Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for June 12th, 2010

DT 310 flash drives from ebayer jiumatu2010 are not genuine but fake!

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Cheeky fraudster jiumatu2010 (registered on ebay China) emblazons “genuine 256GB” on the picture of the counterfeit (not a real Kingston DT310) and fake capacity model of flash drive being sold in ebay listing number 110543921522 – the genuine capacity of this flash drive will be a lot closer to 256 megabytes (quarter of a gigabyte) than 256 gigabytes! This USB flash drive will corrupt files once the true capacity has been filled with data.

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.

zhouguixin is another fake flash fraudster selling flash drives on ebay

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The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 300 USB flash drives being sold in this ebay listing by zhouguixin are counterfeit and fake capacity. At this price they simply couldn’t be anything else. Fake flash memory corrupts files once the true capacity (usually 4GB or less) has been 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.

UPDATE: This seller has now been suspended by ebay so if you bought from zhouguixin you will find your item has vanished from your won list as ebay removes listings for fakes when they suspend a seller. Get your refund claim in quickly!

ebayer enquiel selling counterfeit 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200

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The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives in this ebay listing from enquiel are too cheap to be anything other than counterfeit and fake capacity. 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.

Return of proven fake flash fraudster cymemory to selling on ebay

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We were aware of fraudulent ebay seller cymemory before this blog was ever started (on 24th November 2008) and there is evidence about this fraudster selling fake capacity flash drives which was published elsewhere on the Internet about a month before we started this blog.

This fraudster vanished off ebay in November 2009, a few days after we published an article reporting our suspicions about the memory cards from the seller being fake too. Now this seller is back selling USB flash drives (models that are proven fakes), the same SD cards we wrote about in November 2009 and MP players.

Do not buy any flash memory items from this proven fraudster!! The feedback does not reflect the truth about this seller as few people (especially before this seller vanished off ebay when fewer people were aware there was such a thing as fake memory) actually test flash memory items properly before leaving feedback.

If you were unlucky enough to buy from cymemory before coming across this post then test the item with h2testw to find out what the real capacity is. We are certain that you will find that your USB flash drive, memory card or MP card will have a fake capacity, which corrupts files once the true capacity of the memory has been filled.

If (or rather when) your item fails testing with h2testw leave cymemory a negative – this serves two functions: warns other ebayers and leads to ebay suspending fraudsters if there are enough complaints. We’d suggest you include the following; so that other victims find this post:

Google: fightflashfraud cymemory

Report the seller’s other listings for the same item to ebay.

Open an ebay/paypal dispute and claim a refund. Do not give into any bribery or threats from the seller if cymemory tries to get you to remove the neg.

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 drive listed on ebay by agaia10 is sure to corrupt files

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The model of flash drive in this ebay listing from agaia10 has always proved to be fake capacity, which corrupts files, when tested by members of the fightflashfraud team. The buy it now price in the listing is below the cost of manufacturing a 128GB flash drive – which goes to show that these will not have a capacity anywhere near 128GB. Seller agaia10 obviously got them from a fraudulent supplier.#

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.

Beware of zengmin66110 – a new fake flash fraudster on ebay

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The USB flash drive in this ebay listing from newly registered seller zengmin66110 is fake capacity and corrupts files – it is impossible to sell a genuine 64GB USB flash drive at this price.

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.

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June 12, 2010 at 4:56 PM

fake 32GB Sony Vaio USB flash drives sold on ebay by fmelectricitat

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There is no such thing as a genuine Sony Vaio flash drive – they are manufactured by fraudsters in China. Like many other ebay sellers fmelectricitat obviously bought from a fraudulent supplier. Quite a few of these have been sold by this ebayer and all will 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.

tanghao87710 selling counterfeit 128GB DT200 flash drives on ebay

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You could not buy enough flash memory to manufacture a genuine 64GB USB flash drive for the buy it now price in this ebay listing from tanghao87710 let alone a 128GB one! This 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive is counterfeit, fake capacity and corrupts files. At this price it simply couldn’t be anything else.

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.

another website selling counterfeit flash memory items

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Although we concentrate our attention on ebay (it was the fact that we all bought flash memory items on ebay that led to this blog being set up) we occasionally comment about other sites. David S left a comment which drew attention on Monday (7th June) to a site that we had wondered about checking out but had not yet got round to looking at. Here is a screenshot from the site in question:

The website is registered in China and sells counterfeit and fake capacity memory items. Be very careful where you buy flash memory from – steer well clear of Chinese sites, there are an awful lot of fraudulent suppliers there!

liyijunw88 selling counterfeit Kingston DT310 flash drives on ebay

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The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives in this ebay listing from liyijunw88 are counterfeit and fake capacity, which corrupts files. At this price they couldn’t possibly be anything else!

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 DT200 flash drive from ebayer theresac28 may be fake

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Seller theresac28 states that the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive in this ebay auction was an unwanted gift. Quite a number of ebayers who have auctioned counterfeit and fake capacity flash drives on ebay have made this claim.

It seems extremely unlikely that anyone would give something this expensive as a gift unless they were pretty certain that the recipient would welcome it. The cheapest ones that we’ve found that we are fairly sure are genuine are selling at around £100. Would you spend £100 on a gift for someone if you were not sure they would want it? We may be wrong, but we suspect that this may well be a counterfeit and fake capacity flash drive 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.

Used DT200 flash drive from ebayer derpter may be counterfeit

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We think this 64GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drive listed at auction on ebay by derpter may be counterfeit. If it is counterfeit it will have 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.

femias lists suspect DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive on ebay

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We think it extremely unlikely that the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives listed on ebay by femias are genuine, we think that the seller bought from a fraudulent supplier and that they are counterfeit and fake capacity. A fake capacity USB flash drive corrupts files.

In the unlikely event that we are wrong buyers will be able to confirm the drive is genuine by verifying the serial number with Kingston and femias will probably make a huge loss on the sales.

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.

kingtut2004 lists counterfeit 128GB DT200 flash drive on ebay

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The ebay listing shown above from seller kingtut2004 (Item number: 290443005794) is for a counterfeit and fake capacity Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drive. This USB flash drive is too cheap to be genuine and a fake 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.