Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Archive for July 2010

Notorious fake flash drives sold on ebay by super-service-online

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The leather and steel type of flash drive sold in this ebay listing by super-service-online is the longest standing fake flash drive sold on ebay and is absolutely notorious – always 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.

We think 128GB Kingston flash drive from ebayer gary121942 is fake

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Seller gary121942 tells us in this ebay listing:

I have heard that many are fake counterfits.. This is a real Flash Drive and has been taken down to be tested and it is working GREAT!! I have 2 myself and they work GREAT!

We think that either gary121942 is rather naïve and just plugged the drives in and looked at the properties (which naturally show what you would expect due to fraudulent programming of the control chip) or that his pants are on fire.

It appears gary121942 bought three 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives (ebay item number 260615777209, removed by ebay) in June from suspended fake flash seller star88909. Two plus one makes three! You’d think that gary121942 might have twigged there could be a problem with these when ebay removed the listing and suspended the seller wouldn’t you?

We conclude that the USB flash drive in this ebay listing is probably a fake capacity counterfeit Kingston purchased on ebay from fraudulent seller star88909.

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.

ebay auction for fake 32GB Kingston flash drive from amaliaonline

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This 32GB Kingston flash drive looks like a fake manufactured by fraudsters in China – if it was a genuine Kingston of this model then the red colour indicates a 16GB flash drive not 32GB. We think this is a fake capacity counterfeit USB 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.

ghfud669 lists obvious fake 128GB Kingston DT200 on ebay

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This flash drive listed on ebay by ghfud669 is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. It is the wrong colour to be a genuine 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive.

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.

DT310 flash drive in private ebay auction by dealsandmore2009

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We think it unlikely that this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler sold in a private ebay auction by dealsandmore2009 is genuine. We think it very likely that this USB flash drive will turn out to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. In the event that we are wrong and the flash drive is genuine the buyer will be able to verify the serial number with Kingston. This seller has a current auction for another of these.

Buyers are advised never to bid for flash memory items in private auctions – the items are almost certain to be 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.

counterfeit 256GB DT300 flash drives sold on ebay by 2009yanzi

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The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 300 flash drives in this ebay listing from 2009yanzi are fake capacity counterfeits – they are way too cheap to be anything else. A fake capacity flash drive corrupts files. This seller also offers the 128GB DT200 (also counterfeit of course) and fake 256GB and 128GB Sony Vaio flash drives – ALL Sony Vaio flash drives are fake!!

UPDATE 01/08/2010
Seller 2009yanzi has been suspended by ebay who seem to have not only removed listings for fake flash drives but also all items sold by 2009yanzi – so anyone who bought a pair of ear-rings or a bracelet rather than a flash memory item will also find their item has vanished from their won list!

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: flash drives on ebay from alisa.peng will corrupt files

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Seller alisa.peng has listed two models of 16GB flash drive on ebay and both are certain to be fake capacity, which corrupts files. The one in the listing above is a counterfeit Kingston DataTraveler, the other is a familiar steel swivel model. In our opinion anyone who bought a flash drive from this seller might as well have flushed their money down the toilet – they will have a hard job getting their money back for these fakes as most of what they paid is in shipping charges.

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.