Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Is this ebay member completely clueless?

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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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 10, 2009 at 11:05 PM

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  1. Crazy !!!


    September 22, 2009 at 7:33 AM

  2. With such great success this time round, the seller has gone and advertised the exact same drive again!

    Did the seller accidentally buy their own drive and have to re-advertise?

    I have seen fake auctions being used to inspire false confidence in a seller or goods on offer from a seller.

    I am fully expecting a glowing, positive feedback to appear very soon for this last drive sold.


    September 22, 2009 at 12:41 AM

  3. Good greif, Traveller!

    You can buy genuine 16GB flash drives from reputable suppliers for under £25 (including P&P) – seems buyers sometimes get a bit carried away on ebay. I think it brings out the gambler in some people.

    A friend of mine who sells on ebay has been surprised by the “bidding wars” that occasionally have led to people buying things for far more than they were worth.

    Sometimes my friend felt so sorry for people who did this that he gave them a partial refund!

    I don’t suppose that powerprogress will be volunteering a refund though!


    September 21, 2009 at 5:58 PM

  4. The first time round, this drive did not sell.

    The second time round we see two bidders fighting over it up to the price of £24.00 by end of auction.

    Add the cost of P&P at £7.00 and we have a fake capacity drive for a total of £31.00.

    Very strange indeed!


    September 21, 2009 at 4:53 PM

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