Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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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

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  1. The original listing made reference to the drive being in the Kingston casing as far as I recall.

    Strangely enough, using almost exactly those same words regarding the casing as Karl has used. It’s almost like he worded the advert himself. Wierd!

    Traveler

    September 15, 2009 at 3:27 PM

  2. A concerned ebay member was in touch yesterday asking about this seller. I directed them to this blog.

    They contacted the seller afterwards asking about whether the drives had been tested and if the seller was aware of the article here.

    Up pops Karl, the happy customer!

    Traveler

    September 15, 2009 at 3:22 PM

  3. I have a question for Karl – as a happy customer how come he found this blog?

    Usually the only people who find it are those who have been defrauded or the sellers who have dodgy listings and have been told they should read it.

    Pandora

    September 15, 2009 at 2:10 PM

  4. Well Karl,
    You do surprise us. You did test with h2testw didn’t you, rather than just looking at the properties and saving a few files, I hope!

    How long did the test take? The length of time it takes is an indicator of how good the drive is as well as the test results.

    fightflashfraud

    September 15, 2009 at 2:00 PM

  5. I actually purchased one of these and i must say are ok.

    In the same case as a data traveller but not Kingston.

    All faired up ok when tested.

    karl

    September 15, 2009 at 1:52 PM

  6. It would have been nice of the seller to provide a good clear picture of himself in the listing so we could put a face to the fraud. Fraudster liam_ashey2009 was obliging enough to do this for us!

    Advertising the drive originally using definite Kingston 64gb DT150 pictures coupled with the description delcaring the drive to be a genuine Samsung inside would make anyone suspicious.

    The rude and offensive nature of this seller’s replies and removal of picture says enough.

    I suggest this seller stick to parking his four wheel drive in little grassy areas and playing in his little tents and leave selling usb flash drives to the grown-ups.

    Traveler

    September 14, 2009 at 11:11 PM


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