Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

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

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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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