Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Anyone recognise what this listing we found on ebay USA shows?

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These 64GB flash drives listed by seller iaiplace63 look very dodgy indeed to us.

The seller says:

I got those items from Auction in San Jose from out of Business Technology Company. Boxes were sealed but I open it just to make sure it is works and have right capacity.

If these were part of the stock of a Technology company then we’re not surprised they have gone out of business! As to opening and testing, it seems this consisted of looking at the properties of the drives on computers with different operating systems, copying a few files onto them and deleting them.

The seller is mistaken in thinking that this is sufficient to check that they are genuinely 64GB. Given what they seem to be we’d say it is highly unlikely that they are genuinlely 64GB and advise the seller to test with h2testw. We are of the opinion that these started life as counterfeits of a particular model of a well known brand of flash drive familiar to members of the frankenflash project.

Counterfeit flash drives never have the capacity claimed (although this will appear to be the case when you look at the properties) – they are always low capacity drives programmed to appear larger. Files become corrupt after a time because there is nowhere for them to go when the true capacity is exceeded.

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 18, 2009 at 10:00 PM

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  1. Strangely enough, this seller has previously had counterfeit drives removed by ebay after pressure from Kingston.

    Can anyone guess what model of drive that might have been?


    October 18, 2009 at 10:05 PM

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