Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

We wouldn’t touch these flash drives on ebay with a bargepole

with 2 comments

estm

We wouldn’t have one of these even if seller estm paid us to take it away!

This ebay member obviously has very little idea about flash drives as the comment “Amazing Product, Great Ebayer” was left for fraudster 123qazxc who sold estm the obvious fake that we posted about on August 31st.

Seller 123qazxc was kicked off ebay for fraud and an alert about the seller was issued at sosfakeflash on 15th October. If estm failed to test the drive purchased from 123qazxc properly we don’t suppose for a second that the flash drives being sold here were tested.

We would like to advise estm that it costs more to manufacture a genuine 32GB flash drive (let alone a 128GB one) than the start bid these were advertised at. This leads us to conclude the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler drives being sold by this ebayer are counterfeit and fake capacity.

The same goes for the ones listed by seller rizademirtas – we think drives from both these sellers are counterfeits that will trash users’ files.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

October 18, 2009 at 11:20 AM

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  1. Hi Traveller,

    Seller estm may well have bought these at a computer fair – there are loads of fakes sold by dealers at computer fairs.

    We came across someone selling fakes on ebay about a year ago who previously sold at computer fairs and had had “no complaints” – of course not!!

    How many people at computer fairs check out the goods and the sellers at computer fairs any better than they do on ebay??

    Not many!!

    However it seems fairly obvious that the seller has not really tested the drives with h2tesw.

    If the seller even downloaded the program then all that estm did was look at the opening screen which simply shows (as the operating system does) what the control chip reports – a very different story from actual test results!!

    fightflashfraud

    October 18, 2009 at 7:48 PM

  2. When advised by a well meaning ebay member that these drives, and the one bought from 123qazxc, were likely to be fake capacity counterfeits, this was the seller’s reply:

    “I was sceptical when i bought that 64gb stick, but it works fine, and holds all the space it says it does, ive been using it at work ever since. I have tested the 128 and 64 with H2TESTW and it says that it holds the ammount.

    The one ive opened works and looks fine, i bought them at a computer fair from a memory dealer. I appreciate your concern, i am happy to sell them for a little profit, if people are not happy for any reason at all, i will issue a full refund, however i cant see any reason why people wouldnt be.

    As you can see from my feedback i am a trusted seller and have never had any problems.”

    It is already known the drives from 123qazxc were all fake capacity and/or counterfeit. Here is a negative feedback comment left for this deregistered seller

      “Counterfeit Kingston 64G flashdrive, Does Not Work.Verified wi Kingston support”

    Other buyers who did get drives to work reported back real capacities of 1.9gb, not 64gb.

    Claims by estm on the source of the drives and that the drives have been tested with h2testw are as fake as the drives themselves.

    Definitely a seller to avoid!

    Traveler

    October 18, 2009 at 7:06 PM


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