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Archive for September 19th, 2009

Hong Kong ebay power seller with dodgy flash drives

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services_2_u

Hong Kong power seller services_2_u does not (unlike most from this part of the world) sell huge numbers of flash drives – just a few sprinkled here and there in listings. A feedback comment about the flash drive shown in the listing above indicates that it was fake capacity. Usually if one flash drive from a seller is fake all turn out to be 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.

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Written by fightflashfraud

September 19, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Suspect UK ebay seller switches to private auctions

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returncentre

We first posted about returncentre early in July – at that time we thought the seller might be an innocent victim of a fraudulent supplier. We now think that this is a deliberate fraudster. The seller has switched to selling in private auctions around the time of our previous post – not the actions of an innocent seller.

These 32GB swivel type flash drives from returncentre are being sold too cheaply for it to be likely that they are genuine. The little stick-on capacity label is also a dead give away – used on a lot of the fake capacity drives coming out of 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 19, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Gremlin ID in China activated for ebay fake flash sales

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rtyughjk_123

gremlin2sA gremlin ID registered by one of the fraud gangs in China over a year ago has now been pressed into active service to defraud ebayers by selling fake flash memory.

Seller rtyughjk_123 offers the drive shown above, the fraudsters’ favourite leather model and DataTraveler 150 drives all at 64GB.

We are certain every single flash drive will prove to be fake capacity – and of course the DataTraveler ones will also be counterfeit.

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 19, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Seems we have yet another UK ebayer who shops in fakeflash land

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firstfortechnology

It seems that UK ebay member firstfortechnology has been shopping in fakeflash land and come back with these supposedly 32GB flash drives. Every flash drive we ever tested that came in this packaging has proved to be fake capacity.

A kind ebay member warned firstfortechnology about this to keep the seller out of the brown sticky stuff with ebay (and possibly even the police) but it seems the seller paid no attention. We strongly suggest that firstfortechnology removes these from sale and tests them with h2testw as they are almost certainly fakes.

Fake capacity memory causes file loss and corruption once the true capacity of the item (probably 4GB at most) is exceeded. We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

September 19, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Suspect auctions for 64GB DT150 drives on ebay Australia

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hofungtsang

Seller hofungtsang (registered on ebay Australia) has listed a lot of Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives at auction with a $0.99 start. We doubt that anyone selling genuine ones would take such a risk as they could make a huge loss.

The fact that hofungtsang is also auctioning 128GB Kingston DT200 drives (still quite difficult to get hold of) makes us even more sure these are not genuine. We suspect these will turn out to be counterfeits purchased from a fraudulent supplier. The seller may be unaware of this. Buyers can check the serial numbers with Kingston to find out if they are genuine.

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 19, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Another ebay gremlin in China with the fraudsters’ favourite (yawn)

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tweryrshdt88

The number of times we have to write the same old same old is getting boring. Here we have tweryrshdt88 -yet another new gremlin listing the same old ….zzzzzzzzzzz…..

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 19, 2009 at 9:58 AM