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More blog visitors now download h2testw to check for fake or faulty flash memory

We are very pleased to note that a higher proportion of visitors to this blog now download the free test program h2testw – however we think that there are still vistors who who don’t yet have this program and don’t follow the links to the download. BIG MISTAKE! If you don’t have h2testw yet we advise you to get it now!!!

The free program h2testw is an invaluable tool for anyone wh uses flash memory items (USB flash drives, memory cards, MP players etc) – if your flash drive, memory card etc fails this test then it is either fake or faulty. Do not use it!!

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

January 19, 2011 at 11:40 PM

32GB Sony Vaio flash drive on ebay from dtmj224 corrupts files

There is no such thing as a genuine Sony Vaio USB flash drive – all are fake capacity counterfeits and anyone who buys one will find it corrupts their files. As this is an obvious fake flash item we suspect that the MP players being sold on ebay by dtmj224 will also prove to be fakes.

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.

The importance of feedback comments on ebay

We have noticed that a lot of buyers who bought fake flash drives, memory cards etc. on ebay do not actually say this in their feedback for the seller. This defeats the whole purpose of feedback as (though that individual may have been refunded) sellers often go on selling fakes to others.

Buyers should always test flash memory with the free program h2testw before leaving feedback and should state in their feedback that the item was fake or faulty if it fails testing. This acts as a warning for other buyers.

It is a seller’s responsibility to ensure that their goods are genuine and fit for purpose – being too kind to someone who sold you a fake could be very unkind to many other buyers!!

beware ebay fake flash sellers diy-paper, 2010happy2010 & lhfsale

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The 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drive in the listing above is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. Seller diy-paper has also listed Sony Vaio flash drives (all Sony Vaio flash drives are fakes that corrupt files) and MP players that will trash your music and video. Do not buy from this seller if you value your data as you will soon find that you start to lose it.

The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives in the ebay listing below from 2010happy2010 are too cheap to be anything other than fake capacity counterfeits. Anyone who buys one of these will find it corrupts their files after a while. the same applies to the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives, Sandisk SD memory cards, Sony Pro Duo memory cards and any other flash memory item from this seller – all of them will trash users’ files.

Our third ebay fraudster has really got fake flash all taped up! Seller lhfsale has listings for just about every counterfeit flash drive and memory card in the book as well as plenty of generic fake flash, including the notorious leather and steel type of flash drive. Our thanks to AlvaroG for the tip-off about fake flash fraudster lhfsale:

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.

aluckywinson still merrily selling fake flash memory items on ebay

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Despite many negative comments about flash memory items sold on ebay by aluckywinson being fake this seller is still merrily selling fakes. Seems that fraudulent sellers are still slipping under ebay’s innefective radar. Any USB flash drive, memory card or MP player from this seller is sure to be fake capacity and fake capacity memory 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.

Beware: hehe1314a is yet another ebay fake flash fraudster

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Beware: any flash memory item from ebay seller hehe1314a is certain to be fake capacity and corrupts files. This seller is yet another ebay fake flash fraudster in China. As well as the counterfeit 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drive in the listing above hehe1314a is selling the notorious leather and steel model of flash drive and a model that only exists as a fake manufactured by fraudsters – the Sony Vaio flash drive. The flash memory in this seller’s MP players in no doubt fake as well.

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.

Suspect an ebayer is selling fake flash drives, memory cards or MP players?

Fake flash memory is rife on ebay – if you suspect (or know) that someone is selling fake memory items (flash drives, MP player or memory cards) enter the seller ID in the search box in the right hand column. If nothing comes up then click on the Report suspect ebay sellers link near the top of the right hand column and give us the details requested. We will then investigate and, if we think you are right, we will publish an article.

If you bought from a seller mentioned on this blog test your item with the free program h2testw immediately – 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.

Test flash memory from ebay seller hells_bells1975 with h2testw

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Seller hells_bells1975 has sold a range of flash drives and other items that use flash memory on ebay at prices which seem a bit on the low side. They may be genuine – in which case buyers got bargains. However, they could be from a fraudulent supplier; in which case they will be fake capacity -which corrupts files. Buyers are advised to test items to be on the safe side.

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.

Beware! Flash drives on ebay from fairdeal2 sure to be fakes

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We are sure the USB flash drives being auctioned on ebay by fairdeal2 are fake capacity, which corrupts files. A feedback comment suggests this ebay seller in China also supplies fake MP players.

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.

Test flash memory items from ebay seller jasdow2002 with h2testw

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We advise anyone who buys a USB flash drive or MP player from ebay seller jasdow2002 with h2testw. It looks as though items from this seller are shipped from China. Most flash memory items shipped from China are fakes so there is a strong possibility that the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives in this ebay listing will be fake capacity counterfeits and the MP players from this seller could well be fakes too.

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.

Test flash memory items from ebayer mp3_players_2010 with h2testw

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We have a feeling that the built in flash memory in MP players listed on ebay by mp3_players_2010 may not have a real capacity of 16GB – if this is the case then buyers will end up with lost and corrupted files. This seller also listed a suspect looking 32GB USB flash drive.

