Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Archive for the ‘DEVIOUS’ Category

Strange goings-on with a seller on ebay Australia

leave a comment »

usb_traderWe originally posted our suspicions about Australian registered ebay seller usb_trader on September 14th.

The picture you will see in that post is rather different to the one on the right.

Evidence has come to our notice that suggests that the seller became aware that the picture originally used (shown right) prior to our post was too obviously fake and realised that listings were under suspicion.

As previously reported the seller then used private auctions using only the picture in our previous post.

The seller seems to have realised that private auctions were also very obviously suspect and has changed tack again!

Auctions are no longer private but if you are very quick to notice things you may see a quick flash of the original picture on the left in some listings before you see the picture shown in our original post!

usb_traderBThe seller now seems to be selling 128GB flash drives with three different pictures – the one above, the one in the original post and the one on the left. We don’t think a single one is genuine.

Seems that usb_trader may be a determined fraudster.

If this contstant switching wasn’t enough to convince us that usb_trader is a very dodgy trader indeed we also noticed something a little strange about the seller’s feedback!

When we looked at this on 21st September the seller had a feedback score of 5.

All feedback was for sales of the very obvious fake shown in this post – all comments were positive yet only one buyer was left feedback. Do you sell on ebay? Would you not leave feedback for a customer who gave you a positive feedback comment?

We suspect that at least four of the five positive comments left are fake. On the 22nd September two negative comments from the same buyer were left saying these are fake (again a listing with the picture shown here).

We can certainly say we wouldn’t touch this seller with a barge pole!! 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 23, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Seems we have a determined UK fraudster on ebay here!!

with 2 comments

machiavelliseven

Seems that ebay seller machiavelliseven chose a very appropriate name! The name Machiavelli has become synonomous with the use of cunning and deceitful tactics in politics or in general. This seller lives up to the ID machiavelliseven by using the devious tactic of private auctions and in other ways!

This ebay member already had listings for these counterfeit 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives removed by ebay once, no doubt as a result of pressure from Kingston.

Un-deterred machiavelliseven simply changed the picture to a standard Kingston one and re-listed them! One was sold yesterday for £92 – item number 190336028550 and there are (at the time of writing) four current listings for these.

The current listings are item nos: 190336028900, 190336028991, 190336029155 and 190336029239

If listings from machiavelliseven are removed again buyers will find the item has disappeared from their won list. As ebay knows they are counterfeit why didn’t they prevent the seller from re-listing in the first place?? Buyers will find details in their paypal account if they have paid even if the item has vanished from their won list. We advise anyone buying high capacity Kingston flash drives to check the serial numbers with Kingston. We know what they will say about the drives sold by machiavelliseven!!

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 in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 20, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Kingston DataTraveler flash drives on ebay likely to be counterfeit

with one comment

mbenaron

UK seller mbenaron claims these 63GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives are genuine. We very much doubt this. One of the fightflashfraud team is in contact with a buyer who says (as we expected) that these are fake. Buyers can check serial numbers with Kingston – we think we know the answer they will get.

It is likely that Kingston will make ebay remove this item from ebay next week – so buyers are likely to find it has vanished from their won list. If this happens it is certain to be counterfeit and buyers should claim a refund through the dispute console.

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 in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 20, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Suspect UK ebay seller switches to private auctions

with 6 comments

returncentre

We first posted about returncentre early in July – at that time we thought the seller might be an innocent victim of a fraudulent supplier. We now think that this is a deliberate fraudster. The seller has switched to selling in private auctions around the time of our previous post – not the actions of an innocent seller.

These 32GB swivel type flash drives from returncentre are being sold too cheaply for it to be likely that they are genuine. The little stick-on capacity label is also a dead give away – used on a lot of the fake capacity drives coming out of China.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 19, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Fake 64GB flash drive in private auction on ebay USA

with one comment

gram3020

There is no genuine 64GB flash drive that looks like this – it is a fake and will corrupt files. We think seller gram3020 knows this and that is why the seller is using private auctions.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 16, 2009 at 10:25 PM

Gremlin with private sale of fraudsters’ favourite USB flash drive

leave a comment »

wanwtanzdh

gremlin2sSeems the recently registered gremlin ID wanwtanzdh is another disposable one set up by our fraudster friends in China to sell as many of the fraudsters’ favourite fake 16GB USB flash drives as possible before being suspended.

The seller is using private sales to delay the inevitable suspension for fraud as long as possible. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 11, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Baby gremlin sells favourite fake in private ebay sales

leave a comment »

jojie011

gremlin2sSeems the recently registered gremlin ID jojie011 is another disposable one set up by our fraudster friends in china to sell as many of the fraudsters’ favourite fake 16GB USB flash drives as possible before being suspended.

The seller is using private sales to delay the inevitable suspension for fraud as long as possible. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 11, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Suspect 64GB DataTraveler drives from UK ebay seller

leave a comment »

auctionshop1

We think the 64GB DataTraveler 150 flash drives sold by auctionshop1 will prove to be counterfeit and fake capacity. If they are genuine then buyers will be able to check the serial numbers with Kingston. The use of private sales makes us sure they will not check out and Kingston will not be able to verify the serial numbers.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 1, 2009 at 9:22 PM

Seems we have a new ebay ID for a known fraudster here

leave a comment »

id1_pro

Beware of buying flash drives from seller id1_pro. Why? Because they will all be fake capacity as it seems that known fraudster ionedream has simply changed ID to try and continue defrauding ebayers. We warned about this seller on July 28th and sosfakeflash published an alert on July 29th. The seller immediately changed name from ionedream to id1_pro.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 1, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Devious gremlin in China selling fake flash on ebay

leave a comment »

123qazxc

Members of the frankenflash project finds a single picture can be worth a thousand words – above we see a current listing by 123qazxc – below we see an ended listing:

123qazxcold

What can we say after that two thousand words worth? Nothing other than that buyers of flash memory sold by 123qazxc will find themselves with fake capacity items. Such items cause data loss and corruption. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 31, 2009 at 10:30 PM

Fraudsters’ favourite in private gremlin sales on ebay

leave a comment »

heyjude20088

gremlin2sSeller heyjude20088 seems to be a devious young gremlin in China using private sales and selling a mixture of items other than flash drives (what we have christened “the mix”).

