Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Counterfeit and fake capacity flash drive sold by USA ebayer

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USA ebay member overbuiltbarns sold two of these fake flash drives.

The colour of this flash drive indicates 4GB not 32GB so either they are 4GB Kingston drives hacked to show 32GB or they are entirely counterfeit. Either way they will cause data loss and corruption for anyone using them once the true capacity is reached. This ebay member sold a couple of other flash memory items which we also suspect will be fake capacity.

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

October 4, 2009 at 10:04 PM

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  1. Sorry to say, but the plea of ignorance does not cut it with me in this case.

    It was not necessary to have the goods on hand to work out they were fakes in the case of the 32gb DTG2.

    I suppose Ted was not trying to mislead anyone when selling the Ipod mp3 players either (Item no. 320429186419). They were clearly listed as Ipods, not “Shuffle style” or similar, which would have been more honest.

    Ted also clearly states in the listing for the 64gb DT200:

    “All real not fake. We have a partner`s program”

    I would be questioning the “partner’s program” bit as well as the authenticity of the drive.

    Ted is obviously aware of the presence of counterfeit goods on the market. All the more reason to check items personally before selling them.

    From feedback comments left by his buyers, it would appear to be a good idea to check over any listing from this seller very carefully indeed.


    October 5, 2009 at 1:14 PM

  2. Ive been called a lot of things but an intentional fraudster. Wow, the thing is I didnt have them on hand to check them so I wasnt sure they were counterfit or not and have offered replacement or refund for any suspect products, none of these flash drives have been sent nor have I relisted any flash drives since then until I get to the bottom of this. check my auctions no flash drives have been listed since I found out about this problem. It sounds to me like this bloger has to much time on his hands. Maby he should write a book about detecting fraudsters with all of that intense insight and deductive reasoning power.

    Ted DuBois

    October 5, 2009 at 2:31 AM

  3. When informed by a well meaning ebay member that these drives were counterfeits, the seller responded by saying:

    “I had no idea I will check them and the ones that sell will be refunded or sent a flash drive with the right amount of storage.”

    I hope the seller is going to extend the same courtesy to the buyer of the quite likely counterfeit 64gb DT200 sold recently too. At £35.23 I doubt very much it was genuine. The SanDisk Cruzer is likely to be counterfeit too if from the same supplier.

    Since the seller was notified on the 27th September, well before any of the usb flash drives actually sold, there is no excuse for not checking and immediately ending the auctions. The seller chose to let them all run.

    I believe the seller knew exactly what he was selling and is an intentional fraudster.

    An honest seller would have ended the auctions.


    October 5, 2009 at 1:34 AM

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