Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for February 25th, 2010

This ebay item looks like a fake 8GB flash drive from China

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We have no doubt that this 8GB USB flash drive from seller red_star1689 (registered in China) is fake capacity and 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

February 25, 2010 at 11:40 PM

Another ebay fraudster from China selling counterfeit Kingston

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The ebay ID beautiful-love365 no doubt belongs to one of the familiar fraud gangs operating on ebay. The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives in this listing are without the shadow of a doubt counterfeit and fake capacity. Apart from anything else the flash chips used in a genuine one would cost more than the buy it now price, without taking the other components into consideration.

The fraudsters sell flash drives that have been programmed to show a false capacity to the operating system. This fools the average user into thinking they got a bargain, when in fact what they got was a fake capacity flash drive that corrupts files.

These fraud gangs replicate the look of the flash drives sold by well know brands such as Kingston, Transcend, Sony etc and use inferior factory reject chips – usually with a true capacity of 2GB or less. The flash drives are programmed to display a much higher capacity than is really available with the result that data is overwritten, lost and destroyed.

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.

Looks like another ebay fraudster selling counterfeit Kingston

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This 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 from ebay seller zhengzhijian158158 (registered in China) is certain to be counterfeit. A counterfeit flash drive is always fake capacity and 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.

Hong Kong fraudster sells obvious fake 32GB Kingston on ebay

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Fraudulent Hong Kong seller kingtoqueen (no doubt an ID belonging to a familiar fraud gang) sold the very obvious fake 32GB Kingston DataTraveler pictured above. This model of flash drive is colour coded according to capacity. The colour shown is for a 4GB drive so either this is a fraudulently reprogrammed 4GB Kingston drive or it is entirely counterfeit – not made by Kingston at all. Either way this flash drive is fake capacity and corrupts files. The same applies to any other flash memory item from this seller – it 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.

Are these 32GB Kingston flash drives on ebay UK genuine

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If the 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 100 USB flash drives listed on ebay by sarahunattended on buy it now for £35.00 with free P&P are genuine then they are a bargain as normally they cost over £50. This makes us wonder if this ebay seller may have bought from a fraudulent supplier. If they were purchased from one of the fraudulent wholesalers then they will be counterfeit and fake capacity. A fake capacity flash drive corrupts 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.

ebay seller in Portugal seems to be dropshipping fake flash drives

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Seller prlopes.999 is registered in Porugal but the ebay listing above shows the item location as Hong Kong so it would seem that this seller is involved in a dropshipping operation. We strongly advise sellers never to enter into dropshipping arrangements as this gives no opportunity to test the merchandise. We are certain this flash drive will turn out to be a fake capacity 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

February 25, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Counterfeit 64GB DT200 flash drive from China listed on ebay

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Although seller yll5200, based in China, is careful not to mention Kingston (to avoid drawing ebay’s attention to this fraud) these supposedly 64GB flash drives are counterfeit Kingston DataTraveler 200 drives. These flash drives are not just illegal counterfeits they are also fake capacity and a fake capacity flash drive 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.