Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

Report Fakes And Counterfeits

If you purchased a flash based device such as an MP Player, Memory Card or USB Flash drive on eBay and it is counterfeit and/or fake capacity you can report it to SOSFakeFlash. The information will be entered into their database. The  information you provide  is used to collect evidence and to publish alerts on the internet for fake flash sellers.

To report you need the following information:

  1. eBay item number
  2. eBay Seller id
  3. Your eBay Buyer id
  4. Your output from H2testw 1.4
  5. eBay item description if the listing has been removed (optional)
  6. Seller address (complete) if you have it. (optional) Important to build profile and track multiple id’s
  7. A short word of you experience and or thoughts if you like (optional)

Send this information directly to sosfakeflashdrive@gmail.com

Evidence can not go into the database without the information required in items 1-4.

Information provided by victims builds the fake flash seller list on eBay. It is also used to build a catalogue of all the items found and sold by sellers, it even includes the pictures of the item sold and the counts on file.

The database is concrete documentation – hard evidence of the fraud that remains in place long after listings are removed from eBay, as they inevitably are. You can make a difference and fight back against the problem by reporting in.

If your seller has not been written about on this blog please leave a comment with the seller ID, item description and item number on this post.

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Written by fightflashfraud

March 15, 2009 at 2:42 AM

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  1. If your flash drives are genuine you nothing to fear by identifying yourself. If something said here is incorrect then identify where you have been mentioned so that it can be checked. Otherwise you come over as simply being yet another fraudulent seller who hopes to discredit the work done by the teams of folk who did the research for this site and others.

    fightflashfraud

    July 5, 2012 at 5:44 PM

  2. So per your comments the only thing I conclude is that you are following the guilty until proven innocent policy. You are clearly playing the “he said, she said” game. This is the very reason your site did not do well. Get proof and post it next to the name of the seller so he/she can see the complain is legit. Again I admire your cause but CANNOT agree with your methods……

    FAKEFLASH_NOT

    July 5, 2012 at 3:01 AM

  3. The research is scientific and includes checking with the manufacturers that the models being sold actually exist – which they often don’t, the testing of hundreds of flash drives with h2testw and taking flash drives apart to examine circuit boards. In our experience it is sellers who complain about a listing being mentioned here and say their flash drives were genuine who turned out to either have been fooled by their suppliers or who were lying about it.

    fightflashfraud

    May 27, 2012 at 7:10 AM

  4. Yea what is your research based upon???? You never bought any of my flash drives but somehow you put my listing on your site as a possible fraud or fake. I don’t want to reveal my identity cause I don’t want your personal speculations ruining my business. I mean you had a noble cause but my listings made it on your site without any proof. I am a top seller and power seller on ebay and till to date there has been no dispute open. No one has ever complained except you putting my listing on this site. If someone provided proof you should post it next to who’s ever name you decide to ruin. Plus it should not work as “most” of the people, it should be “every” person who reports someone should provide proof. Plus how do you verify the person giving you the proof is not lying?

    FAKEFLASH_NOT

    May 25, 2012 at 10:16 PM

  5. Most people who report flash drives as fake have provided evidence of this – many have published the test results here. You have given no clue about your identity so there is no way that your claim to be selling genuine flash drives can be verified since you don’t say who you are.

    100% feedback is no proof that items are genuine. There are those who have sold hundreds of fakes but not had negative feedback. This is often because buyers did not discover the item was fake until long after leaving positive feedback.

    fightflashfraud

    March 13, 2012 at 11:16 AM

  6. This is dumb! You listed my ebay post here of used flash drives. I got 100% feedback and still selling them on ebay. They are 100% genuine and i guarantee them. No wonder no one took any actions against fake flash drives cause you base your research on speculation. Please do complete research before you ruin anyone’s name. Just a suggestion……..

