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Archive for December 2009

We think these 64GB Kingston DT150 USB drives are counterfeits

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We think the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drives listed on ebay USA by nursejenn1025 are counterfeit and fake capacity items purchased from one of the many fraudulent wholesale outlets selling on the Internet. No one could afford to list genuine ones with a start price below the manufacturing cost.

Please ebay sellers – do your research before buying flash memory items to 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

We think these 128GB DT200 drives on ebay Australia are fakes

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We think the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives listed on ebay Australia by xueliang20092009 are counterfeit and fake capacity. If they are right they will destroy users’ data. If we are wrong buyers will be able to verify the serial numbers with Kingston.

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.

Seller in China offers 3 models of fake 64GB flash drive on ebay

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This fraudster from China offers 3 models of fake 64GB USB flash drives to destroy your data with. We can give you a cast iron guarantee that you will suffer file loss and corruption if you buy these from rolexralph159. This is no doubt yet another ID belonging to one of the familiar fraud gangs in China.

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.

Looks like another counterfeit 128GB Kingston on ebay

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We think this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive listed by duitfais (registered in Malaysia) will turn out to be counterfeit and fake capacity. If we are right it will trash users’ files. If we are wrong the buyer will be able to verify the serial number with Kingston.

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.

Ebayer in Australia ships bulk lots of fake Corsair from Hong Kong

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Corsair does not make this model of USB flash drive in 128GB capacity. These are counterfeits that will destroy users’ data after a while. It seems that swankyspanker is dropshipping these out of Hong Kong. This means the seller will never clap eyes on what is being sold and will have no chance of testing them to find out the truth.

This seller is also selling fake Kingston flash drives in bulk. We strongly advise ebay sellers to avoid dropshipping flash memory like the plague!! You are fairly certain to find yourself selling fakes if you do use dropshipping.

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.

Member of singjapan gang sells fraudsters’ favourite on ebay

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This 64GB flash drive sold by nihao.ma18 is the fraudster’s favourite and always corrupts files after a while. This seller is part of a fraud ring in Singapore that the fightflashfraud team has been watching for some time. They are a cunning and devious bunch – we advise all ebay members to avoid flash memory items shipped out of Singapore like the plague.

This fraud ring also seems to sell fake and/or faulty mobile phone batteries – beware they could possibly damage your phone. Avoid phone batteries shipped from Singapore too!

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 21, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Seems this UK ebayer has been to fakeflash land

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This 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive is far too cheap to be genuine. Seller paulgift obviously bought from a fraudulent supplier. The seller may have no idea these are counterfeit and fake capacity.

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.

No one can sell genuine 64GB DT 150 drives at this price on ebay

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These 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drives listed by UK ebay member brockwayuk just have to be counterfeits purchased from a fraudulent supplier. No one could list genuine ones at this price. Genuine ones have individual serial numbers that can be verified by Kingston – we are certain Kingston will not verify these.

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.

Our thanks to Malty for bringing this item to our attention.

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.

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.

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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

Looks like another ebay gremlin with fake Kingston flash drives

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gremlin2s The ebay ID kvntbgn was registered in China recently. This was obviously for the purpose of fake flash fraud and the ID probably belongs to one of the known fraud rings in China.

There is no way that anyone could sell a genuine 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive at this price.

They are counterfeit, fake capacity items that will destroy data after a while. 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.

UPDATE
This seller is no longer a registered user on ebay and all listings have been removed.

These leather USB flash drives on ebay are probably fakes

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UK seller x.fun has listed this leather model of USB flash drive on ebay in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities. This model of flash drive usually proves to be fake capacity.

They are sold by many fraudulent wholesale outlets – so far we have never come across one that genuinely had the capacity stated. We will be surprised if these are any different.

If they are, as we suspect, fake capacity they will destroy data after a while. This seller offers various other flash memory items.

If we are right in thinking that x.fun bought from a fraudulent supplier then the other flash memory items from this seller will be fake capacity too.

We wonder why x.fun is using private auctions as we don’t see any items from the seller that justify this – no houses, no cars, no sexy undies, no bondage or other SM gear and no medicines! 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 5:24 AM

128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 drives to cheap to be genuine

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These 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives on ebay are far too cheap to be genuine. We can only assume that anen09 has been shopping in fake flash land and come back with counterfeit Kingston flash drives. Counterfeits are always fake capacity and destroy your data 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.

