Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

These 64GB USB flash drives on ebay USA are bound to be fake

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These 64GB USB flash drives from US seller e-treasure-stor-e are bound to be fakes that will trash users’ files.

No one could possibly sell genuine 64GB flash drives for this price. We advise the seller to test them with h2testw – we think the real capacity will probably be 4GB or less. If the seller is honest then buyers will be contacted, warned not to use them and refunded.

However, we doubt if the seller will do this as the use of private listings for these (whilst other, more expensive, items are not private) suggests deliberate fraud on the seller’s part. Usually those who sell flash memory prove to be deliberate fraudsters and we strongly advise ebayers never to buy flash memory from someone with private listings.

Looking at the drive properties will not tell you whether a flash drive is genuinely the capacity claimed. Fraudsters use the same tools as genuine manufacturers to program the control chips – but they enter false information. Testing is the only way to find out the real capacity of flash memory.

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

November 2, 2009 at 8:59 PM

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