Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for May 25th, 2010

jihufuandd1 sells fake flash drives on ebay; test with h2testw immediately

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The flash drive in this ebay listing has nothing to do with Sony – it was manufactured by fraudsters who (like the seller, jihufuandd1) are based in China. Sony do not sell 128GB flash drives! 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.

flash drives sold on ebay by tianghuxiang2010 will corrupt files

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This USB flash drive sold on ebay by tianghuxiang2010 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.

flash drive seller usbsaving changes ebay ID to goforless2010

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We first reported our suspicions about the flash drive shown in the ebay listing above (which we are sure is fake capacity and corrupts files) and the seller (registered in Canada but dropshipping from Hong Kong) on May 3rd. At that time the seller’s ID was not goforless2010 but usbsaving. The ID was changed on May 19th – is there a connection between our warning and the change of ID we wonder?

You can see the original post here. This is not the first ID change – the seller’s original ID was bestdealsmall – kind of suggests that this seller has something to hide don’t you think?

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 25, 2010 at 9:58 AM

We suspect that ebayer tomtomsstore bought fake flash from China

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We have a feeling that ebay seller tomtomsstore (who registered on ebay Ireland on 23rd April 2010 and does not yet have any feedback) has made the big mistake of buying flash memory items from fraudulent suppliers in China. We have not yet found a flash drive of the type shown in this listing that genuinely had the advertised capacity. This model has always proved to be a fake capacity USB flash drive that corrupts files once the true capacity is reached.

All flash drives of this model that we have tested with h2testw (whether sold as 4GB, 16GB or higher capacities) proved to have a capacity lower than that advertised, and usually less than 4GB. Hopefully there will not be any buyers before this new seller realises they may be fake, withdraws this (and other flash memory items) from sale and tests 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 (or worse still, 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 25, 2010 at 8:34 AM

128GB DT200 flash drives from ebayer leachey-2009 seem a bit cheap

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The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives in this ebay listing are a bit on the cheap side which makes us wonder if seller leachey-2009 bought from a fraudulent supplier. If these are genuine then they will all have individual serial numbers which buyers can use to verify genuine drives with Kingston. If the USB flash drives cannot be verified with Kingston then they will be counterfeit and 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.

Is 128GB Kingston DT200 from ebayer jujubug613 genuine or fake?

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If the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives being auctioned on ebay by jujubug613 are genuine this seller is taking a big risk by listing them at auction and could make a hefty loss on sales. We are inclined to think that they are more likely to be counterfeit and fake capacity flash drives which will corrupt files. If they are genuine they will have individual serial numbers which can be used to verify the drives with Kingston.

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 mariano8148 lists suspected fake 64GB Kingston flash drive

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We would like to thank Stefano for alerting us to the possibility that mariano8148 is probably a seller of fake flash memory items. He reported a couple of days ago that a flash drive listed on ebay by mariano8148 was likely to be a fake, but at that point there were no listings visable for the seller.

We think the original listing was probably for this 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive and that ebay may have removed the listing on the grounds that it was likely to be counterfeit. Stefano also suspected that this was a new ID for monstershop3000 – a seller we reported suspicions about over a month ago, whose account was later suspended by ebay and listings removed.

We’d strongly advise people not to bid on this item!! It is very unlikely indeed to be genuine – far more likely to be 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.