This is a very cunning way of hiding what has been sold to whom and protecting the seller’s feedback score from falling too far. Obviously our fraudster friends are hoping to hang onto this ID!

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Seems we have another new baby gremlin from China here!

with one comment

yuanshuai0022

We have christened the new fraud ID’s registered in China who are popping up very quickly and listing only one item “baby gremlins”. The aim seems to be to sell as many fake flash drives as possible using a single listing before being caught and suspended from ebay.

This particular baby gremlin is hoping to get away with it for longer than otherwise by using private listings. Private listings protect the seller not the buyer by making it almost impossible for ebay members to warn buyers before they leave positive feedback.

gremlin

If you buy a flash drive from a seller in China and your files vanish or become corrupted then you can be sure the seller is a gremlin! As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 30, 2009 at 9:21 AM

This 16GB flash drive on ebay seems too cheap to be genuine

with 2 comments

parts-for-sale-london

This flash drive seems a bit too cheap to be genuine. This makes us wonder if parts-for-sale-london (like many other UK sellers) purchased these from a fraudulent wholesaler. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by fightflashfraud

August 29, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Hong Kong based ebay seller pretends to be in France

leave a comment »

xl.electronics

Seller xl.electronics is based in Hong Kong but is trying to appear to be in France. This is a devious tactic used by some fraudsters in the orient to inspire a false sense of confidence in buyers. We think these 32GB flash drives will prove to be fake capacity.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 29, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Is this Hello Kitty flash drive on ebay really 32GB? Don’t think so!

with 5 comments

toomanyles572

We don’t think either model of  Hello Kitty flash drives sold on ebay by toomanyles572 really has a capacity of 32GB. We suspect they are fake capacity and will cause data loss and corruption for users.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 28, 2009 at 9:45 PM

This 64GB DataTraveler flash drive is bound to be a fake

with 3 comments

happy_wedding_dress_on_my_store2008

We are sure this DataTraveler listed on ebay will prove to be fake – for one thing it’s far too cheap to be genuine. Secondly, seller happy_wedding_dress_on_my_store2008 also offers the fraudsters’ favourite fake flash drive. Finally the seller is using private auctions – a sure fire sign that this is another fraudster in China.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 28, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Seller in China lists fraudsters’ favourite in private ebay auction

leave a comment »

tjffkuu

We are certain that this supposedly 32GB flash drive is no such thing for three reasons:

    No flash drive of this type has ever proved to have a capacity over 4GB
    The seller is using private listings – usually a sure-fire sign of fraud when it comes to flash memory
    Nobody could risk selling a genuine 32GB flash drive with a 99p start price and free p&P

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 27, 2009 at 9:22 PM

Suspect ebay listing for 16GB MP4 player from Hong Kong

leave a comment »

newest_product

We consider this listing by Hong Kong powerseller newest_product (registered on ebay since 25 March 2009) highly suspect. For one thing the seller is using a private auction for the item and for another the post and packing is fantastically high. Private listings for this sort of item is usually a sign of fraud.

The use of a 99p start price and having postage costs of over £25 is a way of evading ebay fees – not the actions of an honest seller. It can also make it easier for the seller to wriggle out of giving a full refund if the item proves to be fake. We think this seller’s MP players will prove to be fake capacity.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 26, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Refurbished Kingston drives in retail packaging?? What a joke!!

leave a comment »

e-choices

Seller e-choices has sold 4 of these supposedly refurbished Kingston drives. We wonder how a refurbished drive would come to be in sealed retail packaging. We don’t beleive a word of it – we think these are counterfeit and consider the use of private listings here to be devious.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 26, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Memory cards from China in private ebay listings

leave a comment »

golden20090517

China – based seller golden20090517 is using private listings to sell 32GB SDHC memory cards on ebay. We suspect that these are fake capacity and strongly advise buyers to test any flash memory from this seller with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 25, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Fraudsters’ favourite flash drive in private ebay auction

leave a comment »

ffyyyww88

New ebay seller ffyyyww88 registered in China is using a private auction to sell the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive. This is a way of hiding what buyers have purchased to maximumise the number of ebayers that can be defrauded before the seller can be suspended by ebay.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 24, 2009 at 12:32 PM

We suspect this ebay seller from Thailand is a fraudster

with 3 comments

iam_abookworm

We think iam_abookworm is a deliberate fraudster with some computer knowledge who knows how to get around automated fraud detection systems. We think that it would be closer to the truth if the seller took “book” out of the ID!

It seems that iam_abookworm didn’t reckon with the real people in the frankenflash project who detect fraud (rather than computer systems most companies rely on!) – we have little doubt that if buyers check serial numbers with Kingston that they will say the cannot verify the drive as genuine.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Sandisk mini SD card on ebay seems a bit too cheap

leave a comment »

gloget

This 4GB mini SD card seems a little on the cheap side to be genuine and the use of private ebay listings makes us very suspicious of Hong Kong seller gloget. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 23, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Seller in China pretends in ebay listing that item is in Ireland

leave a comment »

artsila0109

In this listing for the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive seller artsila0109 is pretending the item is in Ireland although the seller is located in China! This is no doubt a new ID belonging to one of the devious fraud gangs operating in China. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 22, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Fraudsters’ favourite flashdrive in private ebay auction

leave a comment »

happy_wedding_dress_on_my_store2008

Seller happy_wedding_dress_on_my_store2008 is using private auctions to sell the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive. We are sure this ID is one of a ring of IDs being used by the same fraud gang in China.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 22, 2009 at 4:45 PM

New ebay seller in China uses private auctions to sell flash drives

with one comment

yuexiu09

China – based seller yuexiu09 looks very dodgy indeed to us. We wouldn’t have a flash drive from this seller if they were being given away! As well as the dead givaways of low price, suspicious picture and use of private listings to hide what people bought the seller also has dodgy feedback!

yuexiu09fb

So there we have it – fake feedback from another suspected fraudster! You will find that xuexinhubu is also on our suspected fraudster list. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 22, 2009 at 12:46 PM

ebay seller lists 32GB Kingston DT 150 in private ebay auction

with one comment

tiandicangsang201088

Seller tiandicangsang201088 is using private auctions to sell 32GB & 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives. We are convinced these are counterfeit and fake capacity. We think this is yet another ID being used by a fraud gang in China. Buyers can check the serial number with Kingston – all genuine DT 150 drives have individual serial numbers which can be verified.

