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Beware: xiatianyishuang is another fake flash fraudster on ebay

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Here we have another fraudulent ebay listing from a new ID registered in China. Seller xiatianyishuang is (like almost all the fraudulent ID’s registered on ebay China) selling this USB flash drive at a price that would be impossible if the item was genuine. Are ebay asleep at the wheel or is it that they don’t care about the massive ammount of fraud on their site?

They say they protect buyers, but we don’t see much sign of ebay buyer protection. This USB flash drive is certain to be counterfeit and fake capacity and we can state without much shadow of doubt that it corrupts files once the true capacity (no doubt less than 4GB) has been filled with 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.

Paypal gives ebay victim a hard time over refund for fake Kingston

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The USB flash drive that was sold in this ebay listing (item number 300432471678) by warrior.3000 is a very obvious counterfeit and fake capacity Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive for the following reasons:

  1. Kingston do not sell the Kingston DataTraveler 200 in 256GB capacity.
  2. There are three capacities available, colour coded as folllows:
    • blue & black for 32GB.
    • yellow & black for 64.
    • all black for 128GB
  3. There is no pink and black Kingston DataTraveler 200

Despite the fact that this is well known to anyone familiar with Kingston’s product range and that paypal could easily have checked the Kingston website they are cutting up awkward about refunding the poor buyer who realised too late that what he had bought was a counterfeit and fake capacity flash drive. Here are a couple of extracts from a recent message received from PayPal by the defrauded buyer:
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Written by fightflashfraud

June 13, 2010 at 6:04 AM

Meenu Sidhu Customer Service Brightpoint Australia

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We notice that a few people have recently found our blog by searching for: “Meenu Sidhu Brightpoint”
This seems a little strange to us and we wonder why. A google search doesn’t take you straight to the only post that mentions Meenu Sidhu. She is a customer service rep at Brightpoint, who confirmed our suspicions (just over 12 months ago) that ebay seller yshopretail had his pants on fire. For anyone unfamiliar with rhyming slang: pants on fire = liar.

We just looked at the current listings from yshopretail and don’t like the look of this seller any more than we did 12 months ago! What sort of person encourages people hide their vehicle’s numberplate?? (Item number: 110540771972) – hmm.

Click here to see the original listing about yshopretail

Written by fightflashfraud

June 3, 2010 at 10:00 AM

An ebayer’s experience of reporting fraudulent activity to ebay

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An ebay member sent us this record of his experience of trying to report fraudulent activity to ebay Canada – in this case the inflation of a seller’s positive feedback by associates who were not real buyers – called shilling:

On or about Apr 14-2010 I filed a Complaint with eBay using the “Report Item” Link
The Brief Description of 100 Characters Maximum was:

10 out of 10 feed backs left for seller are shill feedback builders to sell FAKE FLASH USB MEMORY

The reply from eBay Canada is Below as well as my reply to them. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by fightflashfraud

June 1, 2010 at 6:03 AM

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UK ebayer james8ss sells fake 128GB Corsair flash drives on ebay

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The model of Corsair flash drive shown in this ebay listing from UK seller james8ss is not made in 128GB capacity. This USB 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.

ebay seller cry2503 charges more for postage than for flash drive!

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Seller cry2503 (registered on ebay Spain) is charging more for postage than for the 32GB flash drive in this listing. This makes us wonder whether or not these flash drives actually have the advertised capacity.

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

April 17, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Did you buy a Sandisk micro SD card from fashionuniononline?

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An ebay member has reported that this 2GB SanDisk micro SD memory card from ebay seller fashionuniononline failed testing with h2testw. It seems to be defective rather than fake capacity, but as 500 of these have been sold from the listing shown above (item number 370185149553) it is likely that there are other ebayers who got defective cards.

