Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Australian victim of flash fraud passes the problem on!

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An ebay member in Australia apparently bought fake flash drives from a fraudulent suppliers and is now re-selling them on ebay. This is what seller pickabargain09 says in a listing about the fake 16GB DataTraveler 100 flash drives he is palming off on other ebayers:

I bought these flash drives to use as promotional items for my business. When I ordered them I ordered a generic type that I could have a logo printed on, however when they arrived they came marked as Kingston Data Traveler, which I very much doubt they are, and it’s not what I ordered!!

I can’t use them for what they were intended, but the paperwork involved with sending them back through customs etc. is too time and energy consuming.

From my order I have given away some, and my family are using some. A couple of the ones I have given away have problems, but the 6 we are using in our family are fine.

Therefore, these items come with no guarantee – Purchaser buys as is – no refunds will be given.

These may suit other organisations who can use them as give aways, for market stalls or to resell if that’s your thing.

I have over one hundred of them. If you would like to buy in bulk, let me know and I can list as a buy it now for you.

Happy bidding

Great stuff pickabargain09!

Instead of challenging your supplier and reporting their fraud to the police you palm off the fakes you bought on ebay members! We notice that you only registered on ebay on October 1st – presumably for the purpose of dumping your fakes on others. To my mind this action is downright despicable.

I (for one) would never want to do business with you! By the way – eventually your family members will find that all their files get trashed if they continue using these fakes (unless of course this was a blatant lie??) – then you’ll be really popular at home.

Written by fightflashfraud

October 8, 2009 at 12:05 PM

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  1. Hi Traveler,

    I couldn’t agree with you more – I ran my own business for a number of years until I decided (rather later in life than most people) to go to University to learn about new technologies.

    I don’t think my business would have been very successful if I had the attitude displayed by pickabargain09!

    However, my business was tailored to individual customer requirements and didn’t need any flashy “promotional items” to bring the customers in – my products and services spoke for themselves.


    October 8, 2009 at 4:26 PM

  2. An ebay member got in touch with the seller and explained in depth how devastating it could be for others losing precious data trusting these drives.

    You may say that the seller has been open and honest with the listing and people should know better than to trust clearly couterfeit,possibly faulty drives.

    That’s all fine and well until the seller does as he suggests for any buyer willing to make a bulk order for the full amount. The seller has offered to put up a “buy it now” option for ANYONE willing to buy a large number, or indeed his full stock of over 100 drives.

    This would give the opportunity for a fraudster to buy and resell these drives as genuine Kingston DT100’s. The seller has been advised of this possibility but has chosen to ignore this in favour of their own pocket.

    So, the seller is not only lazy, but inconsiderate to others too.

    I personally hope his business fails if this is the kind of person he is.

    Would you want to do business with a seller who could not be bothered wasting their time and energy on doing the right thing?


    October 8, 2009 at 4:03 PM

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