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Archive for January 24th, 2010

UK seller cwmwitch2009 gets away with fake flash sales on ebay

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We now suspect that UK seller cwmwitch2009 is a cunning fraudster. We first posted about this seller on December the 10th 2009. Despite selling the obvious fake USB flash drive shown in our original short article (and other items we are sure are fake) this seller still has 100% positive feedback!! Why??

We think it is because this seller gives immediate refunds to anyone who complains, so that the buyers don’t leave negative feedback. Because sales are private no one can tell what a comment is about as you cannot see the item the comment refers to.

Very few buyers test flash memory items properly and are fooled by what the operating system shows. If something goes wrong and the seller refunds them they never realise they bought a fake! This seller seems to be taking advantage of buyers’ ignorance by apologising and giving refunds to the few who notice something is wrong.

Very clever – the buyer thinks the seller is honest and leaves positive feedback, often without even indicating there was anything wrong! Here are a selection of positive comments that we are fairly sure are from buyers who were sold fakes by cwmwitch2009:

• Compatability issues with my PC and USBs but full refund given immediately. Thks
• recieved refund thank you
• strange device, full refund
• Compatability issues with my PC and USBs but full refund given immediately. Thks
• Great eBayer, very helpful and honest all round A++++++++++++++++++++
• Item was faulty, however received full refund, so overall service was good.
• OK but doesn’t work perfect with APPLE.
• Item was faulty but the seller was excellent, tried to help and gave full refund
• Item not working. Refund given without quibble, thanks

The seller also has two neutral comments:
• Ordered 2 and both were faulty, but full refund given without any problem
• Item did not appear to be original copy but full refund received.

Never buy flash memory items in private sales!! YOU ARE ALMOST CERTAIN TO GET A 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.

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January 24, 2010 at 11:51 PM

This USB flash drive on ebay UK is a fake that corrupts files.

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Seller asia22joanna (registered in Northern Ireland) has obviously been shopping in fake flash land. The model of USB flash drive pictured in this listing is not made in 16GB capacity – it is a fake. Any fake capacity USB flash drive like this corrupts files. The seller may be unaware these are fakes – unfortunately most sellers on ebay don’t do their research before buying flash memory and end up shopping with 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.

Another member of the singjapan gang, an ebay fraud ring

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The flash drive in this listing from value.store.555 is the fraudsters’ favourite. This leather and steel style USB flash drive always proves to be fake capacity and always corrupts 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

January 24, 2010 at 7:05 PM

seems ebay seller in Australia made loss on 4GB Kingston if genuine

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If the 4GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives from seller ozbestchoice are genuine then we are fairly certain the seller made a loss on this one. We are a little surprised that this seller is still auctioning them if they are the real deal – after all no one likes to sell at a loss!

This makes us wonder if ozbestchoice purchased them from a fraudulent supplier. If they came from a fraudulent wholesale outlet they 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 24, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Another gremlin selling the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive on ebay

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This leather and steel model listed by Hong Kong based seller shou_jiao_shan is a favourite with fraudsters – easy to program to any old fake capacity they like. This fools the operating system and users who don’t test their drives and assume that what the properties window shows is the actual capacity – no such thing.

As a result most buyers think everything is ok until files start to be lost and corrupted – often months later. 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.

16GB Axis USB flash drives on ebay likely to be fakes

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We have a feeling that the 16GB flash drives being auctioned by birdy1004 (a seller in Korea) are likely to be fake capacity items that 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 24, 2010 at 12:23 PM

We doubt that this 8GB USB flash drive on ebay is genuine

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We suspect that this 8GB USB flash drive listed by Hong Kong based ebay seller gongwei8520 will prove to be yet another fake Usb flash drive that corrupts 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

January 24, 2010 at 9:31 AM