Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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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

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