Fighting flash fraud 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.

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