Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Report suspect ebay sellers

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Written by fightflashfraud

August 12, 2009 at 9:00 PM

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  1. Given the threats we have occasionally had in the past it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if quite a lot of fraudsters check if they have been mentioned on this or other blogs about fake flash, Axel.

    Don’t know why, but your last post landed in the spam – fortunately it was noticed and approved before the spam was emptied.


    January 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    belts.bags is no longer a registered eBay User
    Just like a relay race, He passed the Baton to
    Member id blur-.sotong ( 10)
    Member since Sep-12-12 in Singapore
    who now has the responsibility of selling FAKE FLASH USB Drives to Stupid American eBayers.
    All the feedback is the same SHILL FAKE feedback that belts.bags used
    with the exception of ID doginn9 (Click on link below)
    Member id 3d.ledtvs ( Feedback Score Of 0 )
    Jan-07-13 01:45
    Member id withjeeps ( Feedback Score Of 0 )
    Dec-16-12 17:32
    Member id syuperpower ( Feedback Score Of 0 )
    Dec-15-12 17:38
    Member id 1dollarsdeals ( Feedback Score Of 0 )
    Dec-14-12 21:39
    Member id doginn9 ( Feedback Score Of 0 )
    Dec-12-12 20:38
    Member id resortjk ( Feedback Score Of 0 )
    Oct-15-12 19:37

    I suspect blur-.sotong will soon DEREGISTER,
    He has sold 7 @ 29.90 = $209.30
    and 15 @ 39.90= $598.50 in less than 20 hours.

    Jan-18-13 09:59:14 PST 1@ $29.90
    Jan-18-13 09:57:03 PST 1@ $29.90
    Jan-18-13 06:10:42 PST 1@ $29.90
    Jan-18-13 05:26:03 PST 1@ $29.90
    Jan-18-13 00:52:33 PST 1@ $29.90
    Jan-18-13 10:44:00 PST 1@ $29.90
    Jan-18-13 09:45:58 PST 1@ $29.90
    Jan-18-13 08:13:58 PST 4@ $39.90
    Jan-18-13 06:32:07 PST 1@ $39.90
    Jan-18-13 06:27:05 PST 1@ $39.90
    Jan-18-13 05:31:35 PST 1@ $39.90
    Jan-18-13 02:55:21 PST 1@ $39.90
    Jan-17-13 20:25:31 PST 1@ $39.90
    Jan-17-13 19:52:38 PST 2@ $39.90
    Jan-17-13 16:10:31 PST 1@ $39.90
    Jan-17-13 15:18:13 PST 1@ $39.90

    Total of $807.80 as of 01/18/2013 16:00 GMT
    and he still has 28 days to go on his 30 day listing

    Who will inherit the FAKEFLASH Baton???
    Member id monietalks2012 ( 10) Jan-07-13
    Member id summonrbatt ( 10) Jan-07-13 in Singapore
    Member id skillfulfish ( 10) Jan-07-13 in Singapore
    Member id hurtdeliev ( 8 ) Oct-18-12 in Singapore
    Member id runfasters ( 10) Jul-26-12 in Singapore

    You appear to have some loyal readers, as soon as this post was published, belts.bags DEREGISTERED..
    How long will blur-.sotong Last?????


    January 18, 2013 at 9:30 PM

  3. It appears the old 2GB Leather USB Has Grown to 512GB !
    Member id belts.bags is a FAKE FLASH SELLER.
    Positive Feedback (last 12 months): 100%
    Member since: Sep-12-12 in Singapore
    This is his eBay Buy it Now Listing
    This is his feedback left for others, 15 feedbacks and not a single NEGATIVE
    Member id 3d.ledtvs ( 0 )
    Member since: Jan-07-12 in Singapore
    Now look at the feedback 3d.ledtvs left for others,
    look down the list of FB Left…
    Member id withjeeps ( 0 )
    Member since: Jan-06-12 in Singapore
    Now look at withjeeps feedback left for others,
    Member id resortjk ( 0 )
    Member since: Jan-06-12 in Singapore
    And the same for resortjk,
    Member id syuperpower ( 0 )
    Member since: Jan-06-12 in Singapore
    Member id 1dollarsdeals ( 0 )
    Member since: Jan-06-12 in Singapore
    I have no sympathy for eBay buyers that are too STUPID to READ.
    eBay gives you the tools, But you refuse to use them.
    After all, eBay gets a percentage of the take…..


    January 17, 2013 at 2:57 AM

  4. Don’t know why you decided this was an appropriate place to post about a car sale (since this blog is about flash memory fraud and nothing to do with cars) and we are not in a position to help at all; but we’ll leave it anyway. There is dodgy dealing of all sorts on ebay, but I’m not too sure that I would class what I’ve read as being fraudulent per se.

    It seems more like the seller is being a bit daft in my opinion…


    December 24, 2012 at 4:04 PM

  5. On Ebay
    Seller adniluolblue
    item 35c2c1b788

    Seller listed Car and the bid immediately went to $2500. On an forum a person close to the car that had been advertising it prior to it going on ebay stated the seller originally asked $12K for car. Shortly after the $2500 bid a bid for $10K came in. The person “close” to the car stated that the $10K bid was an overseas scam and would be retracted. The following day this same person now states that the bid would stay as it “showed what the reserve is” and is now refusing to remove “scam bid”

    Item url;

    Listing notification;

    Statement of fraudulent bid;

    Statement they are leaving the fraudulent bid;

    Justin Honestguy

    December 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM

  6. Bought online (eBay) a 32 Gb micro SD with a USB adapter from: “elegant-antique”, who presumably has a high rating.
    The USB adapter worked for less than a week and then stopped showing any signs of life on any computer or for any SD or micro SD.
    Worst is that the 32Gb micro SD swallowed up most of the data and files I saved to it and that I planned to store on it and use it as my stand-by storage!!!. It was very slow in recording and copying data to it which delayed my discovery of its defective condition and the reason why it took me long to realize that it was a fake 32Gb. I did a lot of trials and research thinking that it had a formatting issue and tried to fix it but at no avail. The last trial after finding out about h2testw and run it several times for few hours. The end result was that the 32Gb is really 1.9 Gb only !!! The sellers or its fraud manufacturer had its “protected sectors” manipulated to display a false 32Gb capacity. Even windows regular formatter and android would only read and adapt the fake 32GB capacity, But of course both systems would fail copying files after using the 1.9Gb actual capacity and you would only find empty folders after you copy beyond that capacity… !!!
    I have really Lost, not only the cost paid for the card, but tens of hours of my time while trying to copy to he card and to test it before realizing the scam.
    To all friends: beware of such a scam and of sellers (even when their ratings are high) when their websites ace unreasonable statements on “return” and restrict raising a case against them to a very short period after receiving the item bought; which, sometimes as in my case, you discover the fraud a bit late.

    ebay user: hhabyt46

    Hassan Hage-Ali

    December 2, 2012 at 6:30 AM


    When i said “sitting at the Post Office” it does not mean its actually the item you bought sitting there. They lodge some other crap there and have it stationary for god knows how long, provide a tracking number just to make it seem like they posted it out so they can get away with it from Ebay and Paypal. Ebay and Paypal are just as stupid, as long as they see a tracking number, they’ll assume its sent. It will never arrive as the package prob doesnt even have your address on it. It just stays there indefinitely. Then when you file a dispute, Ebay and Paypal refers you to the dodgey tracking number. Goodluck. Remember to tell your friends, after a string of disputes against them, i will never trust ebay or paypal again.


    November 11, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    This seller is as fraudulent as it can get. I purchased an item from them, before I could pay for it, they filed a PAYPAL dispute and then blocked any incoming messages. The item was never sent. It was sitting at a post office for a month. I filed a paypal no item recieved dispute, it took another month and in the end never recieved a cent back even though paypal have found in my favour. This seller has a way with Ebay and Paypal. I dont know how they do it but it really does open your eyes to how much protection you actually get from Ebay and Paypal with dealing with ELITECRIMINALS.
    When you pay through bank wire transfer, expect your money gone. They wont trace your ebay id to locate payment, they’ll file an Ebay dispute, block you and you wont get a cent back or have an opportunity to leave negative feedbacks. All their feedbacks are neutrals and positive, never negative. This is because no one ever has the chance to leave negative feedbacks as they are either blocked, reported or the item doesnt get sent so if you leave a feedback, it would automatically be removed by ebay.
    NOW THATS FRAUD. Feedbacks these days dont mean crap. It just means they either leave it themselves or have ways to block negative feedbacks.


    November 11, 2012 at 10:44 PM

  9. Shame you had not seen this or the other sites about fake flash before making your purchase as the information you needed to realise you were buying a fake has been here and elsewhere for a long time. Suggest you try and reclaim your money via ebay/paypal but it can be a hard struggle – we’ve all been there.

    We stopped doing new posts a long time ago as really we’ve already said everything there is to say but on this occasion we thought it might be an idea to do one since the problem is still there with ebay despite the fact that we wasted a lot of time over the years warning ebay themselves as well as buyers and sellers. Good luck with getting a refund – you’ll probably need all the luck you can get!


    October 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM

  10. On ebay.
    seller: schettersauto
    item: 256gb pen stick USB 2.0 flash drive. Metal construction. New in package. NR!
    item #: 150886238679

    Contacted seller as item was a fake. sent usb back and now Seller (with 100% feedback) refuses to answer my emails nor will give Refund. This guy is a CROOK, THIEVING BASTARD who deserves all the bad things in life. I only bought the item due to his feedback.


    October 13, 2012 at 6:38 AM

  11. Seller ID: springrains

    Item ID: 270981269181
    New TRANSCEND 64GB SDHC SDXC Secure Digital Flash Memory Card Class C 10

    I got one from the seller: Used it in my GoPro Hero2 , Camera always froze , and corrupt data.
    I checked the serial, just as described in here. Made in Taiwan, and cheap ink.


    September 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM

  12. Seller id sinceritytrading “Hong kong seller
    Item # 320764725385
    Seller says lifetime warranty. Toshiba , Japan website says 1 year warranty. USA website says 2 year warranty.
    Selling for $18.99 + 1.20 shipping. Amazon charges $36.49

    Jonathan Prince

    August 26, 2012 at 10:18 PM

  13. Hi Jonothan,
    klic-it.american.discounts apparently removed the “buy it now” listing you linked to for these flash drives “because the item is no longer available” on August 14th after selling 158 units, yet the seller still has auction listings for them and other flash memory items despite complaints. A distinct smell of fish there. The seller claims in recent auctions that they have been tested but makes no mention of the testing method.

    Anyone honest who plans on re-selling flash drives would be well advised to test with H2testw. Any sensible buyer should also test them with this free program – info about it and a link to the program download can be found here:


    August 18, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    fake 64GB TOSHIBA USB 2.0 Flash Memory Stick Thumb Drive Jump Drive
    The media is likely to be defective.
    7.4 GByte OK (15716864 sectors)
    55.0 GByte DATA LOST (115346944 sectors)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    55.0 GByte corrupted (115346944 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x00000001dfa40000
    Expected: 0x00000001dfa40000
    Found: 0x0000000000000000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 12.8 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 8.93 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Jonathan Prince

    August 18, 2012 at 1:46 PM

  15. 1.The seller ID : tingsmith
    2.Item number : 140783625345
    3.fake i did a test with the software and only 1.7gb was good wot scum


    July 23, 2012 at 1:04 PM

  16. The imgur page has two pictures which are not displayed so couldn’t see your results. Giving positive feedback with no follow-up to warn other buyers about the problem is not helpful to other buyers. Those who leave a warning in their feedback are doing a service to others on ebay, perhaps you should add a follow-up comment that the card turned out to only be 2GB.


    July 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM

  17. Ebay seller: liverpool2005champs

    Ebay Item number: 221062442681

    32Gb microSD

    H2testw result posted here, only 2Gb good:


    July 9, 2012 at 8:43 PM

  18. Seller: lyrudolf
    Item: Kingston Ultimate X Genuine 32GB Class 10 32G SD SDHC SDHC Memory Flash Card New
    Tested it with h2testw and only 8Gb are good the rest of data becomes corrupted.
    Packaging is like a normal kingston card but more simple and does not say the capacity on the front.

    Filipe Silva

    June 22, 2012 at 10:46 PM

  19. The item number is no longer available – could you give us your ebay ID and date of purchase so that we can look into this further? Your details will not be published here. The seller has a 100% positive rating and currently has no items for sale.