There is one thing we find rather odd – the buyer who reported in tells us that although the location given for the seller is given as Leeds, United Kingdom the return address shown on the envelope is a Post Office Box in Ipswitch. In feedback some buyers said fashionuniononline is not a UK seller and the fact that the seller’s name seems to be Feng Ping tends to support this suggestion. It seems that quite a few people have had problems with memory cards from this seller.

We strongly advise anyone who bought flash memory items from fashionuniononline to test them immediately with the free program h2testw as defective flash memory can cause data loss.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

April 12, 2010 at 12:40 PM

katie_phoebe looks like an ebay fake flash flash fraudster to us

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The ebay item above sold by katie_phoebe demonstrates two reasons we think this Hong Kong based seller is yet another fraudster selling fake flash memory items:

1) The seller has massively loaded postage to evade ebay final value fees.
2) Auction started at 1p, so little chance of bids high enough to cover wholesale cost of a genuine drive -even with the loading on postage cost!

If you do a little research and have your brain engaged then it is not hard to avoid obvious fraudsters like this one! Think before you bid on ebay!! A massive amount of fraud is conducted on the site on a daily basis – there are bargains to be had on ebay but flash memory items are seldom among them.

We can say without much doubt that this USB flash drive is fake capacity and corrupts files. the same will apply to any flash memory item sold by katie_phoebe.

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.

Thread on redflag deal forum indicates someone bought a fake !!

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We noticed a thread on on the redflag deal forum that indicates that Aqua Uomo bought a fake 128GB flash drive. This person paid $50 for it and thinks it doesn’t work because he or she has an old computer and wants to trade it for a 32GB.

We can say without doubt that you cannot buy a genuine 128GB flash drive for $50!! The flash drive Aqua Uomo bought will be fake capacity – probably a maximum of 4GB – once the true capacity is reached it will corrupt 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

March 22, 2010 at 1:26 AM

yanglinshop – an ebay fraud ID in China selling fake flash drives

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Beware!! Avoid ebay seller yanglinshop. This is an ebay fraud ID in China used to sell fake flash memory which corrupts files amongst other rubbish that falls apart or doesn’t work according to what we read in the seller’s feedback. This ID no doubt belongs to one of the familiar fraud rings operating on ebay out of China.

Seller yanglinshop is one of the more devious sellers of fake capacity flash memory. The listing in which this fake capacity USB flash drive which corrupts files was sold was private all this seller’s listings seem to be. This is a cunning way of hiding what anyone who leaves negative feedback is complaining about! Never buy flash memory on ebay if the listing is private – you are fairly certain to get a fake that trashes 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.

ebay seller choicenestore09 looks a bit dodgy to us!

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Now why would anyone use a private listing to sell an MP player we wonder? Could it be that the players listed on ebay by seller choicenestore09 (registered in China) are fake capacity and will corrupt your music?

If you buy flash memory items (USB flash drives, memory cards, MP players etc) we strongly advise you 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

March 3, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Seller in Lithuania lists fake 256GB flash drive on ebay

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This 256GB flash drive listed on ebay by dariuli4ka is fake fake fakity fake. Read the rest of this entry »

Suspected fake 16GB Sandisk flash drives on ebay UK

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As UK ebay seller listed obvious fake flash drives of other types we suspect that the 16GB Sandisk flash drives from seller tvr-woody may be counterfeit. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by fightflashfraud

October 23, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Yet another devious oriental gremlin on ebay selling fake flash

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Is there no end to the number of gremlin IDs in the orient that ebay will allow to be registered? In other parts of the world they seem to have fairly strict identity checks – yet when it comes to the far east they seem to allow unlimited IDs for fraudsters with the same addresses.

We are certain that y56grd_6yhrt6 is yet another such fraudster. No one could sell a genuine 16gb flash drive on ebay for this price! The seller had over 400 of these available when the listing started and they seem to have been selling like hotcakes – shows how little most people know about the true cost of flash memory items!

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

October 9, 2009 at 5:54 AM

Are ebay/paypal trying to keep users safe? – we don’t think so!!

