Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Seller in USA fails to follow advice about fake Sony flash drive

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This is a counterfeit flash drive – Sony do not use the Vaio name for flash drives and they do not yet (unlike some brands) sell flash drives over 16GB. In our experience counterfeits are always fake capacity, causing data loss and file corruption.

Seller bgb7263 preferred to beleive what the fraudulent supplier said than what a concerned ebayer (who obviously knows a thing or two) said – as can be seen from the Q & A on the listing for item number 220485867845:

Q: This is a counterfeit hacked drive. Sony have never used Vaio branding on anything other than their laptops or made a flash drive over 16gb. Go to fighting flash fraud website and enter Sony in search box to see the full range of fake Sonys. Test with h2testw to find real capacity, likely to be under 2gb. H2testw available at website or other places on internet. I hope this helps. Sep-27-09

A: Hello, Thanks for the info. the source I have bought from told me that it is genuine, I have loaded on two of them about 12gb pictures and music and went back to priority and found that still have about 50 gb available I am sure you know more than I do. Thank you again.

Another ebay member warned that these were fake and also told the seller about h2testw – here is the reply the ebayer got:

All have been tested with H2testw program which provided by ebay and they are exectly
match the supplyer descriptions at 64gb.
Thank you for the information.

pantsonfire Hmm – think the picture on the left will tell you what we think of this response!

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 30, 2009 at 5:07 PM

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  1. This seller has certainly been busy replying to requests to check and test!

    Perseverance by a determined ebay member has resulted, hopefully, in a happy ending to the dilemna faced here by both seller and prospective buyers. It is always presumed a seller is innocent and unaware when making contact initially.

    I really do hope this is the case here.

    “I’ve tried to end all items, it was too late less than 12 hours, then After each item ended I sent the winner the following email and cancel transiction:
    Dear Customer ,
    I am really sorry to inform you that I have received a message this morning from my trusted supplier indicating it may have recall on this item, I don’t feel 100% comfortable to send it to you.
    When I get the message it was already too late to end the item, because that required a minimum of 12 hours and I’ve been advised by eBay to contact the winner and explain the concern, the eBay system will generate some kind of Form will be emailed to you and soon you agreed for the cancelation case will be closed.
    Just because I have put my best efforts in sourcing the best items in order to get a positive feedback which what I strive for in return so that I can gain more confidence from buyers and serve more valuable customers like you.”


    October 1, 2009 at 11:47 AM

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