Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Seems this ebay seller went shopping in fake flash land

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jean6kids

We are fairly certain that this 32GB Hello Kitty USB flash drives listed by a UK seller will prove to be fakes that trash user’s files. Every flash drive tested by the fightflashfraud team that had a little shiny sticker (like the one in the picture showing the drive’s supposed capacity) turned out to be fake.

The seller did not seem to be aware that there is such a thing as fake flash memory. An ebay member suggested that jean6kids tests these with h2testw – we don’t think they will pass the test. These drives probably have a real capacity of under 4GB.

The seller is a mac user so can’t test them on her own computer but has promised not to send any out until they have been tested. Let’s hope she is true to her word. It might be a wise move to cancel the listing until after testing has been done. Then she won’t have the problem of explaining to buyers – sometimes they are not very understanding!

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.

UPDATE 02/11/2009
It seems this seller was true to her word as the listing seems to have been removed. It cheers the team up no end if a seller who bought from a fraudulent supplier does the right thing!

UPDATE 03/11/2009
Having ended the listing and tested the flash drives this lady got back to the ebay member who warned her they were likely to be fake and emailed him the test results from h2testw. The results indicate that the capacity of these supposedly 32GB flash drives was absolutely tiny!

Before the fraudulent programming these would have been 128mb – an eighth of a gigabyte! The actual storage space available for use was (as with all flash drives) less than this – but the space lost to file management was larger than usual because of it being programmed to show such a large capacity.

This story seems to have a happy ending for everyone – the seller acted very quickly with very good outcomes:

  1. No one was sent one of these fakes because jean6kids took the warning seriously
  2. The lady found out the truth very quickly by acting on the ebay member’s advice
  3. Because she acted quickly it seems she was in time to stop payment to her fraudulent supplier

Perhaps other sellers could learn a lesson from this very sensible lady. If an ebayer warns you that flash drives you listed are likely to be fake they are doing so for good reason. Act on their advice quickly and you can save yourself a lot of headaches!

We applaud jean6kids for her speedy and honourable actions and wish her well with her future sales. We think anyone who buys from this lady will find that she is the cream of ebay. If she decides she would still like to sell flash drives and manages to find an honest supplier I am sure we will be happy to recommend her here.

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  1. That’s excellent news – especially that she got the information in time to stop the fraudster being paid!

    fightflashfraud

    November 3, 2009 at 3:30 PM

  2. The seller took the appropriate steps and tested the drives with h2testw after being contacted by a concerned ebay member.

    The results were as follows:

    “hi i did the test and got this result :
    Warning: Only 31983 of 31984 MByte tested.

    The media is likely to be defective.

    105.1 MByte OK (215424 sectors)

    31.1 GByte DATA LOST (65285760 sectors)

    Details:31.1 GByte overwritten (65285760 sectors)

    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    0 KByte corrupted (0 sectors)
    64 KByte aliased memory (128 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x0000000006430000
    Expected: 0x0000000006430000
    Found: 0x00000007cea00000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 3.67 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 4.23 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    so have now removed the listing.

    and thanks to you i just managed to get a dispute in before seller was paid.

    so thank you for your email warning me of these fake items."

    So, what we have here is a lovely lady who was sold these drives by a fraudulent supplier. (Shame on them abusing this lady's trust!)

    It's an even happier ending when it is known the fraudulent supplier is not getting paid!

    Traveler

    November 3, 2009 at 2:37 PM


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