This seller and ruyuyi20080808 are one and the same. Both IDS have been used to sell other fraudulent items too and ebay has removed many of their listings and suspended the ruyuyi20080808 ID.

If you bought any flash memory item from these sellers test them immediately with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 21, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Devious Chinese fraudster pretends items are in Ireland

leave a comment »

continue.acun

Here we have a devious fraudster selling a very familiar fake capacity flash drive and pretending that the item comes from Ireland. Anyone using a flash drive sold by continue.acun will suffer data loss after a while. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device. The seller is no longer a registered user so if you bought a fake flash drive from this seller claim a refund from paypal immediately.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 20, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Yet another new fraudster ID in China by the look of it

nanaxixi09

We think nanaxixi09 will turn out to be yet another ID set up to defraud people with fake capacity flash memory. The use of private sales by nanaxixi09 makes this new seller particularly suspicious – a devious tactic to hide buyer IDs so that victims can not easily be warned. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 20, 2009 at 10:29 AM

A new ID for a known fraudster selling fake 32GB memory cards?

leave a comment »

jiejie5544

Many thanks to Sean for alerting us to this listing by seller jiejie5544. This ebay member was observant enough to notice that the seller (though registered in China) stated that the item was listed as being located in the USA.

This (allong with a massive number of listings for these 32GB memory cards at auction with low start prices) made him (quite rightly) very suspicious about this seller. Members of the frankenflash project will find this SD memory card very familiar. It was previously sold under other fraudster IDs and we suspect that jiejie5544 is another ID for the same fraud gang.

Investigations so far reveal a very familiar pattern that we see time and time again with fraudsters who sell fake flash memory. If you bought one of these from jiejie5544 test it immediately with h2testw – you are in grave danger of data loss and corruption!

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 17, 2009 at 9:54 PM

A new ebay ID in China listing the fraudsters’ favourite!

leave a comment »

skdeas09

This leather flash drive is certain to prove to be fake capacity – we are sure this new ID belongs to a familiar fraud gang. The use of private listings makes us certain that this is another case of fraud on ebay. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 15, 2009 at 5:01 PM

64GB Kingston DT 150 in private auction by ebayer in China

with 3 comments

daiweiyun88828

This just has to be a counterfeit – too cheap to be genuine and hiding buyer IDs. Counterfeits cause file loss and data corruption. With DT150 buyers can check serial numbers with Kingston. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 15, 2009 at 2:05 PM

A shady looking ebay seller in the UK swaps ID when questioned

leave a comment »

valentinoUK seller valentino.46.rossi is listing a number of flash memory items at prices too low to be credible, including the Lexar memory card above.

The top picture shows what you would pay for this if you bought on the Lexar website. So if you bought direct from Lexar you would pay around £100 for this card. The lowest price we could find this card at anywhere was just over £67.

We don’t think the seller would be listing them at auction (as you can see in the second picture) like this if they were genuine. The risk of making a huge loss would be just too big.

This seller behaves in a very suspicious way. On being questioned about an item by one ebay member the seller swapped ID. When questioned about a Fujifilm SD card by a different member the seller claimed to be selling them for a friend.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 5, 2009 at 10:05 AM

An extremely cheeky fraudster in India stole our picture

leave a comment »

ramkumar_4817

Seller ramkumar_4817 is without doubt a fraudster infringing Kingston’s copyright by selling counterfeit flash drives. This cheeky fraudster is using an image created by a member of the frankenflash project to sell them. So the fraudster has infringed our member’s copyright too! The fact that ramkumar_4817 has seen our blogs just proves that this is deliberate fraud on the part of this devious and unscrupulous person.

The image was created to alert people to an obvious sign on some Kingston DataTraveler 150 counterfeits – the lack of engraving. The presence of engraving is not proof of a the drive being genuine (some counterfeits have been engraved) though lack of engraving is proof of it being fake.

As this is a classified ad all sales will take outside ebay and (in this case) in cash – so no buyer protection whatsoever! A member of the frankenflash project reported this to both ebay and Kingston but we doubt if ebay will do anything and suspect that Kingston may not be able to take action without assistance.

In the body of the listing by ramkumar_4817 the text reads:

Description (Note that ebay always puts this on all listings: Seller assumes all responsibility for listing this item.)

We are selling kingston 64 gb DT150 Pen drive
The item comes with bill
It also comes with 3 yrs Kingston warranty
Min order is 10 pieces

10 pen drives – 11600
20 pen drives – 18600
50 pen drives – 39600
100 pen drives – 73600

We deliver the items in cash on delivery basis ………..
Please get us a query if you are intersted…….
Only limited pieces…please rush up if you need…….

Happy Buying…………..

The prices are impossibly low – a certain fraudster!!

Written by fightflashfraud

July 26, 2009 at 8:39 PM

Another ID on ebay for a familiar fraud gang in China?

with 2 comments

liyanju1111

We expect that these flash drives from seller liyanju1111 will prove to be fake capacity causing data loss and file corruption for buyers who use them. We think this is probably a new ID being used by one of the familar fraud gangs. This is a devious seller who is trying to lull people into a false sense of security by saying that the item is in the UK!

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 21, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Another dodgy looking ebay seller of flash memory from China

with 4 comments

skywarenet

The prices achieved in auctions for flash memory items sold by skywarenet would have bankrupted anyone that was selling genuine items by now. We can only conclude that these are fake capacity and will cause file loss and data corruption to users. The use of private auctions by this seller is a sneaky way of trying to cover his tracks and hide what he has sold. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 21, 2009 at 8:48 AM

seems we may have another new fraudster in China

leave a comment »

guoxintao966

We expect that these flash drives from seller guoxintao966 will prove to be fake capacity causing data loss and file corruption for buyers who use them. We think this is probably a new ID being used by one of the familar fraud gangs. The seller is devious – trying to fool people that the item is in the UK to lull them into a false sense of security!