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.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

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.

this ebay member in Ireland has been shopping in fakeflashland

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Seller shanvogh has been shopping in fake flash land and stocked up with this well known data destroying leather and steel flash drive. The capacity of these is closer to 2GB than 64GB and once the real capacity is exceeded your files vanish or become corrupt. Looking at drive properties does not reveal the true capacity – only proper testing will reveal the truth about fakes.

The seller may have no idea the supplier was fraudulent and that these and the 120GB version are both fake. There are no genuine 120GB USB pen/thumb type flash drives made by anyone!

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 19, 2009 at 6:04 AM

This ebay item is not a genuine 128GB Kingston USB flash drive

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The flash drive shown in this ebay listing by UK member paperboy786 is not a genuine 128GB flash drive – it is fake and will corrupt files. If paperboy786 had only looked at the Kingston website then this seller would have known that this model is not made in this capacity. The seller obviously bought from a fraudulent supplier. This listing seems to have been removed by ebay, no doubt at Kingston’s request.

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.

Seller in Korea lists fake capacity 32GB USB flash drives on ebay

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Seller dejian2009 has listed a number of the 32GB USB flash drives shown in the listing above at auction. We have absolutely no doubt that these will prove to be fakes which corrupt users’ 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 18, 2009 at 9:45 PM

We think these 8GB leather type flash drives on ebay are fake

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We think UK ebay seller arkventures72 bought these 8GB leather and steel USB flash drives from a fraudulent wholesale outlet. We have never come across any of this model with a real capacity over 4GB – usually they have a real capacity of 2GB or less. The seller may be unaware of the fake flash memory problem – fakes trash your 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 18, 2009 at 8:27 PM

buyers of this flash drive on ebay will be unhappy bears!!

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We expect that anyone who bought one of these so-called 32GB USB flash drives from jrhappybear09 will be a lot less than happy when their files either become corrupt or vanish altogether. We are certain they are fakes.

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 18, 2009 at 7:33 PM

These 128GB Kingston flash drives on ebay are fakes

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Kingston do not make the model shown in this ebay listing by yq3g08 in 128GB capacity as anyone who looks at the Kingston website will see. This seller obviously went shopping in fake flash land and bought from a fraudulent supplier. The seller may have no idea that these are fakes which will destroy users’ 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.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

December 18, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Are these 64GB DT200 USB flash drives on ebay genuine?

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These 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives listed by shop-till-you-drop-2 are an absolute bargain if they are genuine, however at this price we think this seller may have bought from a fraudulent supplier. If so they will destroy data. If they are genuine they have individual serial number that can be verified with Kingson.

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.

Looks like another UK ebay member went shopping in fakeflashland

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These 64GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives seem a bit too cheap to be genuine. We think that seller chaplinsclub bought these from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers advertising on the Internet. These wholesale outlets supply counterfeit, fake capacity memory that trashes users files. The use of a private listing makes us wonder if this seller may be aware that they are fake.

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.

This ebay seller is wrong about these being genuine.

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Seller 2004alonso is wrong in thinking the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives that he or she listed for sale on ebay are genuine. This ebay member bought from a fraudulent supplier. Genuine DT200 drives have individual serial numbers that can be used to verify with Kingston that the drives are genuine. We don’t think Kingston will verify these.

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 have a sneaking suspicion this ebayer’s flash drives are fake

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When we saw the ID bizzy-shop we had a strange feeling of deja vue. We looked back through our posts and found that we had investigated this UK ebay member’s activities back in July. Our investigations then revealed that this member bought a number of fake flash drives from known fraudsters on ebay and re-listed them for sale.

We wonder if this member has now been to fakeflashland and bought these from one of the fraudulent wholesalers selling counterfeit and fake capacity memory. If we are wrong and these are genuine then bizzy-shop is taking a risk listing them at such a low start with free P&P.

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 18, 2009 at 9:56 AM

UK ebayer with 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 in private sale

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We think that this listing (ebay item number 270500854966) seems a bit dodgy. If these are genuine then why is nathanjameslgc using private sales? In our experience when flash memory items are being sold this is usually a sign of fraud.

Shortly after this screenshot of this listing was taken seller nathanjameslgc removed the picture and the reference to reference to the RRP of these. The seller also raised the price by £20 and added a charity donation. We’ve seen people who were deliberatly selling fakes use charity donations to try and put people off the scent. Is this why nathanjameslgc decided to add a charity donation?

