Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for December 14th, 2009

Looks like more counterfeit 64GB DT200 flash drives on ebay

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We doubt that the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives listed on ebay by seller sandzus (registered in Latvia) are genunine – we think this seller purchased from a fraudulent supplier.

If we are right then buyers will be unable to verify the serial numbers of these with Kingston as they can with genunine drives. Counterfeits are also fake capacity and destroy your 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.

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another ebay fraudster selling fake USB flash drives

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Seller ivan.101sg is part of a fraud ring we have been watching for some time. This gang has a habit of claiming the fakes they sell are made in Japan so fightflashfraud christened them the singjapan gang. Most of the feedback for ivan.101sg is fake – left by other members of this fraud gang. This 64GB USB flash drive is a fake that will trash 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

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December 14, 2009 at 8:16 PM

We don’t think this USB flash drive on ebay was made by Sony

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We don’t think these flash drives listed on ebay by achun16888 (a seller in China) were made by Sony – we think they are counterfeit as we can find no trace of them on Sony’s web site.

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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December 14, 2009 at 5:33 PM

fraudster in China uses private ebay listings to hide sold items

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This 64GB USB flash drive is undoubtedly fake and will trash users’ files. Seller private-store-curio is using private sales to hide what has been sold in feedback so that when there are complaints from buyers no one will see the item in question. If you bought a fake flash drive from a seller using private sales be sure to include the item number, the words fake flash drive in your feedback to alert other buyers.

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 14, 2009 at 2:54 PM

UK member sold quite a number of counterfeit DT200

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We don’t think there is any chance that the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives sold by petesgb are genuine.

For one thing petesgb sold them at auction and to date none seem to have fetched the cost of manufacturing the drive, let alone the wholesale price of genuine ones. This seller obviously bought counterfeits from a fraudulent supplier.

Perhaps the seller has absolutely no idea of the cost of flash memory and beleives them to be genuine, but we can say without a shadow of a doubt that buyers will not be able to verify serial numbers with Kingston as they could with genuine ones.

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.

UPDATE 01/01/10
Seller petesgb was warned by an ebay member that the flash drives were fake and has also now had feedback from buyers saying the same. It seems that ebay has now removed listings but has not suspended the seller. If you bought a flash drive from this seller test immediately and claim a refund! – The item will undoubtedly have vanished from your won list, but you will find it in your paypal transactions.

This 64GB USB flash drive on ebay will trash users’ files

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This leather and steel style USB flash drive listed on ebay by wei8768 (based in Taiwan) is not genuinely 64GB and will trash files once the true capacity is exceeded. This model always turns out to be a fake when sold as more than 2GB – it costs more to make a real 64GB flash drive than these are being sold for.

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 14, 2009 at 9:33 AM

Another member of a Singapore based ebay fraud ring

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Seller wwj_sam42 seems to be yet another ID belonging to the devious singjapan fraud ring based in Singapore. Anyone who bought flash memory from this seller is almost certain to have received a fake that will trash their files.

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 14, 2009 at 5:48 AM