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Strange goings-on with a seller on ebay Australia

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usb_traderWe originally posted our suspicions about Australian registered ebay seller usb_trader on September 14th.

The picture you will see in that post is rather different to the one on the right.

Evidence has come to our notice that suggests that the seller became aware that the picture originally used (shown right) prior to our post was too obviously fake and realised that listings were under suspicion.

As previously reported the seller then used private auctions using only the picture in our previous post.

The seller seems to have realised that private auctions were also very obviously suspect and has changed tack again!

Auctions are no longer private but if you are very quick to notice things you may see a quick flash of the original picture on the left in some listings before you see the picture shown in our original post!

usb_traderBThe seller now seems to be selling 128GB flash drives with three different pictures – the one above, the one in the original post and the one on the left. We don’t think a single one is genuine.

Seems that usb_trader may be a determined fraudster.

If this contstant switching wasn’t enough to convince us that usb_trader is a very dodgy trader indeed we also noticed something a little strange about the seller’s feedback!

When we looked at this on 21st September the seller had a feedback score of 5.

All feedback was for sales of the very obvious fake shown in this post – all comments were positive yet only one buyer was left feedback. Do you sell on ebay? Would you not leave feedback for a customer who gave you a positive feedback comment?

We suspect that at least four of the five positive comments left are fake. On the 22nd September two negative comments from the same buyer were left saying these are fake (again a listing with the picture shown here).

We can certainly say we wouldn’t touch this seller with a barge pole!! 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 23, 2009 at 1:00 PM

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