Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for November 19th, 2009

16GB Sandisk USB flash drives sold a bit too cheap

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robo247The buy it now price on these 16GB Sandisk Cruzer flash drives listed by robo247 was a bit too low for them to be genuine.

This leads us to think that the seller bought these from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers supplying counterfeits.

Fakes trash users’ files. You can’t tell a fake by looking at the drive properties as fakes fool the operating system. The seller may have no idea that these are likely to be counterfeits.

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.

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USA seller seems to have been shopping in fake flash land

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ninedragoncity

This flash drive listed by ninedragoncity is a classic fake which never has a real capacity above 4GB (and that is only usually found when sold as over 32GB) – mostly the true capacity is 2GB or less. You can’t tell by looking at drive properties as these flash drives fool the operating system.

The fact that ninedragoncity has listed this fake makes us think that this seller bought from one of the many fraudulent suppliers who sell fakes that trash users’ files. The seller may be unaware of the problem.

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 19, 2009 at 9:00 PM

A perfect Christmas present for your worst enemy!

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powersky268

If your worst enemy is a student or someone with a job that involves carrying valuable computer files with them then powersky268 has the perfect Christmas gift with which to take revenge on your enemy – just buy a flash drive (there are several models available) from this seller and it will trash your enemy’s files nicely.

If, on the other hand, your enemy is a video or photography buff then a memory card from powersky268 would be ideal. Bye bye to your enemy’s wedding video, graduation photos or other record of personal or family occasions – what better vengance could there be?

We have evidence that this seller’s memory cards are fake and an alert was issued at sosfakeflash on November 9th – if you bought from this seller test your item immediately and report in.

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 19, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Suspect auctions for 32GB USB flash drives on ebay UK

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mattbibby

We doubt that the swivel type 32GB USB flash drives auctioned by mattbibby will prove to have a true capacity of 32GB – we think the real capacity is likely to be 4GB or less. You can’t tell by looking at drive properties as fakes fool the operating system. Once the true capacity of a fake is exceeded the user’s files start to be lost and corrupted.

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 19, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Seller in Canada with suspect flash drives listed on ebay USA

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bagger863520 Seller bagger863520 sold a number of the 16gb USB flash drives shown on the left. We are sure they are fake capacity drives that will corrupt users’ files.

We think this because all flash drives with shiny capacity stickers like the one in the picture that were tested by the fightflashfraud team failed testing with h2testw. Most had a true capacity of under 2GB. We suspect that bagger863520 is using dropshipping because the seller states:

Normal delivery takes 10 to 25 business days

This suggests the flash drives are sent directly from a supplier in China – giving bagger863520 no chance to check that the merchandise is genuine. Please sellers – do not get involved in dropshipping; you don’t know what sort of rubbish you may end up selling!

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 your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 19, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Another fake flash gremlin on ebay

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vincent.export As this 32GB USB flash drive listed on ebay by vincent.export is patently a fake we are sure that all other flash memory from this seller will also be fake. Fake flash memory corrupts users’ files.

This seller is using private auctions to hide items in feedback and also seems to have a “beam me up Scottie” for almost instant delivery across long distances!

Either that or at least some of the positive feedback for this seller is fake – we leave you to draw your own conclusions about which is the case!

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 19, 2009 at 9:58 AM

More suspected counterfeit 128GB DT200 flash drives on ebay USA

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lilwill220

We are fairly certain the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives listed by lilwill220 will turn out to be yet more counterfeit and fake capacity flash drives which will corrupt users’ data. Genuine ones have individual serial numbers that can be verified with Kingston. We doubt they will verify these.

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.