Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

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

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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

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  1. Further to the previous post, I see the Kingston direct price is $68, so even with a 1000 unit price to a dealer the price is not going to fall below $50, therefore I must conclude that these auctioned items are either stolen or counterfeit.


    October 2, 2009 at 10:26 AM

  2. Now we have SIX auctions for “Kingston Mini Slim” 16GB
    flash drives, sample item number 190338796238
    This is an unknown type to me, at least I never saw this illustration before?


    October 2, 2009 at 10:12 AM

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