Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Another ebay gremlin with a range of fake 64GB USB flash drives

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gremlin2sSeller fanglei518 is yet another gremlin from China selling fake capacity flash drives. Genuine flash drives of 64GB cost a lot more to manufacture than fanglei518 sold them for.

There is absolutely no chance that anyone will get a genuine 64GB flash drive for £15! Do your research folks!! You can’t even buy reliable 16GB flash drives for this price.

Here are the models of 64GB flash drive sold by fanglei518 before this seller stopped listing them for sale:


Three of the four models are very familiar to our team. On the far left we have the fraudsters’ favourite, a generic drive clad in faux leather. Next we have a steel swivel model which is often marked Sony or Vaio. Next to that is the counterfeit DataTraveler 150. The model on the far right is less familiar, but fake nonetheless.

Seller fanglei518 was unlucky enough to get a negative comment for the silk ties this seller hoped to build up good feedback with, to offset any negatives about flash drives. This may be what prompted this seller to stop listing for now. Perhaps fanglei518 is waiting to see whether people notice they got fakes before setting up shop again if they didn’t!

There is little chance of buying genuine flash drives of 64GB or over on ebay at any price. You may be able to buy genuine flash drives of up to 4GB on ebay occasionally if you know what you are looking for – but even at 4GB capacity or lower many are fake and will trash your 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 your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

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  1. Hi Werner

    A lot of the fakes cannot be NFTS formatted so you might find this fails. Even if you do manage to return the drive to it’s real capacity (probably 4GB or less) it will never be reliable as the fakes all use low grade chips that are rejected by brand name manufacturers. These chips are inherently unreliable – so don’t save anything on it that you don’t have backed up somewhere else.

    There is no market price for a genuine flash drive of the particular model you bought as all of them seem to be fakes. They are often sold as being Sony drives – and Sony don’t sell anything abve 16GB!

    Although we have only listed items we found on ebay there are plenty of other sites, like the one you bought on, listing fake flash drives for sale.


    October 29, 2009 at 9:50 AM

  2. Hi fell for the first steel model sold on kijiji Montreal for 35.00 Can$ (only 5 -10.00 under market) fell for the steel…. shit
    trying formatting NFTS and then h2testw to find true capapcity…..
    need the damn thing for work


    thanks for the info


    October 29, 2009 at 1:34 AM

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