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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.

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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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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

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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 »

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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.

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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.

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April 12, 2010 at 12:40 PM