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Archive for September 12th, 2009

Suspected ebay fraudster in Hong Kong changes ebay ID

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power_shop788

It seems that seller ishop788 who we reported here as a suspect seller on June 1st 2009 has since changed ID to power_shop788. We wonder if this is in the hopes that buyers will not join the dots and realise this seller is suspected of selling fake flash memory items.

ishop788All the drives shown above and the one on the right have negative comments suggesting that they are fake capacity.

However, no Internet alert has yet been issued by the frankenflash project because buyers did not report in with details of their purchase and test results.

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 12, 2009 at 11:50 PM

UK seller does not take the hint that these are counterfeit

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goldengoose0798

UK seller goldengoose0798 does not seem to have taken in the message sent about the 64GB DataTraveler drives he or she sold on ebay being counterfeit. Does goldengoose0798 think ebay removed the ones previously sold for fun? The last thing ebay wants to do is remove items from sale. They were removed because they were counterfeit.

Did goldengoose0798 take the hint and stop selling these? No. This flash drive was sold by goldengoose0798 for the princly sum of £31 with P&P charges of £3.50. This is (we understand) less than you could get genuine ones for as an authorised reseller – so any DT150 at this sort of price just has to be counterfeit.

We expect this goose will be cooked by ebay! Buyers – if you purchased a 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 from goldengoose0798 check the serial number with Kingston. If these were genuine then Kingston could verify the serial numbers – we know what Kingston will tell you.

Claim a refund for your fake through the Paypal dispute console – as ebay apparently knows these are counterfeit you should get a refund relatively easily. If Paypal is un-cooperative, get on to ebay customer services; they should put paypal right.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 12, 2009 at 9:33 PM

We doubt that these DataTraveler 200 flash drives are genuine

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kissarmycv8

We doubt very much that the 128GB DataTraveler USB flash drives listed on ebay by kissarmycv8 are genuine. Buyers can check the serial numbers with Kingston to find out. We don’t think they will be able to verify the serial numbers and will say they are likely to be counterfeit.

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 12, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Looks suspiciously like a young ebay gremlin from China

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crystalpalace1987

gremlin2sWe suspect that these 16GB SD memory cards and the 16GB media players listed by crystalpalace1987 will turn out to be fake capacity. We are fairly sure this is yet another gremlin ID set up by fraud gangs in China to con ebayers out of their money.

Their customers will (we think) end up with lost or corrupted data unless they are wise enough to test their purchases properly.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 12, 2009 at 5:30 PM

What would sir like? Fake USB flash drives or fake underwear?

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liuhanstore

gremlin2sIt seems from feedback comments that the Calvin Klein underwear sold by liuhanstore may be counterfeit. We are certain the flash drives from this gremlin, registered in China, will also be fake.

We have christened the sellers of fake flash memory Gremlins. Gremlins lie behind the “unexplained” failure of flash memory devices purchased on ebay and fraudulent websites.

At least fake underwear won’t cause buyers’ private parts to shrivel up and vanish. Fake USB flash drives are another matter altogether – they will cause your data to shrivel up and vanish!

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 12, 2009 at 11:10 AM

This looks like an ebay gremlin seller in Hong Kong to us

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online-trade-centre

gremlin2sWe think that online-trade-centre is yet another ebay gremlin seller – a term we have adopted for deliberate purveyors of fake flash memory in China/Hong Kong/Shanghai whose ebay ID we think belongs to a known fraud gang.

We fully expect that this item and all other flash memory sold by online-trade-centre will prove to be fake capacity, causing data corruption and loss for users of such items.

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 12, 2009 at 8:50 AM