – but this time has a more ambitous 64GB and the seller has made sure that the tell tale vaio name was no longer visible. We therefore conclude that this is deliberate fraud, rather than the seller being an innocent victim of a fraudulent supplier.

The seller has expanded the range of fakes on offer from this drive and the fraudsters’ favourite to include several Kingston models. Apparently none of this seller’s customers has actually tested their flash drives as the seller still has 100% positive feedback.

This seller is well aware of the existence of the frankenflash project and knows full well about h2testw, yet still lists known fakes. Perhaps buyers might like to test their drives and report this seller to the police as the sale of fraudulent and counterfeit items is a criminal offence.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 12, 2009 at 9:00 PM

64GB flash drive listed with low start price by US ebayer

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mehranpbc818

The start prices of flash drives listed by US ebay seller mehranpbc818 seem a bit low which makes us wonder if they are 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 12, 2009 at 9:00 PM

Here we go – the fraudster’s favourite flash drive yet again

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shuoija2009

Here we see yet another seller of the most popular model among fraudsters – attractive and easy to reprogram to any apparent capacity they like. We expect the drives sold by shuoija2009 will be as fake as all the rest coming from 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 12, 2009 at 6:59 PM

This 64GB Kingston flash drive on ebay Italy is a fake

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desperados_666

This is fake – Kingston have never made this model in 64GB. Anyone using one will suffer data loss and corruption. The 32GB one offered by seller desperados_666 also appears to be a fake. 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 12, 2009 at 4:20 PM

These are counterfeits not real Sony flash drives

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link2linkuk

These flash drives were not made by Sony and they are not 500GB – there are no 500GB USB 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 12, 2009 at 1:55 PM

The flash drives pictured here seem to be counterfeit

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irinka_t

The genuine swivel type model from Kingston that looks like these is not made in capacities above 16GB. We therefore conclude that the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB flash drives listed on ebay by irinka_t are 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 12, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Seems this 32GB DataTraveler flash drive is counterfeit

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cuocon1

A feedback comment left by a buyer suggests to us that this 32GB Kingston DataTraveler listed by cuocon1 on ebay Italy is counterfeit. Counterfeits cause data loss and corruption. Buyers should check the serial numbers of these with Kingston. We think they will say they are not 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 12, 2009 at 8:03 AM

This “64GB Sony” USB flash drive is fake fake fakity-fake

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reini150485

The flash drive shown here is a very familiar fake. Not only is it counterfeit (Not made by Sony) it is also fake capacity (can store an awful lot less than 64GB) – the net result is that after a while anyone using one of these will suffer data loss and corruption. In other words pretty much anything “saved” to this drive will be destroyed after a while – no doubt (in many cases) long after the buyers have left the seller positive feedback and are too late to claim a refund.

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.

Please sellers – do your research before you buy flash memory items to re-sell on ebay. For brand names contact the company and ask about authorised suppliers. For unbranded goods always pay with a credit card and test a high percentage of the drives (at least 25%) immediately they arrive. It is your responsibility as a seller to ensure your items are fit for purpose – which these are not!!

Written by fightflashfraud

August 11, 2009 at 9:00 PM