Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for December 30th, 2009

If these USB flash drives are genuine this ebayer may make a loss

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If the 16GB USB flash drives from US seller buck-store547 are genuine we think this ebay member will have made a loss by advertising them in auctions with a one cent start price.

Of course there is the possibility that this seller bought from one of the many fraudulent wholesale outlets who supply fake capacity flash memory that trashes users’ files once the true capacity is exceeded.

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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Written by fightflashfraud

December 30, 2009 at 11:59 PM

This USB flash drive looks suspiciously like a fake Transcend to us

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The USB flash drive in this listing from shop-uk looks suspiciously like a fake Transcend to us. This is not the first time we have seen dodgy looking flash drives from this seller. If this is fake it will corrupt 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 30, 2009 at 9:38 PM

We think this UK ebayer is a fraudster selling fake flash memory

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We first reported about UK seller leeclark1 on September 17th 2009 when we noticed a 32GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drive from this seller that we were fairly certain was fake.

Since then leeclark1 seems to have had a number of listings removed by ebay. This was presumably because they were illegal counterfeit and fake capacity items – yet this seller has not a single negative!! What is going on here??

Is ebay protecting leeclark1 from negative feedback by removing listings so that items vanish from the buyer’s won list in the hope that buyers won’t know what to do when they found they got a fake??

Are we just paranoid?? We all used to love ebay – now we don’t trust them an inch – and we certainly wouldn’t buy flash memory items from leeclark1!! Here is one of this seller’s most recent listings – we suspect this will be yet another fake.

If you bought a flash memory item from this seller then test it with h2testw
– if it fails this test report in to sosfakeflash then immediately leave leeclark1 a big fat neg (or if you left a positive already a follow-up comment to warn others to test with h2testw) and claim a refund through paypal.

Do not let fraudulent sellers, ebay, and PayPal to walk away with your cash if you have been defrauded!

Written by fightflashfraud

December 30, 2009 at 6:45 PM

UK ebay seller with Sandisk flash drives in private sales

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We first reported our suspicions about USB flash drives sold by UK ebay member tvr-woody on 23 October 2009. At that point we thought the seller might simply be a victim of a fraudulent supplier and might not have the knowledge required to test flash memory items.
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Another singjapan gang member sells fraudsters’ favourite on ebay

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The flash drive in this listing is a notorious fake sold by fraudsters like yhm_shop243 in all sorts of fake capacities – beware of this drive on ebay or anywhere else – they corrupt files. We have never found a genuine one above 4GB – and even when sold as this capacity it is usually 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 30, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Bulk lots of wristband USB flash drives on ebay at a rather low price

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We think the price for the bulk lots of 20 8GB wrisband USB flash drives being sold on ebay by bryantempo is a bit too low. This makes us wonder if this ebay member fell into the trap of buying from one of the fraudulent wholesalers supplying fake capacity flash memory. If this is the case these will be fake capacity items which trash users’ 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 30, 2009 at 9:07 AM

If this Kingston DT200 is genuine the seller is likely to make a loss

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If this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive is genuine then it is likely that seller cloneelite will make a loss on the sale by auctioning it on ebay. If it is genuine then the buyer will be able to verify the serial number with Kingston. If it is not genuine it will corrupt files after a while.