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 19, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Seller registered in Thailand with suspect ebay listing

leave a comment »

facechatWe think seller facechat is not offering genuine DT 150 flash drives here. For one thing the listing states there is a choice of colours.

There is no choice of colours for this model – the only genuine ones are the colour shown in the picture.

Two other things make us very suspicious – the seller first showed a drive that is not available in 64GB at all, then changed the picture. The seller is also keeping buyer IDs private – usually a sign of fraud when it comes to flash memory.

Anyone who bought one of these can check with Kingston to find out whether the drive is genuine or not – we think not!

A devious fraudster on ebay Spain selling fake flash?

leave a comment »

rul4476584

We think these flash drives from ebay seller rul4476584, registered in Spain, will prove to be fake capacity causing data loss and file corruption for buyers who use them. This seller is using private auctions which leads us to think this could well be deliberate fraud. As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 10, 2009 at 2:34 PM

How Fraud is allowed on Ebay. The Case of Seller digitalting0303 Who Uses Private Auctions To Evade Detection

leave a comment »

Do you wonder how fraud is permitted on eBay? How it is possible for those who wish to cheap and fraud buyers, get away with it? Recently SOSFakeFlash Published on a documented seller, digitalting0303. There is a lot of money made in selling false capacity MP Players, Usb flash drives and memory cards. digitalting0303 is a perfect example of how it is possible and how such sellers continue on eBay.

With permission from SOSFakeFlash we are reprinting their article, published on July 4th, 2009:

 

digitalting0303digitalting0303 , registered in Hong Kong, is a seller of fake (false capacity) usb flash drives, memory cards and is now offering MP Players! This seller defies eBay and is very skilled in fraud. The only thing digitalting0303 is interested in, is your money. This seller was caught by SOSFakeFlash in October 2008. Soon eBay suspended this id. Nothing was done to contact the buyers of the fake 32GB flash drives eBay to warn people about these dangerous usb flash drives that would lead to data loss.

Members of the FrankenFlash Project, patrol for sellers suspended. Why? As soon as the suspension is over they return to their old ways. The profit is good and they do not care what happens to you or your data. On June 15, 2009 SOSFakeFlash issued a new alert: digitalting0303 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert Devious – Hong Kong digitalting0303, learned from his previous mistakes and began using private auctions to avoid detection (eBay Private Auction Listings – eBay Fake Flash Sellers Prefer – Victims Learn The Meaning The Hard Way – A Guide ).

This way, digitalting0303 could continue in selling fake flash items and avoid detection. digitalting0303 demonstrates just how easy it is for a fraudster to use eBay!
digitalting0303Victims

If you are a victim of digitalting0303, you have a choice to make. Let this seller continue to harm others and keep your money or teach him a lesson. The choice is yours. See: Escalation In False Capacity USB Fake Memory eBay! SOSFakeFlash News July 3rd, 2009

Do not expect eBay to do anything about digitalting0303. Do not forget they enjoy the fee’s they collect from these fake flash sellers. These scam artists are only stopped by victims. Will digitalting0303 be allowed to continue? You have the power to decide.

Use the tool: http://www.toolhaus.org/cgi-bin/negs?User=digitalting0303&Dirn=Received+by make sure to leave negative feedback immediately, even before you file with PayPal. If you left positive, do follow up feedback stating the truth about what you discovered. Feedback remains forever. Chose your words carefully.

Leave the calling card of “SOSFakeFlash” and “H2testw” in your feedback to help others. Do not change your feedback to get a refund – you will only create more victims.

Just how bold is this fraudster? As this article is being written there are 60 fake usb flash drives, 40 MP Players and 10 memory cards offered.

Just added to the fake flash offerings:

digitalting0303-MP1 digitalting0303-MP2

digitalting0303-32GGMemoryCard

Written by KittyFireFlash

July 7, 2009 at 4:50 AM

Is this a fraudster in the UK trying to slip under ebay radar??

leave a comment »

amair786

This item was listed at auction as a one-day listing. We know this is not a genuine 64GB Kingston flash drive – it is an obvious fake. The use of a one-day auction with a start price of 99p suggests very deliberate and calculated fraud on the part of UK seller amair786.

Why? For one thing starting a listing at 99p for a genuine 64GB flash drive would be complete madness – after all, if you had the real thing, why would you risk making a massive loss? For another – one day listings are fantastic for fraudsters. By the time anyone who knows their stuff might notice the listing it has probably ended and therefore vanished!

Kingston do not make this model in this capacity – the colouration of the drive indicates a 2GB model that has been fraudulently programmed to show 64GB in the operating system. This seller’s other flash memory items are probably fake capacity too! Help us get fraud off ebay – test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

If you bought flash memory which (like this) carries a brand name – contact the company concerned (Kingston, Sony or whoever) and get them to put pressure on ebay to clamp down on counterfeiting and fraud. This sort of fraud damages brand names – it is in their interests to try to put an end to it.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 4, 2009 at 12:02 AM

UK ebay seller damtech2 seems to be a slippery customer.

leave a comment »

damtech2

In the picture above we see how the listing for item number 220434861463 looked yesterday. An ebay member thought it looked a bit too cheap to be genuine and sent the seller a question suggesting that he check with Kingston to be sure they were genuine. The ebayer got no response from damtech 2 and when we looked at the listing for this item today this is what we saw:

damtech2b

Now why do you think the listing changed overnight?? We won’t bother saying what we think… I am sure you can guess! let’s have a closer look at the seller’s picture in the revised listing:

damtech2Hmm – we think the revised picture is very interesting indeed – what do you think? Would you trust “trusted UK seller” damtech2??

In the listing damtech tries to reassure us about the low price of the item:
Try one of our high capacity USB flash drives. We are able to provide these at a much reduced cost as we carry our own stock and purchase directly from the manufacturer cutting out the middle man.

Hmm – surely he means direct from a fraudulent wholesaler doesn’t he?? – after all the listing was originally for a Kingston flash drive!

Kingston flash drives like the one shown in the listing originally all have individual serial numbers and can easily be verified with a phone call.

