Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

ebay seller in Germany sold fake flash drives from fraudulent supplier as faulty

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Seller vorratsspeicher (like many ebay sellers) fell into the trap of buying fake capacity USB flash drives from a fraudulent supplier. The seller realised something was wrong and sold this one and quite a few others as faulty. They are not faulty – they are deliberately created fakes. If you are an ebay seller and plan to sell flash memory items, please do your research first! There are a lot of fraudulent suppliers out there.

Always test at least a sample of any flash memory items you plan to sell as soon as they arrive (this way you stand some chance of getting a refund from the supplier if there are any problems) and don’t list them for sale on ebay unless you are sure they are genuine!

There is no real fix for fake capacity memory items – for a number of technical reasons they will never be reliable even if returned to their true (much smaller than advertised) capacity and will always be prone to sudden failure.

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 16/06/2010
This seller is still at it – see ebay item number 280521894993 – fake fake fakity fake. Seems that only one buyer (who reports the same model but in black leather) as having only 2GB capacity has yet noticed that the flash drives from this seller are fakes.

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