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Archive for May 2nd, 2010

siaookia23 ebay fake flash fraudster: test flash drives with h2tesw

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This USB flash drive sold on ebay by siaookia23 is fake capacity and corrupts files. The seller is another ebay fake flash fraudster in Singapore, a member of a fraud ring we have been watching for some time.

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.

suspected ebay fake flash fraudster michaelliudl2009 links to fightflashfraud blog!

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We think that michaelliudl2009 is yet another fake flash memory fraudster in China selling fake flash on ebay. We suspect that this USB flash drive is fake capacity and corrupts files. If we are right, then this is a very cheeky fraudster indeed as the seller has provided a link to our blog in listings in order to reassure buyers.

We do not in any way endorse ebay seller michaelliudl2009 and consider this seller highly suspect! The seller says:

This item is NEW but WITHOUT retail package. It’s resealed in safety wrapper after I examine and am sure each item is in good status.

Please be noted that the legs are actually WHITE instead of metal color. This item is NOT produced by Takara.

I sell flash disks with real storage capacity. NO FAKE. Please check Flash Disk Fraud page for more details. There are already a bunch of tools to check flash on Windows. For Mac, Mac OS X Disk Utility (DU) application can be used.

We are pretty sure this seller is fraudulent. The link to us is in the words “Flash Disk Fraud page” – very cheeky if you ask us. If michaelliudl2009 wishes to send us some samples for testing in order to prove that we are wrong then we will be happy to publish the results! We think it unlikely that the seller will take up this offer.

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.

isabella1425 selling fake USB flash drive in private ebay listing

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This USB flash drive listed by ebayer isabella1425 (location Falkirk, Scotland – a place where would expect honesty!) is certain to be fake capacity and will undoubtedly corrupt files.

This is not the first time that this seller has listed a fake flash drive. We reported about the self same model of flash drive (always proved fake in testing by our team) listed at 128GB capacity back in March.

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.

test flash memory sold by satietymemory with h2testw immediately

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A comment by a buyer on ebay about this memory card from selller satietymemory leads us to suspect that flash memory items from this seller may be fake.

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.

32 GB Kingston flash drives sold by ebayer holymaryjoe seem a tad cheap

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There are two models of 32GB Kingston DataTraveler sold by holymaryjoe; the one above and the DataTraveler 200. We wonder whether this may be yet another ebay seller who bought from a fraudulent supplier as they seem a little on the cheap side.

We suggest buyers check serial numbers with Kingston – if Kingston cannot verify the serial numbers then it is likely that they are counterfeit and fake capacity. A fake capacity flash drive corrupts files. Testing with h2testw reveals the original capacity of fakes – usually 4GB or less.

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.

terminal.choice lists suspect flash drives on ebay, test with h2tesw

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We think it highly unlikely that this USB flash drive listed on ebay by terminal.choice is genuine as (in tests conducted by members of the fightflashfraud team) every flash drive of this model proved to be fake. We think the USB flash drives in this listing are fakes purchased from a fraudulent supplier.

If we are right (and we are pretty certain we are) then buyers will find that the USB flash drive they receive is a 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.

test flash memory items from ebay seller egotechbase with h2testw!

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We advise anyone who bought a flash memory item (USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) from ebay seller egotechbase (registered in China) to test it immediately with h2testw. We suspect that flash memory items from this seller will turn out to 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.

128GB DT200 flash drives sold on ebay by fomahip382 are fake

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The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives sold on ebay by fomahip382 are certain to be counterfeit. A counterfeit flash drive is 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.

UPDATE 28/05/2010

Axel has been doing a bit of digging and thinks that fomahip382 has changed ID to poorab771

primax-3 sells familiar fake 128GB USB flash drive on ebay

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This 128GB flash drive sold on ebay by primax-3 is a very familiar fake USB flash drive consistantly sold on ebay. Every single one of the leather and metal type USB flash drives shown in this listing that was tested by members of the fightflashfraud team was fake capacity, and a fake capacity flash drive corrupts files.

Sometimes this model is sold directly by fraud gangs in China (where the fakes are manufactured) under multiple IDs. Sometimes this model is sold by ebayers elswhere who bought from fraudulent wholesalers in China and sometimes ebayers who bought these on ebay then re-sell, thinking they got a fantastic bargain and can re-sell at a profit.

What they actually got is a horrid little fake that probably has a real capacity of 2GB or less and will inevitably trash files due to fraudulent programming. Some people talk about restoring these to the real capacity. Not worth the effort!! The memory chips used in fakes are poor quality and will fail after a while anyway.

The flash chips in fake capacity flash drives fail a lot sooner than they would otherwise because they have been programmed to a false capacity. This is due to the effects of constant rewriting to a small area of memory.

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

May 2, 2010 at 11:26 AM

dreampower2008 selling USB flash drives on ebay, likely to be fake.

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We think it highly unlikely that this 64GB USB flash drive listed on ebay by dreampower2008 has a real capacity of 64GB. We think it extremely likely that this USB flash drive is 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.

64GB Kingston flash drives from ebayer solomemoriausb likely fakes

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The 64GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives sold by ebay member solomemoriausb are pretty certain to be counterfeit and fake capacity. The seller no doubt bought from one of the fraudulent wholesale outlets in China. A fake capacity USB flash drive 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.

Check serial numbers for Kingston DT200 flash drives sold on ebay

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If these 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives sold by derrick-james91 on ebay are genuine then the seller’s profit must be tiny. We strongly suggest that buyers check serial numbers with Kingston – the company will be able to verify serial numbers for genuine drives.

If serial numbers can not be verified then they will be counterfeit and fake capacity flash drives purchased from a fraudulent supplier. A fake capacity USB flash drive 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.

Test USB flash drives from ebayer wanted*deals with h2testw

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If this USB flash drive sold by wanted*deals is genuine then ebay seller wanted*deals must have made a loss. It seems that quite a few flash drives have been sold at low prices by this ebayer which makes us wonder if they could be counterfeits. Counterfeit flash drives are fake capacity, which corrupts files. If you bought from this seller we suggest you test your flash drive with h2testw immediately.

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.