Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Another ebay gremlin listing the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive

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This flash drive from seller believes_wo29 is fake fake fakity fake.

gremlin2sYet again we find an ebay gremlin listing the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive for programming to fake capacities. This will not be 64GB – it will probably actually be less than 4GB.

Buyers flock to buy these fakes on ebay – after all they look very attractive. Just about every member of the frankenflash project has at least one of these – some have several! When the water on ebay gets a bit too hot (as it did due to the efforts of the frankenflash project around this time last year) they scale back from high capacities such as 32GB and 64GB.

The fraudsters then reprogramme them to lower capacities such as 8GB and 16GB and slap a new sticker on. Each time they do this the flash drives will trash a user’s files even more quickly than before. The chips used in them are factory rejects that usually started life as 1GB or 2GB.

They were never going to be very reliable in the first place – but by the time they have been reprogrammed a few times they usually become very unstable and may not even be recognised by your computer. We strongly advise against buying flash memory items on ebay – 95% of it is fake.

Genuine sellers have mostly given up – it is just too difficult to sell flash memory on ebay at a fair price. Most genuine sellers find it too frustrating and simply throw in the towel.

Most people are unaware of this, but the cost of memory chips is going up rather than down at the moment. As memory chips are the major component in a USB flash drive this impacts on the price of these more than other things that use memory chips (such as your mobile phone, your microwave etc) where the memory is only a small part of the maufacturing cost.

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 15, 2009 at 4:05 PM

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