Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Devious ebay gremlin with fraudsters’ favourite in private auctions

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Devious gremlin zhangeshop2008 is using private auctions to sell the fraudster’s favourite flash drive and another familiar model of fake. These will have a lot less than the stated 16GB.


Fraudsters program the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive drive, shown above (and other models) to fool the operating system into seeing them as having a higher capacity than they really have. Once the true capacity of the drive is exceeded anything a user tries to save is lost or corrupted.

As well as hiding buyer IDs by using private auctions this devious gremlin has loaded the postage costs to evade ebay fees. Both these things are indicators of fraud which breach ebay policies. Never buy flash memory items in private auctions – it is highly likely they will prove to be fake.

Never use flash memory items to save anything you value until you have tested them fully to ensure that they do have the capacity stated, otherwise you run the risk of trashing your files. 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 7, 2009 at 5:27 AM

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