Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

A well prepared gremlin ID selling the fraudsters’ favourite

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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

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