Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Archive for January 22nd, 2010

Do we think this USB flash drive on ebay is genuine? – no we don’t!

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If the buyer of this flash drive listed on ebay checks the serial number with Kingston we are certain that we know they will say one of two things – but we’re not going to tell you that! What we will tell you is that this flash drive listed by scoorpioo1 simply has to be a fake!

Do not think that you can buy a genuine 64GB USB flash drive on ebay for a low price. It is simply not possible. Do you really need one anyway??

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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We suspect these 16GB Kingston flash drives are counterfeit

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We have a feeling that the 16GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives sold by UK ebay seller setar2009 will turn out to be counterfeit and fake capacity items purchased from a fraudulent supplier. If we are right these USB flash drives will corrupt files. The seller may be unaware of the fake flash problem and may think they are genuine.

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.

A dodgy looking ebay listing for 1GB swivel type USB flash drives

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We think that a listing for 1GB flash drives by UK seller suebaker1 looks rather dodgy. This seller says in the listing:

I have a number for sale, they were bought as promotional items for our company that was recently closed and they have not been used. I have gently removed the logo from them and you can’t really tell, but just in case I will say that there may be a small scratch visible on the silver swivel bit – I have managed to do it with virtually no mark though. This is no way affects the use of the drives, they are USB 2.0, just plug them into your computer and it will automatically detect the drive, then just save your photos/presentation etc to it.

Ok – so now we have a couple of questions!!

Why did seller suebaker1 feel the need to scrub the logos off? Many small capacity flash drives that were surplus promotion items have been sold complete with logos. Who cares about a logo if you bought a genuine flash drive at a good price?

Who was the mystery employer who went out of business? and – more to the point (see pictures below) – if these are genuine, then why do we see one of the suspicious little capacity stickers we have circled in the picture on the right?? Every single USB flash drive with one of these capacity stickers that we have tested proved to be a fake USB flash drive that corrupts files.

Looking at the seller’s picture and reading the text of the listing gave us a feeling that something is up here. Can you guess what we think?

We have a suspicion that we saw a dodgy looking listing under this ID some months back but didn’t write about it then.

Seller suebaker1 is welcome to respond to our questions.

Maybe one of our investigative team will buy one and check it out. If someone in the team does buy one you can expect a follow-up report!!

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 22, 2010 at 5:00 PM

suspect ebay private auction for 128GB Kingston DT150

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We are pretty sure that the Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drive in this private auction by ricci269 (registered in the USA) will turn out to be counterfeit and fake capacity. If we are right the USB flash drives from this seller will 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 your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

This just has to be a fake Kingston sold on ebay!!

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This USB flash drive sold on ebay by UK seller dat2804 simply has to be a counterfeit and fake capacity Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive which will corrupt files. The picture is wrong, the price too low – everything tellls us this flash drive is not the real deal!

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 22, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Another singjapan gang fraudster with fake USB flash drives

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Seller happy.128.store is part of the singjapan gang; a fraud ring based in Singapore selling fake USB flash drives on ebay. These items are fake capacity and will corrupt 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

January 22, 2010 at 11:55 AM

16GB Kingston USB flash drive in private ebay auctions

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If the 16GB Kingston USB flash drives auctioned by omsai25 are (as the seller claims) genuine, why hide behind private auctions? 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 22, 2010 at 9:12 AM