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Archive for November 28th, 2009

Another UK ebay seller seems to have shopped in fakeflashland

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UK ebay member nag-1962 is yet another seller who has been shopping in fakeflashland. This seller may have absolutely no idea that these 8GB Hello Kitty USB flash drives (Item number: 160381529217) are likely to be fake but we are fairly certain they are. We have never come across a genuine flash drive in this packaging.

We suggest that nag-1962 tests them with h2testw to check. Fake flash memory corrupts users’ files. We certainly wouldn’t want these in our Christmas stockings!!

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 28, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Hmm – this UK seller’s ebay listings look a bit suspect!

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UK seller uk.proskill has sold a number of 16GB Integral USB flash drives on ebay. In all the listings the seller warns against cheap imports:

16GB Integral Courier USB 2.0 High Speed Flash Drive/Memory Stick – 2 Year Warranty

This is a quality product from top UK Brand Integral – Beware of cheap fake imports.

The listings also always say the flash drives have been used a few times:

Perfect for Work, College, School or Home.

used only few times – perfect working condition.

How many people do you know who had at least SIX genuine 16GB USB flash drives that they used a few times and no longer need?? Few people (other than those involved in film or animation) would really have the need for flash drives of 16GB or over.

Unless the seller is someone who ran a small business in the creative industries that went bust we can’t see why uk.proskill would be selling used 16GB Integral flash drives. We suspect they may turn out to be fakes and advise anyone who bought from this seller to test the flash drive!!

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 wouldn’t give this UK ebay seller top rating!!

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Ebay may give UK seller ijtdirectltd top rated seller status but we certainly wouldn’t!! Buyer feedback indicates that all the items shown above were either fake or faulty. We first quetioned whether memory cards from this seller might be fake back at the beginning of September – since then there has been a lot more negative and neutral feedback.

This feedback not only suggests that flash memory items (memory cards and flash drives) may either be fake or faulty (causing data loss) but that the seller’s claims about fast dispatch are not lived up to and that the seller lists items when they are out of stock. It also seems that the seller is sometimes less than responsive to buyer complaints.

We think it is very unwise to buy memory cards, media players and USB flash drives on ebay – there are very few (if any) reliable sellers with genuine items who list on a regular basis. The fact that ebay gives a seller top rated status just seems to mean the seller rakes in profit for them – not that the seller will give you good service!

Several notorious fraudsters in China have top rated seller status!!

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 28, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Fraudsters’ favourite USB flash drive listed by devious ebay gremlin

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Seller angel99888998 is a devious ebay gremlin pretending this fake 16GB USB flash drive is in the UK – the seller cunningly gives a real UK postcode as the location!! This fake flash drive will trash users’ files.
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 28, 2009 at 3:39 PM

128GB Kingston flash drives on ebay are too cheap to be real

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The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives listed for sale on ebay by pkbgoods and other sellers are too cheap to be genuine. They must have come from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers supplying counterfeit and fake capacity memory that trashes users’ files. The seller may not realise this.

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.

Fake 32GB Kingston in private listing on ebay Australia

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Seller aussietechltd has obviously been shopping in fake flash land. This seller bought these counterfeit 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 101 drives from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers. These fraudulent wholesalers supply counterfeit and fake capacity flash memory items at prices that are often below the cost of manufacturing genuine ones. Fake flash memory trashes data after a while.

The fact that aussietechltd is using a private listing suggests to us that this seller may be aware that he or she is selling fakes. Many sellers don’t know because they didn’t do their research but it seems this may not be the case with this seller.

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.

This 32GB flash drive on ebay is counterfeit and fake capacity

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medihanberThis 32GB USB flash drive listed on ebay by medihanber (registered in China) is a fake without a shadow of a doubt.

Any flash drive you see with the Vaio name on it is a fake that will corrupt your files.

Vaio is a Sony trademark which is used only for laptops, not for flash drives.

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 28, 2009 at 7:43 AM