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Archive for September 24th, 2009

Fraudsters’ favourite flash drive with unusually high capacity

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wer69gt8

According to feedback from the buyer of this item it proved to have a capacity of 8GB – surprisingly high for the fraudsters’ favourite – normally it is only 4GB or less. The fact that it is higher capacity than usual makes this fake even more dangerous as irretreivable data loss is even more likely.

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.

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September 24, 2009 at 10:30 PM

Ebayer in Australia sold counterfeit 64GB DataTraveler 150

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calypso01

The buyer of item number 220474029053 from seller calypso01 (screenshot of listing shown above) found there was a problem with the flash drive. The buyer thought it was simply faulty – we think it was counterfeit and fake capacity.

The buyer left positive feedback as the seller gave a refund. Shame the seller did not investigate the merchandise more thoroughly and discover the truth. There is currently one listing from calypso01 for these 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives.

No doubt if Kingston had noticed the seller’s listings they would have made ebay remove them. If other buyers contact Kingston they will find out the truth – genuine ones can be verified with Kingston. As these are not genuine Kingston will not be able to verify the serial number.

Buyers should claim a full refund from the seller. Please, sellers; please, please, please check that your items are genuine before selling on ebay!

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 24, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Are these 32GB SD cards listed on ebay UK genuine or fake?

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louise_win

There are two things that make us wonder whether these 32GB SD cards listed by UK seller louise_win are genuine or not. The first is the use of private listings – we have not yet found anyone who sold genuine flash memory items in private listings.

The other thing is that the seller has used a three day listing – usually people use short listings for cheap used items that they expect to sell at auction quickly. People normally grab as long a time period as possible when they are using buy it now to maximise the possibility of a sale.

However, if they are fraudsters hoping to dump something fake quickly they may act differently to the norm. Our suspicions may prove entirely unfounded of course. Time will tell whether this is an honest seller or not.

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 24, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Carefully built gremlin ID launches fake flash career on ebay

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minghua88fa268

Looks like minghua88fa268 is an ID our fraudster friends in China are hoping to hang on to for a bit longer than some of those set up this year.

A range of flash drives have been listed under this ID. We think anything from this seller will prove fake capacity and of course the Kingston DataTraveler 150 drives will also be counterfeit.

The serial numbers for DataTraveler 150’s can be checked with Kingston. We are certain they will not be confirmed as 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 24, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Hong Kong based ebay seller with suspect 64GB flash drives

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intlshop4u

We suspect that this 64GB USB flash drive listed on ebay by intlshop4u will prove to be fake capacity – it seems rather too cheap to be a genuine 64GB drive. 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 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Another ebay gremlin from China by the look of things

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mygodyeah

gremlin2sWe expect all flash drives sold by mygodyeah will turn out to be fake capacity and think this ID belongs to one of the fraud gangs operating 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 24, 2009 at 10:19 AM

We think these 128GB flash drives on ebay USA are fake

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timeisexpressWe think these 128GB USB flash drives sold by timeisexpress (based in the USA) are great looking bling.

However, we don’t think they are really 128GB capacity – we think they are fakes that will corrupt people’s data after a while.

Seller timeisexpress sold the first two of these on September 20th:

The first one sold for $57.77 and the second for $169.50 (both free P&P).

If they were genuine the seller would have made a loss between the two – but as they can’t be genuine (according to our tech guys) then the seller has probably pocketed a tidy profit.

A member of the frankenflash project’s technical team tells us that the reason none of the genuine 128GB USB flash drives is a swivel type like this is that the circuit board is not long enough to accomodate the memory chips required for this capacity of drive.

We fully expect all flash drives sold by timeisexpress to prove to be dangerous fakes which will corrupt people’s files. 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 24, 2009 at 8:00 AM