Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for February 26th, 2010

Private ebay auctions on ebay Canada for Kingston DT200 drives

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We think that the Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives offered in private ebay auctions by kamyal2 are counterfeit and fake capacity. If we are wrong then buyers will be able to verify serial numbers with Kingston. If we are right (and we are sure we are) then Kingston will not verify them. A counterfeit flash drive is also a fake capacity 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.

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Looks as though this ebayer in Australia shopped in fake flash drive

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We think this 16GB USB flash drive listed on ebay Australia looks highly suspect and will prove to be a fake from China.

There are a huge number of fake capacity flash drives produced in China, some of which are generic ones like this and others of which are copies of brand name items (counterfeits) – either way a fake capacity flash drive corrupts files once the true capacity (usually under 2GB) is exceeded.

There are two things that make us suspect these are fakes – the packaging (which we have seen used for fakes before, though it might sometimes be used for genuine drives) and the little capacity sticker – which we have only ever seen on fake flash drives, never genuine ones.

This brings us to the conclusion that zoea09 bought from one of the many fraudulent wholesale outlets that supply fake capacity flash memory items.

If this is the case the seller may be unaware of the fact that these are almost certainly fakes.

Advice for ebay sellers – please do your research carefully before buying flash memory to sell on ebay. Don’t take it for granted that what is shown by the operating system is correct – if you bought fakes, then it won’t be. Always test flash memory items properly before listing them for sale.

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.

bid with absolute confidence on this 128GB flash drive on ebay UK!

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You can bid with absolute confidence that ebay item number 200444006172 from UK seller pay4les$ is a fake capacity flash drive that corrupts files. It comes as no surprise that pay4les$ is using a private auction in an attempt to hide the fact that this item is 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.

UPDATE 05/04/2010
This seller is now listing these as faulty in private ebay auctions with a 1p start price and says:

Please note I selling item as a faulty and no returns are accepted
The problem is I was unable to play some movies on the Flash drive.
There was no problem opening Microsoft office document and pictures.
Also when you try to copy files with more than a gigabyte at the same time errors sometimes occur.
When I checked the drive windows shows exactly the capacity it has and to be honest I do not know what the exact fault is.

WE CAN TELL THIS SELLER IT IS NOT A FAULT – THE PROBLEM IS THAT IT IS FAKE CAPACITY – A DIGITALLY MANIPULATED DRIVE DESIGNED TO FOOL THE USER INTO THINKING IT IS HIGHER CAPACITY THAN IT IS BY REPORTING A FALSE CAPACITY TO THE OPERATING SYSTEM.

UK seller with fake flash drives in private buy it now sales on ebay

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UK ebay seller cheapstockers1010 has been shopping in fake flash land and has listed two very familiar models of fake capacity flash drive for sale. As well as the familiar 128GB leather and steel USB flash drive shown above the seller offers an equally obvious fake – a 64GB Sony Vaio flash drive. There is no such thing as a Sony Vaio flash drive – these were invented by fraudsters in China! A fake flash drive corrupts files.

As the seller is using a dropshipping operation these fakes will come directly from Hong Kong – a hub of fake flash fraud! This means that seller cheapstockers1010 will never clap eyes on the merchandise and has no opportunity to test them. We strongly advise sellers never to drop-ship flash drives, you are almost certain to find yourself selling fakes and are at grave risk of being kicked off ebay as a result.

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 16GB Sony flash drive listed on ebay Australia

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The 16GB Sony flash drive in this listing was not made by Sony and does not really have a capacity of 16GB. This flash drive is fake capacity – it started life as a 4GB drive before being fraudulently reprogrammed. Like any such fraudulently programmed flash drive it corrupts files. We expect that seller david_3140 will list a couple more fake flash drives on ebay as it seems this ebayer bought this one and at least two others on ebay from a fraudster in China.

Another fraudster in China selling fake flash drives on ebay

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Seller ppgo2sell is yet another seller from China with a range of fake capacity flash drives that corrupt files. The model shown in this listing is the fake that has sold on ebay most consistantly for the longest. That must delight the fraud gangs in China as it is the easiest model to program to false capacities to fool the operating system (and thus the user) until the user’s data is lost or corrupted, usually too late for the buyer to claim a refund.

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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February 26, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Notorious fake flash drive sold by ebayer in Germany

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The flash drive sold in this listing by 321deins-spb on ebay Germany is a notorious fake capacity flash drive that corrupts fakes. We suspect this seller may be involved in dropshipping from Hong Kong as the seller location is Germany but the item location is given as Hong Kong. Never buy flash memory if the seller’s location and item location don’t match – you are almost certain to get a fake that trashes your data.

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 26, 2010 at 1:50 PM