    FAKEFLASH_NOT

    March 13, 2012 at 12:19 AM

  7. The best tool on the market and its free is h2testw this tool loads your flash card to the max and then reads back all the information on the cards, if it cannot read the all the information that you tell the software i.e. it’s a 32GB it will tell you it’s a fake or any other problems on the card works with (Windows XP/Vista):
    the best thing I can say if the price looks too good to be true you can bet it’s a fake. China has filled the market with fake product and people think they are getting good deals from some large auction site and I bet you know who they are. The large auction sites are monitored by the big SDHC memory card manufactures but if it’s coming from China they have little if no chance of getting the posting blocked and then we all go and buy it.
    Because we just keep on adding are information and images to the card and then it false we just think we have a doggy card and do no more and go out and buy a new one, not many people report the problem back to the manufacturer as we think it’s just broken but think about it for a moment would the leading manufactures make a faulty product for you to buy then they have to pay again to send you a new one?????? I don’t think so.

    batnam1999

    February 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

  8. Back in February, 2011, I purchased a 32Gb micro SD card from eBay seller:

    gails4711

    eric_n_gail@hotmail.com

    Not used as it does not read, write or format. eBay/ PayPal decided against my claim for full refund but I have just approached Kingston UK and they are interested in having more details if the transaction.

    Jeremy West

    January 6, 2012 at 11:18 AM

  9. Glad you got a swift resolution from Ebay, sadly not everyone does. Merry Christmas.

    fightflashfraud

    December 24, 2011 at 6:06 PM

  10. The so called 32GB class 10 chip was actually labeled 32GB class 6:
    [but the test tells otherwise]

    1.8 GByte OK (3817808 sectors)
    28.7 GByte DATA LOST (60372656 sectors)
    Details:28.7 GByte overwritten (60372656 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    0 KByte corrupted (0 sectors)
    16 MByte aliased memory (32768 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x000000007382a000
    Expected: 0x000000007382a000
    Found: 0x00000007a682a000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 3.18 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 5.68 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    EBAY Seller hotbay77 ( 4478) dropped off, no longer registered

    I got quick resolution from EBAY with use of the report and a few transaction details.

    Thanks

    Dan

    December 21, 2011 at 8:52 PM

  11. 256GB Kingston DT

    Warning: Only 10257 of 262079 MByte tested.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    7.3 GByte OK (15507360 sectors)
    1.4 GByte DATA LOST (3055712 sectors)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    1.4 GByte corrupted (3055712 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x00000001d93f4000
    Expected: 0x00000001d93f4000
    Found: 0x0000000000000000
    H2testw version 1.3

    Daniel Durand

    October 7, 2011 at 6:01 PM

  12. Fake Transcend 32GB SDHC Class 10

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/120773978845?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_571wt_1139

    eBay item number 120773978845
    eBay Seller id alijaan123

    Seller: Payment To:
    Faisal SIKANDER (The recipient of this payment is Non-US – Verified)
    Seller’s ID:
    alijaan123
    Seller’s Email:
    jack_king99@hotmail.co.uk

    Your output from H2testw 1.4
    Warning: Only 31748 of 31749 MByte tested.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    992 MByte OK (2031616 sectors)
    30.0 GByte DATA LOST (62988288 sectors)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    30.0 GByte corrupted (62988288 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x000000003d0f7e00
    Expected: 0x000000003d0f7e00
    Found: 0x0000000000000000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 3.82 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 4.53 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Ndz

    September 15, 2011 at 5:11 PM

  13. Here’s my report.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    1.8 GByte OK (3952638 sectors)
    29.3 GByte DATA LOST (61452290 sectors)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    29.3 GByte corrupted (61452290 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x000000007789a800
    Expected: 0x000000007789a800
    Found: 0x0000000000000000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 1.44 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 5.13 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    This is a great page, I bought a 32Gb Kingston Micro SD card on e-bay from user flx19650526, strange enough no longer a registered user. I waited for over two months and since my package didn't arrive, I opened a case on e-bay resolution center to get a refund for an unsent item. after a week of battling, I got my money back. Here's the paypal info:

    Payment To:
    朱 光银 (The recipient of this payment is Non-U.S. – Unverified)
    Seller's ID:
    flx19650526
    Seller's Email:
    laibaguangzhou888@yahoo.cn

    However, the information on the envelop reads as follow:

    From: XU han cong
    Ansitai Logistics Limited
    P.O. Box NO.91468 T.S.T. POST
    Office Hong Kong

    few weeks later after the refund, oh surprise. I received the package. I wanted to contact the seller to pay him back again (because of bad karma and all that stuff) but then I realized there was something wrong with the card. I searched on the web to find out about tools for formatting (trying to solve the problem) only to find that the card was defective/corrupted/fake. I hope my info proves valuable to others.