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After many months of alerting ebay to fraud on their site we have come to the conclusion that the claims made about buyer protection are (for the most part) empty rhetoric. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 8, 2009 at 12:00 AM

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

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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!
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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

Suspect listings from new ebay ID registered in China

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We consider the listings for a variety of USB flash drives from michael_0809 (an ID registered in China on May 12th 2009) to be highly suspect. The start prices are suspiciously low. We suspect this is yet another new fraudster 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

July 1, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Fake 128GB DataTraveler 200 withdrawn from sale on ebay

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Just who did the seller that listed this item as a 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 think he was fooling? Certainly not the team at fightflashfraud.

The Kingston DatatTraveler 200 was only announced on June 15th and already someone tried to cash in. The DT200 looks nothing like this picture. An ebay member asked the seller a question about the fact that it looked nothing like a DT200 and got this answer:

This was actually a prototype design release, that’s why it looks like a quite generic Kingston design. It’s actually horrendously rare and you will probably never see one again that looks like this. Despite what I have just said that is purely the design, the technical features and memory remain exactly the same.

So it’s an experimental model is it? Is this person claiming to be a Kingston insider? If he is a Kingston employee we think he will quickly be out of a job! Is our Australian friend telling us that he walked into the Kingston labs and pocketed an experimental drive without being challenged? Wait a minute… that doesn’t add up with what was said in the body of the listing! In the body of the listing it said:

“Brand new and packaged this device is ready to go from a trusted Australian Seller.”

Ahem! Companies do not package their experimental models and sell them off! We are glad the seller had the good sense to remove the item from sale before he landed himself in some very hot water indeed. The seller was right about one thing – the rarity of such an item being listed on ebay! Rarely are people quite so stupid or bold as to list such an outrageously obvious fake!

Ebay sellers – please don’t think you can get away with listing outrageous fakes like this. Members of our team are watching you. Ebay and Paypal’s ability (or more likely, willingness) to spot fakes and try to protect buyers from fraud may be non-existent but ours isn’t.

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

June 19, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Yet another devious fraudster from China by the look of things!

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zoe-shop521

What have we here? Another classic fake being sold in private auctions we think. If you bought flash memory from zoe-shop521 test it immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 6, 2009 at 6:57 AM

SOSFakeFlash Annouces Consumer Education Week To Fight Fraud on fake mp players, usb flash drives and memory cards

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SOSFakeFlash Announces Consumer Education Week To Fight Fraud on fake up players, usb flash drives and memory cards. The FrankenFlash Project is alarmed at the escalation the selling of these devices. Consumers are made victims each day in over 63 countries.

After 15 months of investigation it is clear that consumers are ill informed. As a result they fall prey to fraudsters and scammers who sell them false capacity devices. SOSFakeFlash intends to reveal the truth and to demonstrate that when consumers hunt for bargains and cheap prices there is only one outcome – the purchase of a false capacity item. The consequences can be lethal. It is not only money that is lost but also data.

The flash nand chips used in up players, usb flash drives and memory cards are being digitally altered to report a capacity much higher than the chips can support. This digitally altering occurs in the orient and is sent around the world through internet wholesaler sites in the orient.

People interested in large profits buy these items and as a result inflict misery on others. Too many sellers do not search their products or test them properly. There is no fabulous profit in selling true capacity up players, usb flash drives and memory cards. This is a myth and the FrankenFlash project announces zero tolerance for any seller proven to have sold false capacity devices. If any seller is caught they will be published on the internet. The record will be permanent and will under no circumstances be retracted. It is a sellers duty to research and test the items they offer for sale.

Please visit http://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/ to see what they reveal. eBay will be exposed as will PayPal, both are complicit in aiding and promoting the sale of false capacity items. Buyers also need to be better informed on the true costs – there is little mark up involved.

SOSFakeFlash will reveal the sad truth with evidence: “You get what you paid for”! This will be unpopular with victims.

