Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for August 21st, 2010

256GB Kingston flash drives on ebay from velikii_dgin likely to be fake

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The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 USB flash drives listed on ebay by velikii_dgin are pretty certain to be fake capacity counterfeits purchase from a fraudulent supplier. If we are right anyone who buys one will find it corrupts their files after a while. In the unlikely event that we are wrong sellers will be able to confirm that their flash drive is genuine by verifying 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.

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16GB flash drives on ebay from premier-animation a bit cheap

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The 16GB flash drives from ebay seller premier-animation seem a bit on the cheap side which makes us wonder whether this seller bought these 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.

UPDATE 01/10/201O
We notice that a number of people got here by searching for premier-animation which suggests we were right to suspect these flash drives were fake.

Originally we thought this might be an innocent seller who made the mistake of buying from a fraudulent supplier. We have changed our opinion and think that this could have been a case of deliberate fraud by premier-animation.

This seller (who has no current listings) now seems highly suspect – for one thing all feedback has now been made private! Hmm – along with private listings in the first place…

Maybe buyers would like to contact us and give us test results from h2tesw for the flash drives the bought from premier-animation along with the seller’s contact details?

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August 21, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Obvious fake 64GB Kingston flash drives on ebay from zapfootwear

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The USB flash drive pictured in this ebay listing from zapfootwear would be a discontinued 2GB Kingston DataTraveler if it was genuine, not a 64GB one! As this business seller has given full contact details in the listing it would seem he is unaware that his supplier was fraudulent and that what he is selling are in fact fake capacity counterfeits which will corrupt buyers’ files.

Let’s hope that this seller is honourable and refunds buyers when he learns the truth about these.

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.

jackyzheng1986 auctioning notorious fake flash drive on ebay

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The used “32GB” USB flash drive in this ebay auction from jackyzheng1986 is certain to be fake capacity which corrupts files – this leather and steel type always are.

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.

riguangdeng_588 lists counterfeit 128GB DT200 on ebay with no picture

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Seems that fake flash fraudsters on ebay are beginning to feel it is not worth the bother of putting pictures in their ebay listings for counterfeit Kingston flash drives. We have seen quite a few listings recently with no picture.

We think this may be because ebay is suspending new sellers in China with no feedback score like riguangdeng_588 who list what are obviously counterfeit Kingston flash drives. The buy it now price in this listing is below the cost of manufacture, so it is an obvious case of fraud. Anyone who buys one of these USB flash drives will end up with lost and corrupted files if they use it for any length of time.

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 memory cards sold on ebay by sagesconn with h2testw

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An ebayer reported to us that he bought one of these 32GB micro SD/TF SDHC memory cards from sagesconn and found that the real capacity was only 2GB – here is what this ebayer had to say about it:

Thought I was buying from a reputable UK-based seller at a realistic price with this one (£79.98).

Device failed write tests at around 2GB and upset my HTC Desire Android phone, just like the fake Hong-Kong device I reported previously. This arrived in apparently good Kingston packaging. I’ve reported the issue to Kingston-Technology Europe who requested good-quality photos of the item and packaging.

The seller has already given me a PayPal refund. Looking at his other listings of similar devices at silly prices he must know he is selling fakes.

Initially we thought the ebayer was probably wrong about seller sagesconn knowing that he is selling fakes – a lot of ebay sellers don’t test their flash memory items to ensure they are genuine and don’t even know that there is such a thing as fake capacity flash memory. Often they do not know the true cost of flash memory items.

However, it was obvious that this ebayer was entirely right about some of the memory cards from sagesconn being sold at silly prices. We though the seller might not know it, but were pretty certain that sagesconn bought from one of the many fraudulent wholesale outlets that sell fake capacity and counterfeit flash memory items which corrupt files.

Investigations and developments since the buyer first reported this listing to us have made us wonder whether (although the seller refunded the buyer) this could possibly be yet another case of deliberate fraud. We are not going to present these findings here – but they may be presented to the UK police.

Here, however, is something that anyone can check out with reference to the card the buyer reported:
Kingston does not sell 32GB microSDHC cards, the highest capacity on the Kingston site is 16GB.

Examination of the card and packaging showed that there was a miss-spelling on the back of the pack – not uncommon with fakes – along with a few other things that were suspect. Kingston confirmed that the card was fake and sagesconn no longer seems to be listing these. However sagesconn has not removed the dodgy looking listings for other memory cards.

We strongly advise sagesconn to remove all ebay listings for memory cards as all are likely to be fake capacity – and where a brand name is involved (as in the case of the card that was reported to us) also counterfeit. The seller should check the cards and refund anyone who already bought a fake.

Selling counterfeit items is a criminal offence in the UK and sagesconn could face a prison sentence if convicted of this in court.

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

August 21, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Beware: flash drives on ebay from litershop will corrupt files

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Any USB flash drive purchased from ebay seller litershop will be 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.