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Archive for September 2nd, 2009

Ebay member has counterfeit Kingston listings removed.

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An ebay member who listed a large number of high capacity USB flash drives on ebay, firstpowersell786, has had most of the flash memory items listed removed by ebay. This seller listed a range of USB flash drives which members of the frankeflash project considered counterfeit including:

32GB Kingston DataTraveler 150
64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150
32GB Kingston DataTraveler HyperX
32GB Kingston DataTraveler HyperX
32GB Corsair Voyager

The Kingston items were at the request of the company. Kingston (like a number of other companies) are increasingly putting pressure on ebay about the issue of counterfeits on ebay. The frankenflash has been working with Kingston and other companies to have counterfeit flash memory items removed for some time, but progress was slow at first.

Things have speeded up with the removal of counterfeit Kingston due to the efforts of dedicated members in the counterfeit team at the fightflashfraud branch of the frankenflash project. If you bought a Kingston USB flash drive from firstpowersell786 it will have vanished from your won list.

If you have not yet paid for a Kingston flash drive sold by firstpowersell786 -DON’T pay – ebay know the items are counterfeit. If you did pay claim a refund through paypal (see refund advice at sosfakeflash) – there is no excuse not to give you a refund as the item is counterfeit and ebay knows it!!

You can learn more about why a Kingston flash drive or other item may have vanished from ebay here:
http://flashdrivefacts.wordpress.com/2009/09/03/counterfeit-kingston-flash-memory-items-removed-from-ebay/

At the time of writing the only suspected counterfeits listed by firstpowersell786 that have not been removed by ebay are the corsair voyager flash drives. We are convinced these are counterfeit as well.

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

September 2, 2009 at 11:55 PM

Looks like another counterfeit 64GB Kingston DT150 on ebay

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farther.christmas

If the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives sold by UK seller farther.christmas are genuine buyers will be able to verify the serial numbers with Kingston. We don’t think they will be able to because we suspect these 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

September 2, 2009 at 10:30 PM

Looks as though we have another ebay gremlin here!

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gremlin2s Seems that fiveway_powers is an ebay gremlin registered in Hong Kong.  This gremlin offers many models of fake flash! Which attractive-looking fake capacity USB flash drive from fiveway_powers did you choose to corrupt and lose your data with??

What do we mean by an ebay gremlin? We mean an ebay seller (usually from Hong Kong or mainland China) who sells counterfeit and/or fake capacity memory on ebay.

Gremlins came into the English language during World War two when service-men in the RAF (the UK’s Royal air force) found inexplicable technological failures in aircraft.

We have applied the term gremlins to sellers of fake flash memory in the orient for a number of reasons. These include apparently mysterious techincal failure (not mysterious at all if you understand what’s going on) and what happened in the gremilins film. Cute-looking Gizmo suddenly produces heaps of slightly less cute gremlins with a tendency towards sabotage when he gets wet (and every gremlin that manages to get into water produces a heap of even worse ones!) – somehow it all seems appropriate to this situation!

What should you do if you bought a flash memory item from a gremlin?

  1. Test it with h2testw (see first link below)
  2. Report in to sosfakeflash with test results and other transaction information so that an Internet allert can be issued (see second link below)
  3. Leave negative feedback to warn others
  4. Contact at least 4 people who bought the same item (beware of trying to send more than 3-4 ebay messages in any 24 hour period – and if you are new to ebay limit it to one a day – otherwise you may be considered a spammer and have your account suspended)
  5. Claim a refund through paypal (don’t waste your time communicating directly with a fraudster!) – there is lots of refund advice on the sosfakeflash blog – use it!

Good luck to all – together we can perhaps drive fake flash fraud off ebay!

Written by fightflashfraud

September 2, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Suspect 64GB Kingston DT150 listed by new ebay member

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kevash03

We suspect this 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drive listed by a new ebay member in the UK will prove to be counterfeit and fake capacity. In the listing the seller states:

I am a new seller on ebay and want to make a name for myself.

Well the seller is certainly likely to a name for himself by selling items like this – but we don’t think it is the kind of name the seller is hoping for! If this item is genuine (which we don’t think it is) the buyer should be able to 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.

feedback from ebay buyers suggests this seller’s cards are fake

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ultracare4u2008Feedback comments about the 8GB Sony PRO Duo memory sticks sold by ultracare4u2008 suggests they are counterfeit and fake capacity. We therefore expect that all flash memory items from this Hong Kong seller will be fakes.

Fake flash memory 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

September 2, 2009 at 6:00 PM

A berry suspect flash drive seller on ebay!

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The listings on ebay for USB flash drives from berrysenior09 look berry, berry suspect! We think we have an ebay gremlin here:

berrysenior09
gremlin2sWe do not think any of the 16GB flash drives sold by Hong Kong based seller berrysenior09 will turn out to have a real 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

September 2, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Hong Kong seller starts bidding for 64GB flash drives at 99 cents

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isuper_sales

gremlin2sBaby gremlin isuper_sales listed 3 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives on ebay in the United States with a start price of 99 cents and free P&P. We are certain these are counterfeit. Buyers should check 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.

UPDATE 15th Sept 2009
Seems this baby gremlin is a quick learner – no mention of Kingston in listing number 250499158668 which went up on ebay today:

isuper_sales-DT200

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September 2, 2009 at 2:04 PM