To begin understanding the truth of what is happening you are invited to read:

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

Written by KittyFireFlash

June 5, 2009 at 5:48 AM

False negatives left for honest ebay seller.

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An ebayer who has worked with the frankenflash project for several months was de-registered by ebay this morning. This seller (who wrote the guide to fake flash that you can download here) was a victim of fake flash and tried every which way she could think of to warn other ebayers about fake flash. Ebay threatened her and removed listings a number of times for reasons we consider spurious – she was simply trying to help others avoid the fake flash trap.

She thought she found a way of warning and helping people without falling foul of ebay rules. Having found that some people cannot download things from the Internet she burned some CDs with the test program h2testw and the documentation about authorship on them. She then listed these for sale at a price that just covered her costs.

Two people left negative comments suggesting that her item was damaging to computers. Neither actually received the CD or had their payment cleared before leaving their negs! One left the negative comment almost immediately after winning the item so did not receive the program at all!! The other was kindly sent the program by the seller by email before her echeque payment cleared so that she would not have to wait for the program.

Ebay has now de-registered this altruistic seller for copyright infringement. It seems they were correct – but her infringment was not deliberate and she has apologised to the copyright holder.

The fact remains – buyer protection on ebay is all lies and jest. A big “joke” that costs anyone who buys fake flash on ebay dearly. DO NOT BUY FLASH MEMORY ON EBAY!!!!

Written by fightflashfraud

May 2, 2009 at 8:04 PM

Alert eBay Seller Id itchee98 is Now itchee9888 SOSFakeFlash Is Preparing A Report

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The eBay Seller Id itchee98 has been changed to itchee9888 SOSFakeFlash Reports. Victims of this seller are asked to report into SOSFakeFlash immediately using the report a fake tab: http://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/report-a-fake/

SOSFakeFlash is preparing a new report on this seller to be released shortly. This is an old and long standing seller of fake flash on eBay. Recently switching from fake usb pen sticks to MP Players and memory cards. Buyers are asked to report in immediately!

Written by KittyFireFlash

May 2, 2009 at 6:29 AM

eBay Refunds For Fake Flash USB drives – PayPal Demands – A Buyer’s Nightmare

eBay and Paypal frequently demand victims of fake flash purchases on eBay return the merchandise to eBay fake flash sellers of MP Players, USB Flash Drives and memory cards as a condition of refund. They aid in criminal activity. In most countries this means forcing a member to violate the laws found in most countries that prohibit using the local postal system to send or receive fake and counterfeit goods. Some eBay members are not aware of this. Others are but because eBay and PayPal refuse to listen and as they have suffered a serious financial loss attempt to examine the possibility of returning the items. What happens to eBay members when then return the items? Do they get a refund? What are the challenges many eBayers face when they try determine where to send the items back?

A recent case involving eBay Seller worldshiping12699 and eBay Buyer BarryX is presented to demonstrate the problems.

What happens to eBay members when they return items to fake flash sellers, do they get a refund?

Some do get a refund. They have to pay the expenses for postage out of their own pocket. They are not refunded for the shipping charges for receding the item or for returning it. Is this fair? The sellers they send back to, do not stop listing items when the member submitted evidence of false capacity. Instead these sellers continued to list and sell. In some cases they accelerated the number of daily listings, racing against the fake flash clock. No matter how many negatives in feedback they continued with both eBay and PayPal sheltering them under their powerseller status. What happens to the fake returned? It is recycled. Sold to the next eBay buyer.

Most people do not get a refund when they sent an item back. Why? They receive bad return addresses or the seller simply claims they did not receive it.

When an eBayer paid additional postal fees to ensure a tracking number, what happens? Frequently these sellers upon having funds removed from their accounts retaliated issuing an unpaid item strike. against the buyer. Vindictive. Nasty.