We have a sneaking suspicion that these were bought from a fraudulent supplier and are counterfeit. We also suspect that nathanjameslgc may be aware that these are fakes which 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.

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

This 128GB Kingston on ebay Germany is not likely to be genuine

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We think it highly unlikely that this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive listed by superkoki is genuine. We think it will turn out to be counterfeit and fake capacity. Fakes destroy data.

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.

128GB DT200 flash drives on ebay are too cheap to be genuine

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The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives listed by ukbay are a tad too cheap to be genuine. We think this seller bought from one of the many fraudulent suppliers selling counterfeit and fake capacity items. Genuine DT200 drives all have individual serial numbers that can be verified with Kingston – we don’t think Kingston will verify these. If we are right about these being counterfeit they will corrupt files after a while.

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.

Another USA ebay seller lists a well known fake USB flash drive

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This 32GB USB flash drive will no doubt (like all the leather and steel type drives tested by our team) prove to be fake capacity and will trash users’ files after a while. Seller jahhili.com no doubt got these from one of the fraudulent wholesalers supplying these fakes and may have no idea they are likely to be fake capacity.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 17, 2009 at 9:46 PM

Seller in Ireland lists obvious fake 64GB USB flash drive on ebay

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The flash drive shown on the left has been listed for sale on ebay by seller zionbiz. This is a well known fake which will trash users’ files after a while.

This seller has also listed the same model in 120GB capacity – a capacity that does not exist for USB flash drives! The seller obviously does not know a lot about this technology and may be unaware that these are fakes.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 17, 2009 at 7:14 PM

ebayer in USA lists a suspicious number of used Sandisk flash drives

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Seller codyhannum_2390 has listed a number of used 16GB and 32GB Sandisk USB flash drives on ebay USA. These sales look very dodgy to us – the start price in this seller’s auctions is very low and the seller says that they are only used in the sense that the packaging has been opened. This rings alarm bells with us. We suspect these are counterfeit items. If so they will be fake capacity items that destroy data after a while.

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.

Suspect ebay listing for 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200

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gremlin2sWe don’t think this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive listed by yalcin4141. We think this is another ebay gremlin selling counterfeit and fake capacity 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 17, 2009 at 1:12 PM

MP3 players sold on ebay look dodgy to us

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We suspect that the MP3 players sold by ftaway2009 will turn out to be fake capacity – they seem too cheap to be genuine. However they are probably useable if you don’t save anything to the player itself and just use a genuine SD card in them to save your music to.

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 17, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Seller in Malaysia shipping fake flash sold on ebay from Singapore

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Seller apiszarshavin sold the model of flash drive shown on the left in the 8GB version with the item location shown as Malaysia. Only one seems to have sold – for the princely sum of 18p with free post and packing.

This ebay member also sold a number of 2GB swivel type drives for 18p – so the seller is down by quite a sum even if (as we strongly suspect) the drives are all fakes.

The seller then moved to buy it now listings for the model on the left in the 32GB with a price of $15 and free P&P – not possible if they were genuine!

We think every single flash drive sold by apiszarshavin will turn out to be a fake that destroys data.

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 seller with familiar 16GB fake USB flash drives

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This model of flash drive is commonly sold to ebay sellers by fraudulent wholesalers in all sorts of capacities (some of which no genuine flash drive is made in) – seller gracie_lou_1 obviously bought from one of these. These flash drives are fake capacity and will trash users’ files after a while.

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 17, 2009 at 5:31 AM

Did this UK ebay seller go shopping in fakeflashland?

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The start price in auctions for this 32GB USB flash drive from 0135williams69 seems a bit on the low side. This makes us wonder whether this seller bought from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers supplying fake capacity flash memory items that destroy data. If so the seller may be unaware of the fake flash problem.

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 17, 2009 at 12:50 AM

UK ebay member with fake flash drives and suspect SD cards

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This flash drive listed by UK ebay member midastouch7 is a well known fake flash drive sold in many different fake capacities.

The ones listed by this seller have been programmmed to show as 128GB but we doubt if the real capacity (when tested with h2testw) will prove to be more than 2GB – the very most they are likely to be is 4GB.

In testing by the frankeflash project we have not come across any of these leather and steel type USB flash drives with higher capacities than this.

