Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for September 20th, 2009

Suspect DT200 listings on ebay from seller in Canada

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enightmarket3

We noticed listings from this seller a while back but at that time the price of flash drives listed were close to what we would expect and the seller does advise buyers to check serial numbers and register their drives with Kingston.

However selller enightmarket now seems to be listing Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB at prices that seem a bit too low and they seem to be shipped from Hong Kong. This makes us wonder if this could be a more cunning type of fraud – sell the genuine article for around the right price then sell fakes more cheaply?

We hope our suspicions prove to be entirely unfounded. Buyers should certainly check the serial numbers with Kingston as advised by the seller. We will be very pleased if it turns out that all are genuine.

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September 20, 2009 at 11:52 PM

Seller in Italy lists counterfeit Sony and Kingston flash drives

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occhi-occhi

The flash drive shown above is not made by Sony and is not 64GB it (like the other drives listed by occhi-occhi) is counterfeit and 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 20, 2009 at 10:59 PM

Seems we have a determined UK fraudster on ebay here!!

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machiavelliseven

Seems that ebay seller machiavelliseven chose a very appropriate name! The name Machiavelli has become synonomous with the use of cunning and deceitful tactics in politics or in general. This seller lives up to the ID machiavelliseven by using the devious tactic of private auctions and in other ways!

This ebay member already had listings for these counterfeit 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives removed by ebay once, no doubt as a result of pressure from Kingston.

Un-deterred machiavelliseven simply changed the picture to a standard Kingston one and re-listed them! One was sold yesterday for £92 – item number 190336028550 and there are (at the time of writing) four current listings for these.

The current listings are item nos: 190336028900, 190336028991, 190336029155 and 190336029239

If listings from machiavelliseven are removed again buyers will find the item has disappeared from their won list. As ebay knows they are counterfeit why didn’t they prevent the seller from re-listing in the first place?? Buyers will find details in their paypal account if they have paid even if the item has vanished from their won list. We advise anyone buying high capacity Kingston flash drives to check the serial numbers with Kingston. We know what they will say about the drives sold by machiavelliseven!!

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 20, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Hong Kong powerseller uses private sales on ebay

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kjcollection

If the flash drives sold on ebay by kjcollection are genuine we wonder why the seller is hiding what has been sold by using private sales?

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 20, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Seems this ebayer in Spain has been shopping in fake flash land

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hixxy90

These 64GB USB flash drives from hixxy90 are certain to be fake capacity – everything we have come across in this packaging has been fake. Fakes cause file loss and corruption after a while.

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 20, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Suspect ebay seller in Turkey

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jenga_44

Seller jenga_44 (based in Turkey) listed an 8gb ipod nano for sale which we beleive was fake. It seems ebay removed this listing.

We suspect that the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives listed by the seller may be counterfeits – usually when sellers advertise one fake all their wares are fake. Buyers can check the serial numbers with Kingston.

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.

UK ebayer sells 32GB Kingston drives with private listing

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2strokepowerhouse

Uk ebay member 2strokepowerhouse sold two of these 32GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives using a private listing. We wonder if the use of a private listing means that the seller was aware these were likely to be counterfeits. The buyers should check serial numbers with Kingston – we have a feeling that they will not verify the drives as genuine.

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 20, 2009 at 11:00 AM