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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
Beneficiary Account : 60138.26407.00322.9248
Swift Code : BKCHCNBJ73C

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

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