Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Suspected counterfeit 16GB Sandisk on ebay USA

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burrc-2008

We think the 16GB Sandisk USB flash drives (and the PNY ones) sold by burrc-2008 on ebay USA are counterfeit and fake capacity, no doubt the seller bought them from one of the many fraudulent suppliers in the far east.

Reading the seller’s listings we suspect that the seller may well be aware of this – here is what burrc-2008 says about the Sandisk drives:

THIS ITEM IS NOT IN THE ORIGINAL PACKAGE BUT IS NEW THE PRICE 87.99

Intel® Pentium® PC or Macintosh™computer with USB support
Windows® XP, Window Vista®
Mac OS® X v10.1.2+ and Linux (storage only)
USB 2.0 port required for high-speed transfer
Requires high-power USB hub port

There is no refunds and no returns as is.

Hmm – that seems very dodgy to us! 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 testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

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  1. FWIW, I bought one of these 16GB SanDisk drives from burrc-2008, and tested it with H2testw 1.4. It found and wrote to 15271 MB of free space, and verified the data twice, no errors. Drive came with the U3 software on it. Looks like this drive is OK. Thanks for your work.

    David

    January 15, 2010 at 4:25 AM

  2. Many people don’t know how to choose their flash drive. They should simply backup your data and make sure no one has any access to you files, you should put in on a secure flash drive that you trust, at least for the important data

    Alex D.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:44 AM


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