Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

A not-so-polite ebay gremlin lists fake flash drives on ebay USA

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The listing above from seller fuhong12388 offers 64GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives on ebay at below the cost of manufacture, therefore they are counterfeit and fake capacity items that will trash your data.

gremlin2sThe reason your data will be trashed is that once the real (usually under 4GB) capacity is exceeded there is nowhere for your files to go except into oblivion.

You cannot tell whether a flash drive has the advertised capacity by looking at the drive properties. This simply shows what the control chip reports to the operating system.

As control chips have to be programmed by people the information you see is what was entered by the programmer. If the drive was programmed by an honest manufacturer then what you see is the real capacity. If it was programmed by fraudsters then it isn’t. The only way to know for sure is to test!

This gremlin attempted to build up positive feedback with sales of other items, notably ties, before launching into fake flash sales. However this seller seems to lack the finesse of most fraudsters in the far east and ended up with some negs by failing to be polite and helpful.

Oh dear – if the seller couldn’t deal politely with dissatified customers who bought items like ties how on earth will the seller deal with customers who notice their flash drives are fake? We think the gang-master in charge of this little oik should throw him or her off the payroll sharpish.

The one good thing about fraudsters in China until now is that their manners are usually impeccable – most of the rude fraudsters are in Europe (particularly the UK), the Americas or Australia.

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.

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