    We removed the seller ID from your comment pending investigation but having had a quick look it appears that (although no buyers have given the seller a negative rating) there have been neutral and positive comments which indicate these cards may well be fakes.


    May 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM

  20. Item# 320854478612
    “Kingston 32gb” Micro SD card

    Unable to run an h2testw on the card as my computer does not even recognize the card, my phone does. When installed in my phone, everything that is saved onto the card turns into a corrupted file or is missing.


    May 28, 2012 at 8:54 PM

  21. That seems a very unequivical statement. Do you have evidence or merely a suspicion?


    May 3, 2012 at 7:59 AM

  22. Raymond Moyers

    May 3, 2012 at 4:44 AM

  23. This Seller has a 100% Feedback Rating
    (100% F A K E )**airo/m.html?_ipg=25&_from=&_nkw=&_armrs=1&LH_Complete=1&rt=nc

    This Seller Sells FAKE 256GB USB DRIVES.
    He has sold 17 so far in less than 3 hours….
    All his feedback is FAKE SHILL FB
    Notice anything funny about his feedback???
    Since: Nov-22-11 in Singapore trip**hee ( 3 )
    Since: Nov-25-11 in Singapore cheap1sales ( 10)
    Since: Nov-25-11 in Singapore legend..9.99 ( 7 )
    Since: Nov-25-11 in Singapore legend..1.00 ( 10)
    Since: Nov-25-11 in Singapore legend..1.99 ( 9 )
    Since: Nov-26-11 in Singapore cheap**bidders ( 10)
    Since: Nov-26-11 in Singapore cheap**bids ( 10)
    Since: Nov-26-11 in Singapore cheap**airo ( 10)
    Since: Nov-26-11 in Singapore cheap**airo ( 10)
    Since: Nov-26-11 in Singapore cheap2sellers ( 8 )
    Since: Nov-27-11 in Singapore singapore..2012 ( 3 )
    Since: Nov-28-11 in Singapore hero**guidance ( 4 )
    Since: Nov-28-11 in Singapore hero**2010 ( 3 )
    Since: Nov-28-11 in Singapore hero**2009 ( 4 )
    Since: Nov-28-11 in Singapore hero**batteries ( 3 )
    Since: Nov-28-11 in Singapore singapore..battery ( 3 )
    Since: Nov-28-11 in Singapore singapore..flash ( 4 )
    Since: Nov-28-11 in Singapore hero**2011 ( 4 )
    Since: Nov-28-11 in Singapore hero**flashies ( 4 )
    Think eBay will protect you??? NO WAY.
    (They get a percentage of the take…)


    May 1, 2012 at 2:09 AM

  24. This seller is nothing but trash. He refunded my money after I informed him of the defective card, but still continues to sell these cards on ebay as if the story I told him is unique. I’m going to report him now.

    seller Name: marktbrooks

    Item: 128GB SDXC SDHC SD Class 10 MEMORY CARD

    Item Id: 130666027990

    What the H2testw found:

    The media is likely to be defective.7.8 GByte OK (16397045 sectors)117.6 GByte DATA LOST (246658315 sectors)Details:116.8 GByte overwritten (245105152 sectors)3 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 6 sectors)758.3 MByte corrupted (1553157 sectors)16 MByte aliased memory (32768 sectors)First error at offset: 0x000000001f8f4000Expected: 0x000000001f8f4000Found: 0x60390a50592c01d0H2testw version 1.3Writing speed: 3.26 MByte/sReading speed: 2.13 MByte/sH2testw v1.4

    Ian G.

    April 19, 2012 at 1:33 PM

  25. I have bought two scandisc 32gb
    one from delboy1952tim –
    32 GB micro Class 4 SD HC Memory Card with Free SD Card Adapter 16 8
    Item condition: New
    Winning bid: £16.24
    and one for my husband Seller:
    Member ID piazzolla1978

    Item title:32GB Micro SD Memory Card. UK Seller- opens in a new window or tab
    Item ID:130652080503 – Price: £16.20

    both seemed like a bargain,
    returned the one and awaiting refund,I have emailed the other and awaiting a response from them too.
    both cards crashed every time I tried loading music from my computer,

    the first one the adapter didn’t fit had to use another one.
    I thought it was just me doing something wrong -well yeah I was duped by cons

    Lieba Marcus

    March 6, 2012 at 9:20 PM

  26. The following is a list of one of the latest Singapore Fake Flash sellers, It contains the eBay seller ID: and date registered with eBay. Look them up and read ( R E A D ) The feedback, They are building Shill feedback to rob you..

    ID: tu.tu.tu.ban ( 5 ) : Nov-01-11
    ID: h4.j8.k0 ( 4 ) : Nov-01-11
    ID: ahmx43ls ( 3 ) : Nov-01-11
    ID: totolucky2011 ( 3 ) : Nov-01-11
    ID: aboveskyyie2910 ( 4 ) : Nov-01-11
    ID: real.goodness ( 4 ) : Nov-02-11
    ID: real.really ( 4 ) : Nov-02-11
    ID: ( 3 ) : Nov-02-11
    ID: real.batteria ( 0 ) : Nov-02-11
    ID: amazing.price ( 3 ) : Nov-02-11
    ID: rea.tasty ( 2 ) : Nov-02-11
    ID: amazing.batteries ( 2 ) : Nov-02-11
    ID: stone.smmo ( 10) : Oct-03-11
    ID: 2010.moonx ( 10) : Oct-03-11
    ID: sunny.20ls ( 9 ) : Oct-03-11
    ID: army*se1020 ( 10) : Oct-06-11
    ID: best_of*seellers ( 8 ) : Oct-06-11
    ID: clawb.sellers ( 7 ) : Oct-06-11
    ID: se11er_2010 ( 10) : Oct-06-11
    ID: seiier.211 ( 6 ) NLR : Oct-06-11
    ID: srroe.stores ( 4 ) : Oct-31-11
    ID: coe.cass ( 10) : Oct-31-11
    ID: 11sersle ( 10) : Oct-31-11
    ID: 911.se11ers ( 10) : Oct-31-11


    Axel Steimel

    February 22, 2012 at 4:42 AM

  27. ebay item #290579579747

    seller : spare-room-co

    reason: Bought it for £23 a few months ago and gave me nothing but strife. Kept on unmounting itself/corrupting files. Finally stopped being recognized by all devices (can’t be formatted).
    I figured it was from the UK so I’m safe. I should have looked more closely at the item location: :”Waterlooville, UK” :S


    December 4, 2011 at 8:40 AM

  28. Your message to eBay Customer Support:
    “SELLER IS SELLING FAKE MEMORY CARD !!!! “My order arrived to my Post Office on 10.11.2011 and I picked on 10.13.2011 BOTH MICRO SD CARDS ARE DEFECTIVE – YOU SELLING FAKE MEMORY CARDS. HERE IS THE TEST RESULT: The media is likely to be defective. 990.3 MByte OK (2028301 sectors) 30.0 GByte DATA LOST (63065331 sectors) Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors) 0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors) 30.0 GByte corrupted (63065331 sectors) 0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors) First error at offset: 0x000000003ce61a00 Expected: 0x000000003ce61a00 Found: 0x0000000000000000 H2testw version 1.3 Writing speed: 3.11 MByte/s Reading speed: 5.52 MByte/s H2testw v1.4 PLEASE REFUND MY PAYMENT OF $31.10 IN FULL AND IMMEDIATELY !!! " "


    October 15, 2011 at 9:19 PM

  29. 32GB Micro SD SDHC SD MicroSD Memory Card +SD Adapter
    32GB Micro SD SDHC SD MicroSD Memory Card +SD Adapter

    View purchased item- opens in a new window or tab

    Item number:120784979027


    Sale date:Sep 28, 2011

    PayPal transaction Id:17J43875XH681564J

    Case ID:5012029772

    Case opened on:Oct 09, 2011


    Problem:Item not received


    October 15, 2011 at 9:13 PM

  30. Seller: tianyuanyetan11

    Have just purchased 128 GB Kingston Data Traveler 200 on eBay.

    Tested them, and their capacity was 1.6GB!!

    Overall, I think they sold 100 of them!!

    (The sellers name and an item link would be useful please) Mod.


    September 21, 2011 at 12:50 PM

  31. Both look well dodgy Jon – these look like new IDs from a familiar fraud ring.


    September 14, 2011 at 4:37 AM

  32. What about 64GB SD SDXC SDHC Flash Memory SD Card Class 10 (Made in Japan) no name brand item 160651247546
    lucky.lovers item 330613349604

    Both have less than 10 feedbacks, and are in Singapore.

    Risky? Hmm only a couple hours left on both Auctions so I guess I’ll pass for now but I wanted to at least get an opinion for next time.

    Jon Smejkal

    September 13, 2011 at 9:52 AM

  33. Seller ID = book.salex
    Item = 128GB USB Pen Thumb Memory Flash Stick Drive

    Sellet ID = cake.history
    Item = 128GB USB Slim Smallest Pen Memory Flash Stick Drive

    I got suckered by both of these. Found out all too late about fake flash drives and how to test. I just did the basic format when I received them and they looked OK. Both appeared to only hold about 4 Gig.


    August 29, 2011 at 7:51 AM

  34. Forgot to say – the seller has no negative feedback. All buyers except fjack31 (who left a neutral) but all the positive feedback indicates that those who had tried using the cards before leaving feedback had problems with them. Looks like this seller may have changed ID to avoid being identified as a rogue seller – but without doing some digging we can’t be sure. We strongly advise anyone who bought flash memory items on ebay to test with h2testw BEFORE entrusting any data to it. If you find that the item fails this test then contact some of the other buyers and suggest they test too.

    If those who have purchased fakes work together you can force a seller of fakes to refund people or get thrown off ebay – those who ran this (now dead) blog and others did so. You can too.

    If you are wondering why this blog is now a dead parrot it is partly because many of us took the risk of putting warning listings on ebay at our own expense with the result that our ebay accounts were either suspended or closed completely by ebay. We wouldn’t have minded that so much if it hadn’t been for the fact that for the most part our warnings were not heeded by buyers and nor were our blogs. People are still chucking their hard-earned down the toilet in the chase for a “bargain” flash drive, memory card, MP player or whatever…

    After around three years most of us gave up banging our heads against brick walls – though one or two have kept up publishing on other blogs.


    July 21, 2011 at 1:04 AM

  35. The packaging and auction start price in what seems to be a repeat look highly suspect George, so we are not surprised if your card failed testing. The seller probably bought from one of the notorious wholesale outlets in China and this seller may not have a clue about flash memory. Sadly, many ebay sellers don’t have a clue about what they are selling. As you sent the link to h2testw there really isn’t an excuse for *morepower2u* to continue selling without having tested at least a 10% sample of stock for defects or fake capacity using the invaluable program h2testw.

    Some of those who have worked on this blog about fake flash (and many who have worked on other blogs about this issue) were re-sellers; either on ebay or elswhere; who were diddled by fraudulent suppliers in China. All those in the teams who have run blogs about fake flash memory did the honourable thing. They contacted buyers to warn them that the devices were fake capacity and advised them to copy any files they had saved on them to another location and stop using them. They refunded buyers in full and asked them to destroy the device or return it, offering to refund any return postage costs. Would that all sellers were honourable – but sadly they aren’t.


    July 21, 2011 at 12:26 AM

  36. Hi Axel,

    As you may have realised we now only pop in occasionally to approve commments and have given up writing articles as we felt we were banging our heads against the brick wall of stupidity among buyers on ebay. The item you refer to seems to have been removed (so guess ebay has been told about this fraudster) but guess what? seller guolei6345 has a current listing for 128GB Kingston DataTraveler for AU $15.44 – yeah right! How stoopid are people who think they can buy a genuine 128GB Kingston flash drive for this price?

    How good is are ebay’s fraud detection measures? Crap – they don’t give a sh1t really. Nothing changes! Here is the current listing from the seller:


    July 20, 2011 at 10:44 PM

  37. Ebay Seller: *morepower2u*
    Item: 32 GB Micro SDHC
    Item # 270785382496
    Tested the card with h2testw 9** mb available. Seller claimed she was not aware and issued me a refund, after a few messages. I gave her the link to h2testw so she could test her stock. She still sells the cards.

    George Hembree

    July 20, 2011 at 5:54 AM

  38. eBay ID: craighton4777( 6 )
    Member since: Oct-26-10 in Canada
    Item number: 170670408747
    Why is it fake: This seller Has 2 sets of photos of flash drives, Both sets are being sold as 16GB, 32GB and 256GB capacity ( Not a single picture of a DT300 or DT310 )
    Strangely enough they all appear to be DT101?? Hard to tell from the small picture.
    Looks like a seller that got sucked in by dhgate alibaba or similar “Wholesaler”
    The only other explination is he bought em on eBay…….