If the seller had contacted Kingston (as the ebayer who contact damtech2 suggested) and they were genuine would he have changed his listing?

We had a look at the seller’s refund policy:

All returns will be accepted within 14 days no questions asked, the item must still be in the same condition as it was delivered still in the original packaging and seal not broken. If a return is made after the 14 day period a restocking fee of 15% will apply. Buyer is responsible for costs associted with returning the product. In the unlikly event there is a fault with the product, please contact the seller to arrange the return. All returned goods are checked for operation and refunds / exchanges are only granted if the item is found to be inoperable after the examination. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES MADE WITHOUT THE SAFE RETURN OF THE ORIGINAL ITEM.

So what do we make of this? Easy – if you send the drive back with the packaging intact you will not get a refund. Why? Because the drive is not inoperable – it will only become inoperable once you have saved enough files to exceed the true capacity – and you can’t do this without opening the package!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 16, 2009 at 9:04 PM

Negative feedback on ebay for Zhongel’s 16GB flash drives

with 2 comments

Rescently ebay seller zhongel’s feedback score has dropped from 100% to 98.9% due to negative and neutral feedback. Hiding buyer IDs has not succeeded in preventing some buyers from discovering their drives were fake capacity. Here is the feedback in question.zhongelfb

The two drives this feedback relates to are shown below:zhongelfb

The one pictured on the left is a discontinued 2GB Kingston – either a real one programmed to fake capacity and given a new label or one that is completely counterfeit. Either way the sale of these is fraud. The generic one on the right is the other one to have been spotted. These buyers tested the drives to check their capacity – everyone should do this before even thinking of leaving feedback, whoever the seller is. The quickest and easiest way to test is with the free program h2testw.

If you discover you have a false capacity drive report your results to the frankenflash project for addition to the fake flash database. The database is our permanent record of this fraud which will make it impossible for ebay to deny that fake flash was sold on their site. The fact that we are keeping evidence means that ebay’s efforts to sweep this under the carpet are doomed to failure. It also has helped buyers to get refunds through paypal and ebay. For your fake to be added to this valuable database we need the following information – without it the data cannot be added:

    1) Seller’s ebay ID
    2) Item number
    3) Your ebay ID
    4) The results from testing with h2testw

Besides these four essentials it would assist our investigations if you can provide the following:

    * Seller address (complete) if you have it – helps build profile and track multiple id’s
    * Item description if ebay has removed the listing

If you wish you may include any comments you have about your thoughts and experience.

Please send your information in an email to sosfakeflashdrive@gmail.com with the subject: fake report

Written by fightflashfraud

June 12, 2009 at 7:17 PM

FAKE 16GB 32GB 64GB – Conversations Between A Fake Flash Seller and A Victim – The Truth About the Scam Exposed

leave a comment »

Why are fake usb pen sticks, MP players and memory cards sold on eBay? The false capacity ranging from 2GB 4GB 8GB 16GB 32GB 60GB 64GB 120GB 240GB 260GB 360GB to 500GB sizes.

One size is advertised but the true size is much smaller! You buy a 16GB MP player but only get 2GB or 4GB of storage. You buy a 16GB usb flash drive and get 1GB or 2GB of storage, maybe 4GB if you are lucky. You buy a 16GB memory card and only get 2GB or 4GB. When it comes to usb flash drives and memory cards, the digital alteration of the controller flash chip is deadly – you lose your data! Do the ebay sellers know what they are doing? Is there a reason?

Recently SOSFakeFlash asked for stories, experiences. We received one, an explicit conversation between a fake flash seller and a buyer victim. It dates to the summer of 2008 and nothing since has changed. It is published exactly as received. It might be long but if you want answers start reading!

Presented by Dave:

Hi,

My names Dave and I only recently came across your site – I think it’s great and these people need to be stopped. A long while ago I had a problem with a cheap MP4 player and began talking to the seller on Skype, the conversation became very interesting! I’ll let you read!! :

I will say that it is very long, so you don’t have to read all of it, but if you have the time, you can. If not the middle bit is interesing. I might have gotten a bit harsh at times, but they were harsh to me in first place!

Read the rest of this entry »

Is UK ebayer naffy23k selling a new model of fake kingston?

with one comment

naffy23k The original model sold is the green and white one on the left (an old familiar fake – Kingston do not make this model in 32GB) – the cheeky fraudster had the nerve to say his drive was genuine and h2testw was fake!

We know better and are actually in touch with Kingston. The seller then changed to selling the other model. Kingston can easily confirm whether or not a drive is fake.

Every genuine Kingston has a unique serial number. You can phone them up to check whether your drive is genuine or not. The frankenflash project recently got test results showing that the new model naffy23 sold (with buyer IDs hidden – a sure-fire indication of deliberate fraud) by this person are probably counterfeits. If so, this is a new model to become a target for fraudsters and we can expect a flood of these appearing.

There is a very small chance that the one tested was faulty but the low buy it now price they were sold at along with hidden IDs suggests not. If you bought a flash drive from this seller test it immediately with h2testw – we think you will find it is fake capacity.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 7, 2009 at 9:59 PM

Fraudster changes ebay ID – but we are not fooled.

leave a comment »

newgoodies2009Fake flash seller gooditemonly has changed ID to newgoodies2009 but we uncovered this deception in no time at all. One 16GB MP player is already in the sosfakeflash database and we expect that the classic fake USB flash drive on the left will soon be joining it along with the various other models being sold.

As well as fake capacity media players and USB flash drives it seems from feedback that the seller’s memory cards are also fake capacity. This devious seller is now using private auctions to try and hide the fraud. Buyers – test anything you bought from this crook under either the gooditemonly ID or the new one newgoodies2009 with the program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 5, 2009 at 11:59 PM

Listings by amust2009 smell strongly of devious fraud

leave a comment »

amust2009

Here we see what seems to be a classic fake capacity drive being sold in a private auction. Who sells flash drives and memory cards in private auctions? Devious fraudsters who are trying to hide their nefarious activities, that’s who! As is normal with such fraudsters this seller started with small value items to build good feedback before launching into fake flash sales. If you bought flash memory items from amust2009 test them immediately with h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 5, 2009 at 4:55 PM

A nasty whiff coming off listings for 32GB Kingston flash drive

leave a comment »

latestcentury A nasty whiff of fake flash seems to be coming off listings by USA registered seller latestcentury for this “32GB Kingston”

The seller has listed at least 10 of these, some on buy it now and others at auction. Some auction listings say “used once” others don’t.

