Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

We think these 8GB USB flash drives on ebay UK may be fake

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Two pictures on a listing by seller ktwtradingltd lead us to suspect that this seller purchased the 8GB USB flash drives listed on ebay UK from a fraudulent supplier.

The one on the left shows a little sticker with the drive capacity – we have only ever seen such stickers on fake capacity drives, never on genuine flash drives. Another picture shows packaging that we have seen on quite a few fakes during the last year.

Seller ktwtradingltd may have no idea there is likely to be a problem with these. Few sellers test their drives properly – at most they look at the drive properties and assume that what they see there is the truth. Far from it – fakes are programmed to fool the operating system. When the real capacity (usually 2GB at most) is exceeded users’ files begin to be lost and corrupted.

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 23, 2009 at 11:09 AM

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