Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for September 5th, 2009

This ebay member in the USA went shopping in fake flash land

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yurif18

It seems that seller yurif18 chose the fraudsters’ favourite when he or she went shopping at the fake flash wholesale store. This flash drive is always fake capacity causing files to be lost or corrupted.

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

September 5, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Kingston do not seem to make this model in 128GB capacity

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oxik007

Seller oxik007 has listed this 128GB DataTraveler 101 on ebay. As far as we can ascertain the DataTraveler 101 is not made in this capacity. We therefore conclude this item is counterfeit and fake capacity. If you bought one of these ring Kingston to check – we think they will say that it is 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

September 5, 2009 at 1:23 PM

32GB Kingston drives sold on ebay a bit too cheap to be genuine?

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liam_ashey2009

These 32GB Kingston DataTraveler drives sold on ebay by liam_ashey2009 seem unlikely to be genuine. We think they may be counterfeit and fake capacity. If we are wrong and they are genuine then liam_ashey2009 made quite a loss on his auctions. Buyers can check serial numbers with Kingston to find out if they are genuine. We suspect that Kingston will be unable to verify them.

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 5, 2009 at 11:15 AM

This ebay seller’s DT150 flash drives are bound to be fake

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chenggong1881

Seller chenggong1881 is offering Kingston DataTraveler flash drives in both 32GB and 64GB. They are bound to be counterfeit and fake capacity. Buyers should 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

September 5, 2009 at 9:00 AM

265GB Kingston DataTraveler 300 sold on ebay

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kevcom123

We think the 265GB Kingston DataTraveler 300 USB flash drives sold on ebay by kevcom123 (based in the USA) are very likely to prove counterfeit and fake capacity. We advise any buyers to contact Kingston and try to verify the serial number – we have a suspicion that Kingston will say they cannot verify that the drive is genuine.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

A well prepared gremlin ID selling the fraudsters’ favourite

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hjstore

Seems our fraudster friends were a bit more careful in preparing the ID hjstore than they have been with most of the “gremlins” that have appeared on ebay recently. What is a gremlin? A saboteur that causes mysterious failures in technology. The term seems to have originated in the Royal Air Force during World war two as an explanation of mysterious failures in aircraft.

gremlin2sWe at fightflashfraud are at war with a different sort of gremlin – the type that sabotages flash memory rather than aircraft. There is no real mystery about the sabotage carried out by these gremlins! The reprogram flash memory (usually with a capacity of 2GB or less) so that it appears to have a much higher capacity. End result?

Anyone using fake capacity flash memory (USB flash drive, memory stick/card, MP3/4 player etc) “mysteriously” starts to find that things they saved to the device vanish or are corrupted. Why? because once the true capacity of the device is exceeded there is nowhere for things to go!

You cannot buy a genuine new 16GB USB flash drive (fraudsters’ favoured capacity at the moment) for £10 – £15! All you can get for this price is a fake. The drive pictured above is a favourite with gremlins – very easy to sabotage in this way! Oriental gremlins do not concern themselves about the damage they are doing – if you are daft enough to think you can get a fabulous bargain they will happily sell you a fabulous 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

September 5, 2009 at 6:41 AM