    Peace

    Tobosaku

    August 7, 2011 at 6:49 AM

  14. A Kingston Class 6 32GB sd from ebay seller kayzy24 , eBay item number : 200622211950
    Here is the report from test made on this SD card. Looks like I’v been ripped off !!

    Warning: Only 31938 of 32100 MByte tested.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    789.9 MByte OK (1617914 sectors)
    30.4 GByte DATA LOST (63791110 sectors)
    Details:30.4 GByte overwritten (63791104 sectors)
    1 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 2 sectors)
    2 KByte corrupted (4 sectors)
    16 MByte aliased memory (32768 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x0000000000000000
    Expected: 0x0000000000000000
    Found: 0x00000007ca598000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 1.80 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 6.38 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Keith Lampman

    July 1, 2011 at 7:20 AM

  15. Moi aussi je me suis fait avoir avec une micro sd car il rentre juste 4gb au lieu de 32gb

    Stephdou7

    June 16, 2011 at 9:36 PM

  16. I purchased a Fake 512 USB from a seller at AliExpress. There are lots of sellers AliExpress selling the exact same looking fake USB storage devices along with many other different models such as USB jewelry, USB keychains and promotional USB memory sticks. The seller whom I purchased from has removed the original sales page which means my negative review will never be seen. I think these guys simply open another store and resume selling them but I am not 100% sure about this.

    I have published photos and h2testw test results here:
    http://www.webtipspro.com/public/191.cfm

    Ed

    June 12, 2011 at 4:38 AM

  17. Kingston
    Micro SD card 32 GB memory
    Australia Stock Free shipping

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190530688916&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT#ht_500wt_1156

    eBay item number: 190530688916
    Seller’s ID:pepto1025 (Ephraim Nyoni Pty Ltd)
    Seller’s Email: tnyoni01@gmail.com

    It only has 700mb capacity:

    The media is likely to be defective.
    708.9 MByte OK (1451932 sectors)
    28.3 GByte DATA LOST (59535460 sectors)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    28.3 GByte corrupted (59535460 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x0000000000000008
    Expected: 0x0000000000000011
    Found: 0x0000000000000000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 742 KByte/s
    Reading speed: 3.67 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    ace

    May 19, 2011 at 9:57 PM

  18. @ Leon Koorsen: Depends on the controller IC used in those sticks. There is a russian website dedicated to USB Flash memory sticks and their manufacturer programming tools.

    google translation link is here:
    http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flashboot.ru%2F&sl=ru&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8

    to find out what controller is used in your USB stick without cracking it open, there’s also a tool there

    http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flashboot.ru%2F&sl=ru&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8

    if the stick is easy to pry apart (most of them are, pry the 2 case halves apart at the USB plug end), you could also just look at the controller IC to find out the manufacturer and get the right tool for it from that page.

    http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?ie=UTF8&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=ru&tl=en&twu=1&u=http://www.flashboot.ru/index.php%3Fname%3DNews%26op%3Darticle%26sid%3D7&usg=ALkJrhiEnMt2qYfGoRCH9F9olS1_OoJIqw

    The controller IC in the picture in the link above is the square chip with legs on all its sides.