This seller obviously bought from one one of the many fraudulent wholesale outlets supplying fakes. We expect the 32GB SD cards from midastouch7 will also be fake capacity.

Often seller on ebay do not realise they are selling fakes but the use of private listings in this case make us wonder if midastouch7 knows and is being deliberately fraudulent.

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 begins a new round of fake flash sales on ebay

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Seller moraconn (registered in China) sold more then 450+ fake flash memory 16GB USB flash drives when he was known as wonzheng. After taking a break from fake flash sales this fraudster has returned with 64GB fakes to trash even more ebayers’ data.

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 16, 2009 at 8:28 PM

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.

suspect listings for 64GB Kingston by ebay seller in Lithuania

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We reported on seller m.ltd at the beginning of August when this ebayer listed an obviously fake Kingston model.

We are certain the flash drives listed recently by m.ltd (registered in Lithuania) are equally fake.

This time the seller listed a different model and has been careful not mention Kingston in the listing or show the Kingston name in the photo (left) – we have no doubt that these are counterfeit and will destroy data.

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.

Are the 1GB and 2GB USB flash drives from this seller genuine?

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The little shiny capacity stickers on USB flash drives listed on ebay by seller qualitybuy9988 make us suspect that they could well be fake capacity items. If so they 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 16, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Another ebay gremlin with the fraudster’s favourite flash drive

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gremlin2sThis 32GB flash drive from hujh8403 is fake fake fakity fake and 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 16, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Notorious fake flash drive listed by ebay seller in the Phillipines

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This 64GB leather type USB flash drive listed on ebay by tii600 will be fake capacity and will trash users’ files. The seller may not realise this as many sellers have no idea of the true cost of 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 16, 2009 at 8:27 AM

UK ebay seller with suspect 32GB flash drive in private auction

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We don’t think for a moment that this 32GB USB flash drive listed on ebay by marcpenny will really have a capacity of 32GB – we think it is a fake capacity and will destroy data after a while.

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 16, 2009 at 5:47 AM

We doubt that this leather flash drive on ebay UK will be genuine

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We suspect that this 4GB leather type flash drive listed on ebay UK by kicaj888 could well turn out to be a fake that corrupts data. The seller may not know it is likely to be fake, but this model is commonly sold by fraudulent wholesalers.

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 15, 2009 at 11:58 PM

Seller in Germany lists notorious flash drive on ebay

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Seller kaeuferhh25 has listed the 64GB version of a notorious fake leather and steel type USB flash drive. Every one of these tested by the fightflashfraud team turned out to be a fake that trashed 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 15, 2009 at 9:27 PM

Buyer complains 64GB USB flash drive from Ireland is fake

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A buyer complained in feedback that this flash drive sold on ebay by powerprogress was fake. We are inclined to agree with the buyer and think the Kingston drives listed by this seller will also be fakes that trash 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.

Private ebay sales of 4GB Hello Kitty flash drives

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The use of private sales by liyingdeal to sell 4GB Hello Kitty USB flash drives on eba suggests to us that we may have yet another fraudster here. We advise ebayers never to buy flash memory in private sales.

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 15, 2009 at 4:28 PM

We think these 32GB SD memory cards on ebay are fake

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gremlin2sWe doubt that these 32GB USB flash drives listed by twl2017 genuinely have the capacity claimed and think this also applies to USB flash drives from this seller. We think that twl2017 is another ebay gremlin whose flash memory items will corrupt users’ 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 15, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Another Singapore gremlin on ebay with fraudsters’ favourite

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gremlin2sThis flash drive from goodseller_231 is fake fake fakity fake. This seller is part of a ring of fraudulent sellers who leave each other fake feedback to make it look as though they are genuine.

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 15, 2009 at 10:44 AM

We think these 16GB USB flash drives on ebay are fake capacity

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We have only ever seen the little shiny capacity stickers shown on the flash drive in this listing by esvpk on fakes that corrupt users’ files. We think this seller bought from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers.

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 15, 2009 at 7:48 AM

Seller in Germany lists obvious fake USB flash drive on ebay

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Seller rothi0 has obviously been to fakeflashland and purchase these notorious 64GB leather and steel type USB flash drives from a fraudulent wholesale outlet. These will corrupt files after a while as they are fake capacity. The seller may be unaware of this.

