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.

fake 32GB Sony flash drive from China listed on ebay

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This USB flash drive listed on ebay by mnmg3 (registered in China) is not made by Sony and does not have a capacity of 32GB. This flash drive is fake capacity and corrupts files. This seller also offers another so-called Sony (also fake) and the fraudsters’ favourite – a leather and steel model that 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.

seems this ebayer bought Kingston flash drives from fraudulent supplier

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It seems fairly clear that ebay seller tomtom84red (registered in Australia) bought these 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives from a fraudulent wholesale outlet selling counterfeit and fake capacity flash drives. A fake capacity USB flash drive inevitably corrupts files. The seller may not realise these are fakes.

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 looks like an expensive fake flash drive on ebay to us

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We are fairly sure this 8GB USB flash drive from Singapore based ebay seller superiorvalue is fake capacity and corrupts files. You can buy genuine ones from reliable suppliers for this price – why risk being defrauded on ebay?

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 1:11 PM

We think the used Kingston DataTraveler flash drives from this seller are counterfeits

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We are certain that the used Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives sold on ebay Australia by jordanjons will turn out to be counterfeits. 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.

These 16GB USB flash drives are pretty certain to corrupt files

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Seller tam9497 (registered in Australia) may not be aware of it but this USB flash drive is almost certain to be a fake capacity drive which corrupts files. We have not yet come across a genuine one of this type.

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 10:34 AM

If 4GB Sandisk flash drive on ebay Australia is genuine ebayer risks making a loss

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If this 4GB Sandisk USB flash drive is genuine then seller labsew risks making a loss on the sale. If it is not a genunine Sandisk flash drive then it will be fake capacity and will corrupt files. We notice that this seller has a lot of different models of flash drive for sale. If one proves to be fake then it is likely that all will be 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

February 25, 2010 at 9:18 AM

ebayer seems to be reselling fake flash drive purchased on ebay

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It appears that hutfarm (an ebay member in Canada) is re-selling a rather obvious fake USB flash drive (purchased from a de-registered fraudster) in this listing. This USB flash drive 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 8:02 AM

Feedback suggests Sony Pro Duo cards sold on ebay are counterfeit

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If the buyer who left feedback for ebay seller vistan_digital (registered in China) is correct about these memory cards being counterfeit then any flash memory item from this seller is likely to be fake. Fake flash memory 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 6:40 AM

At this price 128GB Kingston flash drive must be counterfeit

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No one could sell genuine Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives at this price on ebay. We conclude that seller net_biza (registered in Australia) bought these from a fraudulent supplier and that they are counterfeits. A counterfeit flash drive 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.

Would you trust this ebay seller? We certainly wouldn’t!

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UK selller evals69 has sold a large number of “used” 4GB Kingston flash drives in bulk lots (and a smaller number of 8GB ones both in bulk lots and individually) on ebay.

The seller’s pictures of the two drives in question are shown on the left. The top one is the 8GB model and the bottom one is the 4GB model. We got a strange smell coming from this seller’s listings so we investigated a bit – here’s what we found:

The first sale made seems to have been for a job lot – 20 of the 4GB flash drives. The seller’s explanation for a bulk listing of 20 used 4GB would seem plausible at first glance, but read on to learn more.
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Written by fightflashfraud

February 25, 2010 at 1:44 AM

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

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This USB flash drive listed on ebay by pocketmoneymotors is fake capacity and corrupts files. It is not made by Sony and does not have a capacity of 128GB. The seller may not realise it is fake.

Sony do not sell flash drives above 16GB capacity and the Vaio name is used for laptops not for flash drives. This fake has been programmed to display a false capacity to the operating system and once the real capacity is exceeded files become lost and corrupt.

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.