Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for January 1st, 2010

Another member of the sinjapan gang suspended by ebay

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Seller alan-km232 is a member of a rather devious fraud gang operating out of Singapore. This gang mainly sells dodgy phone batteries and fake capacity USB flash drives that corrupt users’ files.

This seller has been suspended by ebay and listings have been removed. If you bought from this seller then your item will have vanished from your won list but you will still see the transaction in your paypal account.

The flash drive shown here will be a small capacity fake (probably 4GB at most) programmed to report as 64GB to the operating system. The operating system only shows what the control chip is programmed as.

Looking a the properties of a flash memory item tells you nothing but what the programmer wanted you to see! These are not 64GB and they were not made in Japan.

The only way to find out the truth is to test your item!

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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January 1, 2010 at 10:27 PM

A very dodgy private auction for a 4GB USB flash on ebay Belgium

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We think that romeoarti has been buying fake flash drives on ebay and is re-selling them in private auctions.

Feedback suggests that this seller previously sold at least two 16GB flash drives – one of which was certainly the same model – sold by just about every fraudster selling fake flash on ebay.

The use of private auctions suggests to us that this seller is well aware that what is being sold here is a fake that will corrupt users’ files.

We consider such behaviour absolutely despicable.

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.

Oh dear, this ebay seller doesn’t know their storage capacities!

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Oh dearie me – it seems that ebay member pim1_be (registered in Belgium) bought these flash drives from a fraudulent supplier. Had pim1_be known the sequence of storage capacites for USB flash drives then this seller might not have fallen into the trap of buying fakes. There is no such thing as a 120GB USB flash drive – these are fakes that will corrupt files once the true capacity (probably no more than 2GB) is reached.

Please, ebayers – do not buy flash memory items to sell on ebay if you don’t know much about the subject!! There are a lot of fraudulent wholesale outlets who are more than happy to sell you “bargain price” memory items that are not in fact a bargain but nasty dangerous fakes 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.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 1, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Obvious fake 128GB flash drives sold in private ebay auctions

The 128GB leather and steel type flash drive shown here is always fake as is any flash drive sold under the Sony Vaio name.

The trademark Vaio is reserved for laptops and is never used by Sony for flash drives. Sony do not sell flash drives of higher capacity than 32GB. These are fakes that will corrupt files.

We think that seller kfzmk may be aware that they are fakes as auctions are private – usually a sign of deliberate fraud when selling flash memory items.

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.

Listings by ebay fraudster selling fake USB flash drives removed

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Listings by ebay seller guoruxue200 seem to have been removed by ebay. This fraudster (based in China – the centre of flashfraud) offered the Kingston DT 200 in the listing above and a number of other models of flash drive. If you bought from this seller you will find the item has vanished from your won list because ebay has suspended the seller.

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.

Another 128GB Kingston DT200 on ebay too cheap to be genuine

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This 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives listed on ebay Australia by data-king is too cheap to be genuine. This seller presumably bought these from one of the wholesale outlets which supply counterfeit and fake capacity memory items. Such fakes corrupt users’ files. Genuine DataTraveler drives have individual serial numbers which can be verified with Kingston. We don’t think Kingston will verify these.

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 think these 16GB USB flash drives on ebay are fakes

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We think that these 16GB USB flash drives sold by UK seller usb_2_u are fakes and notice a comment from a buyer which apparently supports our conclusion.

We think this ebayer bought them from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers who sell fake capacity flash memory items which corrupt users’ files.

The seller should have tested the stock with the free program h2testw to ensure they were genuine before listing them for sale.

Having had negative feedback the seller should have stopped listing until he or she was sure that they were genuine.

Sadly, this seller continued blithely listing these for sale. This seller could well find that he or she ends up being suspended by ebay if sales continue and enough buyers complain.

Please sellers – don’t think you can easily make a profit by selling USB flash drives! Profit margins on genuine items are very narrow and it is almost impossible for ordinary ebayers to make anything but losses if they sell genuine 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

January 1, 2010 at 7:30 AM