Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

There is no such thing as a 120GB USB flash drive!

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Fraudster speedy*speedy made a big mistake with this listing – there is no such thing as a 120GB flash drive! Flash drives are made in different capacities from hard drives, so speedy*speedy has made a very obvious technical error here.

We have no doubt that every flash drive sold by speedy*speedy will prove to be fake capacity and cause users’ files to vanish or become corrupt after a while. This fraudulent seller is using private sales to hide what is being sold to whom – another sign of fraud!

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 11:00 AM

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  1. Hi Rich,

    We have found that reporting items to ebay is a bit like banging your head against a brick wall. The things that will make a difference are the database we are compiling (why we ask people to report in with test results etc), leaving negative comments for fraudsters and warning others who bought the same item as you.

    If people band together to stop injustice fantastic things can be acheived. The struggle is hard but if groups of people band together and persist in fighting against injustice, no matter what, (whether the injustice is discrimination, fraud or whatever else) then they can win out in the end. History bears this out!!


    October 6, 2009 at 8:21 PM

  2. I did not even bother with sosfakeflash just yet because I already am convinced that this is a fake (the one I received) but I will do so if it makes a difference. I reported it to eBay but I can’t imagine that it makes any difference to them unless THEY are on the receiving end of some sort of “discipline”! When I bid and won, I thought that I was just going to get some generic thing from China. Unbranded. But is WAS branded.

    At first I thought, “wonderful! Good deal”. But then I looked-up on “VAIO’s” sites and found no such thing listed. Then I found you. I must sort this out and decide what to do although my opinion is to just suck it up and don’t do it again. Thanks for being here!

    Rich Graf

    October 6, 2009 at 8:10 PM

  3. Hi Rich,
    We have noticed that fake flash drives often look more attractive than genuine ones! This (along with the idea of grabbing a “bargain” in auctions) often lead people to make the mistake of buying fakes. We’ve all been there – we should have known better! Hope you reported in to sosfakeflash with test results etc – this gives the project the hard evidence that will be needed to finally force ebay to stop this fraud if we eventually get the oppurtunity (with the help of all the victims) to take them to court!


    October 6, 2009 at 7:57 PM

  4. Sad to admit that I purchased one of these in “32GB” guise from eBay. Seller was “toomanyles……”. What I received was a bubble packed “SONY VAIO” which doesn’t exist as a flash memory. Looks real good! FAKE, though. Nice job. I still see eBay listing these things as well as many others all selling too cheap to be real. Live and learn is all I can say. 😦

    Rich Graf

    October 6, 2009 at 7:35 PM

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