Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Fake 32GB USB flash drives sold one ebay USA

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Steer well clear of the flash drives sold by USA ebay seller ussefad. This seller was informed by an ebay member that these were likely to be fake capacity and advised to test with h2testw. The seller’s response?

Thank you for your comment but mind your own business.

Think that gives you a pretty good idea of the type of seller we have here. Honest sellers who find they may have fakes rush to remove listings, test drives and refund buyers. They don’t usually say mind your own business – that’s what crooks tend to say!

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 9, 2009 at 5:58 PM

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  1. The answer to this is very simple, h2testw does not cause a computer to freeze when testing genuine memory.

    In our experience such a thing only happens with really bad fakes (usually ones with trojans/viruses and tiny capacities) – it’s the fake flash memory causing the problem, not the test program!

    If this keeps happening then it simply proves we were absolutely right about these being dangerous fakes.


    September 13, 2009 at 8:56 PM

  2. An ebay member has been in touch regarding this seller.

    They were wanting to know how to be able to run the h2testw without it crashing or making a pc freeze up.

    They have been in contact with ussefad who had kindly agreed to run the test for the prospective buyer before purchase of one of the leather 32gb drives.

    Ussefad tried running the test on one of these drives, but it kept making his pc freeze.

    The prospective buyer suggested ussefad try running the programme later in the evening when there was less going on for the seller.

    Ussefad did try running the h2testw several more times that evening but kept getting the same problem of the pc freezing up during the test.

    If anyone else has had this same problem, could they please get in touch with ussefad to let him know how to overcome this problem.


    September 13, 2009 at 8:39 PM

  3. Dorine Ad,

    The aim of the frankenflash project is not to destroy good businesses but to put a stop to the sale of fake flash memory which nearly destroyed a number of good businesses!

    You were advise to test your items with h2testw by an ebay member. This ebayer knew all flash drives which came in the same packaging as yours that were tested by members of the frankenflash project proved to be fake capacity.

    Instead of taking the advice you were rude to this person. This is not the sort of response we see from honest sellers.

    False claims (as we think yours is) about having tested are common among people who are either entirely ignorant of fake flash technology (and think saving a few files on a drive and looking at the properties constitutes testing) or deliberate fraudsters.

    Which are you – someone with little technical knowledge or a deliberate fraudster? If it is the first then:

    1) Remove your listings
    2) Download the free program h2testw
    3) Contact and refund buyers when you see the truth

    Your response to the situation so far does not make us inclined to think you are an innocent seller – but you are more than welcome to prove us wrong.

    By the way (as someone who knows person who wrote the article well) I can state categorically that you are entirely wrong in your assumptions about the writer having nothing to do. You could not be further from the truth!

    The writer actually has plenty to do (far too much in fact) has a job with a lot of responsibility, a degree in IT and elecronics and has also run a business.


    September 11, 2009 at 12:59 PM

  4. You claim these drives are genuine capacity?
    This is definitely not the case, and you know it.
    The packaging on this drive has never contained a genuine capacity drive.

    You claim that you test the drives. What with? It is certainly not h2testw.

    Go spend some time getting familiar with the test and finding out what we already know.

    Feel free to come back with your apologies anytime.

    You call what you do good business?

    Your feedback says otherwise. Please use the link to and see what your customers really think of you.

    We did.


    September 11, 2009 at 12:46 PM

  5. I am the seller of those USB’s and they are not fake we stand next to our products we test them and sell them if any problem occurs we return them and replace them our feedback is 99.3 that is way high. my feedback is very good some people cannot stand it. the person who is writing this has nothing to do in life and like to hurt good businesses anyway he can.

    he sis not mention all the positive feedbacks we go from our customers 1251 to say the truth i don’r understand these people ,maybe they should try and find a job to make this economy a bit better.

    Dorine Ad, Plano Texas

    September 11, 2009 at 12:19 PM

  6. I have taken the liberty of bringing this info over from “Report a fake” here at the site. Below is the full(and very ignorant) reply to the well meaning ebay member’s offer of advice and assistance.

    “May i ask who are you and who asked your opinion,
    we know our items and we tested them and they are
    32GB we sold more than 70 of those and everybody
    is happy with them. Thank you for your comment but
    mind your own business.”

    I had a look at feedback for ussefad and it makes for awful reading, including sending out a dirty, second hand pillow, counterfeit goods, second hand or reconditioned when advertised as new, parts missing, not the same as pictured in listing, damaged goods, etc.

    The seller demonstrates a track record of trying to con buyers by misrepresentation in listings and dishonesty as well as charging extras after the auction has ended. Please use the link below to see how bad this seller is.

    I used to read negative and neutral feedback on this seller. One customer mentions in feedback about a 32gb flash drive acting funny. Obviously not 70 happy customers as the seller claims!


    September 9, 2009 at 9:50 PM

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