Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Archive for May 8th, 2010

Are Transcend USB flash drives from ebayer ultimate_trading_ltd genuine?

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If the Transcend USB flash drives listed at auction by ultimate_trading_ltd are genuine then this UK seller is taking a risk by selling them this way. Most ebayers seem to be under the illusion that they can buy USB flash drives, flash memory cards and MP players for next to nothing ,thanks to all the fakes flooding in from China. As a result bid prices tend to be low and anyone selling genuine items in auctions is very likely to make a loss.

If you are an ebay seller who knows that the flash memory items you are selling are genuine then we strongly advise you not to list in auctions but by using buy it now with a realistic price!

Most ebay sellers who list flash memory items at auction on ebay bought from fraudulent suppliers in China who sell wholesale lots of counterfeit and fake capacity flash memory at low prices. A counterfeit fake capacity flash drive (or memory card or MP player) inevitably corrupts files. If ultimate_trading_ltd bought from a fraudulent supplier then buyers will suffer file loss and corruption 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 (or worse still, if you are a seller; your customers) 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 8, 2010 at 11:27 PM

8GB flash drive on ebay from planetshaker77 certain to be fake

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The USB flash drive shown in this ebay listing from planetshaker77 is certain to be fake capacity, which corrupts files – it has the tell-tale shiny little sticker that is a dead givaway that a flash drive is 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 8, 2010 at 10:18 PM

USB flash drives from etechflash sold in private ebay listings

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If ebay seller etechflash (registered in the United States) is selling genuine USB flash drives and memory cards, why use private listings? We might understand if the seller was listing sexy undies and gimp masks, but what justification is there for private listings for flash memory? This makes us extremely suspicious and we strongly suggest that anyone who bought a flash memory item from etechflash tests it immediately with h2testw.

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.

16GB Sony Pro Duo from ebayer greengift1970 likely counterfeits

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If you bought a Sony Pro Duo memory card on ebay from greengift1970 you should test it immediately with h2testw – we are certain they are fakes. Why? This ebayer also sold this obvious counterfeit and fake capacity 128GB Kingston USB flash drive on the 4th of May:

The model of Kingston flash drive shown in this listing is not made in 128GB capacity. It is a counterfeit and fake capacity flash drive manufactured by fraudsters in China. It would appear that greengift1970 fell into the trap of buying from one of the many fraudulent wholesale outlets in China.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items (whether with a view to re-selling or as an end user) to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

If you are a seller it is especially important as selling fakes can destroy a reputation that may have taken a long time to build in a matter of days!

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

flash memory items from UK ebayer glennewing1 sure to be fake

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The USB flash drive sold in this ebay listing from seller glennewing1 is certain to be fake capacity. Any flash memory item (USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) programmed to display a false capacity to the operating system corrupts files once the true capacity (usually 4GB at most) is filled. Many ebay sellers (and we are sure that glennewing1 is one) bought fakes from fraudulent suppliers in China. Any flash memory item from seller glennewing1 will no doubt have come from the same supplier and is therefore equally fake.

As a result of the flood of fake flash memory from China almost all flash memory sold on ebay is 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 (or even worse, your customers) run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

waikuen2009 sells fake flash on ebay, test immediately with h2testw

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Beware of USB flash drives from Hong Kong based ebay seller waikuen2009 they are 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.

MP players from ebayer rilinvidj5 sold a little too cheaply

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We urge anyone who bought an MP player from ebay seller rilinvidj5 to test it with h2testw immediately. We suspect they may be fake capacity (which corrupts files) or have very low grade flash chips which are prone to failure as they have been sold a little too cheaply given the cost of good quality flash memory chips.

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 8, 2010 at 3:24 PM

16GB flash drives from ebayer simple-solutions2010 are a bit cheap

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These 16GB USB flash drives from UK ebay seller simple-solutions2010 seem rather too cheap to be genuine which makes us suspect that this seller may have bought from a fraudulent supplier. Many ebay sellers around the world (with little knowledge of the true cost of flash memory) sell items that turn out to be fakes.

Such sellers made the mistake of buying from fraudulent wholesale outlets that supply fake capacity USB flash drives, memory cards or MP players from these wholesalers without having done their research properly first. Often they think that checking what the computer reports the capacity as is enough to ensure that the device is genuine. It isn’t!!!

A fake capacity flash memory item is programmed to report a false capacity to the operating system. A fake capacity USB flash drive, or any other fake capacity flash memory item, corrupts files after a while.

There are only two ways (except in the case of certain brand name items where serial numbers can be checked) of ensuring that a flash memory item has the advertised capacity:

  • Save enough data (video, music, photos and other files) to the device and check that you can open and use all the files on a different computer – the hard way that takes a lot of time!
  • Test with h2testw – the faster and easier way!

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you (or worse still, your buyers!) 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 8, 2010 at 1:42 PM

elleyz084 lists a very obvious fake Kingston flash drive on ebay

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It seems that the two ebay members who left feedback for elleyz084 about these very obvious fake USB flash drives made the self same mistakes as the seller.

  • It seems none of these ebayers checked what’s really available – a quick look at the Kingston web site would show that they do not sell any flash drives whatsoever that look like this!
  • No-one tested them with h2testw (the gold standard in detecting fake or faulty flash memory) – if they had then the fact that these are fake capacity flash drives which will corrupt files would have become apparent.

We thought it very likely that seller elleyz084 bought these fakes from the very web site exposed in this article kindly submitted to us by Stablemate – makes interesting reading.
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fake flash fraudster luckybidded sells in private ebay auctions

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Beware of flash drives in private ebay auctions by luckybidded (registered in China) – what you will get is not a bargain but a fake capacity flash drive that 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.

From Wong Pen to Wrong Pen (The Asian Price for the EBay Fraud)

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We would like to thank Stablemate for contributing this interesting article about one of the sources of all the fake flash memory sold on ebay. Please take the time to read what he has to say!

I recently finished a long-term study on the lax selling conditions operated by the Asian trading site called Alibaba.com, starting from October 2009. It was an eye-opener!

Like many others, I was ripped off by a seller reporting to offer 128GB – 512GB leather flash pen sticks. The guy took my money and ran, and although Alibaba’s support team got involved, they do not require a compulsory registration to their ‘trading tracker software’ to stop anyone from trading with you. “So what’s the point?” I asked.

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Written by fightflashfraud

May 8, 2010 at 9:08 AM

ebayer tatinmor lists counterfeity32GB Kingston flash drive

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This USB flash drive listed on ebay by tatinmor is not a real Kingston, it is counterfeit, 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.

ebayer fuzzsterdelux does not understand fake flash problem??

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It seems that ebay seller fuzzsterdelux bought fake flash drives from a fraudulent supplier and was foolish enough to think they are simply faulty and that somehow they can be used for spares or repairs. When it comes to flash memory items there is no such thing as spares and repairs!!

You can take useble parts from a car, computer, motorbike and many other defunct things – but not from a flash drive except, perhaps, the casing – the cheapest bit!

Written by fightflashfraud

May 8, 2010 at 6:03 AM