Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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A very dodgy looking flash drive listed on ebay UK by shaz78612

with 15 comments

This is a private ebay auction by shaz78612 for a very dodgy looking 64GB USB flash drive indeed – we are certain that this and other flash drives from this seller will be fake capacity, which 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

April 6, 2010 at 3:55 PM

15 Responses

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  1. This seller is at it again, this time with the tiny plain aluminium and plastic sticks that are usually 1GB to 4GB maximum, guess what they are reported to be ?
    64GB… perhaps this is one of imran’s friends, I wonder what comments we will will get here.. Check item
    160436083482 and 160436084485.
    Oh and I forgot to mention PRIVATE LISTINGS!!

    Micro

    May 19, 2010 at 4:54 PM

  2. i have tested it on two computers and the data is intact, no corruption or malfunction of the flash drive. Looks like i got a bargain 😀

    imran

    April 26, 2010 at 9:12 AM

  3. Well imran, we are stunned at what you report.

    fightflashfraud

    April 26, 2010 at 8:42 AM

  4. no problems with files, all seem to be working when over half the flash drive is full.

    imran

    April 26, 2010 at 8:16 AM

  5. The response was about checking that all your files are useable not about whether it says Kingston on it.

    fightflashfraud

    April 24, 2010 at 1:18 PM

  6. its just plain green and white.

    imran

    April 24, 2010 at 12:31 PM

  7. Hmm – not sure that you checked properly imran.

    fightflashfraud

    April 24, 2010 at 12:09 PM

  8. Mine looks exactly like this, it isn’t Kingston, works fine, no data corruption.

    imran

    April 24, 2010 at 11:45 AM

  9. The one you bought looks like a copy of a discontinued 2GB Kingston flash drive. The seller listed several different models that look like Kingston ripoffs and (as Netta said) a very obvious fake 128GB microvault – there are no microvault drives of that capacity. The seller had a couple of generic models that might have been genuine, but if all were from the same supplier it is likely that all are fake.

    We’d be totally amazed if your flash drive is actually ok. Did you use h2testw or did you just load it with files? If you didn’t use h2testw then you need to check that you can actually open all the files you saved. Slow transfer speed normally indicates something is wrong. Fakes seem as though everything has transferred and you will see the list of files so everything looks fine; until you have removed the flash drive from the computer and try to open your files and use them. Then you start finding that files are lost or corrupted.

    The fact that seller shaz78612 immediately changed feedback to private as soon as listings ended and has had two negs since the article was posted suggests we are right about drives being fake and that the seller knows they are fake.

    fightflashfraud

    April 23, 2010 at 11:04 AM

  10. hi, i got this drive the green and white one size 64GB, transfer is a bit slow but had no problem with file corruption or malfunction, seems to be OK for me, what other drives was this seller selling.

    imran

    April 23, 2010 at 10:20 AM

  11. Ok, imran, usually when we get a comment like yours it turns out to be the buyer. We only normally get visits either from people who have been scammed or the scammers themselves. Let us know which drive you bought there are two which could possibly be genuine but given that all the others are certainly fakes we think it unlikely that any are genuine.

    fightflashfraud

    April 22, 2010 at 1:37 PM

  12. i am just a buyer that has bought off this seller, i haven’t had any problems with the drive.
    i have used at least half of the flash drive space with no problems, will keep you updated.

    imran

    April 22, 2010 at 1:08 PM

  13. I had a look at the drives sold by shaz78612 and there is no doubt they are fakes.

    Some of them are very obvious – not only the Kingston ripoff shown in the listing (and other Kingston ripoffs) but also 128GB MicroVault – a drive that is only produced by fraudsters in China.

    The drives that are not obvious ripoffs are bound to be counterfeits – the seller would have lost a fortune on the sales if they had been genuine!!

    The seller looks extremely dodgy to me – not only were listings private but the seller has hidden feedback entirely! Not what I’d call the action of an honest seller.

    I reckon you are probably right about Imran being either the seller or a friend of the seller.

    Netta

    April 21, 2010 at 12:27 PM

  14. Imran, we find your comment very surprising indeed! You wouldn’t happen to be the seller or a friend of the seller would you??

    fightflashfraud

    April 21, 2010 at 11:48 AM

  15. i purchased of this seller had no problems with the flash drive.

    imran

    April 21, 2010 at 8:40 AM


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