Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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UK ebay member sells a fake 32GB flash drive as faulty

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thegeekyfreakUK ebay member thegeekyfreak sold the “32GB” USB flash drive shown on the left on October 13th for £16.00. The drive was sold as being faulty.

It was not faulty – it was a fake capacity flash drive sold by a known ebay fraudster.

This picture and the drive in question are very familiar to the frankenflash project. Every flash drive of this model we tested turned out to be fake capacity. Such drives are programmed to fool the operating system.

In the listing the seller stated:

This usb drive is being sold has faulty does not seem to hold data. need a wizz kid to fdisk it

Despite being advised by an ebay member that it was fake capacity rather than faulty (almost as soon as the item was listed) the seller continued with the listing. This was the seller’s response to being told exacly what the problem was and being advised to test with h2testw:

hiya. when I but fills on the flash drive like an iso file of 4gb when I open drive it only reads a few KB’s. I have pissed around a bit with it but then I forgot about the drive and bought an survior. cheers steve.

One might think from this that the seller was not very computer literate (and also had poor English literacy) so simply didn’t understand the advice. If so, then we find the seller’s classified ad (ebay item number 300352769610) rather incongrous. In this advert the seller offers computer advice and training as well as web design services.
So which is it? Is the seller not very technically knowlegable (in which case we don’t think he should be offering these services) or was he feigning ignorance about the fake flash drive?

If it is the latter can we expect to see the 16GB flash drive purchased from suspected fraudster costcocity002 (shown on the right) to be listed as for sale as “faulty” too?

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 bought a fake on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

October 26, 2009 at 7:52 PM

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  1. If this seller is indeed offering these computer training services to others, I do hope the seller is not giving advice on the safe storage of data.

    You would think that someone with this claimed level of IT ability would be keen to learn about and use the h2testw program.

    I have seen sellers pretending to be less literate or pleading ignorance whilst being intentionally fraudulent.

    It really is worth comparing the listing mentioned above for the seller’s computer training service, to the response given by the seller when advised to test with h2testw.

    Steve has absolutely no English literacy problem in the listing.


    October 26, 2009 at 11:13 PM

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