Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for December 23rd, 2009

Another ebay fraudster in China selling fraudsters’ favourite

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This leather and steel model of flash drive is a favourite with fraudsters – easy to program to any fake capacity they like. The ebay ID bingbing1209 used for this listing no doubt belongs to one of the familiar fraud rings that has been selling fake flash memory on ebay for a very long time.

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.

We think it unlikely these 64GB DT 150’s on ebay USA are genuine

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We think these 64GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives are a bit on the cheap side which makes us wonder if seller kolyambur bought them from a fraudulent supplier. If they are genuine then serial numbers can be verified. If not then they will destroy data saved on them 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.

Gremlin from China with a range of fake 32GB flash drives on ebay

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gremlin2sGremlin ebay seller usb20988 offers a range of fake 32GB USB flash drives with which ebay member can trash their files, some of which are shown above. An ideal Christmas present for your worst enemy.

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.

Seems like an ebay gremlin selling fake flash drives to us!

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gremlin2sWe think that both these 16GB wristband type USB flash drives and the 32GB ones listed on ebay by Hong Kong based seller gkitshop are fakes that will destroy data.

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 confirms you have a false capacity device.

UK ebay member heeds warning that flash drives were counterfeit

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Kingston do not make the DataTraveler 200 in 256GB capacity as the ebayer who listed this would have realised had this seller taken the simple precaution of checking the Kingston website before buying flash drives to sell on ebay. This ebayer obviously bought from a fraudulent supplier.
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UK ebay seller ignores warning that flash drives are fake

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Despite being warned that the 64GB leather and steel flash drives shown in the listing above are fake capacity and will trash users’ files UK seller adamjk100 has not ended listings. The seller is carrying on regardless. Either the seller did not beleive the ebay member who sent the warning or this seller couldn’t care less about the buyers of these fakes ending up with corrupted files.

Sellers – if you get a message from an ebay member telling you that your flash memory items are likely to be fake or counterfeit pay attention!! These ebayers know what they are taking about.

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.

Fraudster in China with private sales pretends items in the UK

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gremlin2sDevious gremlin siyo-global-trading spent some time building up feedback with other items before launching into the sale of fake flash in private listings.

As well as the devious ploy of using private listings to hide what any negative comment about fakes (which this seller will inevitably get) siyo-global-trading tries to seem to be in the UK to inspire confidence among buyers.

Never bid on flash memory where the item location and seller location don’t match or where private sales are used as you are pretty certain to land up with a fake. In fact we’d advise against buying flash memory items on ebay full stop – it’s just too risky.

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.