Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for December 7th, 2009

Another suspect seller in China using private ebay sales

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Seller shallyou_lee uses private sales for USB flash drives and memory cards. Negative feedback indicates that the memory cards are fake and corrupt data and we think the same applies to the flash drives. If you bought from a seller using private sales be sure to leave the item number and the words fake flash or corrupts files in feedback to warn other buyers. Including the item number means other buyers can look at the item by doing a search on the item number.

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.

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Looks like this ebayer in Australia went to fakeflashland

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We think it is unlikely that these Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives are genuine. If they are then the seller will probably make a loss on sales. Genuine DT 200 drives all have individual serial numbers that can be verified with Kingston. We don’t think for a moment that Kingston will verify these.

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

December 7, 2009 at 8:00 PM

We suspect this 8GB DataTraveler on ebay will turn out to be fake

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We wonder why (if these 8GB DataTraveler flash drives are genuine) seller yyshop88 makes no mention of the Kingston name in the listing. Kingston is a well respected brand producing extremely reliable flash memory items.

We suspect the reason is that members of the fightflashfraud team alerted Kingston to the fact that many fake Kingston items were being sold on ebay. Since then, Kingston has made ebay remove many listings for flash memory that mention the Kingston brand because they were counterfeit.

Many sellers of fake flash memory that destroys users’ files now avoid using brand names in their listings, though pictures still often give away the fact that they are replicas. The author of this post has used Kingston flash drives for years without problems – until the day a fake capacity counterfeit (a replica – not made by Kingston) bought on ebay arrived through the post!!

We strongly advise everyone not to buy “bargain price” Kingston flash drives (or indeed any flash memory item whatsover) on ebay – over 90% of them are fakes that will corrupt your data.

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.

Another member of a Singapore based ebay fraud ring

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Seller madz-sales2009 is part of a fraud ring that has sprung up in Singapore over the last couple of months. We suspect that action against Hong Kong based fraud rings has been stepped up by the police there and that the fraudsters are moving their operations to Singapore. This leather-look flash drive is a well known fake sold on ebay by fraud gangs for years – it corrupts 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

December 7, 2009 at 3:54 PM

This 128GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drive is counterfeit

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We can say without the shadow of a doubt that the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives listed on ebay Australia by samboys98 are counterfeit and fake capacity. They were purchased from a fraudulent supplier and will trash users’ data. The seller may be unaware of 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 your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Hong Kong based ebayer with huge choice of fake USB flash drives

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Seller moonming-valley has listed a huge range of USB flash drives on ebay – we are certain every single one will be fake capacity and will corrupt users’ files – pictured below are a selection of the drives offered:

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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

December 7, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Seems another USA ebay seller bought from a fraudulent supplier

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Ebay member isoldit.fl215 has listed a number of 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives for sale – we think this seller (like many others) bought from one of the many fraudulent wholesale outlets selling counterfeit and fake capacity memory. Genuine flash drives of this type have individual serial numbers that can be verified with Kingston. We don’t think Kingston is likely to verify these.

EBAY SELLERS – PLEASE CHECK THAT YOUR MERCHANDISE IS GENUINE BEFORE LISTING IT FOR SALE!

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.