Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Strange goings-on in Glasgow.

with 2 comments

yiyaya_2003

This patently fake flash drive (not made by Sony and highly unlikely to be 16GB) was sold for £13.00 (with £2.99 postage) by yiyaya_2003 on 28th of July. This ebay member is in Glasgow and bought an identical flash drive from fellow Glasgoweigan peter_pan1981 for £13.99. Presumably they live close to each other and yiyaya_2003 saved the £4.99 postage charge by collecting the drive in person – how else would yiyaya_2003 manage to leave feedback the following day?

We are puzzled about why anyone would sell a flash drive then buy an identical one a few days later. Interestingly yiyaya_2003 and peter_pan1981 have a third thing in common (besides living in Glasgow and selling fake flash drives) – they both sell ptfe rods. Remarkable co-incidence don’t you think? We hope their ptfe rods are more reliable than their flash drives!

We suspect there may be a connection between these IDs and a third seller in Glasgow, iwanttobuy_2007 – we wouldn’t touch flash drives sold under these three IDs with a barge-pole!

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 9, 2009 at 9:00 PM

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  1. EBay has a policy against shill bidding, but makes it difficult if not impossible for buyers to detect.

    Randy

    September 10, 2009 at 4:25 AM

  2. I personally think the connection is much closer to home. It seems most likely this is the same seller using all three ID’s.

    This would explain the exchanging of flash drives and rapid feedback. The seller can use the three ID’s to accumulate feedback or inspire interest in the goods being offered for sale. If we as buyers see that someone else is happy with the goods they bought, it gives us confidence in the seller and can influence our decision on whether to buy the advertised goods, or not, from the seller.

    I suppose this is some kind of fake confidence building scam. It’s like watching “The Real Hustle” from BBC TV on ebay!

    The other more sisnister side would come into effect if any one of the ID’s were used to auction goods. The other two ID’s could be used to push up the bids on goods, shill bidding as far as I recall. It also makes it easier for the seller to buy back their own goods if they are not happy at the final auction price.

    There are far too many similarities when looking over all the items sold in feedback on the three ID’s for anyone to really conclude anything other than what I have suggested.

    Considering the evidence, does anyone know if this is even legal?

    Traveler

    September 9, 2009 at 10:14 PM


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