    July 20, 2011 at 3:23 AM

  39. eBay Auction Number : 270785246619
    eBay Seller ID : guolei6345
    Item Description : USB KINGSTON 256GB
    Item URL :

    REASON SUSPECT FRAUD : Member Since Oct-07-10 in China
    Feedback of 132 with “0” Negative or Neutral
    For first 10 months with eBay, He sold only rings Pendants and Necklaces (At about $1.50 each)
    and a few MARIO NINTENDO GAMES At about $10.00 Each
    Now he only has listings for Flash and USB Memory (5 TF card listings and 5 USB Drive listings.) At SUPER “buy it now Prices”

    He has 190 Kingston 256GB USB @ $17.14 Each = $3256.60
    367 Memorette 32GB Micro TF Cards @ $15.99 Each = 5868.33
    185 Kingston 256GB USB @ $16.22 Each = 3000.70
    376 128GB Kingston USB @ $15.44 Each = 5805.44
    186 Kingston 32gb SDHC cards @ $16.44 Each = 3057.84
    182 Sandisk 32gb SDHC cards @ $16.44 Each = 2992.08
    190 Kingston 64GB Pen USB @ $15.99 Each = 3038.1
    189 Sandisk 16GB TF cards @ $15.99 Each = 3022.11
    ——————————————————–TOTAL $ 30041.20




    July 20, 2011 at 1:46 AM

  40. Time will tell daniel. Looking at the seller’s feedback the only thing sold by whitesbits has been 32GB SDHC cards and (though no negative feedback has been left and there is only one neutral comment) there are quite a few references to refunds.

    It seems likely the cards sold were fake capacity and people have not discovered this because they didn’t test like you did. Most will only discover months down the line that when they get to the 2GB mark things become corrupted. They will be too late to complain, get a refund or indeed do or say anything then.

    Seller whitesbits may not have realised it, but the cards were probably fakes from China. If so, buyers will run into problems with them in future.


    July 10, 2011 at 12:55 AM

  41. *** update ***
    contacted the seller, he asked me to return the item.
    as soon as he recieved it i got the refund

    i consider him a genuine and honest seller

    Seller: whitesbits
    item no: 300558654726
    32gb kingston sdhc


    July 6, 2011 at 4:20 PM

  42. be careful with this seller, bought the item a few days ago, just tested with h2testw.exe, item reported to be 2gb… have just contacted the seller so dont know if he is gonna replace or give a refund or anything… lets hope he will. i will update on the process

    Seller: whitesbits
    item no: 300558654726
    32gb kingston sdhc


    June 27, 2011 at 9:19 PM

  43. On Ebay
    eBay item number: 260758719313
    eBay Seller id: goldensun19
    Your eBay Buyer id: gladol1978
    Your output from H2testw 1.4:

    Warning: Only 31978 of 31979 MByte tested.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    2.8 GByte OK (5959648 sectors)
    28.3 GByte DATA LOST (59531296 sectors)
    Details:28.3 GByte overwritten (59531296 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    0 KByte corrupted (0 sectors)
    32 MByte aliased memory (65536 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x00000000b3dfc000
    Expected: 0x00000000b3dfc000
    Found: 0x00000007cddfc000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 3.43 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 6.35 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Oleg Gladkov

    May 11, 2011 at 4:29 PM

  44. eBay seller qwe*1359

    256GB Kingston flash drive for 24.98.

    Also 32GBMicro SDHC for 21.45 US.

    We pay eBay more than enough, yet this junk is rampant.
    Thx for the forum.


    May 4, 2011 at 8:23 AM

  45. Seller: mcflurry43
    Item: PEN DRIVE SONY 640GB NO 128 gb 16 gb 64 gb 32gb 32 gb
    Item no.: 320654987546

    The old fake sony 640GB pen drive.


    February 11, 2011 at 11:58 AM

  46. On Ebay
    Seller- onestopmagicshop (aka

    Item 32G Kingston MicroSD memory card.
    Item # 120665388247

    Card reported out of the box as 30.2G I tested with H2testw and reported 3.7G. After many emails and no reply I was refunded by Ebay and Paypal after starting a dispute resolution case.

    Total fraudster, hope he gets his comeuppance.

    His address is at Liverpool and not in China as you might assume according to PayPal.


    February 7, 2011 at 6:42 PM

  47. seller: esl1500umoncton
    item #: 270683829126

    Item: 32GB Micro SDHC/TF (Kingston Brand)

    Info: Card does not work in phone, and the h2testw program cannot even read card.

    Joshua Smida

    February 3, 2011 at 4:49 AM

  48. On eBay:

    Seller: mnjmyo14
    Item: 256 ™256GB™ ™USB™ FLASH DRIVE 2.0 PEN STICK MEMORY
    Item number: 180618975428

    256GB for $40 AU seems like a stretch of the imagination. Item is listed as being located in Australia, but broken english and long shipping times point to Asia.

    I was silly enough to commit to buying a pair of these, but I cancelled the paypal transaction after I did a little bit of reading (before the payment could be accepted). I’ll definitely wise up in the future.


    January 31, 2011 at 1:48 AM

  49. Sorry Skister, but unfortunately in a case like yours there is not a lot you can do as there was nothing wrong with the goods themselves.

    All the listings we looked at from onestopmagicbox said in the box about postage: “FREE – Express Delivery from outside UK” – this is how we worked out that the seller was probably dropshipping from China.

    The seller has not been removed – just doesn’t have any current listings. Afraid in this case you will simply have to bear your loss and learn the lesson that it is never a good idea to buy technology which is being shipped from a different country to the seller’s location.


    January 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM

  50. Oh I wish I had seen your website before!! I bought an item from a seller mentioned on your blog Onestopmagicbox. Registered in UK, item location shown as UK.

    I bought an Epad from him- 200 Euros worth! When the item arrived, I had to pay 46 Euros customs duty on it! The damn thing came straight from China!!

    When I complained to ebay, they advised me not to complain, as this is not a case of “item not as described”! Nor can it be “item not received”. Nor anything else…

    They let him continue to cheat other people despite your website info and other complaints!! Shocking!!! I have totally lost my faith in ebay!!

    And now they have deleted the posting and him, so I find it difficult to even complain!!

    Any advice?


    January 28, 2011 at 11:11 AM

  51. Hi alessio,

    Looks like your suspicions about ebay seller svdfghf selling fake memory cards were entiriely founded. Seems ebay has suspended this seller and removed listings. When you check out a seller don’t just look at where the say the item is but also where they are registered. Turns out that svdfghf was actually registered in China so was not a UK seller at all! Wonder how many ebayers will end up with corrupt files thanks to buying fake capacity cards from this seller.

    You are very wise to test memory cards with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – I have had duff memory cards and flash drives occasionally even from normally reliable suppliers.

    Our advice would be to steer well clear of dhgate – it is stuffed full of crooks selling fake capacity counterfeits – same goes for some other sites (for example alibaba and aliexpress) used by wholesale outlets in China. We were hard pushed to find anything that could be genuine!


    January 25, 2011 at 9:19 AM

  52. Hi,
    I’m new of this website and I think it’s great.

    I’m trying to make a couple of quid by buying memory cards from UK retailers when they have sales and resell them on ebay for a bit more. Having read about fakes and how to spot them, I came to love the genius software H2testw, which I use to test every single memory card I buy to resell even when coming from trusted supplier (you never know).

    Anyway, I wanted to bring to attention ebay user “svdfghf”. He’s selling 16 and 32 GB cards at £9.99. Maybe they’re real but there’s something that is strange, item location is Southampton, UK but postage is from abroad (maybe some drop-shipping from China or something) and delivery time is set to up to 27days.

    Anyone heard of this guy?

    Also, does anyone have names of crooks on DHgate?

    All my best to everybody


    January 25, 2011 at 1:02 AM

  53. Your id has been changed to flashfraudfighter to avoid confusion – don’t forget to email the information to sosfakeflash so it can go in the database.


    January 12, 2011 at 10:20 AM

  54. Below are details of the results of an eBay seller, majorly ripping off buyers:

    Ebay item number – 260717845006
    Seller – lovells-direct
    Test results –

    The media is likely to be defective.
    238.6 MByte OK (488825 sectors)
    7.5 GByte DATA LOST (15848071 sectors)
    Details:7.5 GByte overwritten (15848071 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0
    0 KByte corrupted (0 sectors)
    4 KByte aliased memory (8 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x000000000eeaf200
    Expected: 0x000000000eeaf200
    Found: 0x000000000eeaf000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 11.4 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 17.3 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Seller name –

    Craig Lovell
    United Kingdom
    Phone: 07588|423019


    January 12, 2011 at 10:12 AM

  55. Bought fake 32GB MicroSD from all_star90.

    Following sellers are also selling Kingston 32GB photos appear to be same packaging as this:


    Possibly walkerj1977, pay_sun66.

    Regards, P


    January 10, 2011 at 7:52 AM

  56. Hi Tom,
    You are right – among the fake flash items sold by khvespermann was a very obvious counterfeit 32GB Kingston flash drive. The seller doesn’t seem to have any current listings.


    January 2, 2011 at 10:40 AM

  57. khvespermann from Germany sold/sells(?) fake usb stick declared as B-class-product. Device has been opened before and inserted fake hardware.


    January 2, 2011 at 10:19 AM

  58. Some UK sellers, small fry, but suspect?

    office.x10 290512011171
    office.x10 290513146277

    thiznthat2010 150534130728
    vgaboy35 110623467084
    vgaboy35 110623471023
    vgaboy35 110623473386
    vgaboy35 110623475720

    All Kingston Flash drives 200,300,310


    December 19, 2010 at 8:34 AM

  59. Biggest EBay Memory Card seller banned from EBay after Million pound VAT & Tax fraud.
    The Mirror newspaper exposed this rogue sellers and EBay have banned all his accounts.
    Link to the full story in the Mirror is below.


    December 11, 2010 at 9:48 PM

  60. Chinese seller selling fake Sandisk Memory Cards on EBay all cards have the same serial number. Seller EBay names are.
    Check their prices so cheap!


    December 11, 2010 at 9:45 PM

  61. On ebay
    Seller surfmurok
    item micro SD card 32 gb + adaptador
    item No. 130455434095

    I bought it and it is a fake, 32gb not 4 gb yes.


    December 9, 2010 at 6:41 AM

  62. These flash drives sounds suspicious. I don’t think sony makes those.

    Seller: waynembsc


    December 3, 2010 at 6:28 PM

  63. Hi Serasss,
    We did actually write about levi-138 on November 3rd.


    November 8, 2010 at 10:03 AM

  64. Hi,

    Seller: levi-138 ( Feedback score of 0 )
    Item number: 290495418167
    Description: 128GB Flash DT200 Memory Stick Pen Thumb Drive

    Very cheap – only GBP 19,90 – can’t be correct…



    November 7, 2010 at 7:12 PM

  65. Hi Benja,
    This blog is about fake flash memory rather than any other kind of fake – the seller does not seem to have run away as there are still current listings. Suggest you open a paypal dispute if the bags are fake and you are getting no response from the seller.


    November 3, 2010 at 7:13 PM

  66. Benja

    November 3, 2010 at 11:46 AM

  67. Hi tax,

    We think you are right about the 32GB Kingston micro SDHC cards from seller jacky_bowen being fakes – there are no micro SD cards above 16GB on the Kingston web site.


    October 31, 2010 at 2:20 PM

  68. tax

    October 31, 2010 at 1:56 PM

  69. Oh a new person has jumped in have they, and I have to say, that response did make me laugh at least, if you dont know which bit i am referring to then you definately shouldnt be getting on your high horse like that, a glaring error lol Anyway, you are basically saying that everyone should go out of their way and check to see if the item they wish to sell is genuine.

    Come on, for gods sake, have your lives really got that little meaning that you honestly give a shit about this stuff? it genuinely concerns you if one person innocently sells a counterfeit item without knowing?? if it does, then that is pretty pathetic, it seriously is, im not saying that to deride you in any way but that is really bad, and it genuinely shocks me.

    There are far more important things in this world to be concerned about and far better things to do with ones time. If you have really got that little going on in your lives then please let me know and I can give you some serious work to do.

