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Archive for September 16th, 2009

UK ebay member lists fraudsters’ favourite flash drive

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octaviogoes13

This 16GB USB flash drive listed by UK ebay member octaviogoes13 is undoubtedly fake capacity – it is a favourite with fraudsters in China!

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 16, 2009 at 10:30 PM

Fake 64GB flash drive in private auction on ebay USA

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gram3020

There is no genuine 64GB flash drive that looks like this – it is a fake and will corrupt files. We think seller gram3020 knows this and that is why the seller is using private auctions.

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 16, 2009 at 10:25 PM

Seller in Thailand seems to be drop-shipping fraudsters’ favourite

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opiuyttr222

opiuyttr222yIt seems that seller opiuyttr222 (registered in Thailand) may be drop-shipping flash drives from a supplier in China.

Never buy from people who drop-ship flash memory – they have never seen the items they sell.

The items are delivered direct by the supplier so the seller has no opportunity to test them and check they are genuine. Seller opiuyttr222 has ebay auctions on for several models of 64GB USB flash drives including:

1) Disguised Kingston DataTraveler 150 drives – it seems that fraudsters have cottoned on to the fact that Kingston is taking action against counterfeits so no mention of Kingston. The picture shows no lettering on the drive which would be present on a genuine one – but the picture still gives the game away!
2) Smiley type shown on the left.
3) Fraudsters’ favourite flash drive shown in the listing above.

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 16, 2009 at 9:20 PM

If this DT150 is genuine why is ebay sale private?

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bible_basher1

If the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drives listed by UK ebay seller bible_basher1 are genuine then why on earth is the listing private? We’d understand bible_basher1 wanting to hide things if it was naughty undies or gimp masks that were being sold, but flash drives??

Buyers can check serial numbers with Kingston – if these are genuine the company will be able to verify them. If not then claim a refund from the seller.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 16, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Ebay member in the UK buys fakes on ebay and re-sells them

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tobyjug2009B

UK ebay member tobyjug2009 has a habit of buying fake flash drives on ebay from known fraudsters and re-selling them to other ebayers at a profit. Fraudsters that tobyjug2009 bought from include upcomingtrend and intertrade-connection (a very dodgy seller who later changed ID to international-distributing in order to keep on defrauding people) – a selection of fake flash items sold by tobyjug2009 is shown above.

This has the effect of giving the Chinese fraud gangs positive feedback thus assisting them in their continuing fraudulent activities. It also means that tobyjug2009’s buyers pay more for the fakes that will eventually corrupt their data than they would if they bought direct from the Chinese fraud gangs.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

September 16, 2009 at 5:20 PM

64 Kingston DataTraveler for £20 with free P&P on ebay

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chensiping112

gremlin2sCan you buy a genuine 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drive on ebay for £20 with free P&P?? No you can’t!!

You can not buy ANY genuine 64GB flash drive for this price, let alone a DT 150!

The cost of manufacturing a flash drive of 64GB capacity is more than £20. If you buy one at this price all you can expect is a fake.

Beware of seller chensiping112 – the seller does not mention the brand name Kingston or the well known DataTraveler name and model number in this listing. That is because this is deliberate fraud by an ebay gremlin.

In some listings this fraudster has the same drive without the DataTraveler name shown on the picture of the drive. This is because the seller knows that ebay are unlikely be forced by Kingston to remove listings if the drive is not listed using their brand name.

Seller chensiping112 has listed several models of 64GB USB flash drives on ebay – including the fraudsters’ favourite fake flash drive. We think every last one 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.

Is moashar078 selling genuine 64GB Kingston on ebay? – NO!!

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moashar078

The supposededly 64GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives listed by UK seller moashar078 are no such thing! They are fake fake fakity fake!! In the short time since registering on ebay (22nd March 2009) seller moashar078 earned a neg for selling fake Sony (less than a month after the ID was regisered!) and has since bought fake flash items from a number of known fraudsters.

This leads us to think that this is deliberate fraud rather than moashar078 being the innocent victim of a fraudulent supplier. We have little doubt that ebay will be forced to remove listing number 320424391335 from this seller as a result of pressure from Kingston.

We wonder if there is a connection between moashar078 and ashjaan143 who has listed the same item at the same price. We expect that item number 320424387809 from ashjaan143 will also vanish from ebay soon.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

In the case of these drives there is no need to waste time testing the whole drive – a test of the first 6GB should be more than enough to demonstrate they are fake capacity and a quick phone call to Kingston will be enough to confirm that no 64GB drives of this model were ever made.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 16, 2009 at 2:00 PM

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