Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for September 15th, 2010

ebay fake flash seller zhiji999999 pretends flash drives in USA

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The buy it now price in this ebay listing is too low for these 64GB USB flash drives to be genuine. Anyone who buys one of these will find it has a fake capacity and corrupts files. Seller zhiji999999 gives the item location as NY United States – nothing of the sort! They are where the seller is – in China.

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.

Leather flash drives sold on ebay by lidex33 will corrupt files

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The 32GB leather and steel flash drives sold on ebay by lidex33 are certain to be fake capacity which corrupts files. This type of flash drive is notorious – the longest standing model of fake flash drive sold on ebay.

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.

If 256GB Kingston DT310 is genuine ebayer 10delix made a loss

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If this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive is genuine then seller 10delix made a loss by auctioning it on ebay. Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted 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.

Beware fake flash sellers ucsell, shellshop2010 and nana880805

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Sellers ucsell and shellshop2010 have listed a range of fake flash memory cards and USB flash drives on ebay. Any USB flash drive or memory card from these sellers is certain to corrupt files. The DT200 flash drive in the listing above from ucsell is the wrong colour to be the advertised capacity apart from anything else – the one from shellshop2010 is the right colour but also fake:

The DT200 in the listing below from nana880805 is also fake!

If you bought any flash memory item from either of these sellers do not save anything to it as you are likely to lose your 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.

If 256GB DT310 USB flash drive sold on ebay is genuine happyme110 made a loss

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If this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 USB flash drive sold on ebay is genuine then seller happyme110 made a loss by auctioning it on ebay. Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted 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.

counterfeit 128GB DT200 flash drives from guanleni153 & heyhey-2142

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The 128GB Kingston DT200 flash drives listed on ebay by guanleni153 and heyhey-2142 are fake capacity counterfeits and anyone who buys one will find it corrupts their 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.

64GB Kingston flash drive from ebayer avneralaluf is fake

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The USB flash drive in the ebay listing does not look remotely like the Kingston DataTraveler 200.
The closest Kingston flash drive to the one pictured is the HyperX, only made in capacities up to 32GB!

This seller obviously bought from one of the many fraudulent suppliers selling fake capacity counterfeits.

Anyone who bought one of these is sure to find it corrupts their 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 risk of data loss & corruption. Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

16GB flash drives from ebayer shwelone sure to corrupt files

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We are certain that the 16GB flash drives in this ebay listing from shwelone are fake capacity, which corrupts files. Every flash drive we tested that either had the little shiny capacity sticker shown in the picture or which came in this packaging turned out to be fake. The seller may not realise, though he or she says something rather odd in the listing:

Techinical support:

According to FAT file system cannot copy the file size of 4 Gigabyte – 1 byte. As the item to be delivered as unopened box, please contact me on idmtrooper@gmail.com if you like to transfer large file. Or please write a message to modify before deliver.

??? doesn’t make any sense to us, but it does suggest that seller shwelone may have noticed a problem with them.

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 (about 8 hours after this article was first posted).

Having learned (after a bit of argy bargy – see comments!) that we were right about these being fake, seller shwelone has ended this listing:

All buyers should receive a refund – if you are a refunded buyer reading this: please understand that shwelone had a hard time beleiving we were right about the flash drives being fake, so thank your lucky stars that your seller was persuaded to test with h2tesw and gave you a refund. If you didn’t get a refund let us know.

Sadly, we fear that shwelone will have a harder time getting a refund from the fraudulent supplier than we did in persuading shwelone to test and realise they were fakes. The best hope is a chargeback if a credit card was used for the purchase and the credit card company is one of the better ones.

Many ebay sellers who bought fakes from fraudulent wholesale outlets got only a partial refund or none at all.

If you plan to sell flash memory items on ebay please do your research thoroughly before selecting a wholesale outlet and be sure to test a few items with h2testw as soon as they arrive. Otherwise, you risk being defrauded by the supplier AND ending up with angry buyers – or even being suspended by ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 15, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Test flash drives from ebayer jane.87rd with h2testw

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As the picture in this ebay listing from jane.87rd shows a shiny little capacity sticker on this 16GB USB flash drive we suspect this seller bought from a fraudulent supplier. We have only ever seen these shiny stickers on fake capacity flash drives from China and a fake capacity flash drive corrupts files. Seller jane.87rd may have no idea there is such a thing as fake flash memory and could have purchased these in all innocence.

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

September 15, 2010 at 11:47 AM

if 256GB DT310 flash drives are genuine ebayer beststock11 risks loss

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If the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives listed at auction by beststock11 are genuine this seller is likely to make a loss on sales. Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted 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.

counterfeit DT200 flash drives on ebay from tian6ya2010 & adhfye

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The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives being sold on ebay by tian6ya2010 and adhfye are certain to be fake capacity counterfeits and anyone who buys one will find it 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.

Sony Vaio flash drives from qilin295, guxian1682009, xiaolong5128 & xiangpin1265s

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The only Sony Vaio flash drives that exist are fakes manufactured by fraudsters in China – and guess where ebay seller qilin295 is registered? The same applies to sellers qilin295, guxian1682009, xiaolong5128 & xiangpin1265s, xiaolong5128 and xiangpin1265s – also selling Sony Vaio flash drives on ebay and registered in China, the home of fake flash memory. Anyone who buys a Sony Vaio flash drive, whoever the seller is, will find it corrupts their 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.

myfavoritewebsite lists leather Sony Vaio flash drive on ebay – fake!

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The leather and steel Sony Vaio USB flash drives being sold on ebay by myfavoritewebsite are notorious fakes manufactured by fraudsters in China. Anyone who buys one of these will find it corrupts their files. All Sony Vaio flash drives are fakes and the leather and steel model (whether sold as Sony Vaio or not) is also 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.

Price too low for 256GB Kingston DT310 from ebayer rgtradingpost1

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The buy it now price in this ebay listing from rgtradingpost1 seems too low for a 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive so we think this seller may have bought from a fraudulent supplier. The 32GB Kingston micro SD memory cards from this seller are also likely to be fake capacity counterfeits that will corrupt files – we don’t think Kingston sellss micro SD cards in capacities above 16GB.

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.