Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

UK ebay seller lists 32GB Sony Vaio USB flash drive for sale

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UK seller bigage1960 may be unaware of this but there is no such thing as a Sony Vaio USB flash drive and Sony do not sell flash drives in capacities above 16GB anyway. This is a fake that will trash users’ 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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  1. It is important to check not just eBay feedback rating but also the number of people leaving feedback. Bear in mind it will also take some folk a long time to realise their drive is only 2gb. You can fool some of the people some of the time…


    February 5, 2010 at 9:32 AM

  2. I’d hardly call over £35.00 cheap for a 265mb flash drive!!

    Because of the way flash memory works it is not safe to use even if you only ever use it for small files unless you can re-program it back to its true capacity.

    Looks like any suspension was a short one as seller seems to be shown as a member, so it may not have been for selling this.


    January 3, 2010 at 8:30 AM

  3. Yep – got a fake. I bought it about the time you posted this (shame I didn’t see it). eBay informed me that the seller had been suspended but wouldnt’t tell me why – I assumed it was because they weren’t sending out the goods. I started a claim with Paypal but before that had been settled I received the drive. I tested it with a small file (idiot) and it worked so I cancelled the claim. It was only a couple of days ago I tried to use it to transfer a large file – of course, it didn’t work and I discovered the awful truth.
    It turns out its a 256mb drive and seems to work fine as that. It was VERY cheap so I’ll just put it down to experience.
    The saddest thing is that eBay wouldn’t tell me the seller was suspended because of fake goods – if they’d done that I’d have definitely followed up the paypal claim.

    Pete Summerskill

    January 2, 2010 at 10:07 PM

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