Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

UK ebayer with counterfeit 64GB Kingston DatTraveler drives

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If UK seller chippy!1234567890 thinks these 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 drives are genuine then why is there no mention of the Kingston name in the listing? After all the Kingston name is a selling point! Does this mean that the seller is aware that these are fakes that will corrupt buyers’ data?

If these were genuine then buyers would be able to verify the serial numbers with Kingston. However these cannot be genuine as it would be impossible to sell genuine ones at this price. The seller is even offering discounts for bulk purchase on this impossibly low price! It states in the listing:

If you wish to purchase more than 3 memory sticks at a time then contact me and I will give u a great deal of discount, also the more you buy the better the discount will get. Depending on the circumstances you will probably recieve around 40% discount for large orders, and around 20% discount for orders over 3 products.

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 20, 2009 at 11:52 PM

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  1. Anyone who wishes to report in to with test results must also provide the following information:

    1) eBay item number
    2) eBay Seller id
    3) Your eBay Buyer id

    Without this information your proof cannot be entered in the database. Without proof in the database no alert will be issued by sosfakeflash. Your proof matters!!

    The reason we ask that you email your information rather than leaving things on public blogs is to protect your privacy. Your privacy is important to us and we never reveal the email address, ebay ID or other personal information of fraud victims – but we will reveal all such information about fraudsters!

    It is helpful if you can also provide:

    eBay item description if the listing has been removed

    Seller address (complete) if you have it. Important to build profile and track multiple id’s

    A short word of you experience and or thoughts, if you like


    October 28, 2009 at 11:59 PM

  2. Kingston were contacted about these drives and have confirmed they are definitely counterfeits. Ebay has been instructed to remove them.

    Fraudsters often do leave the brand name out in order to try and avoid having their counterfeit goods removed.

    If you have bought one, or several of these counterfeits from this seller, demand your refund right now through ebay and paypal Safety Centre. The seller may want to give a quick refund to avoid ebay and paypal getting involved.

    Fraudsters usually prefer to refund very quickly in order to prevent ebay and paypal getting wind of their trade in counterfeit goods. Attention drawn to this kind of activity usually results in suspension.

    Refuse to return the counterfeits. It is illegal to post them and you are not obliged to break the law to get your refund. Paypal are fully aware of these laws.

    Please email results of the h2testw to on these drives to enable an alert to be issued on this seller.

    The sooner corrupt sellers are named and shamed, the better.


    October 28, 2009 at 11:44 PM

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