Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

This 64GB Sony USB flash drive on ebay is fake fake fakity fake!

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The 64GB USB flash drives in this listing from ebay seller margotbor (registered in Taiwan) are fake fake fakity fake! Not made by Sony and not 64GB. The seller may be unaware that they are fakes which will corrupt files once the true capacity (a lot less than 64GB!) is exceeded, but we can assure both buyers and the seller that this will be the case.

This seller has obviously been to fake flash land as we notice listings for 32GB Sandisk flash drives that are far too cheap to be genuine and the fraudsters’ favourite leather and steel model at 32GB and 64GB. They will be equally fake items which are gaurenteed to corrupt users’ files after a while.

Actually, looking at the number of listings from this seller, we suspect that this could be yet another case of deliberate fraud. Time will tell…

We advise everyone (both buyers and sellers) to test all flash memory items with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you (or your customers) run the risk of data loss and corruption.

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

For any of you that didn’t realise – Sony do not sell ANY 64GB USB flash drives – if you see such a thing advertised anywhere you can be sure it is fake.

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