Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

Seller in N Ireland lists the fraudsters’ favourite on ebay

with 12 comments


Looks like asperou1974 (an ebay member in Northern Ireland) has been shopping in fake flash land and come back from a fraudulent wholesaler with the fraudsters’ favourite USB flash drive. These always prove to be fake capacity and cause data loss and corruption. The seller may be unaware that the supplier was fraudulent and these are fake.

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 17, 2009 at 6:15 PM

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  1. I have had this sort of response many times – some people assume that anyone who contacts them with a warning must be up to something.


    September 28, 2009 at 2:12 PM

  2. Now I know why so many fake flash buyers never report problems! Is it worth bothering with people that make comments like this:-

    “THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE MEMORY! It was tested the minute it arrived. When I need advice I go looking for it, I don’t need it from snoops.”

    Well good luck and when your files turn to DUST, maybe you will take a different attitude…


    September 28, 2009 at 2:06 PM

  3. eBay are gradually making access to other features more and more difficult, like for example, leaving follow up feedback SHOULD have an instant link button, currently it is buried in the Community menu/Feedback Forum/Follow Up to Feedback Left. This seems to be the only access if your item has been removed from your summary panel.
    Accessing this feature presents a much tidier version of your recent feedback, the ACTION column contains the link to the feedback entry screen for your selected item.


    September 28, 2009 at 10:43 AM

  4. Hello Tony,

    There is always the use of follow up feedback to help alert others on this fraudster. The suggested wording below would be useful.

    FRAUD – fake capacity – test with h2testw – see:


    September 28, 2009 at 10:25 AM

  5. Bought one of these and it seemed alright until I attempted to copy- fortunately – MY Video folder with 15 gb of videos when after a bit it reported problems and on checking, my videos were all corrupted. Reported to paypal immediately and apparently asperou is going to refund me within 5 days, we will see. Paypal have closed the case as refund granted.
    As a matter of interest, I naively left positive feedback after transferring 2.1 gb of pictures and was only alerted to the possible problem by a fellow ebayer’s email.


    September 28, 2009 at 8:43 AM

  6. I have been advised that an ebay member contacted about a purchase from this seller, has reported losing files and seeing strange names in Chinese on folders/files, this sounds like more proof these items are fake.


    September 28, 2009 at 8:32 AM

  7. It’s amazing – 34 positive comments for obviously fake capacity flash drives and only one neg!

    There is obviously a thriving local market for baby socks in Derry as these were pickup only – of course it is quite easy to pick up an item from yourself!!


    September 27, 2009 at 12:14 PM

  8. Looking over feedback for both asperou1974 and paramedictradex revealed some more connections and feedback manipulation involving all ID’s below.

    There is absolutely no doubt now that the seller started out with the full intention of fraud.












    September 27, 2009 at 4:05 AM

  9. Seller has received negative feedback for one of the 64gb fake capacity drives. Turns out to be a 4gb as expected.

    Seller has alternate ID of paramedictradex.


    September 27, 2009 at 3:30 AM

  10. Hmm – just looked at this seller’s feedback and noticed something a bit strange. Feedback comments show that pair of used mens duke jeans (item number 270456570743) sold by asperou1974 were apparently purchased by a buyer with the ID asperou. Coincidence or a fake sale??


    September 26, 2009 at 7:20 PM

  11. Genuine 64GB flash drives cost more to manufacture than asperou1974 is selling them for. Not a single flash drive of this type tested by members of the frankenflash project was ever the capacity claimed by the seller – ipso facto these are fake capacity flash drives that will cause data to be lost or corrupted.


    September 26, 2009 at 7:05 PM

  12. An ebay member advised he asked this seller if he was aware of the vast amount of fake capacity flash drives being sold on ebay. The member reports the seller replied “They are not fake my friend. -asperou1974”

    Looking at the pictures it would seem this seller could be mistaken? Still 27 people brought one of these so far but since these are privately listed, no details of buyers will be available, unless subsequent feedback reveals the truth.


    September 26, 2009 at 6:54 PM

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