Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Good greif! Is this ebay seller in the USA totally ignorant?

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snoopyfainted Snoopy failed to cope with the listing from bassamfh2007 shown below – he shouted “good greif” and fainted as soon as he saw it.

Snoopy has great difficulty in coping with claims made about flash memory by selllers and regularly falls off his dog-house in fright when he looks at ebay items on his laptop!! What we see in the listing below is either a 2GB Kingston flash drive that has been reprogrammed to higher capacity or a total fake that never went anywhere near a Kingston production line.


The seller seems to favour the latter as the listing states:

NOTE: This item is not the original Kingston Flash Drive, however it is made and assembled by Kingston Technologies, and it works just as good as the original one. I have tested it myself and it cost three times cheaper (approximately).

We beg to differ – fakes corrupt users files after a while – period. No exceptions. It appears that this seller may also be using an alternate ID samfadhel06 to sell fakes as well.

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 12, 2009 at 3:44 PM

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  1. A concerned ebay member contacted this seller and firmly advised these drives were definite counterfeits and the claims made of direct Kingston involvement as fraudulent.

    The seller was not entirely happy being furnished with this information and replied:

    “First of All, who are you to tell me this? Second, it has been assembled by Kingston you moron, and it clearly says in my description it is not the original. Third, Kingston is a chinese company and the supplier sold me them, so obviously they’re not “fraud”. Thank you and have a wonderful life, you miserable fuck!!”

    I hasten to add here that the concerned ebay members identity is not “you miserable fuck!!” (just in case there was any confusion on the issue!)

    Following on, the same concerned ebay member also contacted seller samfadhel06, mentioning the use of both identities as this seller had exactly the same listing for exactly the same drive from exactly the same location. (you’re getting the gist of this?).

    This was the seller’s reply:

    “Hello, well i buy my stuff from China i have not had a problem yet with any of the ones i shipped but i will defitently look into it because i have never chekced how much it stores but i will def look into it and i appricate your help.”

    Clearly the seller is stating they have some experience in buying and selling these drives. This was quickly followed by this additional contradictory message:

    “Hello, I just want to let you no i am not that other ID User and i am a new Ebayer so i wouldnt know about these things cuz im new.”

    Have we found a new Jekyll and Hyde?


    October 12, 2009 at 9:19 PM

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