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

July 4, 2010 at 6:20 AM

Test all flash memory bought on ebay from livetime2010

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We think it highly unlikely that there is really 16 gigabytes of built in flash memory in the MP3 players sold on ebay by livetime2010 – probably more like 16 gigabits (2GB) programmed to look like 16GB. A fraudulently programmed flash memory device eventually 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 19, 2010 at 7:23 AM

memory in 16GB MP players sold on ebay by tech7even likely to be fake

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We suspect that the built in memory of this MP3 player sold by tech7even on ebay will turn out to be fake capacity and will cause music to be lost or corrupted – the players are just too cheap for the memory capacity to be genuine. If we are right in out suspicions then any flash memory item from this seller is likely to be fake 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

June 17, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Return of proven fake flash fraudster cymemory to selling on ebay

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We were aware of fraudulent ebay seller cymemory before this blog was ever started (on 24th November 2008) and there is evidence about this fraudster selling fake capacity flash drives which was published elsewhere on the Internet about a month before we started this blog.

This fraudster vanished off ebay in November 2009, a few days after we published an article reporting our suspicions about the memory cards from the seller being fake too. Now this seller is back selling USB flash drives (models that are proven fakes), the same SD cards we wrote about in November 2009 and MP players.

Do not buy any flash memory items from this proven fraudster!! The feedback does not reflect the truth about this seller as few people (especially before this seller vanished off ebay when fewer people were aware there was such a thing as fake memory) actually test flash memory items properly before leaving feedback.

If you were unlucky enough to buy from cymemory before coming across this post then test the item with h2testw to find out what the real capacity is. We are certain that you will find that your USB flash drive, memory card or MP card will have a fake capacity, which corrupts files once the true capacity of the memory has been filled.

If (or rather when) your item fails testing with h2testw leave cymemory a negative – this serves two functions: warns other ebayers and leads to ebay suspending fraudsters if there are enough complaints. We’d suggest you include the following; so that other victims find this post:

Google: fightflashfraud cymemory

Report the seller’s other listings for the same item to ebay.

Open an ebay/paypal dispute and claim a refund. Do not give into any bribery or threats from the seller if cymemory tries to get you to remove the neg.

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 memory in MP players from ebayer all4urneed may be fake

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We have a suspicion that the built-in flash memory of the MP players sold on ebay by all4urneed is not the capacity claimed. We have a feeling that these players have been programmed to report a larger amount of storage than actually exists and that the players are unlikely to be able to store anywhere near the claimed 16GB.

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

June 4, 2010 at 7:55 PM

flash drives on ebay from arts92588 very likely to corrupt files

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USB flash drives from ebay seller are likely to corrupt files. We think they are fake capacity items which report a false capacity to the operating system. Feedback from buyers suggest that MP players from this seller are also dodgy.

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.

scr-boya is another ebay fake flash fraudster by the look of it

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We think the USB flash drive sold in this ebay listing from scr-boya and other flash memory items (the SD memory cards and possibly the MP players) from this seller have been fraudulently programmed to report a fake memory capacity to the operating system. Fake capacity flash memory items corrupt files once the true capacity of the memory is full and often become unusable afterwards as a result.

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.

Beware of flash memory from ebay flash fraudster crystalpalace1987

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Despite the fact that ebay seller crystalpalace1987 is a proven fraudster who has sold many fake capacity flash memory items on ebay since we first reported suspicions about this seller back in September 2009, a couple of months after this ID was registered on ebay. By December 2009 crystalpalace1987 (identified as a member of a known fraud gang) became a powerseller despite evidence that proof of fraud had been obtained being published on the Internet in November 2009.

This fraudster is still selling fake flash memory items on ebay and (due to a combination of deviousness and the foolishness of most buyers on ebay who don’t test flash memory items on ebay before leaving feedback) crystalpalace1987 now has a huge positive feedback score of almost 8000 and a 99.1% rating!!

Any flash memory from ebay seller crystalpalace1987 (USB flash drives, MP players, memory cards) is bound to be fake capacity, which corrupts files. If you bought a flash memory item from this fraudster do not leave feedback until you have tested your item thoroughly!

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.

You can view the original post about crystalpalace1987 by clicking here.

32GB flash drive from ebayer davilovic80 certain to corrupt files

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The USB flash drive in this ebay auction from seller davilovic80 is certain to be fake capacity, which corrupts files. This model of flash drive almost never has a capacity over 4GB and is notorious for corrupting files as a result. We think that MP players from davilovic80 may also corrupt files if any built-in memory is used.

The lovely looking flash drive shown in this listing is certain to be a nasty little fake produced by fraudsters in China, programmed to show any old fake capacity the fraudsters in China choose. Many ebayers fall into the trap of buying fake flash memory items from suppliers in China.

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

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

Are MP players from ebay seller narf_ana fake capacity? Test with h2testw!

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As we had a suspicion that the built-memory in MP players might well be fake capacity we decided to look into feedback for this seller to see what buyers had to say about them.

A feedback comment suggests that our suspicions that ebay seller narf_ana bought them from a fraudulent supplier in China may prove correct. If so the fake capacity memory will corrupt the user’s files. We suggest that anyone who bought any item that uses flash memory from this seller tests it immediately!

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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May 19, 2010 at 12:52 PM

MP players from ebayer rilinvidj5 sold a little too cheaply

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We urge anyone who bought an MP player from ebay seller rilinvidj5 to test it with h2testw immediately. We suspect they may be fake capacity (which corrupts files) or have very low grade flash chips which are prone to failure as they have been sold a little too cheaply given the cost of good quality flash memory chips.

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

May 8, 2010 at 3:24 PM

test flash memory items from ebay seller egotechbase with h2testw!

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We advise anyone who bought a flash memory item (USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) from ebay seller egotechbase (registered in China) to test it immediately with h2testw. We suspect that flash memory items from this seller will turn out to be fake capacity, which 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.