Who would buy more than one 32GB USB flash drive, use them only once (or not at all) then auction them on ebay at a loss?

Who would list an apparently new Kingston DataTraveller at a buy it now price that leaves no profit margin and would actually be likely to cause a loss? Are ebay powersellers like latestcentury actually philanthropists who are happy to make losses to benifit ebay buyers? Somehow (call us cynical if you like) but we don’t think so.

There are things about this picture that make us even more suspicious, as does the fact that buyer IDs are hidden (hidden buyer IDs almost always indicate fraud where flash memory is concerned) – we leave you to draw your own conclusions! We strongly suggest that anyone who bought a Kingston DataTraveller on ebay tests it immediately with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

wholeselling-auctions Ebay Fake Flash Seller Of MP Player – Memory Card – Usb Flash Drive

wholeselling-auctions is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake) Flash USB drives, MP Players and Memory Cards. Based in Hong Kong wholeselling-auctions is an old fake flash seller, now using private auction listings.

The first documented fake was in June 2008. wholeselling-auctions is very skilled and slippery in selling false capacity items. He knows exactly what he is selling. His dumps in volume. When the heat turns up, he will hide in his fake flash shell, quietly waiting for a new opportunity.

In the fall of 2008 wholeselling-auctions managed to elude SOSFakeFlash and victims by closing his fake flash shop. No alert was ever published, but he was added on the fake flash honour role – the list of eBay fake flash sellers.

Test anything you bought from this seller and make sure you leave immediate feedback! SOSFakeFlash is listing every fake model investigated and even those not yet confirmed. Just recently returned he has already sold more than 3000+ items. He needs to be removed from eBay permenently. Only eBayers can do that. eBay has done nothing for more than one year. Currently he has earned more than $60,000 US.

Please do not let him get away again!

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device. Every single item and count is needed. Make sure to raise a dispute with PayPal. If you funded with a credit card, you may wish to contact your credit card company to expidite a refund with a reversal. wholeselling-auctions demonstrates what is wrong with eBay and just how bold fake flash sellers are. Scroll through his feedback and contact positive feedback members – ask them to TEST. If you left positive and have discovered you were sold false capacity – do follow up feedback immediately to alert people to the truth!

Don’t forget to leave the calling card of “SOSFakeFlash” and “H2testw” in your feedback to help others. Do not change your feedback to get a refund – you will only create more victims and it will only allow a fake flash seller to continue, do you really want that?

wholeselling-auctions’s address:

ChiWa Wong

Room 718, Blk7. Sah Chuen Hse, Lek Yuen Est. Shatin N.T.
Hong Kong

To see wholeselling-auctions’s negative feedback Please Click Here – review the complete history to see how far back it goes!

May 14th, 2009 – we have 11 eBay listings confirmed fake .

Sold by wholeselling-auctions:

70

45

46

1917

71

47

13

2162

1916

Not yet investigated:

1915

196

195

194

1914

1912

1911

1920

1919

1918

1923

1922

1921

1913

1925

1924

Important Reading:

Read the rest of this entry »

Is xpinky-2008 a devious fraudster on ebay?

leave a comment »

Seller xpinky-2008 seems rather suspect to fightflashfraud. This seller was registered in Thailand on 27th of June 2008 but states that the 64GB fake capacity Kingston flash drive being sold on buy it now (ebay item 270375435592) is located in Derby in the UK. We suspect that neither the seller nor the flash drives are in Derby.

Written by fightflashfraud

April 18, 2009 at 5:19 PM

ebay seller areumdaum84 knowingly relists a fake flash drive

leave a comment »

Seller areumdaum84, based in Korea but trying to appear as if in the UK, was warned that there was no such thing as a 128GB flash drive by an ebay member on 12th March. The seller ended a listing and therefore escaped being listed here as a fraudster earlier. However the seller is currently selling the exact same drive with an impossibly large capacity in private auctions. This guy is a deliberate big-time fraudster as sure as eggs is eggs. In our experience if one item from a seller is fake, all are. The seller currently has hundreds of 64GB drives listed on buy it now. These are 99.999% likely to be fake too. If you got a drive from this seller test it with the free program h2testw and use the report a fake tab on sosfakeflash to give details for our database. Many visitors to our blogs don’t realise this but:
Without our database victims of fake flash on ebay would probably not be getting refunds!
There are a lot of companies watching these blogs – Ebay, Payal and Kingston seem to be among them. The evidence we gather from buyers is vital. It is also vital that victims who bought fakes warn others who bought the same item. Otherwise the fake flash plague will continue. Be a responsible citizen of the world – do something about this!

Written by fightflashfraud

March 23, 2009 at 5:40 PM

ebayers b_dog_2910 and akabowman sell fake 64GB DataTraveler

leave a comment »

UK seller b_dog_2910 is listing a fake capacity flash drive in a private auction – a sign of deliberate fraud. Kingston do not make the model shown in this capacity. There is only one genuine 64GB Kingston and this is not it.

On 22-Mar-09 at 16:50:17 GMT, seller akabowman added the following to a listing for the same fake flash drive after being warned that the item was fraudulent, rather than doing the right thing and removing the flash drive from sale:

All sales are final and no refunds are available due to time wasters in the past.
Items are sold as seen in pictures and have not been opened or tampered with.

Hmm – that’s pretty clear then – if you are daft enough to buy a fake from akabowman you can kiss goodbye to your cash!

Written by fightflashfraud

March 23, 2009 at 3:33 PM

UK ebay seller sbrownsenergy re-sells fake from chaiching28

leave a comment »

Despite being told that the item purchased from chaiching28 was fake sbrownsenergy  has continued with a private auction for this 16GB  fake flash drive.  The seller probably knew when listing it as private auctions tend to indicate deliberate fraud.