First the eBay buyer, gets a fake flash item, often losing important data for good. Second the eBay buyer finds both eBay and PayPal siding with the seller and forcing them to return the item at their own expense. Third, the eBay buyer never hears again from the seller, losing the evidence and now the additional fees for returning the items or the eBay buyer finally receiving only a refund for the bid price (no shipping refund) is now faced with trying to straighten out an unpaid item stike. This is eBay’s enhanced buying experience for buying nand based flash technology that is actually false capacity. A very dark side of eBay and PayPal is revealed for the buyer.

What are the challenges many eBayers face when they try determine where to send the items back, what address?

Fake flash sellers on eBay often have many addresses. The one used for sending often is not the one for returning the item. The one on file for the seller with eBay is often not the one on file with Paypal. Confusing? Yes!

Take the recent case of a victim of fake flash seller worldshiping12699 verses BarryX.

worldshiping12699 is registered in the United States, to one:

Kevin Burgon

6446 Tryon Rd
Cary, NC 27518
United States

When victim BarryX recieved the item, the return address was:

XU GANG
G/F , BLOCK 26,428 Yuen
Konk Tsuen, Yuen Long
Hong Kong

When the victim contacted the seller id worldshiping12699 he was told the return address was:

Sun jianzhong
Wanfuge Floor 12, D.
Hengfu Garden, South Caitian Road, Futian District,
Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, Zipcode: 518045

PayPal ordered Victim Barry to return the item to:

6446 Tryon Rd
Cary, NC 27518
United States

What address is the real address to return the fake flash usb drive to?

PayPal is ordering the victim to send the item to a restaurant. The address:

6446 Tryon Rd
Cary, NC 27518
United States

is for London Fish & Chips

LondonFishChips

It is not the first time an American Fake Flash seller has used a restaurant address, the last one SOSFakeFlash received was a for a kebab restaurant. Now Fish and Chips is being used as target or is that actually a side order on the American Fake Flash menu?

The item appears to have been sent to the victim from here:

Sent1

Sent

The return address worldshiping12699 wants the victim to return the item to using the zip code is:

Sun jianzhong
Wanfuge Floor 12, D.
Hengfu Garden, South Caitian Road, Futian District,
Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, Zipcode: 518045

SellerWantsReturnedTo1

SellerWantsReturnedTo2AddressAppears

A university? Is digitally altering flash drive chips on the curriculum? It doesn’t make sense.

So which address is the right one? Can you see the dilemma and challenges faced by victims?

BarryX in definitely confused and can not get a proper answer.

PayPal thunders “Return or no refund!”

Nice for Barry. Should he just put the addresses in a hat and blindly select one to return his false capacity usb drive to? Would that give him a 33% chance for a refund? We doubt it will be that high.

It may interest you to know in the case of BarryX, Kingston confirmed the usb flash drive he received from worldshiping12699 was a counterfeit.

Also that in a later communication worldshiping12699 wrote:

Dear BarryX:

The Item was real and brand new.
Ebay has a lot of fraudulent activities. Don’t threat me.
If you want a full refund, you need to return the item to the sender
I try our best to make my customer satisfied.

We would like to offer the more partial refund ($25.00) and you don’t need to return the item. Also please first change the feedback, otherwise I will charge you $15 for restocking fee. If you want get the full refund, we require you to return the item to the following address which is our drop shipper’s address:

Sun jianzhong
Wanfuge Floor 12, D.
Hengfu Garden, South Caitian Road, Futian District,
Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, Zipcode: 518045

The international shipping cost is very expensive. We recommend you accept this offer to save both of us time and money.
Any question, please let me know.

Thank you

worldshiping12699 has in engaged in exhortion and is in violation of eBay policy. A seller might charge a restocking fee, but for a counterfeit? Also the restocking fee is only charged IF feedback is not changed from negative to positive. By doing this ebay fake flash seller worldshiping12699 has trapped himself with his own words.

The address confusion remains. For a full refund BarryX must return to the sender, but the sender was XU GANG. Then in the same email BarryX is instructed to return to the drop shipper, Sun jianzhong.

