Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for December 8th, 2009

Another ebay fraudster selling fake flash by the look of it

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Members of the fightflashfraud team purchased this model of flash drive from ebay sellers in the far east and found them to be fake capacity. It is highly unlikely that this drive sold by wacostec will be any different. We are fairly certain it is a fake capacity drive that will trash the buyer’s 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 your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

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Written by fightflashfraud

December 8, 2009 at 10:39 PM

this UK ebayer seems to have been to fakeflashland

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Seller janetp679 may be unaware of this but these leather and steel type flash drives are the most common fake capacity flash drive sold on ebay. The seller may not realise that the supplier was one of the many fraudulent wholesale outlets supplying fake capacity memory. If the seller tests with h2testw the true capacity will be revealed – probably less than 2GB. Fake capacity flash drives trash 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 8, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Another fraudster in Singapore claims this fake is made in Japan

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The ID kopitiam.19840 seems to belong to a Singapore based fraud gang with a large number of ebay IDs set up for the purpose of fraud. The USB flash drive in this listing has always proved to be fake capacity whether it was sold as 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB or an unbeleivable 128GB! If you see this flash drive on sale anywhere – steer well clear – it will be nowhere the capacity claimed except where sold as 2GB or less.

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

December 8, 2009 at 5:56 PM

HP flash drives in private ebay sales

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The use of private sales by dc1909 made us suspect that these flash drives might not be genuine so we checked on the HP webstite. We could not find any USB flash drives there that matched the appearance of this so we think these could well be fakes.

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.

flash drive worth £40 in ebay auctions with a 99p start price?

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We are a bit suspicious about the ebay listings by sanguid for these flash drives. The Integral 8GB Ag47 with 256 bit Military Level AES Encyption is worth about £40 but the seller has them in auctions with a 99p start price. Would you risk loosing money like this? We wouldn’t!

The seller says they were bought for a government project that was cancelled. Hmm – as some members of the fightflashfraud team have worked for the British Government and have contacts who still work for government we know how things operate. As a result of what we know we are disinclined to beleive 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 8, 2009 at 12:46 PM

seller leoiek takes a holiday from selling fake flash on ebay

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We first reported on ebay seller leoiek (based in China) on the 9th of September. Although this seller’s flash drives were obvious fakes very few ebayers left negative comments about this seller. Either they did not yet discover that this seller’s fake flash drives corrupt files or they fell for bribes from the seller.
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This 32GB Kingston G2 USB flash drive may well be counterfeit

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We think the 32GB Kingston G2 USB flash drives sold by moonming-valley may well be counterfeit and fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.