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Archive for September 14th, 2009

Do my eyes deceive me?

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wgrilaney
Seller web*girl the (scam) artist formerly known as rilainey has a very interesting listing here. If my eyes do not deceive me the picture shows a flash drive bearing the Sony name but the listing says Sandisk. Is the seller suggesting that Sandisk kindly manufactures Sony’s flash drives for them or what??

The seller states it is a new design – you can say that again web*girl! We’ve never yet come across a Sandisk model bearing the Sony name! Perhaps web*girl aka rilainey is suffering from dementia and has forgotten that Sandisk and Sony are rival companies. Fortunately our team have all their faculties and can spot dodgy goings on such as changes of ID and listings that don’t make sense.

When we first posted about this seller back at the beginning of August the seller was advertising 32GB Sandisk flash drives and the picture was of a Sandisk drive. At that time rilainey was apparently located in Bridgenorth – with the change of ID has come a change of location – now given as Wolverhampton.

Events since our first post (at which time we thought it possible, if unlikely, that the seller was a victim of a fraudulent supplier) lead us to the inevitable conclusion that this is a duplicitous seller deliberately flogging fake memory items on ebay. Dodgy dealers – we are watching you!

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 14, 2009 at 11:05 PM

Are the USB flash drives from this UK ebayer genuine?

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dealbestsales

If the Sandisk and Integral USB flash drives listed on ebay by seller dealbestsales are genuine then they are bargains. We hope that dealbestsales did not buy these from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers supplying counterfeit and fake capacity flash memory.

We also hope this seller has checked serial numbers and tested a sample of the drives thoroughly to ensure they are not counterfeits. 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 14, 2009 at 9:00 PM

UK seller lists 64GB USB flash drive on ebay with no picture

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We found the fact that UK seller kangacamping has a listing for 64GB USB flash drives with no picture whatsoever rather suspicious. The buy it now price of £39.99 with P&P of £5.45 also seemed rather suspicious as we think it would be impossible to sell a genuine 64GB flash drive at this price. Seller kangacamping offers a money back guarantee and says this in the listing:

HERE WE HAVE SOME GREAT 64GB USB FLASH DRIVES, THESE ARE 100% GENUINE 64GB TRIED AND TESTED

If these sell, then we suspect kangacamping will end up having to give a few refunds! We have now discovered that the listing originally pictured the 64GB DataTraveler 150 and that kangacamping removed the picture when an ebay member warned they were liable to be counterfeit and fake capacity.

Mystery solved then – it seems that kangacamping is probably well aware that he is selling fake capacity flash memory. If not then he would have done what any honest ebayer does and followed the advice of the ebay member who was kind enough to contact him and suggest that the seller check the drives out. Instead, kangacamping was very rude and a bit threating towards this ebayer.

It seems that kangacamping may have made up for the lack of a picture showing the flash drive by giving us pictures of himself in listings for tents! We did think of using one of these to brighten up the post a little – bit dull without a picture isn’t it?

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 14, 2009 at 7:10 PM

Yet another baby gremlin on ebay selling fake flash drives it seems

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xinyugongsi

gremlin2sSeems like xinyugongsi is another new ID set up by fraudsters in China for the purposes of fake flash fraud. We think any flash memory 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 14, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Looks like yet another ebay gremlin from China to us

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lingwawa98982009

gremlin2sWe think lingwawa98982009 is a carefully built gremlin ID set up to defraud ebayers with fake capacity memory. A good feedback score was built up for this ID by selling headphones at a loss in auctions with a start price of 1p and free p@p.

Who sells headphones for 1p with free P&P in listing after listing? Fraudsters in China, that’s who! The seller is no longer listing headphones – the buffer against negative feedback is in place.

Now the seller only has the buy it now listing shown above for a 16GB flash drive – except it won’t be a 16GB flash drive – more likely 2GB programmed to appear to be 16GB to the operating system. The worst part for victims of flash memory fraud is not the money lost – it is losing things saved to these fake items that the user does not have copies of elsewhere.

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 14, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Another baby gremlin from China sells 16GB USB flash on ebay

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wangbogongsi

gremlin2sSeems like wangbogongsi is another new ID set up by fraudsters in China for the purposes of fake flash fraud. We think any flash memory 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 14, 2009 at 1:15 PM

What has this UK member using private sales got to hide?

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tiborczi

If the 32GB Sandisk Ultra Backup USB flash drives being sold here by tiborczi are genuine why does the seller feel the need to use a private sale? This makes us wonder if they could be counterfeits. Buyers can check serial numbers with Sandisk to find out.

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 14, 2009 at 11:03 AM