Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for November 26th, 2009

16GB USB flash drive on ebay Australia is certain to be fake

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Every flash drive we have tested that came in this packaging turned out to be a fake that would corrupt users’ files after a while. We expect this one listed on ebay by zok.34 will also be a fake. The seller may be unaware that there is such a thing as fake flash memory but zok.34 can learn the truth by testing them with h2testw.

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.

UPDATE 29/11/06
Seller zok.34 has listed some more obviously fake flash drives for sale:

Written by fightflashfraud

November 26, 2009 at 11:54 PM

This 128GB Kingston on ebay UK is too cheap to be genuine

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We think seller jackerybakery has been shopping in fake flash land and purchased counterfeit 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers. The seller may have no idea that these are likely to be fakes that will corrupt users’ files after a while. We suggest jackerybakery checks the serial numbers with kingston – genuine drives all have individual serian numbers which can be verified with Kingston. We don’t think 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.

Seems we have yet another fake flash gremlin on ebay

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wangying868

Seller wangying868 has mainly supplied 32GB SD memory cards like the one in the listing above but has also sold a number of the fraudsters’ favourite leather type flash drive. We fully expect that all flash memory items from this seller will turn out to be fake capacity items that will corrupt anything saved to them after a while.

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 26, 2009 at 7:02 PM

The buyer of ebay item 250534970970 may have a nasty shock!

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We have suspected for some time that UK selller rdalot has been sellling fake capacity flash drives. Item 250534970970 sold on November 24th is probably a fake that will corrupt the buyer’s files. The picture shows a little shiny sticker that we have seen on many fakes but never on a genuine flash drive.

Feedback indicates that at least some rdalot buyers received a different (but probably equally fake) flash drive from this selller. We were not sure whether rdalot was a deliberate fraudster at first, but recent developments suggest this may well be the case. At any rate, we wouldn’t take the risk of buying flash memory from rdalot given the attitude the seller seems to have to buyer complaints!!

Given this seller’s responses to buyers we wouldn’t be at all surprised to receive threats of legal action against us from rdalot. However, we don’t think rdalot has a leg to stand on.

This seller would be better advised to refund everyone who bought flash drives. This would be far cheaper for rdalot than attempting to sue us (lawyers are very expensive) and better for everyone else, especially dissatisfied customers!

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 26, 2009 at 4:12 PM

UK ebay member lists patently fake USB flash drive

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This flash drive listed for sale by UK ebay member hmida76 is patently a fake that will corrupt the buyer’s files. There is no such thing as a 120GB USB flash drive – by which we mean something of the size you can put on a keyring or lanyard.

There are hard drives of this capacity that connect via a USB cable but you would find it darned inconvenient to put something this big on your keyring or a lanyard (if you even could – as they are not designed that way) and you would probably look very silly indeed, if you found a way to do it!!

This is perhaps is demonstrated by the (admittedly bad) little picture on the left of the smallest size of portable hard drive (dimensions rather than capacity) that connects via USB ports possesed by the author of this post. It is shown with a lanyard and the author’s car keys.

At least perhaps the photo demonstrates the difference between a USB flash drive and a portable hard drive that connects to the computer via a USB cable! Would you want to wear something like this round your neck or carry it on your keyring?? I certainly wouldn’t.

This is the only type of portable drive that comes in 120GB capacity.

USB flash drives like the one pictured in the listing at the top of this post do not come in this capacity – the closest is 128GB and a genuine one would probably cost you £300 or more. Anyone who buys high capacity flash memory on ebay is asking for trouble. Please folks – do your research before you buy anywhere (not just ebay) either for yourself or – even more importantly – to sell to others.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you (or your customers) 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 26, 2009 at 1:52 PM

There is no such thing as a Sony Vaio flash drive – this is fake!!

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Seller rowanwilliam123 may not be aware of this but Sony do not sell flash drives of higher capacity than 16GB. The Vaio trademark is only used for laptops not for flash drives. There simply is no such thing as a 64GB Sony Vaio USB flash drive. This item is counterfeit and fake capacity and will trash users’ files after a while.

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 26, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Another suspect 64GB Kingston DataTraveler on ebay UK

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The buy it now price in this listing by annglad for a 64GB Kingston seems rather too low – and it seems the seller is willing to sell it for less – below manufacturing cost for genuine ones if we are not mistaken. We think that this ebay seller purchased these from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers who sell counterfeits. Counterfeits are also fake capacity and corrupt users 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.