Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for July 29th, 2010

Beware ebayers: nchfuyerng is a devious fake flash drive seller

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Devious ebay fake flash seller nchfuyerng gives the item location for this fake capacity counterfeit 128GB DataTraveler 100 flash drive as Australia – but the seller is in China. This USB flash drive corrupts files, as all fake flash memory does.

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 Kingston DT150 flash drive from ebayer ali_the_brit17 too cheap

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The buy it now price in this ebay listing is rather low which makes us suspect that the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives being sold by ali_the_brit17 came from one of the fraudulent suppliers in China. If we are right then this USB flash drive corrupts files. If we are wrong (and we don’t think we are) 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.

Beware: 32GB flash drives on ebay from keithhatch1 sure to be fake

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The 32GB USB flash drives in this ebay listing from keithhatch1 are certain to be fake capacity, which corrupts files. As this ebayer apparently previously sold counterfeit 32GB Kingston flash drives (buyers will find they can no longer see this item in their won list or access it from their feedback because ebay removed the listing – ’nuff said!) we suspect this seller is not simply an innocent victim of a fraudulent supplier.

We wouldn’t give you tuppence for the seller’s weasel words “BEST WARRANTY AROUND” or “YOU KNOW BY OUR FANTASTIC FEEDBACK THAT WE TAKE CARE OF OUR CUSTOMERS” – the seller only has 100% feedback because none of the customers who left feedback for the fakes previously sold realised before ebay removed the listing!

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 alert: flash drives sold by happy-shopping2010 likely fakes

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The model of flash drive sold in this ebay auction by happy-shopping2010 normally turns out to be fake capacity, which corrupts files. Anyone who bought one of these is advised not to use it unless it passes testing 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 29, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Beware: 4GB flash drives sold by rateselleroy on ebay sure to be fake

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We are fairly certain that these 4GB USB flash drives sold on ebay by rateselleroy 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.

Test flash memory from ebay seller hells_bells1975 with h2testw

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Seller hells_bells1975 has sold a range of flash drives and other items that use flash memory on ebay at prices which seem a bit on the low side. They may be genuine – in which case buyers got bargains. However, they could be from a fraudulent supplier; in which case they will be fake capacity -which corrupts files. Buyers are advised to test items to be on the safe side.

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.

fake flash fraudster dahuaxiyouwu uses private ebay listings

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Here we have an obviously fraudulent private ebay listing from dahuaxiyouwu offering fake 64GB Sony flash drives. This flash drive has nothing to do with Sony (though you can just see in the picture that it is marked Sony) and the capacity of the drive is nowhere near 64GB. Anyone who buys one of these will find themseleves with 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.

ebay alert: heqishen.12 is another fake flash seller in Singapore

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Seller heqishen.12 is using private ebay auctions to sell the flash drive shown in this listing. In our experience this model of USB flash drive is always fake capacity and corrupts files after a while. The use of private listings is a way of hiding what any negative feedback is about.

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

July 29, 2010 at 12:40 PM

ebay alert: fake flash drive seller yyfeili2010 uses private listings

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This notorious leather and steel type flash drive is being sold on ebay in a private listing by yyfeili2010 – private listings mean that when buyers leave negative comments about an item no one can see what the item was, thus rendering the feedback system useless. This 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.

128GB DT200 drives in ebay auctions from sww09 likely to be fake

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We think it unlikely that the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives being auctioned on ebay by sww09 are genuine. If they are genuine then buyers will be able to confirm this by verifying the serial number with Kingston. If a buyer finds that their serial number cannot be verified then they have landed a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files.

Sellers in the far east usually know that what they are selling is “upgraded” memory (in other words programmed to show a false capacity) but a lot of the ebayers located elsewhere selling counterfeit and fake capacity memory items have no idea about the true cost and bought from fraudulent suppliers. This could well be the case with this seller.

ADVICE FOR EBAY SELLERS:

We strongly advise ebayers who plan to buy flash memory items from a wholesale outlet to research the true costs of flash memory items thoroughly before purchasing anything. You should avoid any wholesale outlet that is based in the far east (China, Singapore, Hong Kong etc) – especially for brand name items – as much (if not all) of the fake flash memory comes from that area.

If you want to become a reseller for brand names such as Kingston, Sony, Sandisk etc. approach the company directly for help with this rather than taking the risk of ending up with fakes.

Our advice to everyone, whether they are sellers or end users, is:
Test all flash memory items 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

July 29, 2010 at 10:27 AM

ebay alert: xfxcfx110 sells counterfeit 128GB Kingston flash drives

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It is beyond us how anyone could possibly think they could get a genuine 128GB Kingston DT200 flash drive for US $14.99, yet it seems that a number of ebayers bought these fake capacity counterfeits from xfxcfx110. The flash drives from this seller will trash files 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 run the risk of data loss and corruption.

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

UPDATE 30/07/2010
Seller xfxcfx110 has now been suspended by ebay so if you bought from this seller the item will have vanished from your won list.

Test USB flash drives sold on ebay by teliha2007 with h2testw

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We doubt that this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive listed at auction on ebay by teliha2007 is genuine. This seller previously sold several leather and steel type flash drives that are notorious for being fake capacity. Only one buyer seemed to realise there was a problem and was refunded by teliha2007. We assume that the others didn’t try to save anything much to their drives before leaving positive feedback.

We suspect that the Kingston flash drive may be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. If we are wrong the buyer will be able to verify the serial number with Kingston. A couple of 64GB Corsair flash drives have also been sold by teliha2007.

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.

fake 128GB Kingston flash drive in ebay auction from nici1976-2009

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The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 in this ebay auction from nici1976-2009 is a fake. Apart from anything else it is the wrong colour! This fake capacity counterfeit 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.

UPDATE 30/07/2010
Seller nici1976-2009 has been suspended by ebay and listings have been removed.

Suspect 64GB USB flash drive in ebay auction from plasmus10

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We have a feeling that this 64GB USB flash drive listed at auction on ebay by plasmus10 is fake capacity and corrupts files. The picture holds the clue as to why we are suspicious about this flash drive – we see something here that we have only ever come across on fakes; a shiny little capacity sticker.

This is the second seller we have seen listing 64GB Plasmus flash drives – the name Plasmus is, in itself, suspect!!

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 16/08/2010
We noticed the listing below from plasmus10 for a 64GB Sandisk flash drive – we are pretty sure that this model is only made in capacities up to 32GB, so we think this is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. If all the flash memory items from this seller came from the same supplier we think the memory cards from plasmus10 will also be fakes that corrupt files.