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flash drives sold on ebay by zhigang6k8 are fakes and corrupt files

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The picture in the body of this ebay listing shows that what zhigang6k8 is selling on ebay is the notorious Sony Vaio USB flash drive – a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. These are manufactured by fraudsters in China; there is no such thing as a genuine Sony Vaio flash drive – any flash drive you see bearing this name is a fake.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

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

Flash drives from ebayer the.darkman30 not defective but fake!

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Seller the.darkman30 has listed 128GB USB flash drives for sale on ebay as defective. They are not defective in the normal sense – they are fake capacity flash drives bought from fraudsters we have posted about on this blog as can be seen from this ebayer’s feedback profile:

The four purchases shown above are all from known fraudsters, two of whom have been suspended by ebay. The reason the flash drives don’t work is because they are fakes with a capacity nowhere near 128GB but programmed to show a false capacity when drive properties are examined. The real capacity is likely to be less than 4GB and the flash chips used are probably poor quality factory rejects.

The seller has also listed two very obvious fake 64GB Sony Vaio drives as defective, the only Sony Vaio flash drives are fakes manufactured by fraudsters in China. They are about as much use to anyone as a chocolate teapot. Do not buy flash drives listed as defective – you might as well flush your money down the toilet!!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 7, 2010 at 1:50 PM

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 sellers fail to understand the fake flash memory problem.

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Seller berny65 (registered in Germany) is an example of a seller who bought counterfeit, fake capacity 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives from a fraudulent supplier. This seller tested with h2testw and the results seem to have shown they had a real capacity of under 4GB.

This ebayer, like a number of others in Europe and the Americas, has been selling them as defective. The sellers who do this obviously do not appreciate the true nature of the fake flash memory problem. These flash drives are not defective in the normal sense – they are counterfeits deliberately created by fraudsters in China.


Like all counterfeit flash memory items they were created using small capacity memory chips (usually under 4GB) that are usually of very poor quality and would be very prone to failure anyway and programmed to display a false capacity to the operating system. Even if they can be restored the original capacity – seldom easy and always time consuming – the chips will be even more prone to failure than they were before.

The best thing that can be done with USB flash drives and other flash memory items that fail testing with h2testw is to destroy them so that no one can ever use them and lose their files.

Upcoming article about Internet fraud for Which? magazine

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A freelance journalist has contacted us because he is planning to write an article about fraud on the Internet for Which? magazine. He is writing it from a consumer perspective and is interested in hearing from victims of fake flash fraud.

If anyone would like to speak to him about their experience, please leave a comment on this post and we will pass your email address on to him – we have not made his email address public and we will not make yours public either!

Differences between a genunine 16GB Kingston DT100 and a fake

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Here is a video on we found on YouTube from jeremiasf1, located in Latin America about the differences between a genuine 16GB Kingston DT100 and a fake capacity counterfeit Read the rest of this entry »

Written by fightflashfraud

February 11, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Video of fake Sony Pro Duo memory card bought on ebay

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We found this video from CameleonMK on YouTube – this is what CameleonMK has to say about the fake memory card:
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Written by fightflashfraud

February 8, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Seller on ebay USA seems to have fallen into dropshipping trap

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Ebay seller pcdepotsell appears to have fallen into the trap of becoming involved in dropshipping USB flash drives for a supplier in Hong Kong. Sellers who get involved in dropshipping operations never clap eyes on the items they sell. This is particularly dangerous in the case of flash memory items such as USB flash drives as the seller has no opportunity to test the merchandise.

We advise ebay sellers to steer clear of dropshipping – you have no idea what sort of crud your buyers will receive. In the case of flash memory items shipped out of Hong Kong or Singapore they will almost certainly be fake capacity items that corrupt files.

We advise ebay buyers to steer clear of any listings in which the item location does not match the seller location. This probably means the seller has not examined the goods they are selling and you are likely to get counterfeit (or otherwise fake) merchandise.

Above all where flash memory is concerned we advise everyone 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

January 19, 2010 at 11:37 PM

Are these 128GB Kingston drives on ebay genuine? We think not!

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We don’t think for a moment that the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives listed on ebay Australia by seller ranshelle are genuine.

It seems this ebayer (like many others) bought USB flash drives from a fraudulent wholesaler. Almost all the flash memory items sold on ebay are fakes. Some are sold by deliberate fraudsters who know full well that they are selling fakes that will destroy your data.

Others are sold by ebayers who did not research the cost of flash memory and bought from fraudulent wholesalers without realising.

We think ranshelle probably belongs in the former category – nobody lists such an expensive item at such a low start price as ranshelle did if they are genunine (99 Australian cents!) – too big a financial risk.

Unfortunately our team (all volunteers doing it for no pay in their spare time) cannot spot fakes in time to contact most sellers soon enough to warn them that what they are selling is fake before anyone buys.

A year ago we could usually contact most victim sellers in time, before anything was sold – now there are so many that we usually can’t contact them before they sell fakes, so they end up being posted here.

