Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

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!

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Written by fightflashfraud

September 2, 2009 at 9:10 PM

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