Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for November 3rd, 2009

Gremlin selling 64GB DT200 flash drives on ebay

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pqvk1818

These 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives from pqvk1818 are counterfeit and fake capacity – they will trash users’ files. Genuine ones cost a lot more than these are selling for to make – so it is impossible to get a genuine one at this price.

We advise everyone to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

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Written by fightflashfraud

November 3, 2009 at 11:31 PM

Seller in Ireland lists fake flash drives bought from ebay fraudster

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george.dub The 16GB USB flash drives listed on ebay by george.dub were purchased as a job lot of 50 from ebay gremlin buy.some.here, who does not seem to be selling at the moment – waiting to see if he or she got away with frauding everyone, no doubt.

The price paid by george.dub for them works out around £7.70 each. Too low a price for them to be genuine. This seller has a buy it now listing for these at approximately £20 when postage is included. This would be a very reasonable price if they were genuine, but we are certain they’re not.

If george.dub tests these drives with h2testw we are sure he will find out the horrible truth – they are fake capacity drives that will corrupt users’ files. He should end the listings, refund any buyers then claim a refund from buy.some.here and report in to sosfakeflash with test results if we are right.

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 have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 3, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Flash drives from this ebay seller were either a bargain or fake

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nosherfj

These 32GB Sandisk flash drives sold by nosherfj were either a great bargain or they were fakes which will trash users’ files. We don’t know for sure. Buyers should test their drives before saving any valuable files on them. As usual we advise ebayers to test flash drives with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 3, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Gremlin uses private ebay listings for fake flash sales

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gremlin2sDevious gremlin thousandplus is using private auctions to hide buyer IDs when selling fake flash drives in the hope of hiding the fact that what is being sold are fake capacity flash drives that corrupt users’ files.

We advise everyone to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.
Report in to SOSFakeFlash if testing shows you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 3, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Audio books and a fake flash drive from ebay seller in Ireland

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seyedkourosch44

The Harry Potter audio books in this listing from seller seyedkourosch44 may be ok – but we’d take a hammer to the flash drive rather than using it! We are certain it is counterfeit and fake capacity and would trash our files. In the unlikely event that we are wrong and it is a genuine 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 the serial number can be verified with Kingston.

We advise everyone to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

UK seller with private listing for fake Kingston USB flash drives

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uk.cutters

The use of a private lising makes us suspect that uk.cutters is aware that this 64GB Kingston USB flash drive is fake. Kingston never made this model in 64GB capacity – we doubt if the real capacity of this flash drive is more than 2GB. Anyone using one of these will end up with lost and corrupted 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

UPDATE
A couple of hour after we posted this we heard that an ebay member contact the seller and warned they were fake. The seller removed them from sale and refunded buyers. For once it seems we were wrong in thinking that the use of a private listing meant that this was probably a case of deliberate fraud.

We thank uk.cutters for removing the drives from sale and refunding buyers – if only all sellers who bought from fraudulent suppliers did so! We hope this seller manages to get a full refund from the supplier.

If an ebay member contacts you and warns that flash memory items you have listed are certainly fake or counterfeit – pay attention; the person who is warning you knows what they are talking about. If they say likely to be fake – test them quickly with h2testw. End the listing/s and refund anyone who paid.

Act quickly on such warnings and you may be in time to stop payment to the supplier who sold you the fakes. It seems that another ebay seller who was warned recently and acted fast was in time to do so.

Hong Kong ebay seller with a pretty picture of a crappy fake USB flash drive

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gremlin2sSeller sam.station is yet another gremlin from China selling fake capacity flash drives – this seller has very pretty pictures but the usual crappy fakes! The flash drive shown below will have much less capacity than the advertised 16GB.

It is a particularly nasty little fake (from the point of view of investigating fake flash) as it’s difficult to identify the the control chip. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by fightflashfraud

November 3, 2009 at 10:09 AM