    You dont seem to give a shit about peopel who might list something innocently, you think that everyone should check their good to see if tey are genuine, full stop. Dont you realise that this is a complete waste of time and no matter how many ebay names you list on here you will never get anywhere near stopping sales of counterfeit items on ebay.

    Of course, i do not agree with it in the slightest but you have to look at things from a logical perspective and realise it is a waste of time, much like to ‘war on drugs’. Do you really want to go through life wasting all this time on something that doesnt matter, you might think you are making a difference but your not really.

    Yes you are doing a good deed and if it makes you feel good then I guess thats something but you are tarring all sellers, both innocent and organised with the same stick and that is a fundamental error in your approach to this. Oh and if you think trading standards are ‘severe’ then you are definately easily worried lol

    The Rza

    October 19, 2010 at 10:33 PM

  70. To The Rza

    There’s something you need to know about the law and the Internet in that before you quote “definitions” you need to know what jurisdiction you are working under, perhaps you could clarify which one your working under?, as it’s pointless say “quoting” UK law if the other person is say for example a UK citizen and the server say falls under Dutch legislation.

    The next thing you need to be aware of is the counterfeit laws and trademark laws that relate to the UK. It is an offence to knowingly or otherwise sell, trade, offer for sale these fake memory pens especially the ones branded to established trademarks period. Your only defence is that you carried out checks “what a reasonable person would do” to make sure the item(s) you were selling were indeed not counterfeit or fake. It is a very weak and practicably indefensible defence in law to argue “ignorance” without having carried out even the basic of checks.

    A reasonable person describing and selling say a quantity of “Kingston” memory would be able to provide any investigation / police receipts from a reputable company and have carried out such checks against serial / batch numbers with the manufacturer. Indeed if it was deemed within the sellers capability, it might even be expected when selling large numbers of drives to have them dip tested using simple and available software for quality.

    As a seller of just the odd one drive which perhaps was purchased by the seller for a inconceivable small amount of money (well below even wholesale price) maybe in the UK or elsewhere in the world, then again the checks you need to make as a seller are not diminished.

    In short if you sell or offer for sale a counterfeit / fake item then the onus is on YOU to demonstrate that you could have NO WAY of reasonably knowing the item your selling or sold was counterfeit / fake and usually the source and price you paid for the item is pretty difficult to hide from any investigation let alone the sellers own conscience .

    I would not be so bothered about having an E Bay account closed more I’d be bothered by a Trading Standards Investigation followed by a court case and a civil writ for damages from the transgressed Memory Company, much as we’re starting to see within the music business. For sure it may well be buyer beware, but the penalties for those who could not be bothered to carry out even the basic checks on the items they are advertising for sale even in true “ignorance” 😉 are much more severe.


    October 17, 2010 at 5:24 PM

  71. To The Rza
    If something false has been written on this blog please point it out to us. We try to stick to facts here so if something incorrect has slipped through please let us know where so that we can have a look.


    October 17, 2010 at 7:48 AM

  72. Lack your knowledge of the law? lol The definition of slander is:

    ‘A false defamation (expressed in spoken words, signs, or gestures) which injures the character or reputation of the person defamed. The defaming a man in his reputation by speaking or writing words which affect his life, office, or trade’

    I think thats pretty damn close to what you are doing, especially if you accuse an honest seller and he ends up getting banned from ebay because of you, that is definately affecting their trade and reputation. Oh and you say if you unwittingly commit an offence its not slander, well thats true for like you say, talk down the pub, but you are typing words on a computer which means that you are fully aware and actively thinking about what you are writing, its no slip of the tongue

    I just do not think it is right in any way to put sellers names on here before you have the facts of any wrong doing, why do you do that? why cant you wait until you know the seller is 100% a fraudster and then paste their name all over this site as they would deserve it? why cant you admit that that is the fair way to do this? Can I please have your ebay username?

    The Rza

    October 16, 2010 at 11:04 PM

  73. To The Rza,

    Whilst we appreciate your concerns, we do not normally accuse ebayers who list fake flash memory items of deliberate fraud – we simply say that the item/s are fake, or could be; depending on whether we are certain or not.

    When we first started this blog there were fewer sellers and we could contact almost all those who we thought had simply made the mistake of buying from fraudulent suppliers. Honest sellers removed the listings and we were then supportive towards them. Those who acted quickly when contacted (some didn’t) were never even written about.

    In the current economic climate there are far more ebayers falling into the trap of buying fakes from fraudulent suppliers in the hope of making a little money. We simply do not have the people to contact them all – especially as it usually takes a lot of time and effort to convince sellers to test their wares.

    We are unpaid volunteers who are doing this because we made the mistake of buying fake flash on ebay and want to help others. The people we directly accuse of fraud are generally those who we know (through the research you don’t think we conduct) have behaved fraudulently before or those connected with known fraudsters. You may not be aware of this but there are organised fraud gangs operating on ebay.

    As to slander – you obviously lack our knowledge of the law. If we unwittingly commited an offence in any way it is not slander (that’s just gossip down the pub!) but a much more serious offence. However, we doubt very much that we have committed any offence whatsoever and are certainly not about to reveal anyone’s identity to someone with an email address like yours.

    Perhaps you could do something useful and contact people that have listed suspect flash memory on ebay and advise them to test before selling – if you can stop someone listing fakes without realising they are doing so then you would be doing a good deed for both the seller and buyers. We wish we had the time!


    October 16, 2010 at 8:18 PM

  74. OK i appriciate you posting my comment, But you are displaying peoples names and accusing them of being fradsters with no prior research into that person or where they have got their goods from, you are slinging mud first and then investigating after, which is by no means fair, you could destroy an honest ebayers reputation by accusations and then find out the goods werent what you thought them to be!

    This is not an acceptable way to run this witch hunt, you should find out FOR DEFINATE if that person is a fraudster BEFORE pasting their name over here, surely you must beleive I am right about that? you are going about this the wrong way.

    Some people may have been on ebay selling for years and sell a few counterfeit items without knowing they are counterfeit and your actions on here could get that person banned from ebay for good, do you think that is fair also?

    Have you heard of a thing called slander, that is also a very real offence? I would appriciate it if you could please forward me the names and address of the people who run this website and its main contributors like Alex, Micro, fightflashfraud

    The Rza

    October 16, 2010 at 7:21 PM

  75. Hi Sam,

    We wrote about seller dspe2650 at the end of September and about anekka1 yesterday. You can check for posts about a particular seller by entering the ID in the search box. Thanks for the info about lookthebusiness – we will put up a post about the seller this evening.


    October 16, 2010 at 3:03 PM

  76. To The Rza,

    We do moderate but generally allow critical comments as we think people have a right to their opinions; however we do not like foul language!! We do indeed have better things to do but we are horrified at the data loss that has been caused by fake flash items. People have lost jobs and businesses because of it, students have failed courses as a result – there have been very serious consequences for some victims of fake flash.

    If you think it is pathetic for us to put out warnings, you are entitled to your opinion – we beg to differ!


    October 16, 2010 at 2:55 PM

  77. Obviously you wont post this message when you moderate it but Ive got to say, this is absolutely f**n pathetic, havent you got anything better to do than stick your noses in other peoples business? trawling through ebay looking for suspect flash drives, get a life for f**s sake. No doubt you were bullied at school and spend your entire life sat in front of a computer. Very very sad, i honestly do feel sorry for you.

    The Rza

    October 16, 2010 at 2:45 PM

  78. Hi Micro,

    The auction from xiper_v ended without bids – wonder if the seller will relist?


    October 16, 2010 at 2:03 PM

  79. Seller ID anekka1

    Item Number 260677931764 (plus many others)

    Kingston Data Traveler 200 64GB USB Flash Drive

    Described as new.

    Is selling them very cheaply. Contacted the seller and asked if the packaging has a serial number on the back and if so what is it? and also if the USB connector has “kingston” engraved on it.
    Needless to say I got no response!!.


    October 16, 2010 at 1:36 PM

  80. Seller ID dspe2650

    Item Number 260678610382 (plus many others)

    CORSAIR Flash Voyager (64 GB) USB Flash Drive

    Described as “New”

    Seller has sold and is selling numerous of these very cheaply and has negative feedback for selling fake memory.


    October 16, 2010 at 1:33 PM

  81. User ID lookthebusiness
    Item number 330485369429 (plus others)

    KINGSTON Datatraveler 200 64GB USB Memory Stick

    Seller describes them as “New” and “GUARANTEED UK STOCK”

    Is selling them with a start price of just 0.99p on just a 24hr listing

    Has numerous negative feed back for selling fake items which he describes as “genuine”


    October 16, 2010 at 1:24 PM

  82. jamespursey3526 DT310 256GB item 180574111111


    October 16, 2010 at 11:41 AM

  83. Single item DT310 256GB seller shorty_651 item number 270649015657 just over 2 days to go.


    October 16, 2010 at 11:38 AM

  84. One more xiper_v DT310 256GB stick 150505427758 new seller no bad feedback YET, no previous evidence of selling flash products.


    October 16, 2010 at 11:35 AM

  85. New one just up biggt1976, has three DT310’s auctioned, a reference number being 160493976334, 2 days to go at this posting


    October 16, 2010 at 11:13 AM

  86. Thanks for that Beth,

    We have captured the listing and dajavier2003 is now in the queue of sellers to write about – the listing seems to be for the steel swivel model of USB flash drive marked Sony Vaio (rather than the leather and steel type) but it is equally fake!! Post about this should go up tomorrow, all being well!!

    Just depends whether we come across something ending really soon in the meantime – some sellers sneak in with one day listings to try and escape ebay’s radar and ours!


    October 14, 2010 at 1:11 PM

  87. I just ran across your site while researching things about my own counterfeit flash drive.

    I just found another one:

    The seller is dajavier2003 This claims to be a Sony Vaio 32 GB flash drive. It’s in the same leather-and-steel case that many counterfeits are made in.


    October 14, 2010 at 8:08 AM

  88. Hi John,

    Are you absolutely sure that the card is genuine? Sellers often give explanations that distract buyers and make them think they made some sort of mistake. Suggest you run a quick test with h2testw on the first 4GB of the card (will take only about 20 min if it’s genuine) to make sure – we were planning to do a post early this evening.


    October 13, 2010 at 1:44 PM

  89. techadelite responded quickly to my ebay resolution request and solved my problem immediately. (I won’t take up space here explaining, but the error was mine.) Please don’t include them on your list of fake sellers. They will be getting positive feedback from me. Sincere apologies for the false alarm.

    John Thomas

    October 13, 2010 at 1:34 PM

  90. Hi John,

    We will add techadelite to our list of sellers to write about – the queue never seems to diminish! Be sure to press for a refund and don’t get fooled in to returning the counterfeit Sandisk memory card to seller techadelite, whatever PayPal/ebay say. There are several reasons for saying this:

    1. It is illegal to send counterfeit items thorough the post in most countries.
    2. A lot of the return addresses given by the fake flash sellers are fake and your refund vanishes along with the card.
    3. If the seller gets it back they usually sell it on to someone else

    Good luck with your refund claim – let us know how you get on. Don’t forget to leave negative feedback with a warning about the cards being fake to warn other buyers!


    October 13, 2010 at 11:24 AM

  91. I ordered a “32gb Sandisk Micro-sd card” from ebay member id techadelite (in Hong Kong). The card showed only 1.99Gb storage when I put it into my PC and it was reported as corrupt when I put it into my HTC Desire Android phone. The seller claimed 99.9% positive feedback on thousands of sales.

    John Thomas

    October 13, 2010 at 11:04 AM

  92. Hi there No Name,
    we already published a short post about this fraudster on 24th September. You can see it here:


    September 30, 2010 at 8:42 PM

  93. Seller ID chinagiftoflove

    Kingston Data Traveler 200 / Item number: 170544637226

    Kingston Data Traveler 310 / Item number: 170544639719 / Item number: 170544605596

    Item sold too cheap to be genuine.

    No Name

    September 30, 2010 at 8:30 PM

  94. Hi Neil,

    We wrote about digitech-fl on August 25th having seen a buy it now price that was too low for the Kingston DataTraveler 310 drive. We spotted the listing you mention as well and have added a comment about this very obvious fake capacity counterfeit to the post.

    The Kingston DataTraveler 200 is only made up to 128GB capacity – so any advertised as 256GB are fakes! It is always best to leave comments on the article about a seller rather than here if we have already published something. You can check for articles by entering the seller ID in the search panel in the column on the right.


