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Archive for October 13th, 2009

256GB Kingston DT300 in private listing on ebay Australia.

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1800memory

Seller 1800memory claims that these Kingston DataTraveler 300 USB flash drives are genuine. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 13, 2009 at 11:55 PM

Fraudulent ebay seller mycandyshop caught with fake flash

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Seller mycandyshop is a confirmed fraudster selling fake MP players which will trash your files – an alert about this seller was issued on the sosfakeflash blog on 31st August. Seller also has suspect memory cards for sale.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

October 13, 2009 at 9:13 PM

Counterfeit 128GB Corsair flash drive on ebay

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eugenyz1976

Seller eugenyz1976 states in the listing that there is no serial number for this 128GB Corsair Voyager flash drive. This is because it is counterfeit and fake capacity and it will corrupt users files after a while. The genuine 128GB Corsair does not look like this.

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 13, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Another ebay gremlin with the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive

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haoyunlai136

Groan – yet another gremlin from China selling the fraudsters’ favourite USB flash drive – easy to program to any fake flash memory capacity the frausters choose. There are no genuine 64GB flash drives that look like this. A 64GB USB flash drive can not be manufactured at this price, let alone sold on ebay. This flash drive from seller haoyunlai136 is fake fake fakity fake.

This seems to be a very determined fraudster who has thousands of fakes for sale (3 models – the one above, counterfeit 64GB Kingston DT 150’s and a stubby swivel model – possibly marked Vaio on one side) hundreds of ebayers have already fallen prey to this seller but won’t yet know it.

Most probably have not yet received their fake. If these buyers had done their research they would know that it is impossible to buy a genuine flash drive above 8GB at this price (except wholesale) – and certainly not a 64GB! A 64GB drive costs more than double this to manufacture!

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 13, 2009 at 3:38 PM

UK ebay member seems to be re-selling fake flash drives

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It appears that UK ebay member af51ar_m bought fake flash drives from at least one known ebay fraudster and proceeded to re-sell them on ebay. This seller may well find that this action results in negative feedback from the buyers when they find that the flash drives are fake capacity and corrupt their files.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

October 13, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Well Well, what have we here then?

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makingithappen-2009

Members of the frankenflash project will no doubt instantly recognise what we have here. A counterfeit and fake capacity Kingston DT150 with the tell-tale idenitifying plastic covering stripped away!

Seller makingithappen-2009 seems to have the strange idea that these are ok for data and pictures but not for video or music. The seller states:

THESE ARE NO FOR GOOD OR MUSIC VIDEOS!!!!!!!!! FILES!!!!!!! THEY WILL CORRUPT THE DRIVE, IF YOU PUT THESE FILES IT WOULD HAVE TO BE DONE ONE AT A TIME AND THEY MUST BE AUTHENTIC MUSIC FILES BUT THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The reason that music and video cause more of a problem than other files is simply that they are larger and a single video file may exceed the true capacity of these drives. All this means is that the eventual corruption shows up quicker than it would with text files or small pictures.

It is not just your music and video that will be corrupted by these fakes. Eventually everything saved to them will become corrupted. The seller should have tried to get the money back from the fraudulent supplier rather than selling these on and causing problems for other ebayers.

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 13, 2009 at 9:09 AM

Another ebay gremlin with familiar fake USB flash drives

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sdgfyud_f

gremlin2sAs we understand it genuine 64GB USB flash drives can not be manufactured for under £50 let alone sold on ebay at this price! This gremlin seller (sdgfyud_f) will be well aware that these are 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 13, 2009 at 6:00 AM