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Archive for October 10th, 2009

Frausters’ favourite flash drive sold by ebayer in the USA

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nyugentech

So far it seems that none of the ebayers who bought these fake flash drives from USA seller nyugentech have realised they are not genuine 16GB flash drives but hacked drives of a smaller capacity programmed to appear to be 16GB to the operating system. The seller may not have realised either. The seller is currently listing two other models which we suspect are also 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.

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October 10, 2009 at 11:55 PM

Fake flash victim in Australia provides opportunity for more fraud!

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An ebay member in Australia (bigdaddy185) who claims to have bought fake 64GB DataTraveler 150 flash drives on ebay has listed a job lot of 10 fakes in an ebay auction (item number 330366362509). Seller bigdaddy185 states clearly in the listing that the flash drives are fake and that the true capacity appears to be 4GB.

The seller seems to (mistakenly) think that as long as you don’t save more to the drive than the true capacity that they will be ok to use. This is far from the truth. Yes – if you saved only 3gb of files to such a drive (assuming the seller is right about the true capacity) and never modified, removed or added anything then they might be ok.

However; any alteration whatsoever to the data stored on such a drive will lead to a new storage address being created on the drive and inevitable data corruption.

Seller bigdaddy185 states that he or she was unable to get a refund for these fakes – this seems a little strange as most people do manage to get refund for such obvious fakes listed on ebay now. We wonder whether what this seller says is actually true or not as we could not find a listing we could identify as bigdaddy185’s purchase and note that the only neg left by bigdaddy185 was for a seller about an item that didn’t arrive.

The first thing many fraud victims do when they find they bought fake flash is to leave a neg for the seller saying fake – but no trace of this in the case of bigdaddy185. This makes us wonder if what the seller is saying is actually a lot of twaddle. Maybe they were not even bought on ebay in the first place.

By listing these fakes as a job lot our apparent fraud victim bigdaddy185 could well create 10 more victims (as a fraudster could buy them and re-sell as genuine) just so that bigdaddy185 can retreive a proportion of what was probably paid for these. Not what victims should do! Victims of fraud on ebay should be fighting to get their money back so that the fraudsters, ebay and paypal cannot continue to profit from fake flash fraud.

Written by fightflashfraud

October 10, 2009 at 9:38 PM

Is this UK ebay seller using dropshipping to sell 128GB DT200?

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guidepost_2008

Two things make us suspect that guidepost_2008 is involved in a droshipping operation. The price being charged for these is too low and the seller states they will be dispatched within 15 days – a long time for a normal UK seller.

If we are right then these will come directly from a supplier in the far east giving guidepost_2008 no opportunity to check whether they are genuine or not. They seem too cheap to be genuine so we think they will be counterfeit and fake capacity. If they were genuine buyers could check serial numbers with Kingston, but we think they will be fakes from a fraudulent supplier.

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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October 10, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Another oriental fraudster on ebay with impossibly cheap flash

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guizhicom

As stated many times before a genuine 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 costs more to manufacture than the fraudsters are selling them for. If you buy from guizhicom you can expect your files to vanish or become corrupted after a while because these will not have been made by Kingston and will not be 64GB.

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 10, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Another ebay gremlin offering you a chance to trash your files

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gremlin2s Here is another gremlin with fake 64GB flash drives for you to trash all your valuable computer data on.

You simply cannot buy genuine drives over 16GB for this price – and finding a genuine 16GB flash drive for under £20 is rare enough. If you buy incredibly cheap flash drives then you will get a fake which will cause your files to become lost or corrupt.

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 10, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Job lots of counterfeit flash drives listed by ebayer in Turkey

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asaran25

Seller asaran25 listed a number of job lots of counterfeit Kingston flash drives. Some listings were apparently removed by ebay (no doubt at Kingston’s request) and it is likely that this one will be removed too. The seller also offers Sony memory cards – these are probably fakes too. Fake flash memory trashes your data.

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 10, 2009 at 1:41 PM

We think this is a counterfeit Kingston

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patrizia7205

We think this 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 listed on ebay by patrizia7205 is counterfeit. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 10, 2009 at 11:55 AM