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 15, 2009 at 6:08 AM

Fake 500GB USB flash drive listed on ebay Australia

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This flash drive listed by saharshirazi on ebay Australia is fake fake fakity fake and will destroy data!!
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Looks like more counterfeit 64GB DT200 flash drives on ebay

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We doubt that the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives listed on ebay by seller sandzus (registered in Latvia) are genunine – we think this seller purchased from a fraudulent supplier.

If we are right then buyers will be unable to verify the serial numbers of these with Kingston as they can with genunine drives. Counterfeits are also fake capacity and destroy your data.

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.

another ebay fraudster selling fake USB flash drives

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Seller ivan.101sg is part of a fraud ring we have been watching for some time. This gang has a habit of claiming the fakes they sell are made in Japan so fightflashfraud christened them the singjapan gang. Most of the feedback for ivan.101sg is fake – left by other members of this fraud gang. This 64GB USB flash drive is a fake that will trash users’ 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 14, 2009 at 8:16 PM

We don’t think this USB flash drive on ebay was made by Sony

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We don’t think these flash drives listed on ebay by achun16888 (a seller in China) were made by Sony – we think they are counterfeit as we can find no trace of them on Sony’s web site.

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 14, 2009 at 5:33 PM

fraudster in China uses private ebay listings to hide sold items

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This 64GB USB flash drive is undoubtedly fake and will trash users’ files. Seller private-store-curio is using private sales to hide what has been sold in feedback so that when there are complaints from buyers no one will see the item in question. If you bought a fake flash drive from a seller using private sales be sure to include the item number, the words fake flash drive in your feedback to alert other buyers.

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 14, 2009 at 2:54 PM

UK member sold quite a number of counterfeit DT200

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We don’t think there is any chance that the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives sold by petesgb are genuine.

For one thing petesgb sold them at auction and to date none seem to have fetched the cost of manufacturing the drive, let alone the wholesale price of genuine ones. This seller obviously bought counterfeits from a fraudulent supplier.

Perhaps the seller has absolutely no idea of the cost of flash memory and beleives them to be genuine, but we can say without a shadow of a doubt that buyers will not be able to verify serial numbers with Kingston as they could with genuine ones.

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.

UPDATE 01/01/10
Seller petesgb was warned by an ebay member that the flash drives were fake and has also now had feedback from buyers saying the same. It seems that ebay has now removed listings but has not suspended the seller. If you bought a flash drive from this seller test immediately and claim a refund! – The item will undoubtedly have vanished from your won list, but you will find it in your paypal transactions.

This 64GB USB flash drive on ebay will trash users’ files

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This leather and steel style USB flash drive listed on ebay by wei8768 (based in Taiwan) is not genuinely 64GB and will trash files once the true capacity is exceeded. This model always turns out to be a fake when sold as more than 2GB – it costs more to make a real 64GB flash drive than these are being sold for.

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 14, 2009 at 9:33 AM

Another member of a Singapore based ebay fraud ring

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Seller wwj_sam42 seems to be yet another ID belonging to the devious singjapan fraud ring based in Singapore. Anyone who bought flash memory from this seller is almost certain to have received a fake that will trash their 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 14, 2009 at 5:48 AM

Another ebay seller with a mis-match between picture and text

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Here we see another ebay seller in the Philipines describing 64GB USB flash drives as leather but showing a picture of the DT150. Again the price is far too low for the drives listed by zhikang93 to be anything except fakes that will trash 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.

A very odd listing for flash drives on ebay Australia

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We find the ebay listing by mrqld88 on ebay Australia (item number 220524965853) a bit odd. The seller provides no picture of the flash drives offered, emphasises that they have not been tested and there is no gaurentee on them and states very clearly NO REFUNDS – all this makes us a bit suspicious about this listing! Here is the text of the buy it now listing (price 150 Australian dollars with 10 dollars postage costs:

EXCESS USB STOCK FOR SALE!!!

15 x 2GB
10 x 4GB
1 x 8GB
2 x 32GB

All the products are generic products that are for sale.
The products have been in storage for the past few months.
The stock is left over from a previous business entity.

There are no guarantees given for the devices on sale.
Some devices may work, whilst some may not work.
The devices have not been tested, however this a new
batch of USBs, however once again there are no guarantees
on the product.

NO REFUND AVAILABLE

However if you would like to purchase 28 USB Flash
Drives for $150, then is the perfect package for you!!!

15 x 2GB
10 x 4GB
1 x 8GB
2 x 32GB

Buy it now for Christmas gifts!!!

