Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for September 10th, 2009

Is this ebay member completely clueless?

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powerprogress

It seems that powerprogress (an ebay member registered in Ireland on 8th January 2009) may have a little difficulty in distinguishing between a*** and elbow. This ebay member seems to think that a profit can easily be be made by buying things on ebay and reselling them to other ebay members.

For those who know what they are doing (and are specialists in a particular area such as Art Deco china, Designer jewellery, antiqarian books etc) this can sometimes be the case. However, without the required expertise, an ebay member is at the mercy of the seller’s description.

It seems that powerprogress is somewhat clueless and buys things to resell without any real underlying knowlege of the items purchased and resold. This member bought two patently fake flash drives (both the fraudsters’ favourite) from known fraudsters and has listed one (see listing above) for sale – we expect the other to follow shortly, if not already listed.

This ebay member has also listed “gold coins” purchased on ebay for sale – we are not experts on gold coins (though we do know a lot about flash memory!) and we suspect that powerprogress knows no more than us about the gold coins being resold. What we can say is that some of them are more likely to be gold plated (rather than actually being gold) given the prices paid.

One of the frankenflash project members has made jewellery items on and off for many years and was considering using gold plated coins for a new line of inexpensive jewellery, so we do know that you can gold plate things relatively inexpensively!

We suspect most of the the gold coins being resold by powerprogress could well be as fake as the flash drive in the listing above – but at least a fake gold coin doesn’t destoy anything. Fake flash memory does!!

The unlucky buyer of the item shown above will end up with lost and corrupted data (far worse than losing a few quid) unless the buyer learns it is fake capacity in time to test with h2testw before saving anything to it. The seller was contacted by a concerned ebay member but refused to beleive it could be fake.

For goodness sake folks – do your research before buying or selling on ebay!!

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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September 10, 2009 at 11:05 PM

Would you auction 64GB flash drives on ebay with 99p start?

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ukbargainstores

Seller ukbargainstores has listed a number of these 64GB flash drives at auction with a 99p start and free P&P. If these are genuine the seller risks making a big loss. This makes us wonder if they could be fake capacity.

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 10, 2009 at 8:53 PM

8GB Sandisk flash drives on ebay are either a bargain or fake

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kitkit85Either the 8GB flash drives sold by kitkit85, a seller registered in Malaysia are a snip at this price or they are dangerous fakes that will cause file loss and corruption.

Without one of the team buying one we can’t tell for sure until buyers report in.That said we do find the packaging a bit suspect.

Genuine Sandisk flash drives usually come in sealed packaging that is destroyed by opening it.

This looks like the pop-open packaging commonly used by fraudsters to us. Also we wonder why the capacity of the drive on the packaging has been airbrushed out.

If you bought one of these from kitkit85 test the available space with h2testw.

You won’t be able to test the whole drive capacity if U3 is present as claimed because this and the file management system take up some of the space. However, if it is genuine the test will run without any errors and you can simply delete the test files.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 10, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Young gremlin lists DataTraveler flash drives on ebay

xbxp_888

gremlin2sOops! – seems young gremlin xbxp_888 made a blunder with this listing – for one thing the 64GB DT 150 is not this colour, for another the price is too low for it to be genuine. Buyers can check the serial numbers of this type of flash drive with Kingston – we are pretty sure Kingston will not verify this seller’s drives as 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 10, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Genuine 128GB flash drive one ebay? We doubt it!

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3buds_online

We very much doubt that the 128GB flash drives listed by 3buds_online are genuine. We think they are dangerous fakes that will cause data corruption and loss.

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 10, 2009 at 10:24 AM