Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for September 11th, 2009

This flash drive on ebay is not 64GB and not made by Sony!

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gdlowe1

UK seller gdlowe1 apparently chose to ignore the ebay member who kindly informed the seller that this flash drive is fake. Instead gdlowe1 seems to have blithely continued with the listings. The fact that sales of these are private makes us suspect that the seller was already aware they were fake.

If you find you bought a counterfeit (brand name fake) like this one it will have a true capaity much smaller than advertised. Such drives are both counterfeit and fake capacity. Most generic (unbranded) flash drives on ebay are also fake capacity. Generic flash drives with fake capacities are not counterfeit (as the term counterfeit applies to brand name items) but if the capacity is fake then they are fraudulent items.

Both counterfeiting (a very specific type of fraud involving use of brand names) and general fraud (such as selling fake capacity generic flash memory) are criminal activities – and ebay seems to take little action about the criminal activity on their site. The frankenflash project are collecting evidence about both types of fraud 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. This way we have your evidence on record! Sellers and ebay cannot wiggle away from the hard evidence we gather. Be sure to leave a negative comment for the seller and claim a FULL (not partial) refund through the ebay/paypal dispute centre if you find yourself with fake capacity memory items.

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These 16GB Kingston flash drive on ebay Netherlands are fake

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lowwprices

This flash drive sold by lowwprices (an ebay member in the Netherlands) is fake. It is the wrong colour for the 16GB Kingston flash drive of this type and will be fake capacity causing data loss and corruption. The seller may not be aware of the fact that these are 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 11, 2009 at 9:18 PM

Counterfeit 64GB Kingston USB flash drive sold on ebay

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melly1971

These 64GB flash drives listed by melly1971, an ebay member in the USA are fakes. We expect all flash drives from this seller will prove to 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.

Gremlin with private sale of fraudsters’ favourite USB flash drive

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wanwtanzdh

gremlin2sSeems the recently registered gremlin ID wanwtanzdh is another disposable one set up by our fraudster friends in China to sell as many of the fraudsters’ favourite fake 16GB USB flash drives as possible before being suspended.

The seller is using private sales to delay the inevitable suspension for fraud as long as possible. 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 11, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Looks like a new ebay ID from a Hong Kong fraud gang

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3688summer

We think that 3688summer is a new ID belonging to a fraud gang in Hong Kong which has been selling fake flash on ebay for a long time using a series of different IDs. 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 11, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Baby gremlin sells favourite fake in private ebay sales

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jojie011

gremlin2sSeems the recently registered gremlin ID jojie011 is another disposable one set up by our fraudster friends in china to sell as many of the fraudsters’ favourite fake 16GB USB flash drives as possible before being suspended.

The seller is using private sales to delay the inevitable suspension for fraud as long as possible. 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 11, 2009 at 11:54 AM

This ebay seller seems to be rather confused!

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data_storage_desires

It seems that UK ebay seller data_storage_desires is somewhat confused. In this listing the seller states:

I have for sale a kingston data traveller 120 32gb in size.

The rrp for this item is around £70.

The product is 100% genuine as i buy my stock straight from the sandisk factory, it is brand new and comes in the original packaging and has a 5 year warranty.

Hmm so Sandisk is doing Kingston a favour by selling their flash drives for them are they?? Somehow we suspect not!! We also suspect this could well be a counterfeit as the seller is a using private aucton and the start price is far too cheap.

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 11, 2009 at 8:44 AM