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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!!

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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 »

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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 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.

PLEASE BE AWARE FOLKS THAT THE SALE OF COUNTERFEITS IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE!!

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