Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

fake flash seller yanjiangzheng27 sells fake Sony in private ebay listing

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Anyone who bought the supposedly 64GB flash drive in this private ebay listing from yanjiangzheng27 landed themselves a fake capacity counterfeit USB flash drive that corrupts files. Why is it counterfeit? Because (although not mentioned in the listing) the flash drive in the picture is marked with the name Sony. Sony has absolutely no connection with these flash drives and it is a criminal offence to sell an item bearing a brand name such as Sony or Kingston if it is not sold by that company. This is a form of fraud normally called counterfeiting.

Selling items that are not as described is also a form of fraud. This flash drive is advertised as having a capacity of 64GB. We are certain that anyone who tests one of these with h2testw will find that the capacity is a lot less than 64GB. The real capacity is unlikely to be as much as 4GB. Therefore the item is not as described, so we consider this listing fraudulent on another count.

Anyone aware of the true cost of flash memory would know that you are extremely unlikely to be able to buy a genuine flash drive above 8GB capacity for £14.99 ANYWHERE. If you bought one of these you landed yourself with a fake capacity USB flash drive that corrupts files and a big fight to get a refund!

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 08/08/2010
Unsurprisingly it seems that ebay has suspended yanjiangzheng27 – so if you bought from this seller your item will have vanished from your won list and you will probably have a big fight ahead to get your money back from this fraudster or ebay/paypal. Despite their claims of buyer protection ebay and paypal seem to do all they can to avoid refunding defrauded buyers.

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