Fake MP players sold on ebay by hititems – known ebay fraudster!

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Seller hitech2day is a known and proven fake flash flash memory fraudster who has been selling fake MP players and memory cards on ebay for at least a year and is part of a well known ebay fraud gang that has operated under many different ebay IDs.

This devious fraudster changed ID from hitech2day to hititems. Fraudsters frequently do this in order to avoid people noticing that they are the self same ebay fraudsters that have been previously reported about on this and other blogs about flash memory fraud. This devious seller is also using private listings in an attempt to hide this fraud as well as attempting to blackmail victims into revising feedback.

Anyone who buys an mp3 / mp4 player from hititems will find that the built in memory will corrupt their video or music after a while becase the player is programmed to report a false capacity – the real storage capacity is a lot less than that reported.

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 28, 2010 at 11:05 PM

USB flash drives from ebayer 647voc – test immediately with h2testw

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The USB flash drive shown in this listing is notorious; it has always proved to be fake capacity and corrupts files as a result. We urge anyone who bought flash memory items on ebay from 647voc to test immediately with h2testw as we think all this seller’s flash memory items are likely to be fakes from a fraudulent supplier.

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.

kkt2009 sells fake flash memory items on ebay: test with h2testw!

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The ebay ID kkt2009 no doubt belongs to one of the fraud gangs in Hong Kong that sell fake flash memory items on ebay. This USB flash drive is fake capacity and corrupts files. kkt2009 also sells MP players which no doubt have a fake memory capacity too. If you bought anything that uses flash memory from this kkt2009 test your item with h2testw immediately.

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.

myloveliang2010 sells fraudsters’ favourite USB flash drive on ebay

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This USB flash drive sold by ebay seller myloveliang2010 (registered in China) is bound to be fake capacity, which corrupts files. We have never yet come across one of these that genuinely had the advertised capacity. It seems this seller’s MP players are dodgy too.

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.

marisa_rodriguez resells flash drives bought from ebay fraudsters

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We are certain that this USB flash drive listed for sale on ebay Spain by marisa_rodriguez will be fake capacity and corrupts files. The same will apply to any other flash memory items from this seller.

Why are we certain? Because this ebayer has been snapping up fake flash memory items (particularly USB flash drives and MP players) from known or suspected fraudsters we have reported here including obamastores (a notorious and proven fraudster who has sold fakes on ebay for a long time) xoldskool, tamstore003, cititrading, best2all8888 and newest_product.

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.

fake flash seller best2all8888 continues to defraud ebayers

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We have been aware that best2all8888 was selling fake MP players on ebay for about a year. We recently became aware that this seller (based in China) seems to have sold some fake memory cards as well. Now this fraudster has added fake flash drives to the range of fraudulent merchandise offered on ebay. This USB flash drive is fake capacity and corrupts files – as does any other flash memory from this seller.

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.

Beware of flash memory items from ebay seller esalin88!!

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The USB flash drive in this listing by esalin88 is a notorious fake capacity flash drive that corrupts files. Feedback from buyers suggests that this fraudulent seller (based in China) also sells fake MP players.

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.

Bought an MP3 player from ebayer ukpluseuro? If so, test with h2testw!

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If you bought an MP3 player from ukpluseuro we don’t think you can trust the built-in memory – don’t save tracks you do not have elswhere before testing the memory as information we have received suggests that the flash memory may be fake capacity.

Most of our team have no experience of MP3 players (so you won’t see many posts about these here) but we do know a bit about the cost of flash memory and other technology! We don’t think that ukpluseuro could sell MP players at this price if they had genuine 2GB memory chips.

All of the fightflash team got stung with fake capacity USB flash drives on ebay (we’re mostly IT folk) – which is why this blog exists at all, and what we concentrate on.

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 3, 2010 at 12:06 AM

ebay seller tamstore003 is a fake flash memory fraudster

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This 16GB USB flash drive (and any other flash memory item from ebay seller tamstore003) is fake capacity and corrupst files. We first reported our suspicions about this seller at the beginning of November last year. Another blog reported proof of this selller’s fraud on February 24th. If you bought any flash memory item from ebay seller tamstore003 test it immediatly with h2testw.

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.

Beware of MP players from ukpluseuro – suspect seller in the UK

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We have a feeling that the MP players listed on ebay UK by ukpluseuro will not have the advertised storage capacity. We think they are cheap fakes purchased from a wholesaler in China and that this seller knows it! This seller advertises this as a stock clearance – we don’t think so!!

Investigations by the fightflashfraud team suggest that this seller is connected to another UK seller who sold fake capacity flash drives until exposed by fightflashfraud and is probably still selling other dodgy flash memory items!

This member changed ebay ID three times in just over twelve months – now why would you do that??

The UK member we see connections with also changed ID several times. Do we have a little ebay fraud ring developing here?

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 23, 2010 at 4:23 PM

known fraudster showwhat is still selling fake flash memory on ebay

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This 32GB USB flash drive sold by showwhat on ebay is fake capacity and corrupts files. The same goes for any other flash memory from this known fraudster. This crook in China has been selling fakes ebay since early 2009. Do not buy USB flash drives, MP players or memory cards from this seller.

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 21, 2010 at 10:28 PM

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

WE NEED YOUR HELP FOLKS!

If we are to continue the fight against the continuing supply of fake flash memory items on ebay that corrupt your files then we need the help of every ebay member that fell victim to this fraud.

The steps you need to take:

1)Test your item with h2testw
2) If the item fails testing, leave the seller a negative comment – something like:
Fake flash (tested with h2testw) google h2testw fightflashfraud 4 free prog
3) email all the information needed for your info to go into the ebay fraud database
4) Open a paypal dispute and claim a refund from the seller
5) Warn other buyers who bought the same item as you and tell them about this blog

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Written by fightflashfraud

January 26, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Another ebay gremlin from China selling fake flash memory

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gremlin2sThis leather and steel type USB flash drive will be fake capacity and will trash users’ files. The same goes for other flash drives and the MP players sold by ebay gremlin 09zhang-shop.

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.

MP3 players sold on ebay look dodgy to us

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We suspect that the MP3 players sold by ftaway2009 will turn out to be fake capacity – they seem too cheap to be genuine. However they are probably useable if you don’t save anything to the player itself and just use a genuine SD card in them to save your music to.

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

December 17, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Private ebay auctions used to sell suspect flash memory items.

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The fact that Hong Kong based seller wallyfine uses private auctions to sell USB flash drives, memory cards and media players is highly suspect. As usual we advise buyers to avoid private auctions for flash memory items – usually those in private auctions turn out to be fakes that corrupt users’ files.

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.

Anyone who gets one of these for Christmas won’t be happy!

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This 16GB USB flash drive listed on ebay by martixhitec is the fraudsters’ favourite for programming to fake capacities.

The real capacity of these is usually less than 2GB with the result that they corrupt users’ files when the true capacity is exceeded. Anyone who receives one of these for Chrismas will eventually be a lot less than happy!

This seller is already already proven to have sold fake MP Players – see sosfakeflash for details. We think any flash memory items from martixhitec will prove to be fake capacity and will trash users’ data.

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

December 1, 2009 at 7:54 AM

Beware of counterfeit and fake capacity memory cards on ebay

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An ebay member who has been watching listings for SD memory cards took a screenshot of ended items in his watchlist. We agree with this ebayer that every single card in the list of sold SD cards shown below will prove to be a fake that will corrupt most or all of the users’ photos or video files.

If you bought a memory card or any other item that uses flash memory from any of these ebay sellers we think you will find it is fake capacity and will corrupt your data.

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

November 30, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Looks like an ebay gremlin selling fake capacity MP players

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gremlin2s We think the 16GB MP players from Hong Kong seller tamstore003 will be fake capicity – a lot less than 16GB.

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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UPDATE: February 2010:
This seller is now a proven fraudster who has sold a large number of fake flash memory items – if you bought an MP player, USB flash drive or other flash memory item from this seller then you should test it immediately.

If you have not saved a lot of files to it you may be able to retreive the data – but once the true capacity is exceeded you are likely to lose everything you saved to it. Please warn others who bought the same item as you from this seller.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 7, 2009 at 4:56 PM

UK ebay seller with the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive.

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tinfish53

Seller tinfish53 listed this very familiar fake USB flash drive. These always have a fake capacity whether they are advertised as 8GB, 16GB, 32GB or whatever – the result is lost and corrupted files when the true capacity is exceeded. We think other flash memory items sold by tinfish53 are also likely to be fakes.

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.

beware of yf-tech – an ebay fraudster selling fake MP players

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Sneaky fraudster yt-technology changed ebay ID to yf-tech in the hope of continuing to defraud people with fake MP player sales. Do not let this fraudster get away with it!!

If you bought an MP player from this seller either under the ebay ID yt-technology or under the ID yf-tech:

  • Test it immediately with the free program h2testw.
  • Report in with test results and other required information to sosfakeflash.
  • Claim a refund from this fraudster if you are within the time limit to do so.
  • Leave seller a neg stating it is fake (or follow-up comment if you already left pos)
  • Warn other buyers and get them to test and report in.

This seller is a known fraudster who previously used the ebay ID yt-technology and before that (until August 2008) the ID milycai. Only action by ebay members will stop this fraudster from continuing to defraud people on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 4, 2009 at 8:53 PM

Another ebay gremlin with fake 64GB USB flash drives

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prretyboy

Real 64GB USB flash drives cost more to make than prretyboy has sold them for. The model above is familiar to the fightflashfraud team – lots of gremlins have sold these in fake capacities. These will be fake capacity too – at this price they can’t be anything else! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by fightflashfraud

November 1, 2009 at 5:11 AM

Fraudulent ebay seller mycandyshop caught with fake flash

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Seller mycandyshop is a confirmed fraudster selling fake MP players which will trash your files – an alert about this seller was issued on the sosfakeflash blog on 31st August. Seller also has suspect memory cards for sale.

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

October 13, 2009 at 9:13 PM

Dodgy listings on ebay for 64GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives

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stephenmaddog14

We doubt very much if the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives listed for sale by stephenmaddog14 are genuine – we think they are counterfeit and fake capacity. Seller stephenmaddog14 probably purchased them from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers selling counterfeit and fake capacity flash memory items.

If the 8GB Ipods listed by this seller came from the same source they will be fakes too. Fake flash memory trashes your files after a while. If a bargain flash drive, memory card, MP player etc on ebay seems too good to be true then you can bet it is too good a bargain to be true – it will be fake fake fakity 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

October 8, 2009 at 1:56 AM

Powerseller from China auctions suspect SD cards on ebay

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fantasic-ac

Seller fantasic-ac has listed quite a number of these 32GB SD cards in ebay auctions with a start price of $0.99. Most sold (like the one in the listing above) for a price that would cause the seller to have lost money on the sales if they were genuine. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by fightflashfraud

October 1, 2009 at 6:10 AM

Do we have another ebay gremlin from Hong Kong here?

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hi2echworks

gremlin2sMost listings by hi2echworks for MP players are auctions with a low start price and massive postage.

This listing was one of the few exceptions – did the seller just forget to add the postage?

The MP player in this listing sold for £10.50 with free P&P – which would have been a fantastic bargain for the buyer if it was genuine.
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Written by fightflashfraud

September 25, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Suspect ebay seller in Turkey

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jenga_44

Seller jenga_44 (based in Turkey) listed an 8gb ipod nano for sale which we beleive was fake. It seems ebay removed this listing.

We suspect that the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives listed by the seller may be counterfeits – usually when sellers advertise one fake all their wares are fake. Buyers can check the serial numbers with Kingston.

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.

Looks suspiciously like a young ebay gremlin from China

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crystalpalace1987

gremlin2sWe suspect that these 16GB SD memory cards and the 16GB media players listed by crystalpalace1987 will turn out to be fake capacity. We are fairly sure this is yet another gremlin ID set up by fraud gangs in China to con ebayers out of their money.

Their customers will (we think) end up with lost or corrupted data unless they are wise enough to test their purchases properly.

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

September 12, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Seems we have another carefully built gremlin ID here

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atttshop

gremlin2sWe think the flash memory items sold by atttshop (SD cards and 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

September 7, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Are these 16GB MP3/MP4 players on ebay genuine?

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tinfish53

These MP3/MP4 players sold by UK seller tinfish53 seem a bit on the cheap side to us which makes us wonder if they came from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers in the orient who sell fake capacity items. Many UK ebayers have bought flash drives, memory cards and MP players to sell on ebay from such suppliers without being aware they were fakes. We hope tinfish53 took the precaution of testing flash memory items with h2tesw before offering them for sale on ebay. If not then this seller is at risk of landing in the brown sticky stuff with negative feedback and the possibility of suspension 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 28, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Suspect ebay listing for 16GB MP4 player from Hong Kong

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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

Are these 16GB SD cards from China genuine or fake?

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evergreen.market41288

We suspect that the 16GB SD cards sold on ebay by evergreen.market41288 may 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 25, 2009 at 8:17 AM

Known ebay fraudster safe2star now listing memory cards!

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safe2star

Seller safe2star is a known fraudster who has been selling fake MP Players for some time – you can see the ones the frankenflash project has evidence about on the sosfakeflash blog. The listing above indicates that the seller has now added memory cards to the repetoire of fakes being sold 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 14, 2009 at 2:58 PM

MP players going for low prices are likely to be fake capacity

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whoudao

When you see 16GB MP players going for the price the one shown above from whoudao sold at it is extremely likely that they will be fake capacity. Once the real capacity is reached eveything you save on them will be lost or corrupted. 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 2, 2009 at 10:01 AM

SOSFake Flash – How MP Player Fakes Continue To Be Sold On eBay!

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The problem of fake, false Capacity MP Players continues on eBay. It is growing worse! With permission from SOSFakeFlash we are reprinting their article on the subject. It demonstrates just how serious the problem really is!

Published at SOSFakeFlash On July 9th, 2009

tyeru2007tyeru2007 is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake) MP Players. Registered in China, tyeru2007 sold more than 2400+ and has earned over £29000!

There are so many frauded buyers out there! Just how many will be smart enough to learn the truth? Generally there is nothing technically wrong with MP Players sold on eBay. The device is not defective! The issue is the memory chip! It has been reprogrammed to lie about it’s real capacity – THAT eBay buyers is why you are having problems. You can’t put all your music on the player according to the advertised capacity, there is no place for it on the memory chip!

We find it both sad and alarming that so many buyers of mp players are deceived. There is so much money being made at your expense. Please read the articles on mp players listed here. You have a decision to make. Do you want these sellers to continue making fabulous profits and for eBay and PayPal to enjoy their cut? Or do you feel that it should be stopped? Every person can make a difference.

2649Over 18 months ago, an ebay member was frauded. That ebayer, like you began to research on the internet, where education on the subject of fake usb flash drives, mp players and memory cards begins. The victim was horrified and started to contact other ebay members to see if they to suffered the same fate. It was not long before 1 became 2, became more. The fight against this fraud began!

So you found this website? It exists as part of the FrankenFlash Project, started by those victims. Is it useful to you? A lot of work and effort is involved. Victims help. They sign on for a tour of duty. They contribute, fight back and then make room for new people to take their place. Every victim can do something, even if it is only leaving negative feedback for a fraudster or reporting their fake to us. Others patrol and alert on suspect sellers. Every little effort makes a difference. A lot of people feel that they get satisfaction in fighting back. No one likes to be frauded. Some have suffered terrible data loss with usb flash drives and memory cards.

It is less severe for MP Players, you can always download music files again to a real mp player – all you lose is your money, your time and end up learning a lot in your quest to try and make your mp player become it’s true capacity size. That can even be fun! You learn a lot.

Unfortunately there are some eBay members who suffer a terrible financial loss. These are buyers who though they could sell them on local markets and make a good profit. Times are hard and many people are looking for ways to put bread on the table. A lot of people think that buying mp players from the orient inexpensively is the solution. It is a hot item! It is also difficult to obtain in a many country’s at a price people can afford. For these eBay members the consequences are devastating!

If you bought 20 or 50 or sometimes a 100, imagine the horror awaiting you! The fake flash mp player seller knows this. They will twist your tail! GOD help you if you dare to leave negative feedback! They will demand you leave glowing positive feedback and then to add insult to injury only refund you a 1/4 of the price you paid, excluding shipping and handling. That is when they chose to be nice to you. Otherwise they will hide behind Paypal’s skirts and eBay’s too, ordering you to return the fakes. The cost in postage back with insurance and tracking, is terrible in some countries. Frequently they will make sure you send back to an address that doesn’t exist, so they can for once say truthfully, they never received the items. Not a penny will you receive back!

Perhaps you are not sympathetic to someone who buys in volume to sell in their little shop. We are. They did not expect such fraud exists on eBay. they only wanted to feed their families. Having spent so much money they had no choice but to bow to the fake flash fraudster. That is where you come in! You bought because of all the nice positive feedback. You thought it was safe! Little did you know that many were forced into leaving positive feedback and therefore digging the hole you fell into.

You can do what they could not. You can use your feedback to leave the truth! You can also fight back with the same nastiness! Report your fake flash sellers mp players to eBay. Go to every listing and at the bottom of the page, report it! Over and over and over again. Until eBay can’t handle another email.

The only way to stop fake MP Player sellers in the Orient is to fight back! Spend a few evenings making their lives a misery as they have done for so many others. Contact buyers. Report their listings and post any to any internet site you can find that deals with the subject of mp players. Return to your fake flash seller the full measure of what they did to you. If this is not done, they win, you lose. We in the FrankenFlash Project will just grow old, our fingers worn to pencil stubs, fighting a problem that will not end. Do you feel that greed should rule?

Important Reading:

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

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.

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Written by KittyFireFlash

July 13, 2009 at 3:46 AM

Seller of fake Sony on ebay continues to ply his wares in France

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pleobymanb

We first warned people that these flash drives were fake on the fakeflashnews blog on May 13th. None of the buyers had realised they had fakes at the time of that report but since then 4 ebayers have left negative feedback saying these are fake. We don’t understand why this ebayer has not had his account suspended for selling these counterfeit Sony drives. Sony have never made a 32GB flash drive – so if you see one advertised on ebay we can assure you (whatever it looks like) that it is fake. We strongly suspect that this seller’s MP players will also turn out to be fakes.

As ever 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 8, 2009 at 11:22 AM

UK ebay member buys fakes and re-sells to other ebayers!

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bigdawgbaker

We think seller bigdawgbaker is either a fool or a villain – or (more likely) both. This seller is certainly lazy and a profiteer, whatever else. We are amazed that anyone has bought flash drives and MP players from this ebayer! For one thing he buys things from sellers in China (at a rough estimate he spent over £700 on items from sellers based in China on ebay during the last two months) then bigdawgbaker sells them again for nearly double the price he paid!! Talk about taking advantage!

Investigation reveals that bigdawgbaker bought the flash drive shown in the listing above from well known fraudster intertrade-connection. We spotted this instantly as the seller didn’t even have the wit to use a different picture to the one our old fraudster friend has used under several IDs for a long time.

A quick check of his purchases confirmed our suspicions. It seems bigdawgbaker bought fake usb flash drives and MP players from other fraudulent ebay sellers including haifter,upcomingtrend and digitalting0303 to re-sell on ebay. You’d think bigdawgbaker might have wondered what was going on when items he bought started to vanish from his won list – but maybe (if this ebayer is a villain) he already knows.

For those of you who don’t know why this would have happened – it is because ebay was made aware that the sellers were fraudsters and suspended their accounts. When a seller is suspended their items vanish – pouf! as if they had never existed. Nice one ebay – really helpful to fraud victims (we don’t think!) so if you find an item has vanished from your won list you can be sure it is a fake and the fraudster who sold you it has probably been suspended.

We present below some of the fake USB flash drives purchased by bigdawgbaker on ebay from known fraudsters to resell. An ebay member challenged bigdawgbaker about the most obvious fake of all (see the two items shown above each other second left) and got this response from the seller:

“WHAT! Nothing fake about these at all. Report all you like.”

bigdawgbaker

He was reported and the fake Kingston drives vanished from sale. We have a message for idiot seller bigdawgbaker – you may soon find your ebay account suspended altogether for selling fake capacity flash memory items.

UPDATE
A comment from the seller indicates he is (as suspected) a nasty piece of work – he calls us twats and thinks that it is “commerce” to cause data loss by seling fake items. The proof is already here – the fake Kingston drives (which were probably removed by ebay) are proof enough. We hope to wave goodbye to bigdawgbaker very soon!

UPDATE 11/07/09
The frankeflash project now has irrefutable evidence of this ebayer’s dirty dealings. If you bought from this seller please report in to sosfakeflash with test results, report the item you bought to ebay and claim a refund.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 4, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Seller of fake MP Players now offering suspect USB flash drives

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Hong Kong based ebay seller focus-discount has been selling fake capacity MP players for some time. Now it seems from the listing below that this fraudster is expanding his operation to include fake capacity USB flash drives:

focus-discount

So far there is no feedback for flash drives but feedback from buyers indicates that these models of 8GB MP player currently on offer from this seller are fake capacity:

focus-discount

See this article for the model of MP player recorded as fake in the sosfakeflash database:
focus-discount ebay fake flash seller alert

As ever 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 2, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Is ndspro a seller of fake MP players on ebay?

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Feedback suggests that ndspro may be selling fake capacity MP players. This seller has over 500 items listed at the moment. The seller is mainly offering MP players but there are a couple of USB flash drives and a couple of memory cards listed too. If you bought an MP player or other flash memory item from ndspro we suggest you test your item immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 15, 2009 at 8:08 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?

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When Niko opened the drive this is what he saw:

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So what did the flash drive chip for storage show?

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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. http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/partnumberDecoder.do

now enter the information characters for:

k9lbgo8uom

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.

k9lbgo8uom

So click on search.

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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:

hitech2day-16GB-3

It is:

AK2025
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

Written by techchips

May 24, 2009 at 5:07 AM

Fake MP player sold by China based seller lovehuangfeifei2008

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This 8GB MP3/MP4 Radio FM Player sold by lovehuangfeifei2008 has been reported as fake capacity buy a buyer. If you bought a player from this seller you should test it immediately with h2tesw. We have had test results for one player from this seller showing that it is fake capacity.

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

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Written by fightflashfraud

May 16, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Another fake flash seller based in China?

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kikikimarket

Negative feedback (see below) suggests that the items above sold on ebay by kikikimarket (a seller based in China) are fake capacity. If you bought any of these items test them with h2testw – fake capacity items eventually cause users to lose all their files. If you find you have a fake please report in with seller ID, your ID, item number and test results so that the item can be added to the sosfakeflash database. Any other information, such as sender’s address shown on the envelope, that you can provide will assist our investigations into the fake flash issue.
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Report in to sosfakeflash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 15, 2009 at 10:53 AM

ebay seller elect-republic is a fraudster who is lying low!!

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elect-republic
Hong Kong seller elect-republic is not presently selling anything but feedback indicated that the MP4 players shown above are fakes. The one shown on the left has been confirmed as a fake with test results, buyer ID and item number recorded. If you bought one of these from elect-republic we strongly advise you to test it with h2testw – you could lose your music/videos if it is a fake. The seller also listed flash drives but these listings were removed by ebay – so these were probably fake too as, apparently, were phones from this seller. We think the seller may be lying low for now but is likely to return in future when things have quietened down. If you bought one you should test it immediately with h2testw!

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 11, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Hong Kong seller jessica2796 seems to supply fake flash items

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jessica2796scrnThe flash drive shown above seemed a bit too cheap to be genuine so we had a look at ebay seller jessica2796’s feedback – below is the most recent item to receive negative feedback shown along with the buyer’s comment. Although there are not a large number of negative comments at the moment it does suggest that the seller has also sold fake mp3 players. The listings for the mp3 players that got negative feedback have been removed which tends to confirm that these were indeed fake. We strongly advise people not to buy from this seller. If you have bought already test your item 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.

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Written by fightflashfraud

May 8, 2009 at 11:44 PM

Seller junfongc lists suspiciously cheap 16GB flash drive on ebay

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junfongc We think that this item is priced a bit too low to be a genuine 16GB flash drive. A look at the feedback indicates that ebay seller junfongc seems to have sold fake flash items in the past (USB flash drives and media players) so it is very likely that this item is fake capacity. The seller took a holiday from selling for a little while so the actual items that got negative comments are mostly no longer available to view. Could this have been a deliberate policy to try to avoid detection? If you bought one you should test immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 8, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Can you beleive your operating system? No you can’t!

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We notice that sellers of fake flash drives on ebay (either deliberately or through ignorance)
sometimes show screenshots of drive properties shown by the operating system. This only shows what the control chip tells the operating system. Often this information is false. Do not be fooled by it!!
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Written by fightflashfraud

May 7, 2009 at 8:34 PM

Cost of flash chips in media players, flash drives or memory cards

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SOSFakeFlash asks that all victims of fake flash purchases read the following article by FlashChipTutor:

What Are The Real Costs For Flash Chips In China? Guide 2009

Please see the current pricing for flash chips. You still need to test but you will understand why you fell into the fake flash pit along with the rest of us. FlashChipTutor is interested in your comments!

Are ebay fraudsters guople and appolly one and the same?

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We have a question  – are ebay fraudsters guople and appolly one and the same?  Here at fightflashfraud we have been watching these sellers and think these are recent ebay IDs being used by a familiar ring of fraudsters who have been operating on ebay for a long time. As fast as one ID can be shut down, another appears. Feedback indicates that the items pictured are fake capacity, but for these seller ID’s to be shut down hard evidence is needed. This is where you, dear reader, come in. If you bought from these sellers please test your items with h2testw and submit as much other detail as possible  to the sosfakeflash blog using the “report a fake” tab. This is the evidence that helps to get seller IDs de-registered.

guople-appolly

Written by fightflashfraud

March 27, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Suspect Hong Kong based ebay seller of Media players

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Investigations by fightflashfraud indicate that elect-republic, a Hong Kong based seller of media players, is very likely to be selling fake capacity MP3/MP4 players. Feedback shows two comments about fake flash drives but only one that suggests media players are fake. However there are strong indications from what fightflashfraud discovered that it is highly likely that elect-republic is a fraudster. If you bought a media player from this seller you are strongly advised to test it’s capacity with h2testw as it is very likely that the capacity is much less than advertised.

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March 23, 2009 at 3:09 PM

honnli1 – have you got any information about this ebay seller?

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A number of people seem to be looking for information about ebay seller honnli1 who seems to be only selling media players. We at fightflashfraud do not currently have any information about this seller but it seems (as people are searching for information) that the seller’s items are suspect. We suggest that anyone who bought from this seller download h2testw here and tests their player with it. If  it proves to be a fake save the test results.

