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Archive for December 13th, 2009

A very odd listing for flash drives on ebay Australia

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We find the ebay listing by mrqld88 on ebay Australia (item number 220524965853) a bit odd. The seller provides no picture of the flash drives offered, emphasises that they have not been tested and there is no gaurentee on them and states very clearly NO REFUNDS – all this makes us a bit suspicious about this listing! Here is the text of the buy it now listing (price 150 Australian dollars with 10 dollars postage costs:

EXCESS USB STOCK FOR SALE!!!

15 x 2GB
10 x 4GB
1 x 8GB
2 x 32GB

All the products are generic products that are for sale.
The products have been in storage for the past few months.
The stock is left over from a previous business entity.

There are no guarantees given for the devices on sale.
Some devices may work, whilst some may not work.
The devices have not been tested, however this a new
batch of USBs, however once again there are no guarantees
on the product.

NO REFUND AVAILABLE

However if you would like to purchase 28 USB Flash
Drives for $150, then is the perfect package for you!!!

15 x 2GB
10 x 4GB
1 x 8GB
2 x 32GB

Buy it now for Christmas gifts!!!

We wouldn’t touch this with a bargepole as we don’t know what we’d get!! We have a sneaking supicion that they could well be fakes that will trash files – but maybe we’re wrong.

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.

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Written by fightflashfraud

December 13, 2009 at 9:50 PM

Is this member in Spain re-selling fake USB flash bought on ebay?

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We suspect that this 32GB USB flash drives and others sold on ebay by hectorlpgpr were purchased on ebay and will turn out to be fake capacity items that destroy data.

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 purchased on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 13, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Is this ebay seller confused about what he or she is selling here?

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Is seller jiaojing08 (registered in China) suffering from a disability or disorder of some sort that has led to him or her being incapable of matching the picture, title and description of items for sale on ebay? We can’t imagine why else this item would have the title:

64GB Leather Flash Memory Pen Stick Thumb Drive USB 2.0

but show a picture of a 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 and have in the detailed description:

NEW 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Storage Memory Thumb Stick with 5 years warranty

Features
It is a new standard of digital memory card with small, thin, light, powerful and high performance.
This makes the flash memory drive ideally for a portable, embedded, mobile device which complying with USB 2.0 protocol of data transferring. It provides a superior data transfer rate.
Super small, light, thin and high performance

So what exactly is jiaojing08 selling here?? Whatever it is we can say without doubt that at a price of £17 with free P&P it certainly won’t have a real capacity of 64GB. It simply has to be a fake that trashes 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 13, 2009 at 5:58 PM

We are sure USB flash drives from this ebayer in Spain are fake

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We are sure that this and other USB flash drives listed by albertopaes will turn out to be fake capacity items that trash 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

December 13, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Are these 128GB Kingston drives on ebay genuine? We think not!

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We don’t think for a moment that the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives listed on ebay Australia by seller ranshelle are genuine.

It seems this ebayer (like many others) bought USB flash drives from a fraudulent wholesaler. Almost all the flash memory items sold on ebay are fakes. Some are sold by deliberate fraudsters who know full well that they are selling fakes that will destroy your data.

Others are sold by ebayers who did not research the cost of flash memory and bought from fraudulent wholesalers without realising.

We think ranshelle probably belongs in the former category – nobody lists such an expensive item at such a low start price as ranshelle did if they are genunine (99 Australian cents!) – too big a financial risk.

Unfortunately our team (all volunteers doing it for no pay in their spare time) cannot spot fakes in time to contact most sellers soon enough to warn them that what they are selling is fake before anyone buys.

A year ago we could usually contact most victim sellers in time, before anything was sold – now there are so many that we usually can’t contact them before they sell fakes, so they end up being posted here.

We need volunteers to contact sellers we post about here who may be innocent of fraud.
Just send the seller a question and point them to the post about them – they can then follow the link to h2testw, test their items, refund buyers, challenge the supplier and, hopefully, get a refund.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items ANYWHERE 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.

This is not a genuine 32GB Kingston USB flash drive

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This model of flash drive is not made in capacities over 16GB. This item is counterfeit and will trash 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.

UPDATE
Since we first published this article seller telboy1966 has added some generic fakes (including a massively fake 256GB swivel type – not actually technically possible as we understand it) and an 8GB Kingston model. We wouldn’t touch flash drives from this seller with a barge pole!

These flash drives sold by an ebay member in Spain are fake

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These flash drives sold by todo-inf0rmatica are fake fake fakity fake and will corrupt users’ files. The seller may be unaware that they are fake but we have found that every one of the leather and steel type USB flash drives we tested were fakes that destroyed 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 13, 2009 at 7:31 AM