Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

More 64GB Kingston DataTraveler drives in ebay auctions

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We suspect that paulw3038 got these 64GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers supplying counterfeit and fake capacity memory. If we are wrong then Kingston will be able to verify the serial numbers of these 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.

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  1. Hi Micro,
    Unfortunately most ebay members (both sellers and buyers) do not pay as much attention to advice from other members as the should.

    Indeed, we have found that most think that those who try to help others are very often suspected of being “up to something” !!

    Quite what people think someone that warns a seller that their supplier may be fraudulent or warns a buyer that an item may corrupt their files is “up to” is beyond us.

    People are very suspicious of unsolicited contact – probably because of all the spam and scams that go on with email where you click on a link and land in trouble.

    Other than someone trying to sell you something outside of ebay, it doesn’t seem to us that ebay messages could possibly pose a risk to anyone as they can’t contain links, attachments or anything else in the slightest bit dangerous.


    January 7, 2010 at 9:26 PM

  2. A response from the seller to a buyers negative, reads
    “I gave a full refund, did not know this was faulty or fake”

    Which is a pity, because this seller was notified on the 11th of December 2009, the day before the item in question was sold, they the should visit sosfakeflash for advice, obviously they chose not to, or just ignored the advice. Now they could have 3 more buyers to refund, one of them brought 2 items and commented his performed slowly, he was subsequently advised that the flash might not have the capacity he expected or has paid for, he mentioned h2testw but my guess is he didn’t wait long enough to reveal the truth since he has failed so far to add any follow up feedback to the seller.


    January 7, 2010 at 7:27 PM

  3. Another buyer has issued a negative feedback for this seller, stating fake and fraud. Other buyers have been advised to re-check before using their purchases and put in refund claims if theirs also prove fakes.


    December 21, 2009 at 8:48 PM

  4. This seller has received one feedback for these sales, the buyer was sent a information message about testing and reporting if false.


    December 16, 2009 at 8:49 PM

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