    September 19, 2010 at 7:13 AM

  95. Looks like the 256GB Kingston flash drives (ebay item number 180562860478 from seller digitech-fl are fakes – here’s the link:


    September 18, 2010 at 8:41 PM

  96. Hi No Name,
    A post will go up later today about devious fraudster jiaojiao168 who is using private auctions to hide who buys what and another couple of devious fraudsters (jayjay991 and dahongdenglong10) who lie about the location of their fake flash drives.


    September 18, 2010 at 9:36 AM

  97. Seller ID jiaojiao168

    Item number:180562295888

    New 256™GB ™Datatraveler 310 ™USB 2.0 ™Flash ™Drive NR

    Item sold too cheap to be genuine.

    No Name

    September 18, 2010 at 9:00 AM

  98. Hi Micro,
    think evictoria09 may be another case of firey pants.


    September 17, 2010 at 6:23 PM

  99. evictoria09 is offering a Kingston DT310 256GB at £19.95 start because Quoting “I was given TWO of these for my photography course” Generous college or mentor that gives £600.00 pounds worth of flash drive for a student to use, I do wonder who this benefactor might be?
    Item 190445857038 refers.

    Picture shows the rear of the package as well as the front, there seems to be a serial number sticker on it but not easy to read, and stuck on at a rather casual angle, so is it a fake? I wonder!!


    September 17, 2010 at 6:16 PM

  100. Deano,
    The answer to the test issue is not to bother testing the whole darned thing at first go! As to alibaba – we know all about that site: the name says it all really! As to everything else; it would take a huge essay to respond fully to your comment!


    September 15, 2010 at 10:19 PM

  101. You’re absolutely right AlvaroG – seller lhfsale seems to have plenty of fakes for sale on ebay!


    September 15, 2010 at 10:13 PM

  102. Hello there

    Following recent television commercials for, I went to have a look. There were two motivations for me doing this. The dream of setting up a business, as I had been made redundant about a year ago. And also, to help my brother, facing redundancy in Ireland, and who’s wife is in hospital in Dublin following a serious car accident. She will be in a wheel chair for quite a while. The final push was the television interview with the head of Piranha Trading, a big E-Bay player with £1 million in turnover a year.

    So I went to and found a sister site called AliExpress. On there, there are “verified suppliers” of items including flash drives. Flash drives are small, high value items that have ubiquitous fit for any computer. These properties attracted me to the items. I found a supplier who could supply 1 piece for US$20.

    Now, I don’t know about flash drives. So I opted for a Kingston DT200 256GB. Because 256GB is humungous, and Kingston is a reliable manufacturer. I became aware that only the DT200 was advertised as supplied from Asia. This didn’t bother me because I assumed that Kingston supplied this type for this market. The DT310 and DT300 were for the European market.

    I decided to do a test to see if importing and selling on ebay was possible. So I imported one, and the item duly arrived. I suddenly realised that actually, my problem was Kingston. Not a fake USB stick. Kingston wouldn’t be best pleased if the item was advertised new, as revenue would be taken from Kingston. Funny how you see things when you have a USB stick in the palm of your hand, all packed in great printed packaging.

    So, I decided the best way out was to open the pack and test it, and then sell it as a personal item second hand, and think about a next move after that. I didn’t want legal action from Kingston. So I tested by checking the size in Windows, and then put a few word on it, photographed it and advertised it for sale secondhand. No reserve. Starting price 99p. Of course all hell broke lose.

    Well, if you are going to have sites like Alibaba putting on television commercials and stating their suppliers have been verified, well, you are going to get small guys just trying to do something for themselves getting caught up in this kind of thing.

    My H2TestW is still running and will probably run another 4 days until I verify the stick, which of course remains my personal property. My only good fortune is that I imported one item. If I had taken a minimum lot of 50, well, now that would have been very painful indeed. Time to shut down AliExpress and if you want to solve this problem.



    September 15, 2010 at 10:04 PM

  103. Hi!
    Ebay seller: lhfsale
    Item ID: 170540776336 (32GB SDHC card)
    Reason: Prices too good to be true, the items the seller is offering are all the fake items you can see in the blog entries!
    Reported one of his items


    September 15, 2010 at 9:20 PM

  104. A happy ending, well maybe not so happy for the seller sunshine’simon. When a concerned member advised this seller that Kingston did not do a 256GB in the DT200 pattern, the seller did a wise thing and checked up using a google search, what he discovered caused him to pull the auction. He replied with thanks for the advice and is now aware of the extent of the fraud that is going on.

    What a pity not all the knowing or unknowing sellers do not take such steps BEFORE they place auctions for such items. More EDUCATION is seriously needed among buyers, many of whom, as reported here, got caught, and are now wiser after the event. This brings me to my MOTTO of the moment “Once bitten, NEVER caught again”


    September 14, 2010 at 4:26 PM

  105. Another hopeful, hopeful that ebay doesn’t give him the chop before he can con some innocent buyer..

    sunshine’simon item 180560734120


    September 14, 2010 at 1:36 PM

  106. 10delix selling 256GB fake Kingston flash drives.

    Item 160478064913 and two more items


    September 14, 2010 at 10:39 AM

  107. Seller ID dablove50
    Item number: 280560781650
    Item: – Kingston DT310 256GB USB 2.0 flash drive
    Item sold too cheap to be genuine.

    No Name

    September 11, 2010 at 10:35 PM

  108. Thanks Mr.
    Looks like chunyan858 is selling fake MP players as well as counterfeit Kingston DT 310 and 200 flash drives.


    September 11, 2010 at 7:25 AM

  109. Seller ID chunyan858

    Item No:-330470952464 & 330470951505

    Item:-Kingston DT310 256GB USB 2.0 flash drive
    Kingston DT200 128GB USB 2.0 flash drive

    Item sold far too cheap to be genuine.

    The listings is STILL on It has NOT been REMOVED. Take a GOOD LOOK. I am looking @ right now.


    September 10, 2010 at 10:10 PM

  110. Hi Mr,

    Seems the listings you tried to provide links to have gone – we assume that this was a warning about seller chunyan858?

    It is helpful if you give the seller ID and a little info about what was listed as sometimes links get broken because ebay has removed a listing.


    September 10, 2010 at 8:19 PM

  111. Seller chunyan858

    Item No:-330470952464 & 330470951505

    Item:-Kingston DT310 256GB USB 2.0 flash drive
    Kingston DT200 128GB USB 2.0 flash drive

    Item sold far too cheap to be genuine.


    September 10, 2010 at 7:58 PM

  112. We noticed oriental_pearl_1 too – this seller is in our queue to write about and a post about oriental_pearl_1 will go up tonight.


    September 8, 2010 at 10:22 AM

  113. Seller oriental_pearl_1

    Item No:-150490087524 & 150490520825

    Item:-Kingston DT310 256GB USB 2.0 flash memory stick drive

    Item sold @ very low price for what it worth. The seller saying they R real 256GB size.


    September 8, 2010 at 10:08 AM

  114. Hi eddie,
    False positive feedback is common among sellers of fake flash items – we predicted on September 2nd that fasjun would probably be suspended before most, if not all, buyers actually got their items. Don’t think anyone’s account was hijacked – but we do know there is a lot of collusion between fake flash sellers!


    September 7, 2010 at 1:55 PM

  115. FYI. a buyer left +ve feedback same time as purchase of 32GB card. this is suspect, as delivery couldn’t yet have happened.

    this “buyer” also left +ve feedback for the same item from another seller with a now suspended account.

    I think the sellers are the same, and maybe the buyer’s account is hijacked?

    Member id winneris 07-Sep-10 15:28
    New 32GB TF Memory Card 32G Micro SD SDHC MicroSDHC TF (#180556806751)

    Member id fasjun
    No longer a registered user 01-Sep-10 16:00
    New 32GB TF Memory Card 32G Micro SD SDHC MicroSDHC TF (#200512438082)


    September 7, 2010 at 12:22 PM

  116. Hi eddie,
    We spotted winneris too, a short post about this seller is going up this evening.


    September 7, 2010 at 7:35 AM

  117. ebay history is suspect. previous feedback is ok for selling lots of low value stuff like silicone wristbands.

    suddenly selling lots of 32GB flash for around $16 to $19

    seller: winneris
    item no. 180556827909


    September 7, 2010 at 7:30 AM

  118. Very suspicious uktruster corsair 128GB flash drive
    item 250690743171.
    If he gets away with this one, how many more will he try? Perhaps he should stick with “Romantic Candles”
    they probably cause less trouble..
    One to Watch I think!!


    September 2, 2010 at 7:54 AM

  119. Hi Dean,
    It would be helpful if you said this in a comment on the actual article about zapfootwear. We thought this seller might not realise they were fakes, glad to hear that you got your refund OK and has remove the listing. We hope the seller refunds anyone else who bought, as he looks like being an honest chap we think he will.


    September 1, 2010 at 12:24 PM

  120. Zapfootwear has issued me a refund and currently withdrawn item listing from Ebay.
    It appears that he is a victim of fraud as much as his buyers.


    September 1, 2010 at 11:34 AM

  121. Hi Dean,
    We wrote a short article about these obvious fakes from zapfootwear on 21st August. The seller may not realise they are fake, as we said in the article. Hopefully the seller is honourable and will refund you without problems once he realises that his supplier was fraudulent. Suggest you tell the seller to look at our article:
    and check with Kingston if he does not beleive these are fakes – the model copied by the fraudsters would have been 2GB if it was genuine!


    August 30, 2010 at 6:16 PM

  122. Seller – Zapfootwear
    Item number – 160470320248
    Kingston 64GB DataTraveler

    I purchased a fake Kingston 64GB G2 USB Stick from this guy. The packaging looks good but the stick is poor quality plastic and it is riddled with bad sectors. There is no model number or product ID on the packaging. Am requesting a refund.


    August 30, 2010 at 5:56 PM

  123. Mal vs robbingking901

    Sorry, should be robbieking901, or is it Robin Hood. With all these sellers offering apparently genuine drives at silly prices, they must all consider themselves modern day Robin Hoods. Mal, it would be greatly appreciatesd if you could send your h2testw results as outlined in the link below:

    Your help is greatly appreciated and helps save others too.

    The serial numbers you needed for your Kingston are on the back of the packaging, not on the drive itself.
    Here is the link to the Kingston online verification page to let you see what to look for.

    There may not be any serial nos. or bar codes on your confirmed counterfeit, fake capacity drive. All genuine Kingstons have the bar codes and serial nos. If your seller is not responding to your request for a refund, start the dispute through ebay/paypal without delay.


    August 23, 2010 at 1:45 AM

  124. Hi Mal,

    Seems you got a fake capacity counterfeit. The seller obviously bought from a fraudulent supplier. The seller may be unaware that they are fakes as a lot of ebay sellers buy from fraudulent wholesale outlets without realising. Be sure to get a refund!


    August 22, 2010 at 3:39 PM

  125. Item – Kingston Datatraveler DT200 32Gb
    Item # – 300456999590
    Seller – robbieking901

    Suspect these are fake, tested one with h2test fails after 3.5Gb & transfer rates are too slow.

    Can’t see a serial number anywhere on the device.


    August 22, 2010 at 12:42 PM

  126. Hi Steven,
    We published about fake flash seller weichaojie2010 on the 18th, thanks for the link to the listing for Sony Vaio fakes from appl6.


    August 22, 2010 at 7:08 AM

  127. Hi TJ,
    We’ve been investigating a bit and will email you with regard to photos etc – watch your inbox!


    August 19, 2010 at 1:49 PM

  128. Re: Sagesconn

    Yes, feel free to use my photos using the

    Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.


    August 19, 2010 at 1:26 PM

  129. Hi TJ,
    We have a draft article in the pipeline about this seller – would it be ok with you to utilise your photos in it?


    August 19, 2010 at 1:10 PM

  130. Regarding the seller Sagesconn: I noticed later that the packaging for the “Kingston” devices mis-spells the URL as “” in one instance and then spells it correctly in other instances (this is on the rear of the packaging). You can view high-resolution photos of it at my web-site address.

    I’ve notified the seller that he’s selling fakes and advised him to cancel current auctions as otherwise it’d be fraud.


    August 19, 2010 at 12:37 PM

  131. Hi again TJ
    It seems that sagesconn may be yet another UK who bought from a fraudulent supplier in China – there are loads of fraudulent wholesale outlets there that sell fake capacity and counterfeit flash memory items. Sadly, most sellers do not test their items to ensure the goods are genuine.


    August 19, 2010 at 11:29 AM

  132. Hi TJ
    Grandtechdigital is a known fraudster who has been reported about on another blog who are gathering evidence of this seller’s fraud. You can add your evidence to their database by reporting your fake – just follow the link and email the info they need for their database.


    August 19, 2010 at 11:16 AM

  133. Seller-id: sagesconn
    Items: Fake/Counterfeit Kingston 32GB Class 4 micro-SD

    Thought I was buying from a reputable UK-based seller at a realistic price with this one (£79.98).

    Device failed write tests at around 2GB and upset my HTC Desire Android phone, just like the fake Hong-Kong device I reported previously.

    This arrived in apparently good Kingston packaging.

    I’ve reported the issue to Kingston-Technology Europe who requested good-quality photos of the item and packaging.

    The seller has already given me a PayPal refund.

    Looking at his other listings of similar devices at silly prices he must know he is selling fakes.

    He gave his return address as:

    20 Hartington Terrace, Bradford, BD7 2HW

    According to a domain-name look-up for his Internet domain his name is:

    Muhamamd Yaseen Chohan


    August 19, 2010 at 11:06 AM

  134. seller-id: grandtechdigital
    item(s) Fake 32GB microSD devices

    32GB device failed write tests at the 2GB mark using (on Linux):

    sudo dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sdk

    as well as causing my HTC Desire Android phone to lock-up in operation when accessing the device.

    Seller offered a refund but is now prevaricating, latest email rambled:

    “This is urgent mail,and I am sorry we still not issue the full refund to you.
    since this is so much money,hundreds of clients want the refund,so pls kindly give us understanding.first,we must statistics the transaction ID and paypal address into a table,and we must send enough money to our paypal.
    So,if you still not give us your transaction ID and paypal address,please reply the mail to us,and if you have did everything to waiting the payment…”

    I raised a dispute in both eBay and PayPal. The seller gave me his return address as:

    Mr. Yiu
    Flat 02, 10/F, Block F, EVERGREEN VILLA, 43 stubbs Road, Wanchai.
    Hong Kong

    PayPal reports the account holder name as:

    Fai Ki Ricky Yiu


    August 19, 2010 at 11:00 AM

  135. Hi Bert,
    Looked at first as though ebay had removed the item, but it came up on the second try. Thanks for the info.


    August 16, 2010 at 5:08 AM

  136. ²SANDISK² ²ULTRA² ²BACKUP² ²U3² ²64GB ²USB² ²DRIVE² NEW $12.99 with free shipping/Buy it now The real drives are currently selling for $150-$200 anywhere you look but this guy is selling them like hotcakes for 12.99+free shipping. item # 160467204965–item location: AF,United States.(The seller is in China and has zero feedback.)


    August 16, 2010 at 5:03 AM

  137. Tsk Tsk Axel – imagine missing out on a bargain like that!


    August 15, 2010 at 5:26 PM

  138. eBay ID: 666cube ( 7 ) Member since: Apr-27-07 in New Zealand
    Item Description: 128GB USB Stick X 5
    `Blimey` , I missed it, (FIVE) 128GB USB Pen Drives for ONLY .20 (Twenty US cents) Each….
    Must be REAL, Seller has almost 3 1/2 years with eBay and still has 100% feedback.


    August 15, 2010 at 3:11 PM

  139. eBay ID: neilcnb0904 ( 14) Member since: Apr-13-08 in United States
    Item: Brand new Kingston 64GB USB Flash Drive
    Why is it fake??? Kingston sells it for $216.00, has a Price of $149.74 , newegg and amazon have it for $150.99 Seller has a Multiple item listing with a buy it now price of $49.95 with free shipping.(Everything is just plain Cheaper in Fake Flash Land.)


    August 9, 2010 at 1:01 AM

  140. eBay ID: leixinghu4610 ( 0 ) Member since: Aug-06-10 in China
    Another 2 Day Old Newbie with a “ZERO” feedback and Matching IQ , Selling the Non-existent Sony Vaio USB Flash Drive.(Sony never made a Vaio USB Drive)
    leixinghu4610 sold 108 so far, Only 891 to go…


    August 9, 2010 at 12:36 AM

  141. To leeduboise,
    Ah, that explains it. What we actually meant was the full report from h2testw, not just an overview. Fakes seem as though they are writing stuff after the real capacity is full but all they actually do is index the file, so what you found is pretty typical.


    July 24, 2010 at 7:22 AM

  142. eBay ID: lcuents ( 94) Member since: Feb-02-01 in United States
    (26 sales 68 Purchases) 23 Sales were for 32GB Flash Memory cards. Now has 4 active Listings for 2 16GB TF cards and 2 DT101 128gb USB Drives
    New Kingston 128GB Data Traveler 101 USB Flash Drive
    REASONS: DT101 not made in 128GB capacity.
    eBay ID: thebigjcp2 ( 176) Member since: Feb-23-04 in United States
    2 Kingston DataTraveler 128GB
    eBay ID: lmar34 ( 20) Member since: Dec-06-09 in United States
    Why Fake?: Seller thoughtfully included a very High resolution photo that shows slight scuff marks on silver USB Connector but No Laser Engraving of model and serial Number on metal usb shell.
    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, (Pretend i wrote FAKE 1000 times.)
    ebay ID: ramati_maa ( 2 ) Member since: Jul-12-10 in United States
    128 GB USB Flash drive Stick
    Claims he copied 8GB in 28 minutes, Thats about 4.7 MB/sec and he tested it with windows properties..!!!
    eBay ID: lijygrdwa1881 ( 0 ) Member since: Jan-30-10 in China (Six month Inactive)
    New 128 GB Datatraveler 200 USB 2.0 Flash Drive NR
    6 multi item listings placed at same time. Price ranging from $19.50 to $26.00 for same item.


    July 24, 2010 at 4:18 AM

  143. Item = 16GB SDHC SD Card
    Ebay Seller ID = yiya1132009
    Item # I purchased = 180530035962

    Actually after I left the feedback, I downloaded the “h2testw” tool after reading on your website.

    h2testw result:
    Write upto 4GB & Verify upto 4GB.
    Write Speed = 2.29 Mbps
    Read Speed = 3.54 Mbps

    But when I format it in WinXP it shows 16GB, I can even transfer the DATA upto 16GB in windowsXP. But I cant read beyond 4GB.

    First I copied 3 Movie files worth 3.81GB & then I created a FOLDER & transfered another 13 Movie files worth 11.6GB.

    Then I started playing all movies one by one. First 3 movies I can play without any errors, But remaining I cant. I even tried to copy those 13 movies from Memory Card to my HDD, But I cant, Its giving me error message like: Unable to read from source disk…


    July 23, 2010 at 11:21 PM

  144. Dear leedubose,
    We are a bit confused here – your feedback for seller yiya1132009 seems to have been:

    The item was used. It was a 16 gb card with 5 gb of files on it. False info

    You seem to have made no mention in your feedback of fake capacity or testing with h2testw. Could you please clarify and give us the ACTUAL results from h2testw?


    July 23, 2010 at 9:54 PM

  145. Item = 16GB SDHC SD Card
    Ebay Seller ID = yiya1132009
    Item # I purchased = 180530035962

    I tested this memory card by using “h2testw” tool & found that:
    Original Size = 4GB
    Average Write Speed = 2mbps
    Average Read Speed = 3.5mbps
    THIS IS NOT A CLASS 6 also.

    Buying an Memory Card on Ebay means, showing our middle finger to ourselves 😦

    BTW This is my 4th time experience with memory card purchase on EBAY 😦


    July 23, 2010 at 9:30 PM

  146. Hi W. Scott T.

    We hope you don’t mind but we combined your three comments about only2*you into one single comment. Please email your test results and other details as outlined here to so that they can go into the the database that acts as a permanant record of proven fraud.


    July 22, 2010 at 4:52 PM

  147. eBay Seller: ” only2*you ” in Hong Kong is selling HUNDREDS of FAKE 16 & 32GB capacity, SDHC and Micro SDHC (i.e. Relabeled old SD) memory cards, etc. Just tested (5) supposedly “32GB” cards (SD & Micro SD) using H2TestW software. (i.e. .85GB capacity x 5 cards, vs. claimed 32GB. NONE ARE even Class 2 speed, and all are advertised as CLASS 6 Cards!!) And he already has 70+ negs, THIS MONTH!!!

    SCAMMER Only2*you ‘s MAILING ADDRESS is:

    G/F 08 KWong Sang Hong CTR 151- 153
    Hoi Bun Road
    Kwun Tong Kowloon, Hong Kong

    AMAZING!? This same Seller ( only2*you ) is now ALSO OFFERING supposedly CLASS 10 SDHC Memory cards for only $40.00 USD as “BINs”!

    He has ALREADY SOLD some 411+ of them at $40.00 in the past few days, ALONE…

    See ebay Listing:

    AND EVEN MORE AMAZINGLY… the photo shows the SAME FAKE Class 6 card, I just received/tested (4) of… that are only .85GB capacity, Class 1+ speed!!!


    W. Scott T.

    July 22, 2010 at 2:25 PM

  148. eBay ID: izpcworld10 ( 7 ) Member since: Jul-01-10 in United States
    ITEM : 128gb Sony USB Flash Drive – New
    A Newbie seller 20 Days old, He has 0 Sales and 7 Purchases. He also States “All new items in manufacturers sealed boxes are not tested, assuming that they are in working condition.” It would appear Sony no longer Puts their name or the Micro Vault Name on their Flash Drives (Picture Proves it)


    July 22, 2010 at 4:46 AM

  149. eBay ID: chunhing14450 ( 10) Member since: Jan-17-03 in United States
    Item : 128GB Kingston USB 2.0 Flash Drive
    Seller Never sold anything, But he did buy 2 items in the last 5 years. Now he is selling Kingston 128GB USB Drives, The Picture shows He Has a Pretty Blue one (128GB) a pretty Yellow one (128GB) and a pretty Black one (128GB)
    Whoa, Whats this? Kingston made a Mistake, They put the wrong color drives into 128GB Packages !!!
    Kingston should have marked the Blue One 32GB and the Yellow one 64GB and the Black one as a 128GB.


    July 22, 2010 at 4:08 AM

  150. eBay ID: martha420_0 ( 51) Member since: Apr-20-04 in Canada (Another Martha From Montreal, Canada, Probably a FAKE Name)
    WHY FAKE?: Kingston does not make a DT101 that Large,
    The DT101Y is Made in 3 Capacities, 2GB 4GB and 8GB
    Newegg Price of $8.99 , $10.99 and $19.99
    Both Marthas Sell GARMIN FORERUNNER HEART RATE MONITORS and Fake Flash Memory, They Probably met in Fake Flash Land, Or they might be Sisters???
    Compare to listing Below this one..


    July 22, 2010 at 3:26 AM

  151. Hi Axel,
    We did a post about yesman.191 on 14th July – you are absolutely spot on in your observations about the similarities between yesman.191 and big-sis-bar!


    July 20, 2010 at 8:04 AM

  152. We couldn’t have put it better ourselves Axel!


    July 20, 2010 at 7:38 AM

  153. eBay ID: marthashopmartha ( 24) Member since: Jun-08-10 in Canada
    KINGSTON 64GB DATATRAVELER 101 USB (Buy it now Price Only $71.95 with Shipping)
    WHY FAKE?: Kingston does not make a DT101 that Large,
    It appears to be a DT101 8GB , Newegg sells it for $15.99 with free shipping.
    Another eBayer that went shopping in Fake Flash Land.


    July 20, 2010 at 5:05 AM

  154. eBay ID: yesman.191 ( 28) Member since: Apr-08-10 in Singapore (Another SingJapan member)
    What does yesman.191 and big-sis-bar (Previous Post)
    have common? Both have first 20 feed backs that are Fake Shill Feedback, Both Sell Fake Flash Memory, Both are Singapore Sellers that ship only to Singapore for the first 20 Feed backs.
    If Sales History looks FAKE, Thats because it is.


    July 20, 2010 at 3:53 AM

  155. Member ID: big-sis-bar ( 20) Member since: Apr-29-10 in Singapore (Part of SingJapan Fake Gang / Group, They Specialise in Fake Batteries and Fake USB Drives.)
    Selling: 32GB USB Black Leather Thumb Memory Flash Stick Drive
    big-sis-bar Has a Feedback of 20 , Only 1 problem with the feedback, Its all 100% FAKE SHILL Feedback.
    His USB Drives are as real as his Feedback.


    July 20, 2010 at 1:03 AM

  156. eBay ID: 61656165 ( 45) Member since: Jul-01-09 in United States
    1). Sony Never made a VAIO USB Flash Drive.
    2). Look at Far Right inset Picture, you will see the Seller ID: dongfangmingzhu888 On Photo.
    3). dongfangmingzhu888 was De registered from eBay in Jan of 2005 and moved his Fake sales to DHGATE where he sells Dresses, Purses, Pants and Fake USB Flash Memory (See below URL )


    July 19, 2010 at 4:13 AM

  157. eBay ID:rangonds ( -1 ) Member since: Jul-13-10 in Korea, South
    Newbie Less than a week old, had 5 Negative Feed-Backs REMOVED on July 18, (I Thought Feedback was Permanent…) Selling Kingston 128GB (Multiple item listing) USB Drives for $19.99 , Free Shipping
    Has sold 58 so far…. Only 941 to go..
    Good Job eBay, Keeping the Buying Community Safe.


    July 18, 2010 at 4:22 AM

  158. To The Source

    Funnily, enough we were thinking that would be a good idea, however we don’t have enough people or time to do it. Could we suggest that you start something?

    As you’ll see there are links to other blogs and we could put a link to it if you decide to do one.


    July 17, 2010 at 8:37 AM

  159. How about a sister site to this one, instead of just naming and shaming shoddy ebayers, how about attacking the problem at the source, how about advising people on bad suppliers on sites like alibaba etc.

    The Source

    July 17, 2010 at 2:10 AM

  160. eBay ID: draymarketing2010 ( 2 )Member since: Apr-29-10 in Israel
    Why ITS A FAKE?? DT200 has a Max Capacity of 128GB the 14 units up for auction are all color coded BLUE (32GB)
    Kingston color coding scheme for DT200 USB Drives are
    BLUE = 32GB, Yellow = 64GB, And Black = 128GB.
    Cast your vote, Who has the lowest IQ: The Seller, The Buyer, or eBay Trust and Safety.
    Difficult choice.


    July 15, 2010 at 10:58 PM

  161. Hi LV,
    Thanks for the info – we notice that 11vinod11 used a private listing to sell this – always a bad sign when it comes to flash memory items.


    July 13, 2010 at 8:22 AM

  162. Seller: 11vinod11
    Item: 32gb micro sd card
    Number: 270599000067

    Fake, really a 2gb card, tested with h2testw


    July 13, 2010 at 7:52 AM

  163. A very dodgy looking seller indeed, Axel – we captured a listing without a picture earlier and knew full well even without this what wirerauss was selling!


    July 12, 2010 at 6:27 AM

  164. eBay ID: wirerauss ( 0 ) Member since: Jun-25-10 in Westminster, CA, United States
    -Selling as is, no returns.
    -These are generic usb flash drives, regardless of any indications that may state otherwise.
    -the usb flashdrive MAY hold up to 128gb. There is no guarantee regardless of any indication on the package.


    July 12, 2010 at 12:55 AM

  165. Hi Axel,
    looks like ebay spotted the listing by cuijinhong5410 and removed it.


    July 9, 2010 at 7:44 AM

  166. eBay ID: xiongjuan3310 ( 0 )Member since: Jul-07-10 in China
    Think cuijinhong5410 ( 0 ) Is his Brother..
    Multiple Item Auction for DT310 256GB Drive.
    MSRP $1077.00 Selling for $19.99
    Need I Say More ???


    July 9, 2010 at 2:34 AM

  167. eBay ID: cuijinhong5410 ( 0 )Member since: Jul-08-10 in China
    REASONS WHY: 19 HOUR old Newbie Selling Multiple item (More than 10) DT310 With a MSRP of $1077.00 Selling for $19.88 w/Free shipping.


    July 9, 2010 at 2:22 AM

  168. eBay Seller ID: bellacolorscom ( 213)
    Member since: Jan-18-01 in United States
    9 Year feedback history of selling Shirts, Shorts and Pants, Now Selling FAKE Flash USB Memory.
    Why do I suspect a FAKE???
    Its a (Purple / Pink) DT200 No One makes a Purple / Pink Color except in China Fake Flash Land and its a 256GB Again only Available in Fake Flash Land…I hope his clothing is better than his Flash Memory


    July 9, 2010 at 1:56 AM

  169. Just received my latest purchase a Kingston 4 Gig SD card, the moment I got it I could see something was wrong no serial numbers, printing on label was bad and of course when it was put into camera it didn’t work, found this site downloaded the software and guess what it’s a fake.

    Item Kingston 4GB SD Card

    Item # 270595907214



    June 30, 2010 at 8:56 PM

  170. Member ID maku510 ( 122) Member since: May-01-09 in United States
    Kingston 512 GB USB Flash Drive, not 128 or 256GB
    Trying to Pawn off DT101 as a 512GB USB
    He Knows its Fake, I sent him below link and requested he test USB with h2testw
    His reply was

    “You are welcome to buy it and test it yourself. If I am wrong, I will refund you your money. If you are not interested, that is fine.
    Thanks for looking.

    -maku510 “


    June 30, 2010 at 2:53 AM

  171. eBay ID: andy610348 (28) Member since: Dec-11-02 in United States
    Kingston Data Traveler 200 USB flash drive – 128 GB
    Sold 9 items in 8 years on eBay, Now he is trying to sell Multiple (More than 10) 128GB DT200 USB Drives,
    ” I have too many in stock so I lowered price. ”
    ” I cant go any cheaper than this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ”


    June 26, 2010 at 9:16 PM

  172. Member ID: mmarcojet1971 ( 2 ) Member since: May-12-10 in United States
    Trying to Pawn off a DT1/2 (2GB) as a 64GB Drive
    DESCRIPTION : kingstone data traveler 64gb usb 2.0
    Definitely Not the Brightest bulb on the tree.
    The DT1/2 Sells NEW FROM KINGSTON FOR $13.00 , newegg has it for $8.99 with Free Shipping.
    Seller asking $50.00 Starting bid + $9.99 Skipping.
    (Sadly enough some eBayer will buy it,)


    June 21, 2010 at 6:08 AM

  173. eBay ID: latino180 Member since: Nov-07-05 in United States
    Kingston 256GB DATA TRAVELER / USB 2.0
    REASONS: Seller has limited recent history selling USED Shoes and USED video games, Then suddenly switches to multiple listings for Top End 256GB USB If you examine Pictures you will see a very bad Photo Shop job adding 256GB Marking to USB Shell
    (Far right Picture is worst)


    June 19, 2010 at 2:10 PM

  174. Hi Axel,
    There were a large number of new IDs registered in a short time all selling the same thing so there is certainly a connection. We have already posted about hubeiwuhan2010 and liuxianfu810. We delayed posting about shenquan9110 in favour of posting about others that are still selling as this seller was suspended quite quickly. We notice that chenglin22 has also now been suspended.


    June 18, 2010 at 6:23 AM

  175. It appears the China endless supply of Seller ID#: is shrinking. (Note the nice Date Progression), All appear to be the same Seller.
    The 4 listed below are selling DT310 multi item auctions for $20.00 (MSRP $1,077.00)
    eBay ID: shenquan9110 ( 0 ) Member since: Jun-10-10 in China
    eBay ID: hubeiwuhan2010 ( 0 ) Member since: Jun-12-10 in China
    eBay ID: liuxianfu810 ( 1 ) Member since: Jun-14-10 in China
    eBay ID: chenglin22 ( 0 ) Member since: Jun-16-10 in China
    Even eBay (In its infinite wisdom) Should see the Fraud here.


    June 18, 2010 at 3:26 AM

  176. Hi Axel,
    It seems that ebay has suddenly been suspending a lot of sellers listing fake 256GB Kingston – we haven’t seen anything like this since we lost the team member who used to report directly to Kingston who made ebay pull the listings. Maybe someone else has taken up the baton?

    As to the Super USB – can’t seem to find anything that looks like this with a capacity over 32GB.


    June 16, 2010 at 6:04 AM

  177. I have noticed a marked decline in the number of Fake Kingston 256GB USB Drives on eBay during the last 10 days, My imagination? or have you noted the same?

    Seller ID: high_end_imports ( 0 )Member since: Jun-14-10 in United States
    Item Description: ” Super USB 256GB Drive ”
    Sent Seller Following Question…
    Dear high_end_imports,
    Never heard of a “SUPER” USB, Who makes it?
    How do you know its not fake like most of the other drives on eBay? If you tested it did you use
    Windows Properties or did you use a different memory test Utility? I use h2testw Could you test it with the same same? Output results would be appreciated.
    Waiting with baited breath for his reply…


    June 16, 2010 at 2:26 AM

  178. Member ID: rend_8_8 ( 0 ) Member since: Oct-25-09 in China
    Auction # 170496379476
    Item Description : 128GB USB FLASH™ DRIVE™ USB 2.0 PEN STICK™ MEMORY™
    WoW , A 50% Positive Feed Back Rating !
    Day 2 of a 30 Day Auction, only sold 96 so far,
    ( Lets see 96 X 15 = 1440 for 30 days x 19.88 each = $28,627.20 ) I would guesstimate eBay and Pay Pal get their 15% = $4294.08
    Reason I suspect a Fake: Newegg sells it new for $348.00


    June 8, 2010 at 3:59 AM

  179. Hi Axel,
    Your suspicions about stephan8er69 seem to be founded. The seller claims the 265GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive was a Christmas present but we are pretty certain the flash drive was not available until February!


    June 6, 2010 at 6:46 AM

  180. Member id rpgshxe623 ( 2 ) Member since: Apr-03-10 in Japan
    Quantity : 4 ( Under $30.00 )
    Newbie with a feedback of 2 selling $300.00 USB Drive for $30.00


    June 6, 2010 at 4:29 AM

  181. DT310 256GB USB Drives
    Member ID: jmoauctions ( 62) Member since: Sep-10-04 in United States
    Quantity : 4 (Highly Suspect Fake)

    Member ID: stephan8er69 ( 0 ) Member since: May-28-10 in United States
    Quantity : 1 ( Mixed Emotions, Buy It now price is about Right, But Starting Price is to low, Unless he has a reserve, and being a newbie don’t help…)


    June 6, 2010 at 2:24 AM

  182. Noticed 2010emc about the same time as you by the look of it – will probably post Monday.


    June 5, 2010 at 5:44 PM

  183. 2010emc ( 20) Member since: Feb-06-10 in Malaysia
    Kingston DataTraveler DT200 256GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive
    DT200 not made in 256GB capacity, 128GB is Max Made


    June 5, 2010 at 5:20 PM

  184. Hi Axel,

    Maybe usbsolutions10 injected it with truth drug, shon a light on it, and asked in a menacing tone “how many megabits in a megabyte?”


    June 5, 2010 at 2:52 PM

  185. Member ID: usbsolutions10 ( 20) Member since: Mar-31-10 in United States
    His Auction States “New: A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging ”


    June 5, 2010 at 2:21 PM

  186. Thanks Axel,
    A post has just gone up about the job lot of 50, will fit the others in over the next few days – we hadn’t picked up any of these so your help is much appreciated.


    June 5, 2010 at 7:29 AM

  187. All 4 Sellers Selling DT200 256GB USB Drives

    superzadoom ( 0 ) Member since: Jun-02-10 in United State
    Quantity : 1

    kineticzen1 ( 0 ) Member since: May-25-10 in United States
    Quantity : 5

    ki2010ko ( 10) Member since: Sep-03-07 in United States
    Quantity : 55

    ropexpress ( 235) Member since: Feb-06-02 in United States
    Quantity : 2

    No such Item Exists, Kingston does not make a DT200 with a Capacity Greater Than 128GB


    June 5, 2010 at 4:45 AM

  188. Member ID: beku7066 ( 0 ) Member since: Mar-23-10 in United States
    Kingston’s DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive 128GB
    Guaranteed to be a China Fake.
    Kingston DT200 Capacity Color Coding..
    BLUE = 32GB
    YELLOW = 64gb
    BLACK = 128gb
    This Color Coding Scheme is only Valid for the DT200 series USB Drives


    June 4, 2010 at 5:14 AM

  189. eBay Auction Number : 180515596361
    eBay Seller ID :gaodanbaoi_8790213 Member since: May-26-10 in China
    Item URL :
    REASON ITS FAKE: 6 Day Old China Newbie with a feedback of ZERO Selling ( Multiple item Auction ) a $800 Kingston DT310 for the “Buy It Now” Price of $22.66 with Free Shipping ( Hurry only 999 Left )
    Suspended gudonglinhdyed_8878 last week,
    Reincarnated as gaodanbaoi_8790213 This Week


    June 3, 2010 at 2:10 AM

  190. Hi Axel,

    You got that dead right – unless they’ve got a company with clout twisting their arm ebay will probably do exactly as you say.