    the actual tools for programming the specific ICs (also to adjust the size back to what h2testw reports it to be) are linked here (usually with the model numbers of the ICs supported by the tools)

    http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flashboot.ru%2F&sl=ru&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8

    really too bad this site is only available in russian. if it were available in english too, lots more people could at least make their dud USB sticks work with their real capacity (found out with h2testw), so not all of their money is lost :/

    hope it helps & greetings from Germany,
    Patrik

    Patrik

    April 20, 2011 at 6:23 AM

  19. Also Dooped! Fake (Green USB Transcend JFV30/32GB) and (Kingston Datatraveler 32GB) these guys are now everywhere, even at intersections… Bought the real thing at Hi-Fi corp for 700 Rand (32GB less than 600 rand is a scam) PS: since it is in reality a 4GB stick isnt there a program that can format this drive from 32GB (that is what it is showing …) to the standard 4GB ????

    Leon Koorsen

    April 18, 2011 at 8:42 PM

  20. I`m sorry natalia, but it seems you will never see your money again =/

    Sergey

    April 10, 2011 at 10:55 PM

  21. Why is there a requirement for running h2testw 1.4 ?

    Like Eugene above, i’m using linux, and F3 ‘worked’ for me – except the (supposedly 32Gib) card died after 3.5gib of files, and all i get upon insert in dmesg now is:

    “mmc1: error -110 whilst initialising SD card”

    I get the same in another laptop with a PCI SDHC controller, and i’m fairly sure it’s knackered a (cheap) USB SDHC reader too (thankfully the lappys SD controllers are still working!)

    So how can i now leave a meaningful log for your ‘database’ ? Please make it more flexible for us to report our fakes – after all, we’re all trying to eliminate this problem!

    I think it might also be helpful to record any information printed directly onto the card (not by a sticker, although possibly this too), i imagine the card ‘model’ i bought has probably been stickered to be Sandisk as well, as it is black in Colour.

    Rich

    April 10, 2011 at 9:42 PM

  22. Oh dont do this to meee. I found this site just a few minutes ago, and i realized i’ve been threaten!!!
    i’ve bought a ‘256’ gb kingston for 56$s just a few minutes ago and alreadz paid for it!!! what can i do???

    Natalia

    April 3, 2011 at 5:24 PM

  23. I bought a 236GB Kingston DT310 fake from eBay Member: gand1112 – he is still there, selling the same fake flash drives, but now it says “generic”:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Generic-256GB-USB-Flash-Drive-/150574978679?pt=PCC_Drives_Storage_Internal&hash=item230ef7d677

    I asked him for a refund, but he said it’s passed the 45 days and he doesn’t have to and he won’t. He still has 8 units left to scam other people.

    It looks like eBay pulled out the page with my auction. I could open it just yesterday :o)

    I realize it’s my fault that I didn’t do my d/d checking, but I didn’t expect a fake from a US seller, I thought eBay would be on the top of things – wrong!

    You guys are doing a great job, even although in most cases the damage is already done, but it’s a good lesson for the future.

    Stan

    March 25, 2011 at 4:00 PM

  24. Boy, I wish I had found this site before bidding and winning the exact same piece of garbage highlighted here:
    https://fightflashfraud.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/fake-256gb-usb-flash-drive-from-china-on-ebay-corrupts-files/

    It’s exactly as described on that link. huntersen87 is the seller, and the guy has a 337 Ebay score, 98.4% positive feedback, and has glowing feedback from two other identical 256gb thumb drives, and one 128gb thumb drive. No negatives about any USB drives he has sold, and they went for the same prices I bought mine at. Likely they didn’t test them sufficiently before providing feedback.

    I ran the h2testw test on it, and it failed writing at 86gb. Now I’m doing the verify part, and it has barely checked the first gig and it’s reporting a solid 100% DATA LOSS.

    I’ve taken screen shots and have contacted Paypal for full refund.

    I hate being suckered.

    dc

    March 24, 2011 at 2:54 PM

  25. Hi

    Would like to leave a post regarding eBay seller discoverydeals. I was sold a dodgy 32gb card (2gb works, 28gbs not working) and contacted them, reporting my issue. They contacted me back within 5 hours and informed me… well, here’s a copy of the message back.
    ♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠
    Hi Yugatha,

    It sounds as though the card is a 2gb card which has been manipulated to show 32gb of space. We have had a couple of complaints saying that this is the case. The reason we sent these out is because we only tested about half of our stock and they all appeared to be fine so we merely assumed the rest were as well. We are following up on the issue with our supplier and so far they have said it was a genuine mistake and won’t happen again.

    In regards to resolving your issue as soon as possible, we are more than happy to offer an exchange for a fully tested, functioning 32gb card, the only thing we ask is that you send the faulty card back to us so we are able to return it to our supplier.

    Our postal address is:

    ************
    ***********
    ********
    Sorry for the inconvenience this has caused and I hope we can resolve the issue as soon as possible.

    Regards,

    Cameron
    Discovery Deals

    They are very pleasent to deal with, and are happy to help. Don’t be afraid to buy from them… 😀

    regards, Yugatha

    Yugatha

    March 22, 2011 at 1:54 AM

  26. Brendon,
    Sorry to hear your experiences, an all too familiar report I’m afraid.

    Please note though this blog is no longer actively updated, the group running it felt there was little more they could do to prevent the sale of these fakes on eBay.

    While auction companies take little or no responsibility for the quality of the merchandise presented by their members, and seem to openly (by neglect) condone the sale of counterfeit goods, the team feels that they are powerless to have much effect, the two years of reporting, testing and acting as a repository for reports from buyers has publicised the problem well enough, but the educational aspect has been little or no use in teaching buyers to be cautious when buying such items.

    It is this lack of savvy on the part of buyers in general has left the market open for these fraudulent suppliers to make a good living at the buyers expense. We all got caught in the begining, that is why this all started. Reports, like yours, have enabled this blog to have meaningful data that others may compare, so your report will not go unnoticed, thanks for that.

    Regarding getting your refund via paypal, there are many written advices here and on other blogs that go through the procedures that in many cases have been successful. Personally I would say that if the seller is no longer registered, then ebay and paypal will know the reasons and should not give you the run-around, however they MAY still insist you return the faulty item to the supplier, and expect a certificate of posting and receipt, you should be aware of this trap, for two reasons: It is illegal to knowingly send counterfeit goods through the postal systems of many countries: If you get a return address, it may be fake too, so the confirmation of delivery will never be received.

    Any report back from you would be appreciated to add to the records, all such reports enable the current trends on refunds to be assessed.
    Good Luck… M

    nandinium

    March 8, 2011 at 6:55 PM

  27. Hi I bought 2 “Kingston”32Gb from ebay recently, and put them in our phones (Me and the Mrs) only when I got a msg from this site did I question if they are fake. Ran H2testw last night on one of them and here are the results:
    Warning: Only 31185 of 31186 MByte tested.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    1.8 GByte OK (3817408 sectors)
    28.6 GByte DATA LOST (60049472 sectors)
    Details:32 KByte overwritten (64 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    28.6 GByte corrupted (60049408 sectors)
    32 KByte aliased memory (64 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x00000000747f8000
    Expected: 0x00000000747f8000
    Found: 0x000000079d090000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 2.11 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 7.91 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    I been done the same as the rest of you….

    memorypeak ( 12) Not a registered user
    So he already quit ebay
    Paypal
    Description: Audrey Aleshe

    Non US Verified
    I am £60 down and will be going after PayPal I guess for my money back.

    Any tips on how to proceed welcome

    Brendon

    March 8, 2011 at 9:02 AM

  28. Bid on eBay and “won” a “Kingston 310 256 GB” flash drive for $75. Realized my error just in time and canceled payment. I feel no enmity toward seller, they may not know better, especially since I canceled just in the nick of time.

    I feel that counterfeits items like this are direct economic warfare and draconian punishments for the manufacturers of such items are called for. Many sellers see that they can buy these garbage drives and are actually after a honest buck but it is ruining reputations by the tens of thousands!

    Katy Ellison

    March 1, 2011 at 6:44 AM

  29. “32gb MICRO SDHC CARD”, one of 28 sold as “new” on ebay in auction 250773490138 by seller “dickie555
    “.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250773490138

    Output from H2testw 1.4:
    The media is likely to be defective.
    1.8 GByte OK (3810737 sectors)
    28.6 GByte DATA LOST (60049999 sectors)
    Details:39.5 KByte overwritten (79 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    28.6 GByte corrupted (60049920 sectors)
    39.5 KByte aliased memory (79 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x00000000744b6200
    Expected: 0x00000000744b6200
    Found: 0x000000079cdf0000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Reading speed: 8.65 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Description of visible details (for comparisons):
    The package looks tamperproof at first, but actually is designed with a lid in the front that allows repeated access to the contents.
    Frontside: Red face on blue background cardboard package with white logo "Kingston TECHNOLOGY". Transparent viewing window and no reference to capacity on whole package.
    Backside black text on white, bilingulal in English and Chinese, refers to http://www.kingston.com/china/products and Kingston.com/warranty and has barcode 6602548.
    Front of the SDHC card reads " Kingston (C) /\ 32GB Micro SD HC (4) SDC4/32GB N0043-012/A00LF Taiwan () "
    Back of SDHC card reads " HCHJFVI5F4 HUAI104701 Made in Taiwan "

    Seller information:
    Seller left no return address on envelope, but the postal stamp says STEVENAGE MAIL CENTRE
    .

    Paypal information shows no address either, only the following information:
    Payment To: Richard Herdman (The recipient of this payment is Non-US – Verified)
    Seller's ID: dickie555
    Seller's Email: richardherdman (at) btinternet.com
    Funding Type: Instant Bank Transfer

    From ebay history I can now see that the same seller "dickie555" previously bought 10 of these (item 150552381457) "all faulty" and auctioned them on as "faulty".
    I have no idea where he got the remaining 28 cards from or why he decided to sell them on as "New", without any disclamer, for £14.99 each.

    akainu

    February 16, 2011 at 11:31 PM

  30. Hello Jack,

    It would have been better if you had left your comment on the post about your sales so that people would see what you had to say and our response. Gosh that is an old post – almost 9 months ago!! What on earth brought you to this blog after all this time?

    Report fakes and counterfeits is intended for reporting proven fake flash memory – not at all the right place for what you are saying.

    We simply thought you were taking a risk with auctions if your items were genuine – which is often a sign of fakes. As you rightly say you did not get any complaints – so we are sorry if our suspicions were unfounded.

    We obviously missed the bargain basement flash drives from Tesco – bit strange as we always look at what is being sold on the High street and for what price. We also find it a little strange that there is no feedback for you as a seller later than a week after our post. This could (of course) be pure co-incidence.

    fightflashfraud

    January 13, 2011 at 8:34 PM

  31. Hello there. My name is Jack Goldsworthy, I am the 1985jack000 that you spoke of in your report. Just to let you know that the Memory sticks I sold on eBay were 100% genuine as I bout them in a sale at Tesco and no I did not make a loss in fact I made a profit of over 200%. None of the buyers complained. Regards, Jack.

    Jack Goldsworthy

    January 13, 2011 at 8:04 PM

  32. Hi mobilemowers,
    You could ask the seller to cancel the transaction but they don’t have to do this.

    fightflashfraud

    November 27, 2010 at 9:16 AM

  33. Tested bad. Sucks cause I just won another one from another seller. I hate to pay for it. Any ideas? I emailed seller about that one. The other seller sold many. Refunded me fast I wonder why.
    Thanks for this site!

    YOU ARE BIDDING ON 256GB USB Flash Drive.

    ebay action 230551057842 by idahodirect

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rt=nc&nma=true&item=230551057842&si=6NrempzhsKDVemwHC7DydSusAYw%253D&viewitem=

    Warning: Only 478 of 261936 MByte tested.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    0 KByte OK (0 sectors)
    478 MByte DATA LOST (978944 sectors)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    478 MByte corrupted (978944 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x0000000000000008
    Expected: 0x0000000000000011
    Found: 0x0000000000000000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Reading speed: 4.98 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    mobilemowers

    November 27, 2010 at 12:42 AM

  34. Item number: 390254286558
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=390254286558

    On a GNU/Linux system I can use f3 utility from http://oss.digirati.com.br/f3/
    Data OK: 502.65 MB (1029437 sectors)
    Data LOST: 15.12 GB (31710979 sectors)
    Corrupted: 2.02 GB (4238154 sectors)
    Slightly changed: 0.00 Byte (0 sectors)
    Overwritten: 13.10 GB (27472825 sectors)
    Reading speed: 33.51 MB/s
    Moreover, I tried to dump a few files onto the drive and checked their md5sums, got MOST of them WRONG! And this is what I got: du -sch /home/gene/filmy/A.*
    176M /home/gene/filmy/A.Filippenko_01.avi
    176M /home/gene/filmy/A.Filippenko_02.avi
    165M /home/gene/filmy/A.Filippenko_03.avi
    187M /home/gene/filmy/A.Filippenko_04.avi
    172M /home/gene/filmy/A.Filippenko_05.avi
    167M /home/gene/filmy/A.Filippenko_06.avi
    187M /home/gene/filmy/A.Filippenko_07.avi
    178M /home/gene/filmy/A.Filippenko_08.avi
    177M /home/gene/filmy/A.Filippenko_09.avi
    167M /home/gene/filmy/A.Filippenko_10.avi
    171M /home/gene/filmy/A.Filippenko_11.avi
    187M /home/gene/filmy/A.Filippenko_12.avi
    167M /home/gene/filmy/A.Filippenko_13.avi
    182M /home/gene/filmy/A.Filippenko_14.avi
    179M /home/gene/filmy/A.Filippenko_15.avi
    176M /home/gene/filmy/A.Filippenko_16.avi
    2.8G total
    ene@domus:/media/E2AF-78D6$ md5sum -c /home/gene/filmy/md5
    A.Filippenko_01.avi: OK
    A.Filippenko_02.avi: OK
    A.Filippenko_03.avi: FAILED
    A.Filippenko_04.avi: FAILED
    A.Filippenko_05.avi: FAILED
    A.Filippenko_06.avi: FAILED
    A.Filippenko_07.avi: FAILED
    A.Filippenko_08.avi: FAILED
    A.Filippenko_09.avi: FAILED
    A.Filippenko_10.avi: FAILED
    A.Filippenko_11.avi: FAILED
    A.Filippenko_12.avi: FAILED
    A.Filippenko_13.avi: FAILED
    A.Filippenko_14.avi: FAILED
    A.Filippenko_15.avi: FAILED
    A.Filippenko_16.avi: FAILED
    md5sum: WARNING: 14 of 16 computed checksums did NOT match

    Eugene

    November 17, 2010 at 8:21 AM

  35. Bought a 32Gb transcend flash drive for R100 in Roodepoort, SA. Suffice to say the thing wouldn’t work and now i find out why. Its a fake!

    LL

    November 17, 2010 at 8:03 AM

  36. Jian Guo has very cheap DT310 256 GB Flsh USB drives for sale on Alibaba.com. Sounds like a scam. Positive Feedback ratio of less than 60%

    Ian Holm

    November 10, 2010 at 9:45 AM

  37. bought a fake green 32gb Transcend Flash drive.. also in pretoria for R100… if it’s too good to be true then it probably is.

    kuroneko

    October 31, 2010 at 8:02 PM

  38. We will do a post about eshop_168 – if ebay has suspended Immer-arbeit there is really no excuse for them (ebay/paypal) not living up to their buyer protection claims and refunding you for your loss.

    fightflashfraud

    September 22, 2010 at 7:07 PM

  39. this is really helpful. I recently bought a 32GB SD card from eshop_168 and immer-arbeit. Immer-arbeit was already removed from eBay, while eshop_168 is still selling fake SD cards at eBay. O__O

    jehzlau

    September 22, 2010 at 6:47 PM


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