Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for April 13th, 2010

Flash memory items sold on ebay by mister-stromberg a bit cheap

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Seller mister-stromberg (registered in Germany) has sold a range of flash memory items in ebay in auctions at prices that make us suspect that this ebayer may have bought from a fraudulent supplier. If you bought a USB flash drive, memory card or other flash memory item from this seller we urge you to test it immediately.

If this seller bought from a fraudulent wholesale outlet then the flash memory item you bought will be fake capacity and will trash your photos, documents or whatever you save to it 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.

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Written by fightflashfraud

April 13, 2010 at 11:00 PM

If ebay seller’s 16GB flash drives are genuine buyers got a bargain

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The 16GB USB flash drives sold at auction by miforestop99 did not fetch very high prices and if they are genuine the seller may have made a loss and buyers certainly got a bargain. If, however, they are fake capacity drives purchased from a fraudulent supplier then they 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

April 13, 2010 at 9:29 PM

ebayer in Germany sells notorious fake USB flash drives

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Seller tacholaden obviously bought these USB flash drives from a fraudulent supplier. This model of USB flash drive is notorious – 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

April 13, 2010 at 8:02 PM

reliablesellerhk lists very dodgy looking 128GB flash drives on ebay

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We think reliablesellerhk is a reliable Hong Kong seller alright – can be relied on to sell you a fake capacity USB flash drive or memory card that corrupts your 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.

UK ebayer kylie1951 suspended for selling fake flash drives?

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The listing shown above has been removed from ebay and seller kylie1951 seems to have been suspended by ebay. Thie seller said in this ebay listing (item number 170470676678) that:

This order is surplus stock and will include the invoice that you see in the pictures. As you can see this item cost me $1190US which at today’s conversion rate is £796.

If you do a search on Google Shopping or Amazon you will see that each piece is selling for £110-130.

Payment is via Paypal, Personal Cheque or Cash on Collection and item will be posted THE SAME DAY AS PAYMENT.

Guess what? We don’t beleive a word of it!
The invoice in question, dated 8th February, kindly pictured in the listing shows they were purchased by someone called Nahuel Mota Cabanillas in Argentena for $57 per unit with $50 postage.

Somehow we don’t think that UK seller kylie1951 is called Nahuel Mota Cabanillas and took a trip home to Argentina in February.

After all, kylie1951 last sold fake flash drives on ebay on February 18th, ten days after this invoice was sent by the Hong Kong seller to Argentina!

If the dollars in question were US dollars the wholesale price would seem reasonable but the postage seems excessive. However, in the light of the fact that they were purchased from Hong Kong, it may be that the invoice is in Hong Kong dollars rather than US dollars – if so, this tells a very different story:

57.00 HKD = 4.78858 GBP and 50.00 HKD = 4.20077 GBP

Reasonable postage costs, but an item cost far too low to be genuine! We investigated the address on the invoice and it seems they were probably purchased from Creator Technology (HK) Co. Ltd.
The contact person is given as:

Miss Connie,
Flat/Rm B, 7/F,
Chong Ming Bldg.
61 Cheung Sha Wan Rd,
Hong Kong

and payment goes to:

Beneficiary Name : Hong Wang
Bank Name : BANK OF CHINA
Beneficiary Account : 60138.26407.00322.9248
Swift Code : BKCHCNBJ73C
Bank Address : BANK OF CHINA,PUTIAN BRANCH

As we notice that there is mention of upgrade equipment by this supplier (and those of us who know a lot about fake flash know exactly what that means!) we conclude that these Kingston flash drives are most likely counterfeit, fake capacity and will corrupt files.

We previously reported on a batch of very obvious fake flash drives sold by kylie1951 on February 18th – curiously no feedback was left for this transaction (ebay item number 170447506668) by either buyer or seller – hmm, we wonder why.

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 13, 2010 at 3:30 PM

juancarlosgonzalez09 lists fake 128GB Sony flash drive on ebay

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The USB flash drive in this ebay listing from juancarlosgonzalez09 is not made by Sony and does not have a true capacity of 128GB. It is counterfeit, fake capacity and corrupts files. There is no such thing as a genuine Sony Vaio flash drive – they were dreamed up by fraudsters in China.

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.

weiwei_bt looks like another seller of fake USB flash drives on ebay

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We are pretty certain that this USB flash drive from ebay seller weiwei_bt (registered in China) will prove to be 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.