Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for December 20th, 2009

We think these 64GB Kingston DT200 drives may be counterfeit

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We have a feeling that basilbrush-09 bought these 64GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives from a fraudulent wholesaler and that they will prove to be counterfeit and fake capacity. Many ebay members have bought flash memory items from fraudulent suppliers to re-sell on ebay and a lot of them do not realise. The fact that basilbrush-09 is using private listings makes us wonder if this seller does know.

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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We think this 16GB flash drive on ebay will corrupt users’ files

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UK seller adnanz1525 says these 16GB USB flash drives are tested and work properly but we have a horrible feeling that all this seller did was look at the properties and perhaps save a few files to one. This does not constitute testing. The seller shoud have tested the drives with the program h2testw – provided free by a German computer magazine.

We think it likely that these came from a fraudulent wholesaler supplying fake capacity memory items. We wonder why adnanz1525 is using a private listing for this item – private listings are meant for very specific categories of item and flash memory is not one of them.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

We advise everyone to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing with h2testw confirms you purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE COMMENTS ON THIS OR OTHER BLOGS WITH YOUR TEST RESULTS!

In order to record fake flash items sold on ebay in our database we need full details. We do not want you to compromise your privacy by doing so on our blogs – follow the link above and report in privately by email!

Written by fightflashfraud

December 20, 2009 at 9:37 PM

Looks like this ebayer in Belgium shopped in fakeflashland

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A genuine 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive listed with such a low start price on ebay? We don’t think so. We think that gadgetgeek_europe (like many ebay sellers) bought from a fraudulent wholesale supplier and that the Kingston flash drives listed by this seller on ebay are counterfeit and fake capacity. Fake flash drives trash users’ files.

Seller may be unaware of the fake flash problem, sadly many ebay sellers have no idea of the true cost of flash memory. In the case of DT200 flash drives all genuine ones have individual serial numbers that can be verified with Kingston. We have no doubt whatsoever that Kingston will not verify these drives.

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.

Flash memory items in private listings – something seems odd here

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Seller kbayga states these 1GB Sandisk flash drives are in the UK, yet the seller who registered on December 8th is in the USA. That seems suspicious for a start, as does the use of private listings. This seller has listed a number of Sandisk flash memory items for sale – flash drives and memory cards. The mismatch between item location and seller location along with the private listings makes us wonder if they are counterfeits.

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.

Guaranteed dissatisfaction and file loss with this flash drive

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Seller polaris.86 (based in China) says:

100% GUARANTEE SATISFY ,FREE SHIPPING ,HIGH QUALITY

We beg to differ – this USB flash drive will not have a true capacity of 32GB and will trash users’ files once the real capacity is exceeded.

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 20, 2009 at 3:17 PM

We think these 32GB USB flash drives are fake capacity

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We have a feeling that seller dharay1108 (registered in the USA) bought these 32GB USB flash drives, and a couple of other models, from one of the many fraudulent wholesale outlets supplying fake capacity flash memory items. If we are right they will corrupt users’ files. The seller may be unaware of the fake flash memory problem.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 20, 2009 at 1:00 PM

fake 500GB Sony USB flash drive / pen / stick / key on ebay France

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This flash drive is a fake that will corrupt users’ files. There is no such thing as a 500GB pen type flash drive – they are just not made in this capacity. As for Sony – the highest capacity USB flash drive they sell is 16GB. Seller milokulaurent may not be aware these are fake.

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 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM