Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for June 5th, 2010

DT200 USB flash drives from ebayer kocka_cola sure to be counterfeit

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kocka_cola has sold a number of these 128GB DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives at auction on ebay for prices below the cost of manufacture. This seller obviously bought the USB flash drive sold in this listing from a fraudulent supplier (no doubt in China) that sells counterfeit and fake capacity flash memory 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.

gold18*gerlin resells fake 32GB flash drive purchased on ebay

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This 32GB USB flash drive is fake capacity and corrupts files. It was purchased on ebay by gold18*gerlin from a known fake flash fraudster.

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

June 5, 2010 at 9:50 PM

flash drives from ebayer c-k-handel sure to be fakes that corrupt files

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We are sure that the flash drive sold in this ebay listing from c-k-handel 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 5, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Is 128GB Kanguru flash drive from ebayer walhab1 a counterfeit?

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We could find no trace of the 128GB Kanguru flash drive in this listing from ebayer walhab1 on the Kanguru web site. This makes us suspect that this may be yet another counterfeit from a fraudulent wholesale outlet in China. A lot of ebay sellers fall into the trap of buying counterfeit and fake capacity memory items from fraudulent suppliers. We have a horrid feeling that walhab1 is yet another.

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.

USB flash drives from ebayer vandos likely fakes that corrupt files

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Information from someone with more expertise in the field of flash memory than our team members suggests that it is not yet possible (for technical reasons) to produce swivel type USB flash drives of 128GB and 256GB capacities. We are certain that the USB flash drives listed on ebay by vandos are fake capacity. A fake capacity USB flash drive corrupts files once the real capacity (usually 4GB or less) is filled with 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 flash drives from ebayer astheerapateb certain to be fakes

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There is no chance that the supposedly 128GB USB flash drives in this ebay listing by astheerapateb have a real capacity anywhere near that advertised – though this is what people will see if they look at the drive properties. These flash drives are programmed to display a fake capacity with the result that the flash drive corrupts files once enough is saved to them to fill the real capacity.

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

June 5, 2010 at 4:30 PM

superzadoom lists obvious fake 256GB Kingston DT200 on ebay

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A quick check on the Kingston web site would be enough to tell anyone that the Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive is not made in 265GB capacity. The USB flash drives superzadoom is selling in this ebay listing are fake capacity counterfeits made by fraudsters in China. A fake capacity 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.

If Kingston DT150 is genuine ebayer mike_325i may make a loss

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If the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drive in this ebay listing from mike_325i is genuine then this seller risks making a loss by auctioning it on ebay.

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

June 5, 2010 at 1:50 PM

suspect ebay listing for 64GB DT200 flash drive from farrey5714

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We have a feeling that this 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive listed at auction on ebay is likely to be counterfeit. If we are wrong then the buyer will be able to verify the serial number 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.

sydney_usb_deals sells suspect Kingston flash drives on ebay

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Seller sydney_usb_deals has listed a number of different models of 64GB Kingston USB flash drives for sale on ebay. We are fairly certain this seller bought from a fraudulent supplier. The only feedback for this ebay seller during the last 12 months is for item number 150439233341 shown below:

The DataTraveler mini is a discontinued model which we are certain was never made in 64GB capacity. Unfortunately, unlike with some models, we don’t have evidence to prove this conclusively at the moment – however we are fairly sure that it would not actually be technically possible for this drive to have had a capacity of 64GB.

The only place we can currently find this flash drive (other than ebay) is on sites where fraudulent wholesalers in China sell counterfeit and fake capacity flash memory items. We think this tells you all you need to know apart from our bit of advice to anyone buying flash memory anywhere:

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.

obvious fake 256GB flash drive from 01libelle01 listed on ebay

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If ebayer 01libelle01 thinks this supposedly 256GB Kingston flash drive is genuine we wonder why this seller is offering it at a buy it now price of a mere AU $110 having recently purchased (about the end of March) a 64GB Sandisk flash drive (ebay item number 270468427805) from 1800memory on ebay for rather more than this?

Could it possibly be that 01libelle01 knows just as well as we do that this USB flash drive is counterfeit, fake capacity and corrupts files? Surely not? Who would knowingly do a fraudulent thing like that on ebay?? Don’t all rush at once to report all the other cases you notice – we can’t keep up with it all as things are!!!

Suffice it to say that the model shown in this listing was never made in a capacity anywhere near 256GB – if you don’t believe us, just check 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.

afersofts lists fake 256GB Kingston DT200 USB flash drive on ebay

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The Kingston DataTraveler 200 is not made in 256GB capacity, which afersofts would know if he or she looked at the Kingston web site. You’d think getting several questions from potential buyers questioning the authenticity of the drive and even one mentioning h2testw might have made the seller check the item out wouldn’t you? Nope – stubbornly insistst this obvious fake is genuine!

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.

lot of 55 fake 256GB Kingston USB flash drives listed on ebay by ki2010ko

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This bulk lot of 55 fake 256GB Kingston USB flash drives listed on ebay by ki2010ko are fakes that corrupt files. The DT200 flash drive is not made in 256GB capacity – these are counterfeit and fake capacacity flash drives manufactured by fraudsters in China. Fake capacity flash memory 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.

Our thanks to Axel for drawing this listing to our attention. If you notice a suspicious seller that you can’t find a post about by entering the seller’s ID in the search box please let us know. You can leave a comment on the report suspect sellers page (see link under Pages at the top of the right hand column) – every little helps!

To ppokwuma: selling counterfeit Kingston on ebay is a crime!!!

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We first reported about ebayer ppokwuma selling counterfeit Kingston USB flash drives on ebay on May 13th. The drive we showed in that article is one that exists (the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200) but the seller also listed the DT200 in 256GB – a capacity that it is not made in. A buyer who had looked at the Kingston website pointed this out as you will see from the feedback for ebay item number 310219929187:

The information in a question on May 13th (the day we first published about this seller) should have prompted the removal of all Kingston USB flash drives from sale by ppokwuma whilst he or she checked them out. As you can see from subsequent questions for seller ppokwuma the listing was not removed and the seller refused to take responsibility for the item. It was eventually sold for $192.49 on 20th May.

We expect that the buyer will be less than delighted when he or she eventually realises he or she was sold a pig in a poke and has been left holding the bag. Having finally realised that the supplier was fraudulent ppokwuma now has this listing:

There are a couple of questions on this listing and the answer to the one at the bottom (June 1st) clearly shows that ppokwuma has failed to fully understand the implications of an imitation brand name item of any sort, let alone the implications where flash memory is involved. So, for the information of both seller ppokwuma and any buyers who are unsure here is a breif outline:

  1. An imitation brand name item is known as a counterfeit.
  2. The sale of counterfeit items is a criminal offence.
  3. In the case of flash memory a counterfeit always has a fake capacity.
  4. A fake capacity flash memory item corrupts files once the true capacity is full.

We hope this makes it clear to everyone!!

An honest seller refunds buyers who were sold fake or faulty items when they realise – will ppokwuma??

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.