In demanding these fake or counterfeit false capacity flash based devices be returned PayPal is in fact ordering the eBay victim to violate postal laws.

With the number of different addresses, victims have little hope of determining which one might just be the right one to return the “crime to the criminal“.

Everything seems designed to ensure the fake flash victim gives up, so that eBay, fake flash sellers and PayPal may keep the members money.

People should never use their bank account funds to finance the purchase of these items, instead ensure a credit card is used. This gives you added protection and can make getting a refund simpler. Credit card companies are usually more interested in your business and protecting you than we think eBay or Pay pal ever will.

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.

PayPal Orders You To Return Fake MP Players, Fake MP Players , Fake USB Flash Drives, Fake Memory Cards To Get A Refund? Think Again!

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Are you thinking of obeying PayPals demands to return fake MP Players, Memory Cards or usb flash drives purchased on eBay from a fake flash seller to get a refund? SOSFakeFlash has published many articles on why you should not. We think you should read the latest article just published by FakeFlashNews.

eBay Refunds For Fake Flash USB drives – Returning For Refunds. How Many Addresses Do Fake Flash Sellers Have – A Buyer’s Confusion

After reading it please consult PayPal How Long Do You Have To Claim For A Refund In Disputes? A Guide About PayPal From eBayer’s Experiences. and read all the helpful articles published in that guide to assist victims of fake flash purchases on eBay!

Written by KittyFireFlash

April 29, 2009 at 5:02 AM

Another flash drive from ebay seller pigpingxian proves to be fake

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A flash drive model sold by fraudster pigpingxian as 8GB, which is not yet shown elsewhere, has been reported as a fake capacity drive which failed testing with h2testw. The buyer reported in with test results and full details of the purchase to fightflashfraud. The picture used by the seller and a screenshot from the buyer showing the first part of the test results from h2testw are shown below. Fake fake fakity fake! Avoid this seller!

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Written by fightflashfraud

April 19, 2009 at 6:12 PM

SOSFakeFlash Reports Counterfeit Corsair Voyager 64GB On eBay

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Corsair now joins Sony, Kingston and Transcend to have their brand name usb flash drives counterfeited and sold on eBay. The joys of fake flash selling, the profits are so good and for brand names commanding high prices the profit is addicting. The misery of fake flash buyers, the woes of data loss and trying to get money back.

SOSFakeFlash has now two ebay sellers reported and of course confirmed. Sellers or want to be sellers on eBay. Pay Attention! Make sure you test your merchandise properly. The program H2testw 1.4 doesn’t cost you a penny and links to it are found out the FrankenFlash Project sites. It will save you a lot of coming misery if you purchased cheat merchandise. The wholesale prices for usb flash drives are not Cheap and never have been. Visit the http://flashdrivefacts.wordpress.com/ to learn more about prices. That new site is devoted it educating sellers and buyers.

The most disturbing things is that both Corsair and Kingston have had their lastest flash drives faked. This hurts! It costs a lot of money to develop new technology and having it ripped off and counterfeited with cheap imitations causing data loss and a very negative experience in the consumers mind is damaging. As usual, don’t expect eBay to wiggle a finger to stop it. They will only do the bare minimum and have always chosen the easily road – closing the barn door after the horse has bolted. It’s some time hard to see the difference. eBay appears as addicted to profit as the fake flash sellers. Mean while, brand names can suffer and the buyers too.

We understand the problems of the current economic situation. But if you penny pitch when it comes to usb flash drives, you will be knocking at our door soon. SOSFakeFlash has had a rash of fake Data Traveler 150 32GB fakes being reported on eBay. Add the recent Transcend, Sony and now Kingston we have only one sad conclusion:

Until eBay visits the Betty Ford clinic to clean up their profit fee addiction and develops a backbone to address the fake and counterfeit flash device issue for brand names and no name in MP Players, Memory Cards and USB Flash drives – STAY AWAY FROM BUYING ANY OF THESE ITEMS ON EBAY! It is not safe.

