Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for November 27th, 2009

Seems this USA ebay member went shopping in fakeflashland

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We think that USA ebay member tekcom09 has been shopping in fakeflashland and bought a number of counterfeit Kingston USB flash drives from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers selling fakes. We suggest that this seller checks serial numbers with Kingston.

If they are genuine each drive will have an individual serial number that can be verified with the company. We don’t think Kingston will verifiy the drives that tekcom09 listed on ebay. The seller may (like many other ebay sellers) be unaware that they bought from a fraudulent supplier.

Most ebayers have no idea of the real cost of flash memory – we appeal to both sellers and buyers to educate themselves about this issue! Buy cheap and you will almost certainly pay dear – but there are also fakes sold at around the price you would expect to pay for a genuine item on ebay and elsewhere.

Unless you are an expert in flash memory our advice is:
Don’t either buy or sell these items on ebay!!

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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Written by fightflashfraud

November 27, 2009 at 11:53 PM

Seller on ebay bought fake Kingston from fraudulent wholesaler

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Our investigations reveal that seller curry9854 who listed these 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives is entirely wrong if he or she thinks they are genuine. They were purchased from a fraudulent wholesaler in China that supplies counterfeit and fake capacity memory that trashes users’ files after a while.

The prices at which this wholesaler supplies flash memory items is below the cost of manufacturing genuine items. If curry9854 checks the serial numbers with Kingston (all genuine drives of this type have individual serial numbers) then this seller will learn the truth.

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.

Are these 128GB Kingston flash drives on ebay counterfeit?

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If this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 listed on ebay Australia by ranwoz is genuine the seller is taking a big risk by listing it with a tiny start price as he or she could make a huge loss. We wonder if it might be counterfeit – genuine ones have individual serial numbers which can be used to verify the drive with Kingston.

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.

We think this used 64GB USB flash drive on ebay is a fake

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We think that this used 64GB flash drive listed on ebay Belgium by philjonn2 is a fake purchased from one of the fraud gangs in the far east selling fakes on every ebay site in the world. The seller states it is very little used – that’s no surprise, but we are not sure whether to beleive this.

If philjonn2 tried to use it to store anything much then files would have started to become corrupt. Did the seller buy something they didn’t need because it seemed a bargain? Or is this someone who is trying to get at least some of their money back by palming a fake off on another ebay member?

We don’t know the answer to these questions at the moment but what we do know is that the buyer should test it with h2testw – we think we know what the buyer will find!

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 27, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Counterfeit 64GB Kingston in private listing on ebay UK

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This model of Kingston USB flash drive is not made in 64GB capacity – if andriusmit had checked the Kingston website before purchasing these from a fraudulent supplier then this seller would have realised they were counterfeit.

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.

We think this 16GB Kingston flash drive on ebay is counterfeit

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kugoerWe think the Kingston flash drives shown on the left which kugoer listed in private auctions with a start price of $00.01 with free P&P are bound to be counterfeit and fake capacity.

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 27, 2009 at 1:45 PM

We think it unlikely that this 4GB flash drive on ebay is genuine

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We think it is highly unlikely that the 4GB USB flash drives in the listing above by jie2059 (an ebay member registered in China) is genuine. For one thing, we have never come across one of these that had the capacity claimed by the seller. All were fakes that trash users’ files. For another thing we wouldn’t trust a seller who is prepared to commit customs fraud, as indicated by this statement in the listing:

Item will be shipped by air mail and mark as “Gifts” with a lower value declaration

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 27, 2009 at 9:29 AM