We need volunteers to contact sellers we post about here who may be innocent of fraud.
Just send the seller a question and point them to the post about them – they can then follow the link to h2testw, test their items, refund buyers, challenge the supplier and, hopefully, get a refund.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items ANYWHERE 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.

More ebay gremlins listing the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive

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This flash drive listed by nsahjaiewqj543 is fake fake fakity fake. So are the same model offered by gawuw9228, ghand562, kaka16888, xueqin_1989 and xueqin_1989. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by fightflashfraud

October 23, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Kim Jong Ill explains why flash drives on ebay are so cheap

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Have you ever wondered why USB flash drives and other flash memory items (such as memory cards and MP players) on ebay are so much cheaper than anywhere else?

We have a video in which it is all explained! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by fightflashfraud

October 9, 2009 at 12:36 PM

dropshipping and flash memory items – beware of fraud

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We notice that some people arrived at this blog using the search term

dropship genuine kingston 64gb flashdrive

We hate to disappoint people but it is highly unlikely that any flash memory items that are provided by suppliers who dropship will be genuine – let alone a 64GB Kingston flash drive! Beware of any supplier of flash memory items who offers this service – especially if they are being shipped from Hong Kong – the centre of flash memory fraud.

When dropshipping is involved the seller never claps eyes on the item – no chance to check that what you are selling is genuine. A lot of sellers in the western world have found themselves with negative feedback and ebay suspensions as a result of using dropshipping. We have these words of advice for ebay sellers about dropshipping:


Dropshipping is an invitation to get yourself in trouble!!!

Written by fightflashfraud

July 28, 2009 at 7:14 PM

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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 »

Written by fightflashfraud

July 8, 2009 at 12:00 AM

A rash of new ebay IDs in China set up for devious fraud operation?

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classicWe strongly suspect that our devious friends in China have set up a whole new set of ebay IDs to scam ebayers with fake flash memory.

All seem to be selling a very familiar model of flash drive (the most common and longest lasting fake capacity flash drive seen on ebay – shown on the left) using the devious tactic of saying the item is in the UK although the seller is in China!

Careless ebayers who don’t read listings properly (sadly most) are fooled into thinking it must be OK if it is in the UK.

We have news for you – even if this flash drive WAS in the UK (which it undoubtedly isn’t) that doesn’t stop it being a fake capacity item that will corrupt or magically “disappear” your files.

Many ebayers in the UK and elsewhere in the world have now been supplied with fake flash by fraudulent wholesalers and listed these fakes for sale on ebay.

Some are knowing fraudsters who are selling fakes deliberately (like our devious sellers in the far east) but others are innocent victims who had no idea the items they bought were fake.

Either way, all looks well when you plug the flash drive into your computer – the operating system shows what you would expect. Great! Maybe at this point you foolishly leave the seller positive feedback – big mistake!

Perhaps you are a slightly more cautious person, so you write some files to it – seems as though they are written to the drive and they appear in the index. You are now satisfied you got a bargain and leave positive feedback for the seller. Still a big mistake!

It is only when you have “saved” enough data to the flash drive to exceed the real capacity that the problems start! Sometimes this happens months after you bought a fake capacity item. Most buyers think the drive developed a fault when this happens. Not so. It was inevitable that eventually files would be lost or corrupted because the real capacity of the drive was much smaller than advertised.

Once the real capacity is exceeded there is nowhere for files to go! Sometimes the drive becomes totally corrupt and you lose everything you saved to it. If you are lucky you may be able to retrieve some of the files you saved early on.

Do not think you can buy an 8GB drive for £6, a 16GB drive for £12 or a 32GB for £35! All you will get is something fake fake fakity-fake!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 30, 2009 at 6:29 PM

A Fake MP Player Sold On Ebay – A Look Inside To Verify The Flash Chip Capacity

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Most people who buy a fake MP Player often think it is defective. Others eventually realise the truth the hard way. Often people will use the program H2testw to check what the actual capacity of the MP Player is. A few will open the player up to examine the flash chips used. These chips, if they can be decoded and searched on the internet will reveal the truth.

Republished from SOSFakeFlash, we think you will find this article very interesting to read.

SOSFakeFlash publishs a lot of consumer alerts on fake flash sellers prowling ebay for buyer victims. Evidence is collected and stored in a database. eBayer id’s, eBay item numbers, the model sold by the seller along with other important information.

It leads to alerts being issued on the internet and sellers being added to the famous eBay Fake Flash Sellers List. As time goes by the counts against sellers increase. Some times a victim will report in months after the fact, long after the ebay listings have disappeared. The project works hard to preserve information. Alerts are issued after the information has been collected, not before! Necessary given eBay’s recent behavior of shutting fake flash sellers down quickly to be able to remove all traces of lising information.

SOSFakeFlash, in this article will take you inside of a fake MP Player purchased on eBay and show you how it is possible to prove it is a false capacity, confirming what the program H2testw 1.4 reports in capacity testing.

Paypal likes to demand that victims return fake flash usb drives or mp players or memory cards to get a refund. “Return the crime to the criminal!” they order. On other occasions they will dismiss the test results of H2testw 1.4 and demand you find somebody at Southby’s to certify that you received a counterfeit.