Written by fightflashfraud

March 16, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Fake Kingston sold in private auctions by UK seller amws786

leave a comment »

UK seller amws786 is selling a fake 64GB kingston flash drive and keeping bidder IDs private. The use of private auctions is a sign that the seller is deliberately committing fraud when flash drives are sold. Private auctions are not meant for items like this. amws786

Written by fightflashfraud

March 16, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Ebay seller maya.city is strongly suspected of being a fraudster

leave a comment »

mayacity_dt
The ebay ID maya.city has only existed since 17th February 2009 in Hong Kong. On the right is a very obvious fake item sold by maya.city – a fake 32GB Kingston DataTraveler. Can we point out yet again to everyone that the highest capacity Kingston DataTraveler of this type is 16GB – there are absolutely no genuine DataTraveler drives that look like this in higher capacities.

The seller’s early feedback is very interesting indeed. The picture below shows the first three feedback comments left for this seller.

Note the date: 19th February. Wow! buyers were quick off the mark to leave good feedback!!
mayacity_feedback

A quick look at the item bought by barrymark33 reveals something interesting – the feedback was made the same day as the purchase! Wow, maya.city must have a Star Trek beam-me-up device to deliver items to buyers!! Either that or the buyer was the seller’s next door neighbour!

maya_first_item
Ok let’s find out if barrymark33 might be maya.city’s next door neigbour then:
barrymarkfbprofile
Seems not, then. So maya.city MUST have a beam-me-up device. Ok, then maya.city – when are you going to sell us beam-me-ups? I am sure we would all like one!
UPDATE
Ebay have de-registered the seller and removed listings so it seems they are aware maya.city is a fraudster. If you bought from maya.city you should immediately test your item and claim a refund from paypal.

Written by fightflashfraud

March 7, 2009 at 5:17 PM

UK based ebay seller gambinnno123 lists obvious fake flash drive

leave a comment »

UK seller gambinnno123 has listed one of the most obvious fake USB flash drives we have seen recently. The listing is on buy it now with buyer information hidden – pretty well a sure-fire sign of fraud. The packaging is very familiar – it was used for many fake drives a while back. If you see packaging like this steer well clear! The vaio trademark is reserved by Sony for laptops. It has never been used for flash drives. These items are 100% fake. Anyone who buys will end up losing their files and we think gambinnno123 knows it! If you have bought USB flash drives on ebay or elswhere on the internet, or are thinking of doing so (whether for personal use or to re-sell) we advise you to download Helen’s guide to fake flash. You can download it from the page Guide to fake flash listed at the top of the right-hand panel. It doesn’t cover everything but will give you some idea of what to look out for. gambino

Ebay seller dudez_wear selling fake 64GB Kingston

leave a comment »

Based in Ireland seller dudez_wear is selling fake 64GB Kingston flash drives. The seller has paid no attention to the warning that these are fake capacity and counterfeit sent by an ebayer. Ebay ID’s are being hidden by dudez_wear – this is generally an indication that the seller knows the item is fraudulent. Here is a picture:
dudez

Written by fightflashfraud

February 25, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Ebay seller h-and-f-collections appears to be a fraudster.

with 3 comments

Nice try h-and-f-collections! You didn’t get posted here before because you removed the listing showing an obvious fake after a warning from ebay members that the item was fake. It looks like you may well be a swindler after all!
Now instead of showing a picture of an obvious fake 32GB Kingston you are showing a picture of a real one. However, you say buyers may get a different model – so suddenly you acquired a lot of different genuine models you don’t picture? After listing an obvious fake????
You will be reported to Kingston, eBay and the police as we suspect that you are deliberately committing fraud.
Buyers beware of this seller’s weasel words! Here is a screenshot showing a part of his listing:
hffraud
Due to fast-moving stock indeed! We don’t think so!! Don’t you mean due to the fact you don’t actually have the genuine one in the picture, just a load of fakes that will cause your buyers to lose their files? The good luck we think buyers need is to read this post before they consider buying!! Ebayers, watch this guy and report him!
UPDATE
Seller has been de-registered from ebay and listings removed. Buyers need to test drives and claim refunds fast.

Ebay alert! tunubunu selling fake 32GB Kingston in private auction

leave a comment »

UK based seller tunubunu was warned yesterday that the Kingston pen drive listed was fake. The facts that the seller has not responded, is still selling and is hiding buyer IDs suggests that this is deliberate fraud on the seller’s part. Buyers beware!

Written by fightflashfraud

February 22, 2009 at 4:42 PM

It appears only_teethin is a deliberate fraudster selling fake Sony

leave a comment »

Despite being warned several days ago that the 64GB flash drive listed for sale is fake only_teethin, a seller based in the UK, has not remove the listing. This is the same model listed by many other sellers. The honest ones either removed their listings or are using them to warn others about the fakes. The fact that buyer IDs are hidden is a further indication that only_teethin is a deliberate fraudster.

If buyers report him to the police he could well face a prison sentence, and quite right too – not only does the sale of fake capacity flash drives defraud people out of money; it does something much, much worse – causes the buyer to lose their files.

Written by fightflashfraud

February 22, 2009 at 11:35 AM

UK seller idealnumbers_co_uk lists fake capacity Kingston.

leave a comment »

UK seller idealnumbers_co_uk has listed 5 fake 64GB Kingston on a buy it now at £55 with buyer ID’s hidden. This seller registered a business account on ebay on 26-Jul-06 in the United Kingdom. Until listing this item the seller had apparently only bought 15 items and sold none. The drive shown in his tiny picture (shown at the bottom of this post) seems to be a 2GB drive. The seller has not responded to an ebayer who warned the drive is fake. This seems like classic fraudster behaviour. You can see the wording of his listing and his pictures below. Two people have bought already – three more victims to go! View the listing
Read the rest of this entry »

Ebay Alert! Seller chakkkkk hiding buyer ID’s

leave a comment »

A comment made by an ebayer has alerted fightflashfraud to the devious activities of fraudulent seller chakkkkk. This Hong Kong based seller is listing fake flash on buy it now and hiding buyer ID’s. This is a well known technique used by fraudsters selling fake flash items. They do this to try and prevent buyers from being made aware that the item they bought has been fraudulently re-programmed to display a higher capacity to the operating system than it actually has. If you bought a flash memory item from chakkkkk test it immediately with h2testw. You can download this from the post about the program in the Testing category.

