Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Suspect UK ebay seller switches to private auctions

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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

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  1. express-savings and returncentre have now both been deregistered for selling their fake capacity drives.

    It comes as no great surprise when a new seller pops up with exactly the same drive:

    rdalot brand new 32gb usb flash drive uk seller memory
    Item no. 250513100018

    Does the seller being from Essex ring a bell?

    The picture used in the listing is the same one from the returncentre and express-savings listings (see in Goofbay).

    Between the two ID’s the seller managed to sell over 250 of these fake capacity drives, taking in over £5000.

    This seller is not about to give up. This is a determined fraudster who does not care if others lose out as a result.


    October 14, 2009 at 12:55 AM

  2. This comes as no surprise. we think express-savings and returncentre could well be the same seller.

    What is needed now is for victims who realised the flash drives they bought were fake to contact other buyers and warn them.


    September 27, 2009 at 11:21 PM

  3. A further buyer that was informed of the possibility of his item being a fake, has put in a claim after finding that less than 78megs were usable. He was advised to leave follow up feedback stating the item and it’s number for reference. Thus exposing the private listing.


    September 27, 2009 at 10:44 PM

  4. A buyer from this seller has left positive feedback and mentioned the item was a flash drive (private listing hides this info). The buyer has been advised NOT TO store any vital files until the drive is fully tested.
    Sosfakeflash and h2testw information included in the message.


    September 26, 2009 at 8:22 AM

  5. I notice this seller has listed EIGHT of these items again for sale from the 25th-26th September.


    September 25, 2009 at 6:43 PM

  6. Is it possible that recently deregistered express-savings and returncentre are extremely closely linked?

    Checking back over feedback for this seller shows that an unhappy customer who left negative feedback seems to think so.

    Did this seller stop selling for a while after receiving the negative feedback only to start listing the exact same drive as soon as express-savings was suspended?

    It all seems to be too much of a coincidence for my liking.

    If you have bought a drive from this seller or express-savings, please test and send in your results to the email address given at Your input is welcomed and valued by the team here at fightflashfraud. The more evidence gathered on these sellers, the better. This is your chance to help fight against the injustice we all suffer as a result of this ongoing fraud.


    September 20, 2009 at 10:14 PM

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