Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for December 19th, 2009

There is no such thing as a Sony Vaio USB flash drive!!

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Sony do not use the Vaio name for USB flash drives, this name is reserved for laptops. The flash drive shown in this picture is counterfeit and counterfeits alway prove to be fake capacity and trash users’ files.

UK ebay member julia8268 has sold two of these fake flash drives. This seller was informed by an ebayer that they were fake. The seller did not reply to the ebay member or end the listings – far from it – the seller now has another one listed – ebay item number 120507913366. In listings julia8268 states:

The unit has been FULLY TESTED and formatted by us, in the UK

We don’t know what this seller thinks fully testing such items consists of but it is certainly not the kind of testing we would recognise! Only filling the drive with files and attempting to open each and every one (the hard way) or using the free program h2testw (the easy way) constitutes fully testing flash memory.

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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We suspect this UK ebay seller shopped in fakeflashland

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We think that digi-fun-uk may have been shopping in fakeflashland as this model of flash drive usually proves to be fake capacity – some members of the fightflashfraud team have one! We advise this seller to test them with h2testw – otherwise he or she could end up with a lot of unhappy customers.

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 19, 2009 at 8:55 PM

Looks like this ebayer in Australia has been to fakeflashland

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If the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives sold by zanygolfer37 are genuine this seller is making a huge loss. However, we don’t think this is the case – we think this ebayer bought from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers supplying counterfeits. Counterfeit flash memory is always fake capacity and destroys 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 your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

UPDATE 31/12/09

Seller zanygolfer37 has now listed the very obvious fake flash drive on the left. There is no such thing as a 500GB USB flash drive made by Sony, or anyone else for that matter.

As this is patently fake then we can say with absolute certainty that this seller bought from a fraudulent supplier and that any USB flash drives from this seller a pretty certain to be fakes that will corrupt files.

The 64GB Kington DataTravelers from this seller must be fakes

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An ebay member drew our attention to items listed by bagagr8deal, an ebay seller in the UK. This ebayer listed 64GB Kingston DT150 flash drives in auctions with a very low start price. No one could afford to risk the loss they would be likely to make by doing this if the drives were genuine.

We can only conclude that this is yet another ebayer who bought from a fraudulent supplier and that these will prove to be counterfeit and fake capacity. Genuine DataTraveler 150 drives have individual serial numbers that can be verified by Kingston. We don’t think Kingston will verify these. Fakes corrupt 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.

2GB Transcend on ebay seems too cheap to be genuine

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This 2GB Transcend USB flash drive from smartserv seem too cheap to be genuine. We think that smartserv probably bought these (and the 4GB Transcend drives listed) from one of the fraudulent wholesalers supplying counterfeit and fake capacity memory. The seller may have no idea that these are likely to be counterfeits that will destroy 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.

another counterfeit 128GB Kingston DT200 on ebay

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Seller talben09 (registered in Israel) seems to be yet another ebayer who has been shopping in fakeflashland and purchased USB flash drives from a fraudulent supplier. The buy it now price of these is far too low for these to be genuine. The seller may have no idea they are fakes – far too few ebay sellers do their research before buying flash memory to re-sell on ebay.

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
This seller may be a slippery customer – we find that, having changed ID from talbenshahar to talben09 about 10 days before we originally posted the article, this seller changed his or her ebay ID again today (13th March 2010) to marketplace74 – in the interval this seller sold more fakes!

More counterfeit 64GB DataTraveler 150 flash drives on ebay

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gremlin2s Here is yet another listing from an ebay gremlin for counterfeit 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives.

The buy it now price in this listing is below the cost of manufacturing a real 64GB flash drive.

Anyone who buys one of these from junsao08 will end up with lost and corrupted files as the real capacity of these is tiny and once it is exceeded these fakes trash your 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.