Written by fightflashfraud

February 4, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Ebay Alert! Suspect seller doctorxu88 uses private listings

leave a comment »

Seller doctorxu88, located in Hong Kong, became an ebay member at the beginning of April 2008. There appears to have been no activity on this account between registration and 23 January 2006. Now there are a large number of USB flash drives in private listings by doctorxu88. It seems likely that this was an ID set up by one of the well known fraudsters in preparation for a previous ID being clobbered by Ebay. Private listings for flash drives are generally a sign of fraud. The use of private auctions on ebay is a common ploy by devious sellers to cover their flash fraud tracks and make it difficult for fake flash angels to warn their victims.

Written by fightflashfraud

February 4, 2009 at 1:41 PM

freakytech lists counterfeit / fake capacity 64GB Kingston on Ebay

leave a comment »

Seller freakytech, based in the Irish republic, has listed what appears to be a fraudulently re-programmed 2GB flash drive as a 64GB model. Kingston do not make this model of drive in 64GB – it is a fake!! Seller was informed the drive was fake by an ebayer but did not respond so the ebayer reported the matter to us. We have now informed Kingston that this fake has been listed on ebay. We like the do not copy notice on the picture: – very appropriate – do not copy your valuable files to a drive like this or you will lose them!
freaky

Written by fightflashfraud

February 3, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Is UK seller electronicnshop1976 (selling a fake 64GB Sony) blind?

leave a comment »

When warned by an ebayer that the 64GB Sony Micro Vault listed by electronicnshop1976 was counterfeit the seller responded with: “if you look at it properly,nowhere does it bear that name” Oh doesn’t it?
Here is the picture in the listing:
electronicshop

Written by fightflashfraud

January 31, 2009 at 7:36 PM

What Is It That eBay Sellers of Fake Flash Devices Using Private Auctions Just Don’t Understand?

leave a comment »

It is no secret that eBay is NOT the place to buy flash devices such as usb flash drives, memory cards or MP Players. There are genuine sellers of these items on eBay but they are few and hard to find -buried under the cheap and not so cheap fake flash heap. The traffic in counterfeit and fake (flash capacity) has been around for a long time on eBay, old eBay members say it dates back to 2003 but most internet evidence starts appearing in 2005.

eBay Fake Flash sellers come and go. The most recent trend is to use Private Auctions so that there is no evidence of what was purchased. This is against the intent eBay had for the use of such listing. Like other fake flash sellers they do get found out. But these sellers add to their crimes when they are caught by a member. SOSFakeFlash has seen this repeatedly in eight months of investigating.

Seeing it is believing it. Here is one of the most obvious and glaring examples.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by KittyFireFlash

January 22, 2009 at 5:52 AM

What Do eBay Fake Flash Sellers jinyu_zheng, dai_xinyu, zhujunpeibay Have In Common?

leave a comment »

jinyu_zheng, dai_xinyu, zhujunpeibay are all documented and investigated eBay Fake Flash Sellers. What do these sellers have in common? Are you interested? Curious? This article is not going to be pleasant for some to read.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by KittyFireFlash

January 22, 2009 at 4:46 AM

Ebay Alert! Fraudster barrylamshop de-registered

leave a comment »

Fraudster barrylamshop who has used all sorts of devious tricks to hide his fake flash activities is now de-registered. If you bought from this seller of fake capacity flash you need to act quickly.
See this article on sosfakeflash for more information about this fraudster.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 21, 2009 at 12:15 PM

eBay Private Auction Listings – eBay Fake Flash Sellers Prefer – Victims Learn The Meaning The Hard Way – A Guide

eBay sellers of fake flash MP Players, memory cards and usb flash drives prefer private auction listings. They avoid detection the longest, make antonishing profit and create the longest list of victims who will be made obsured by this listing category. Sellers who use this listing type are not found only in the Orient, you will find them everywhere including in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe. Some begin selling this way, others resort to this listing type when negative feedback starts to come in revealing the truth about what they are selling.

SOSFakeFlash has been warning about this for a long time. It is even in the eBayer’s guide written by ebayers sent to victims needing help.

Exactly what is a Private Auction listing? Why is it so deadly? What did eBay intend for such listings? How is it being abused? Every eBayer should read this guide, even if they did not buy a flash device. If you want a safe buying experience on eBay, don’t expect eBay to educate you or PayPal. To become eBay smart you have to look elsewhere. The bottom line for these companies is sales not your protection. Fake flash victims or those interested in buying any flash devices on eBay should read it too. The first step in protecting yourself from a purchase you may regret. Learn why private auctions can be so deadly.

Read the rest of this entry »

Suspect sellers on ebay

leave a comment »

All those selling flash drives on ebay with listing which keep buyer IDs private at the end of auctions or when an item is sold on buy it now are automatically considered to be suspect sellers by fightflashfraud. SOME SELLERS LISTED UNDER THE SUSPECT CATEGORY MAY ACUALLY BE INNOCENT OF FRAUD
They may have innocently bought counterfeit and/or fake capacity drives from a supplier. Both fightflashfraud and sosfakeflash have come across this situation. However, those who keep buyer IDs private are fairly certain to be guilty. See the page about suspect sellers for more info.

Alert! devious fraudster auctionlimited222

leave a comment »

This devious Hong Kong fraudster is now posting listings with his location shown as Canada and elsewhere and keeping buyer ID’s private. This is to cover his fraudster tracks and get away with selling counterfeit/fake capacity Kingston drives (see other postings to learn the difference between counterfeit and fake capacity) in the case of flash memory counterfeits are always fake capacity. NEVER BUY FLASH DRIVES FROM SELLERS WHO KEEP BUYER ID’S PRIVATE – IN OUR EXPERIENCE ALL FLASH DRIVES SOLD LIKE THIS ARE FAKE CAPACITY – AND SOMETIMES COUNTERFEIT TOO!

Written by fightflashfraud

January 12, 2009 at 7:21 PM