Leave a comment on this post to alert others, then report the item to sosfakeflash using the report a fake tab. Report the item to ebay (using the report this item link at the bottom of the item page) then open a paypal dispute (following the refund advice you will find on sosfakeflash) to get your money back. Be sure to leave negative feedback (or if you already left a positive follow it up saying item was fake) – good luck all.

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March 17, 2009 at 10:13 PM

Appeal to ebayers: please warn sellers about fake flash memory

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We at fightflashfraud (and other groups of ebayers who are concerned about the fake flash problem) need your help to rid ebay of fake flash memory. If you are reading this blog you have already become aware of the issue. This may because you are an ebay seller who was warned by ebayers that items you are selling are likely to be fake. It may be that you are an end-user who suddenly started to lose files you saved to flash memory.

Whoever you are – if you see anyone selling a flash memory item on ebay that looks as if it is fake please send them a message telling them you think it may be fake and asking them to test it with h2testw. Many ebay sellers do not know their items are fake – they are victims of the fake flash plague just like their buyers. Mostly they will have bought from fraudsters in China and had no idea the drives were fake capacity.

It will only take you a few minutes to send a message and you could save the seller from landing in a lot of trouble. If the seller has not removed the item from sale or been in touch with you after two days please leave a comment on this post with the item number and seller ID so that members of the frankenflash project can try to contact the member.

Old time fraudster chaiching28 still allowed to sell on eBay

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Despite the fact that ebay must be well aware that chaiching28 is a fraudster this long time seller of fake flash memory has been allowed to continue peddling his fraudulent goods on Ebay. The writer of this post bought a fake flash drive from this seller months ago. After a rapid rise in negative feedback and paypal claims this crafty seller seemed to stop selling fakes for a short while.

Fraudulent ebay seller chaiching returned selling mainly fake capacity media players as well as a few fake USB flash drives. You can see pictures of the seller’s other fake flash items elsewhere on the blogs. It seems chaiching28 has stopped listing again – waiting to see if you got away with it again chaiching28? This is one tricky fraudster. On the right is a suspect media player sold by chaiching28 that got a lot of negative feedback but is not pictured elsewhere yet.

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Written by fightflashfraud

March 9, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Ebay sellers of USB flash drives please take note!!

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Selling flash memory on ebay? Please read this!! Yet another ebayer (rexiho1987) who listed fake flash drives has been de-registered by ebay and had listings removed. Sellers please be aware that if you don’t check that your flash memory items are genuine this is likely to happen to you. If you plan to sell brand name USB flash drives check the models offered on the company’s web site – if the drives you are thinking of selling are not an exact match with a drive on the company’s web site then the item is counterfeit and undoubtedly fake capacity. There is a simple way to test the capacity of flash memory items – use the free program h2testw

Suspect sellers of MP3 and MP4 players on Ebay

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There seem to be a lot of ebay sellers with suspiciously low prices for MP3 and MP4 players on sold on a buy it now basis. Many of them are charging next to nothing for the players, but postage charges are high. This is a way of acheiving two things:
1) minimising ebay fees
2) making it unlikely that buyers who find the item is fake or faulty will try to get a refund.
If you see an MP3 or MP4 player on buy it now where the shipping costs are four times that of the item we think you should consider this extremely suspicious and steer well clear of the item! If you bought such an item we think you should be able to test it with h2testw as you can with USB flash drives and most (if not all) memory cards.

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March 7, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Negative feedback for suspect ebay seller supersellercn88

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Ebay seller supersellercn88, based in China has had negative feedback about the MP3 MP4 player shown on the right which suggests that the true capacity of this item is 1GB rather than the 8GB advertised by the seller. Another model from this seller seems to be 2GB rather than 8GB.

We await evidence from buyers confirming that this is the case. If you bought one of these and it does not have the capacity claimed please report in using the report a fake tab on sosfakeflash.

supersellercn88

Written by fightflashfraud

March 4, 2009 at 4:01 PM

What Can You Do About Fake 8GB 16GB MP Players On Ebay?

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SOSFakeFlash Reports that Fake MP Players are the lastest plague to hit eBay. Harder for Buyers to spot before they leave postive feedback. Why? A 16GB false capacity MP player that turns out to be only 2GB can hold as many as 500 songs. It takes time to load. Most buyers of MP Players just use technology and are not techie. They fall for the “opphs a defective item” song sung by the fake flash seller. The lure of “free shipping” is one of the strongest pulls to end up in the fake flash pit. It appears that eBay fake flash sellers in Hong Kong and China know this so well – they have studied their buyer audience carefully. Here is advice – a Guide from SOSFakeFlash.

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February 26, 2009 at 10:03 PM

Ebay seller fox.town may sell hacked 16GB MP3/MP4 players

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It seems that ebay seller fox.town, based in Hong Kong, carelessly sent an unhacked 2GB Mp3/MP4 player (rather than one that had been hacked to 16GB) to one of the buyers – so he didn’t even need to test the drive to know it was not a 16GB model as the properties clearly showed it as 2GB.

It seems that fox.town fights dirty. Seller fox.town gave a buyer a refund and is now trying to get an unpaid item strike against the buyer – a tactic that has been seen before. If this happens to you remember that you have the proof that you paid and were refunded in your paypal account. A word of advice about refunds – don’t EVER communicate with a fraudster directly if you paid using paypal. Open a paypal dispute – then they are unlikely to be able to get away with this sort of tactic.

Written by fightflashfraud

February 22, 2009 at 11:00 AM