The FrankenFlash Project has been in operation for over 14 months, they know something about fake mp players, usb flash drives and memory cards. The simple fact is, when the devices are taken apart – the truth is revealed. It only confirms what the program H2testw 1.4 reports. The secret? It lies in the actual flash drive nand memory chips in the device!

For most victims, taking apart a fake MP Player is not a task they feel up to. The latest contributor, Niko is up to the task and is presenting his findings for everyone to see! He has two fake MP Players to reveal to you, this is the first one sold by hitech2day. You will quickly see there is nothing “defective” here! It is clear deception on the part of fake flash sellers.

To PayPal and eBay, do pay attention! To fake flash sellers, watch out! We do our homework “dears “.

Listed on eBay hitech2day offered this model. Is it 16GB?


When Niko opened the drive this is what he saw:


So what did the flash drive chip for storage show?


It was a samsung 904 k9lbgo8uom pcbo CAK468P2

If you visit InspectorTech’s site you will see the following post: Samsung Nand Flash – How To Decode Flash Storage Chips To Find True Capacity

and if you scroll down you can visit the samsung link. Give this a try.

now enter the information characters for:


This is good practise for anyone with a samsung nand flash drive chip to try out!

There is no “m” available for the last character.


So click on search.


So here we see the real chip size. It is 32G bit. 8 bits is a byte so we need to divide by 8. That makes 32Gb /8 = 4GB.

So eBay seller hitech2day has lied about the true capacity! hitech2day was not selling a 16GB MP Player but a 4GB MP Player. eBay, PayPal are you still with us? Can you do the math and follow the evidence? Do you really think ebay buyers are complaining without cause? If ebay members can do their homework, why can’t you? It’s not rocket science, you know.

Now the controller chip for the MP Player difficult to read in the photo:


It is:

8L014BA 1LP

We can’t tell you much about it at the moment.

eBay members are not imagining things about the fake mp players being sold on eBay.

The problem is very real! Both eBay and PayPal are very much aware of it. Only they prefer to show a blind eye. After all, the money is good! The FrankenFlash project has observed that eBay and PayPal do not intend to put a stop to the traffic in fake mp players being sold.

You don’t believe us? Please have a look at this:

Stop this Multi-Million Dollar Fraud on eBay

Just how far back in time does it go? If you are a victim of a fake flash MP Player, make sure that you register there. You can also register for other fake flash items too! Let it grow! And grow! The FrankenFlash Project collects information too, so do not forget SOSFakeFlash or to report in! Every item matters and counts.

SOSFakeFlash issue’s alerts on the internet to warn and assist victims. They can not and will not issue an alert without evidence. It is very powerful! It is a record and it stays forever. They also will NOT remove an alert! If a seller on eBay is caught, the alert stays!

Niko is currently searching for a solution to repair this fake MP Player. If one is found he will present it to everyone.

Keep an eye out for Niko’s other fake flash MP seller and his repair solution coming soon.

SOSFakeFlash published an alert on seller hitech2day, please read: hitech2day Ebay Fake Flash Seller Alert – China Fake MP Players

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May 24, 2009 at 5:07 AM

500GB USB flash drive

We have noticed that many people found this blog by searching for 500GB USB flash drives. We wish to point out once and for all that there is no such thing.

There never has been, is not now, and never will be a USB flash drive of 500GB capacity.

The capacity sizes for different types of memory come in different units – hard drives come in units like 30GB, 40GB, 50GB, 60GB, 80GB, 120GB, 160GB 240GB 360GB, 500GB etc. USB flash drives do not!! If you see a USB flash drive advertised as these sorts of capacity then you can be sure you have spotted a fake.

The unit sizes for genuine USB flash drives go like this: 64mb, 128mb, 256mb, 512mb, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB – do you see the pattern? So (if and when) a genuine flash drive of around the 500GB mark comes onto the market what size will it be? Why 512GB of course! However, we think that this sort of capacity may be some way off for technical reasons.

If you bought a flash drive advertised as something outside the pattern of capacities we have indicated then we can tell you (without any doubt) that it is fake. There are no genuine USB flash drives above 64GB at present – and most sold as 16GB or over are fake capacity. We strongly advise people not to buy flash drives until they have fully reseached the subject!! You can learn a lot about what is really available by looking at the websites of companies like Kingston.

Before you buy flash drives, ask yourself this question: – “Do I really need a massive capacity?” We’d say the answer is “Probably not.”

Since this post was written the capacity of genuine USB flash drives has gone up – there is now now one USB flash drive from Kingston available in 128GB capacity and one in 256GB capacity.

Please note – there are external hard drives of 500GB which connect to a USB port – but they are not the same as flash drives – you’d look a bit silly with a 500GB external hard drive dangling from your keyring – and we don’t think you could put it in your trouser pocket – unless you have unusually large pockets!

What we are talking about here is little USB flash drives (usually no more than 65mm long, 15mm deep and 20mm wide at most) that can go in a purse, pocket etc. very easily – not hard disks, which are larger.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 11, 2009 at 11:54 PM

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