Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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UK seller with private listing for fake Kingston USB flash drives

with 4 comments


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.

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.

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  1. Well we’ll have to see – at least the listings have been removed. It is only fair to give the seller the benefit of the doubt for now.

    If the seller just wanted to get out of the immediate hot water by removing listings (as we have seen so often before) and they go up again – even under a new ID – no doubt someone in the team will spot them.

    Then there will just be a new post and a more thorough investigation into the seller’s activities – as some derigistered sellers have learned to their cost!

    In the meantime I think we have to assume that uk.cutters is not proposing to list these again.


    November 3, 2009 at 7:24 PM

  2. Randy

    I can see where you are coming from. The use of private listings does appear suspicious.

    The seller did not say the drives were tested or checked with Kingston configurator, only that they did not work.

    It is not unknown for these fake capacity drives to not work but admittedly, it is an unusual answer to the questions asked and advice given.

    I was giving the benefit of the doubt to the seller as there was no real evidence to suggest otherwise.

    I am thankful the seller ended the listing and refunded at least one of the buyers.

    Early intervention has achieved the desired results.


    November 3, 2009 at 7:05 PM

  3. Why did this seller list these drives under “private listing”? The other items sold by this seller were not private listings.

    Did the seller know they were fakes before listing them for sale?


    November 3, 2009 at 4:09 PM

  4. A concerned ebay member contacted the seller to advise the drives were definite counterfeits. Links to these pages and Kingston configurator were provided as well as advice on testing with h2testw.

    The seller replied soon afterwards:

    “Thanks for letting me know, have checked them and yes you are right they do not work.”

    The drives were removed by the seller shortly before the reply was received. Two of the drives were sold before the listing was ended but feedback already shows the seller has refunded the buyers.

    Here we have a seller who was unaware of the problem of hacked counterfeits but prepared to immediately end the auctions and refund as soon as they knew.


    November 3, 2009 at 2:55 PM

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