Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Hong Kong seller with incredible flash drive listings on ebay

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Snoopy just isn’t coping with what he sees on ebay now. On sighting the listing (above right) from unlimitedsource2u09 he fainted on his doghouse again murmering “Good greif!”

Seller unlimitedsource2u09 is banking on the greed and ignorance of ebayers to bring profits from fake flash sales. This seller has run numerous auctions for flash drives with a start price of 1p and free P&P. Ask yourself this – what honest seller could afford to do such a thing?

We are sure you will draw the same conclusion as us – no honest seller could afford to take such a risk!! The familiar fake flash drive in the listing above (many members of the frankenflash project own one!) sold for £6.50 with free P&P. It is very unusual to buy a genuine 4GB flash drive this cheaply, let alone a 16GB – it costs more than this to make a genuine 16GB USB flash drive!

At this price you certainly can’t buy anything except a fake 16GB flash drive that will trash your files. Period. No exceptions. If you want a genuine one then expect to pay around £20 -£25 and avoid ebay like the plague!

Almost all flash memory items on ebay are fake – some of them at higher prices than you would pay for the genuine article elsewhere. If you need a flash drive, a memory card or any item that uses flash memory – do your research!! Learn about what is available and what price you should expect to pay.

If (like us) you didn’t have your thinking head on and did by flash drives on ebay – test them immediately!! you are at high risk of losing any data you saved to them.

There is fake flash memory elsewhere on the Internet (and at car boot sales, computer fairs and even occasionally in shops on the High St!) so we strongly 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 30, 2009 at 9:15 AM

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