You need to understand the realistic prices. Once again SOSFakeFlash has some advice if you want to buy these items on eBay;

Use a Credit Card! Fight with PayPal’s silly payment system that tries to discourage you from using a credit card, blocking the options. Struggle through their pages to get to the options to use it.

Why? Because if you are bitten with a fake flash purchase you don’t have to suffer their moaning and groaning and excuses. You can call your credit card company. PayPal hates this. Victims of fake flash love this. It seems the credit card companies are more interested in your business and welfare then they are. Read Buying On eBay – MP Players – Memory Cards – USB Flash drives – Why You should Use A Credit Card To Pay And Not Your Bank Account

If you are a fake flash victim read up on all the Paypal advice in:

PayPal How Long Do You Have To Claim For A Refund In Disputes? A Guide About PayPal From eBayer’s Experiences

We know times are hard, but a usb flash drive is an investment. Don’t be come a victim of fake or counterfeit usb flash. Be very careful with brand names, Corsair’s Voyager just joined the brand names being sold counterfeited as fakes on eBay.

Chinese ebay seller gouple lists familiar fake flash drives.

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The ebay seller gouple is using some very familiar pictures in listings. The picture in the centre is a well known fake Kingston previously sold by many Hong Kong and China base fraudsters who have now been de-registered from ebay.  The other familar pictures were used by these same fraudsters. This suggests an old fraudster with a new ID.

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March 15, 2009 at 2:59 PM

eBay Victim Counterfeit Transcend JetFlash V30 USB Flash Drive Detects Ebay Hong Kong Seller Ring

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An eBayer victim of a false capacity Transcend JetFlash V30 USB Flash Drive purchased on Ebay has found a group of eBay Seller id’s all selling fake the same Transcend JetFlash V30 in different sizes, ranging from 16GB to 32GB.

He attempted to warn eBay and reported in to S0SFakeFlash. His reward? To receive a suspension from eBay!

Once again eBay punishes it’s members instead of the sellers who sell these fake capacity usb flash drives. eBay appears to protect the sellers despite the damage done to members, the data they lose to these dangerous devices. Whether branded or not, it seems eBay’s only concern is to avoid any conflict with it’s sellers based in Hong Kong or China. It does not matter to them the damage done for brand names such as Transcend, Sony or Kingston in terms of consumer confidence. It also appears that their claim of having 2000 employee’s engaged to combat fraud is a sham. Yet, they do have time to punish members who attempt to warn them and the global community about the problem.

How is it that members are able to see what eBay refuses to? See what this victim found!

Counterfeit Transcend JetFlash V30 USB Flash Drives Sold On Ebay Hong Kong Seller Ring

Helen’s downloadable guide to fake flash drives updated!

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Helen’s downloadable guide to fake flash has now been updated a bit with a little new information. It still only covers USB flash drives but she hopes to do further updates in the future. Keep your eye on the page at the top of the right hand panel titled “Guide to fake flash”

Guide to fake USB flash drives now available from fightflashfraud!

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An ebay member has produced a guide to fake USB flash drives and has provided this to fightflashfraud in pdf format for you to download.  The guide shows a variety of both fake and genuine flash drives and gives guidance about ways to spot fake USB flash drives. If you bought a USB flash drive that seems suspect you should test it immediately with h2testw. Fake flash drive = lost files in the long run!  Go to the page:  Guide to fake flash to get this valuable information

Those Multiple IDs eBay Fake Flash Sellers Use On eBay To Sell MP Players – USB Flash Drives – Memory Cards – eBayers Are Not Happy!

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SOSFakeFlash and victims have wondered for a long time, how do fake flash eBay sellers in the Orient just keep coming back? Why do some of them have such old start dates on eBay? The FrankenFlash Project finally has some very interesting information about that. Also on why eBay is losing sales.