We wouldn’t touch this with a bargepole as we don’t know what we’d get!! We have a sneaking supicion that they could well be fakes that will trash files – but maybe we’re wrong.

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 13, 2009 at 9:50 PM

Is this member in Spain re-selling fake USB flash bought on ebay?

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We suspect that this 32GB USB flash drives and others sold on ebay by hectorlpgpr were purchased on ebay and will turn out to be fake capacity items that destroy data.

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 purchased on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 13, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Is this ebay seller confused about what he or she is selling here?

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Is seller jiaojing08 (registered in China) suffering from a disability or disorder of some sort that has led to him or her being incapable of matching the picture, title and description of items for sale on ebay? We can’t imagine why else this item would have the title:

64GB Leather Flash Memory Pen Stick Thumb Drive USB 2.0

but show a picture of a 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 and have in the detailed description:

NEW 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Storage Memory Thumb Stick with 5 years warranty

Features
It is a new standard of digital memory card with small, thin, light, powerful and high performance.
This makes the flash memory drive ideally for a portable, embedded, mobile device which complying with USB 2.0 protocol of data transferring. It provides a superior data transfer rate.
Super small, light, thin and high performance

So what exactly is jiaojing08 selling here?? Whatever it is we can say without doubt that at a price of £17 with free P&P it certainly won’t have a real capacity of 64GB. It simply has to be a fake that trashes 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.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

December 13, 2009 at 5:58 PM

We are sure USB flash drives from this ebayer in Spain are fake

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We are sure that this and other USB flash drives listed by albertopaes will turn out to be fake capacity items that trash 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 13, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Are these 128GB Kingston drives on ebay genuine? We think not!

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We don’t think for a moment that the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives listed on ebay Australia by seller ranshelle are genuine.

It seems this ebayer (like many others) bought USB flash drives from a fraudulent wholesaler. Almost all the flash memory items sold on ebay are fakes. Some are sold by deliberate fraudsters who know full well that they are selling fakes that will destroy your data.

Others are sold by ebayers who did not research the cost of flash memory and bought from fraudulent wholesalers without realising.

We think ranshelle probably belongs in the former category – nobody lists such an expensive item at such a low start price as ranshelle did if they are genunine (99 Australian cents!) – too big a financial risk.

Unfortunately our team (all volunteers doing it for no pay in their spare time) cannot spot fakes in time to contact most sellers soon enough to warn them that what they are selling is fake before anyone buys.

A year ago we could usually contact most victim sellers in time, before anything was sold – now there are so many that we usually can’t contact them before they sell fakes, so they end up being posted here.

We need volunteers to contact sellers we post about here who may be innocent of fraud.
Just send the seller a question and point them to the post about them – they can then follow the link to h2testw, test their items, refund buyers, challenge the supplier and, hopefully, get a refund.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items ANYWHERE 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.

This is not a genuine 32GB Kingston USB flash drive

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This model of flash drive is not made in capacities over 16GB. This item is counterfeit and will trash 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.

UPDATE
Since we first published this article seller telboy1966 has added some generic fakes (including a massively fake 256GB swivel type – not actually technically possible as we understand it) and an 8GB Kingston model. We wouldn’t touch flash drives from this seller with a barge pole!

These flash drives sold by an ebay member in Spain are fake

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These flash drives sold by todo-inf0rmatica are fake fake fakity fake and will corrupt users’ files. The seller may be unaware that they are fake but we have found that every one of the leather and steel type USB flash drives we tested were fakes that destroyed 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.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

December 13, 2009 at 7:31 AM

What exactly is this ebayer in the Phillipines selling here?

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The description in this listing by yyz609 says the flash drive is leather but the picture shows a DataTraveler 150 – so which is the seller actually offering? It’s not only the picture and description that don’t match – the price and the capacity of the drive don’t match either. Whatever buyers actually receive from this seller we’d stake a very large bet on it being a fake that corrupts 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 purchased on ebay.

64GB Kingston on ebay Australia is counterfeit and fake capacity

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Ebay seller ausie_hot_bargan_shop has obviously been shopping in fake flash land. There is no 64GB Kingston that looks like this as the seller would soon learn by looking at Kingston’s web site. Unfortunately ausie_hot_bargan_shop bought from a fraudulent supplier. The seller may have no idea that these are fakes that will trash people’s 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.