Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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UK ebayer with private sale for 64GB Corsair Voyager

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ukregistrations

If the 64GB Corsair Voyager USB flash drives in this listing from ukregistrations are genuine then why is the seller using a private sale? When it comes to the sale of flash memory private sales are usually an indication of fraud.

This ebay member previously sold one as a 4GB drive saying that it was incorrectly packaged as 64GB – though in the listing the seller said the packaging was unopened. If the packaging was unopened how did the seller know it was 4GB rather than 64GB and how does the seller know these are any different?

We are very dubious about this listing. 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 13, 2009 at 9:40 AM

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  1. Here we have a seller who has had a very long term relationship with another known fraudster called snipefest. Snipefest has been previously featured in these pages and feedback on the seller clearly states the 64gb Corsair Flash Voyager was a 4gb counterfeit.

    Over the years these two identities have been swapping feedback on 7 different occasions over what appears to be the same Corsair Flash Voyagers.

    A concerned ebay member had contacted ukregistrations after noticing that the buyer had bought 64gb Corsair Flash Voyagers on two seperate occasions in a short period of time from snipefest. The ebay member was concerned the buyer would lose out both financially and suffer loss of data trusting the counterfeit drives from snipefest. Strangely enough, the ebay member never received a reply to any of the messages sent by the concerned ebay member.

    Both sellers advertise exactly the same drives, (though snipefest listing did not make it clear his drives were 4gb in 64gb packaging!)both use private auctions and both have been dealing with each other for years. Could there be a much closer connection here?

    Another ebayer, ukhandycams seems to have got involved with ukregistrations and snipefest. Ebayer ukhandycams seems to have had the misfortune of buying two counterfeit 64gb Corsair Flash Voyagers too from snipefest and at least one 4gb wrongly packaged Corsair Flash Voyager from ukregistrations. Or haas misfortune got anything to do with it at all?

    It looks very much like this is the same seller using multiple identities to manipulate sales of counterfeit goods. If items are on auction from one seller ID, the other two ID’s are used to push the prices up on the counterfeits. The use of positive feedback swapping also helps promote the sales by inspiring confidence in the seller and product on offer.

    ukregistrations snipefest ukhandycams

    I would recommend staying away from any items offered by these three ebay ID’s. If there is anything on auction, you can be assured the price will be artificially inflated. Shill bidding is a tactic used by fraudsters for exactly this kind of thing.

    Traveler

    September 13, 2009 at 6:18 PM


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