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Information Just Published On PayPal To Assist Victims Claiming Against Fake Flash Sellers By SOSFakeFlash

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SOSFakeFlash has just released a new guide on Paypal disputes. So many people ask about about time windows and what to do when a claim is closed by PayPal. The information answers a lot of questions and is a collection of articles published. It covers:

1. Paypal on filing claims, time windows and reopened investigations against a seller.
2. Advice – a collection of important articles for you to read. Based on SOSFakeFlash’s experience.
3. Stories – What eBayer’s have experienced and what they have to say.

To read their article: PayPal How Long Do You Have To Claim For A Refund In Disputes? A Guide About PayPal From eBayer’s Experiences.

Written by KittyFireFlash

February 22, 2009 at 10:14 AM

fightflashfraud Message to eBay And PayPal on Fraud for MP Players Memory Cards And USB Flash Drives

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At the “report a fake” Tabs for FrankenFlash Project Sites they begin with a reminder to you both and to eBayers of recent lawsuits against you. It was a warning. It was also to educate people that you have been brought to task before. We said:

Any company who had been involved directly or indirectly with a transaction involving fake flash – ie counterfeit goods is liable and responsible – if they chose not to respond to the situation or take the warnings issued by customers seriously. To ignore the issue is to condone it.

You both have had opportunity to address the situation. You chose not too. So we turned up the heat. Exactly what temperature do you need before you choose to address the situation and also to come clean before the public?

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February 10, 2009 at 12:13 PM

eBay Struggles to Hush And Erase The Truth About Sale of Fake and Counterfeit MP Players Memory Cards USB Flash Drives

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eBay rather than taking responsibility for fake (false capacity) MP Players, Memory Cards and USB Flash drives being sold by it’s sellers on eBay has been trying to hush and erase the truth. Even using the old and very lame excuse of eBay and Paypal being seperate companies hoping members are willing except this spin. eBay set up Paypal long ago. The two companies are very capable of cooperating – if they want too.

Quietly on tip toe, eBay is trying to shut down these fraudulent sellers. Little choice now. The sunny days of fake flash profits for eBay, Sellers and Paypal are gone. eBay members have gathered to wrap all three in dark and stormy clouds.

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Written by KittyFireFlash

February 9, 2009 at 10:02 PM

eBay Victim Reveals His Views And Personal Buying Experience On Ebay For Fake Flash (False Capacity) USB Pendrives Drives

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Since 2003 eBay has been a serious source for acquiring false capacity mp players, usb flash drives and memory cards on a global scale.

SOSFakeFlash has traced distribution to 53 different countries in only nine months of investigation. There is no safe eBay Country to buy from. Not one country. Every eBay country suffers from the same fake flash plague. It is everywhere!

Victims of fake flash device purchases on eBay learn the sad truth about eBay’s attitude and the sham for “Buyer Protection” offered by PayPal. So many never got a refund. Less of an issue now. But over the years so many buyers, not only lost data, they lost money too.

If you are getting or got a refund, you should thank victims who fought for you in the last 9 months. Many drove Paypal insane. Paypal in return, drove these victims crazy and wore victim typing fingers to little stubs. So many, after all that effort, got nothing. No refund. What they did succeed in doing is make it more difficult for both eBay and PayPal to continue ignoring the situation!

One ebay member, whom we will call FlashAtom asked if he could share his views and experience with you. We are interested in your opinions and thoughs on what he has to say.

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eBay Member Reveals eBay’s Actions On Fake Flash Problem – In UK

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Do you want to know what an eBay Member reveals on eBay’s actions to address the issue of false capacity usb flash drives, mp players and memory cards being sold on eBay?

If so, you might like to read: eBay Member Reveals Latest Information As eBay Struggles To Address Issue of Fake USB Flash Drives, MP Players and Memory Cards being sold just released by SOSFakeFlash.

Written by KittyFireFlash

February 9, 2009 at 4:56 AM