    June 2, 2010 at 5:50 AM

  191. Member ID: rebruht ( 6 ) Member since: Feb-11-10 in United States
    This Relative Newbie with a feedback of SIX
    Sold Three plumbing Fixtures and 3 Door Locks over a 27 Day Period and is now Selling (ONE HUNDRED) 128GB USB Drives ( In sets of 3 )
    Filed eBay Complaint Using “Report Item Link”
    What will eBay Do?? NOTHING Until Auctions are over, Then they will delete the Evidence…


    June 2, 2010 at 5:03 AM

  192. Ax,

    If its any help, and I’m sure the more exposure it gets, the better, you can vent on my blog too, although principly a tecno blog about flash and things, there are some eBay comments, especially about how to enhance your feedback, so I guess a rant or two about the good old ebay CS would fit well, and I could do with a few more posts/readers too.. Ask fightflashfraud for my blog address…


    May 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM

  193. Hi Axel,

    We already published a post about atcase:

    We’ve emailed you about publishing your proposed article about ebad stupidity. You can send us the article by replying to the mail.


    May 30, 2010 at 9:58 AM

  194. atcase ( 10) Member since: Mar-31-10 in Hong Kong
    1) Newbie China Seller,
    2) All FB Based on $1 Items (even got 1 NEG on that)
    3) Pretty oval Aluminized gummy Sticker Saying 64GB
    Is there a Blog where I can Vent about the Stupidity I encounter Daily From eBay Customer Service and ?????


    May 30, 2010 at 4:50 AM

  195. 1 week old Newbie with fakes of every Description, Outrageous shipping ( Cheating eBay and the Buyers at the same time) Location: Portugal
    The Now Famous or infamous Oldest Fake On ebay no Name Brand China Fake ( Only .99 cents W/$60.00 Shipping)
    Seller User ID: miraporto008 Member since: May-21-10


    May 30, 2010 at 2:13 AM

  196. eBay ID: grafvo ( 47) Member since: May-26-07 in Estonia
    Looks like a DT200 in BLUE (64GB) But does not say Kingston or DT200 on it, At 256GB Its Gotta be Fake.
    This seller has sold Kingston DT200 Advertised at 256GB (See below url)
    I have Reported the DT200 above to eBay 16 times over an 8 day period, eBays response was the standard 72 hour form letter and took NO further action of any type …


    May 28, 2010 at 2:44 PM

  197. Low Feedback? Switch Accounts…
    fomahip382 ( 5 ) Member since: Apr-25-10 in Vietnam became inactive May 13 with a 72.7% Feedback
    Abandoned account due to poor Feedback % Reincarnated as
    poorab771 ( 3 ) Member since: Apr-22-10 in Vietnam with a 100% Feedback
    Items are Identical, Phraseology is word for word, Punctuation for punctuation identical, Both Shipping Identical.
    Both url: compare them yourself


    May 28, 2010 at 4:47 AM

  198. Thanks Axel,
    We are a bit overloaded at the moment – but will check these out tomorrow! In the meantime your comments do help more than you know, even if we can’t post about sellers immediately as they are picked up by google!!


    May 27, 2010 at 9:56 PM

  199. All The following are selling DT310 USB Drives from $23.99 to $27.89
    All are Multiple item “BUY IT NOW” Auction FAKE

    eBay ID: gudonglinhdyed_8878 Member since May-26-10 China
    Kingston DT310 for $23.99

    eBay ID: dcboy0 ( 40 ) Member since Jul-29-05 China
    Kingston DT310 for $24.55

    eBay ID: jkdyeng77 ( 0 )Member since Nov-27-09 China
    Kingston DT310 for $27.89

    Please Click on above links and “Report Item” to eBay or email Complaint to Customer Support at


    May 27, 2010 at 8:56 PM

  200. eBay ID: itaim ( 3 ) Member since: Apr-20-10 in Israel
    Kingston DataTraveler DT200 256GB USB Flash Drive
    Another non-Existant Kingston 256GB DT200
    The DT200 is produced with a Max Capacity of 128GB


    May 27, 2010 at 2:59 AM

  201. Well Axel,

    What can we say?? Sometimes people simply don’t engage brain.


    May 26, 2010 at 9:03 AM

  202. Removed by ebay


    May 26, 2010 at 8:16 AM

  203. Member ID: ludi315 (50) Member since: Nov-11-08 in China
    256GB USB FLASH DRIVE USB 2.0 PEN STICK MEMORY 256 GB (Its a Kingston DT310)

    Reason: The Kingston DT 310 is a $800.00 Drive, But you can “BUY IT NOW” For 28.99
    (That’s Less than 3% of the Regular Price)
    This is so absurd only a Complete IDIOT would Bid..
    — Wait,—— Whats this??? —– 334 eBayers Bought one ! ! ! ! ! W O W It must be Real..
    Gotta get mine before the Sellers 3000 units are gone…
    China Sellers and eBay Both Know eBayers are Stupid.
    They don’t research Their items.
    They don’t test their items.
    They Don’t READ Feedback.
    They Endorse Fakes due to Ignorance.
    They cant figure out why 2 DT310 Drives are Being Auctioned (One For 859.00 and the other for 28.99) That one is FAKE…..


    May 26, 2010 at 4:42 AM

  204. Member ID: edccyth ( 0 ) Member since: Oct-27-07 in China

    REASON: 31 Months Inactivity , Then First Auction is a $26.88 Multiple Item “BUY IT NOW” for a Drive That Has a wholesale well over $200.00


    May 26, 2010 at 4:10 AM

  205. Hi Axel
    Thanks for the tip about jihufuandd1. The fraud gangs have numerous ebay IDs lined up in advance; as soon as one gets suspended another springs into action. There is one particular gang (not the one this ID is part of) where we actually know most of the ID’s before they even start selling fake flash!


    May 25, 2010 at 5:26 AM

  206. Life After Death
    eBay Seller ID: idggdk789 Member Since Oct-09-09 DEREGISTERED / Suspended May 09-2010
    Back and doing an Honest Days Thieving as eBay Seller ID: jihufuandd1 Member Since Oct-10-09
    Both List Identical Items with Identical Format and Identical Phraseology (And Typographical Errors ) Both From 长沙市, 湖南省, ( Changsha City, Hunan Province, ) Neither left any feedback for others, And Transitional Time frame Fits Perfectly.


    May 25, 2010 at 3:26 AM

  207. looks like mariano8148 listed another suspect flash drive, a 64GB Kingston DT200 (item number 250637856192) – if ebay pulled listings from this seller before it is likely that it is fake.


    May 23, 2010 at 4:30 PM

  208. eBay Italy
    eBay seller id: emiliopopp
    item number: 290435987478

    “Kingston” 512GB memory stick


    May 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM

  209. Hi stefano,
    I expect you are right – ebay don’t seem to investigate anything themselves, they just rely on others to do the leg-work and do little to cross-check IDs!


    May 22, 2010 at 4:45 PM

  210. yes,
    I guess they have removed mariano8148’s listings.
    Reporting items to eBay works (but I’m almost sure that most of them will reappear sooner or later with a different eBay id)


    May 22, 2010 at 4:33 PM

  211. Hi stefano,

    Couldn’t find any flash drives listed by mariano8148, maybe ebay pulled the listings?


    May 22, 2010 at 2:52 PM

  212. Hi stefano,

    The model shown does exist – but not in 512GB capacity!! There are absolutely no genuine 512GB flash drives whatsoever yet, the largest size is 256GB. Might be worth getting in touch with Kingston – we used to have a team member who regularly reported in to Kingston and got a lot more listings removed that way than by reporting to ebay. Sadly his computer died, so he’s not able to help out anymore.


    May 22, 2010 at 1:54 PM

  213. seller: baywebmedia
    item: Kingston 512 gb (does it exist? I cannot even see it on the official website of Kingston)
    id: I don’t report it because the item is listed many many times, just give a look here:

    auctions starting from 25 euro
    “buy iy now” option for 30 euro

    I’m going to report the seller (not just the item) to eBay


    May 22, 2010 at 1:28 PM

  214. reporting items to eBay is too difficult on some platforms:
    – and have a “report an item” link in the page of the item
    – doesn’t have it!!!
    Why? Is it that they have only in the countries where laws are protecting the costumers a bit ? (In Italy laws are always protecting the crook, the biggest one of them being their PM)


    May 22, 2010 at 1:21 PM

  215. I’m reporting a lot of fake kingston sticks to eBay these days.
    There are so many especially in Spain and Portugal (although they seem to be everywhere: Italy, Germany, UK)

    Lots of these sellers have a low number of ratings (new sellers, possibly “reincarnations” of banned sellers).

    one of them could be Spanish eBay seller “mariano8148”, whom I have some reasons (even if not really proofs) to believe that he is a reincarnation of “monstershop3000”

    his item page seems to be almost the same as that of monstershop3000 (I cannot compare them because those of monstershop have been removed by eBay)


    May 22, 2010 at 1:01 PM

  216. Living up to his User ID Name
    eBay ID : liying314 ( 44) Member since: Mar-13-09
    Location : China
    No Account Activity for 11 months, Virtually all feedback based on 17 Unique Auctions over last 8 weeks to build recent feedback.
    Started Listing new 16GB USB (24 Hour Auctions) every 15 to 30 Minutes on May 21

    Many Complaints to eBay Farce and Safety with Little to no Action…But a lot of Unbelievably Stupid replies from eBay


    May 22, 2010 at 4:22 AM

  217. Hi Stefano,

    We could not find the item number you mention, so it may have been removed by ebay. We are inclined to agree that the Kingston flash drives from seller iole72 are likely to be fakes.

    Amazingly, a number of the 64GB flash drives from this seller seem to have fetched around the price you would expect for genuine ones, though the start price for the flash drives from iole72 (both 64GB and 128GB Kingston DT200) is tiny.

    We strongly advise anyone who bought a Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drive from iole72 to check the serial number with Kingston – we doubt that they will verify them. Testing with h2testw will expose the truth about the capacity of these flash drives.


    May 21, 2010 at 5:37 PM

  218. seller eBay id: iole72
    item id: 230476217400 (and many others)

    Seller claims they cannot guarantee the authenticity of the item being sold, and will not accept returns.
    Price is way too low


    May 21, 2010 at 3:12 PM

  219. Kingston USB flash drive DT 101 32GB
    Item number: 320532878964
    Item location: Pennsylvania, United States
    Member id210allen210 ( Feedback Score Of 5 )

    This item is a 32GB DT-101, but the largest DT-101 sold by Kingston is 16GB, and there’s a known scam with fake 32GB DT-101’s. Seller’s positive feedback is all from him buying several very low priced auction items (15 cent or less).


    May 16, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    Location: Japan Item: 250629882546
    Seller ID: risa8620 Member Since Apr-28-10
    Shows a Picture of a DT120 which is not made in a 128GB Capacity (32GB is Max)
    The ( -2 ) Feedback instills lots of Confidence.
    Seller Has 5 feed backs, All 5 are NEGATIVE ..
    Does eBay use a different Math than I use?
    Should not the Seller have a ( -5 ) Feedback??


    May 12, 2010 at 2:53 AM

  221. Looks like ebay removed the listing you mentioned Axel.


    May 11, 2010 at 7:14 AM

  222. NEW LOW Buy It Now Price of $23.99
    (Its got to be REAL)
    eBay Auction Number : 250629894958
    eBay Seller ID : eather7 ( 0 ) Member since: May-07-10 in United States
    Item Description : New 128GB Flash Memory Pen Stick Thumb Drive USB 2.0
    Item URL :
    1) The DT120 (Pictured) is only made with Capacity of up to 32GB (Anything Above 32GB is Fake)
    2) A Newbie ( 3 Days Old ) That has NEVER Sold anything (Except Fake Flash)
    3) The Seller ID: Tells me he thinks this is a big JOKE..
    4) The most important reason is “Its listed on eBay”


    May 10, 2010 at 11:12 PM

  223. Hi Axel,

    looks like this seller may be taking your advice as listings have vanished.


    May 7, 2010 at 10:49 PM

  224. eBay Auction Number : 160431990404 & 160431990290 (Multiple item Auctions)
    eBay Seller ID : ransit74 ( 0 ) Member since: Mar-03-10 in United States
    Location: California Seller
    Item Description : New 128GB Flash Memory Pen Stick Thumb Drive USB 2.0
    Item URL :
    REASON SUSPECT FRAUD : eBay Newbie with (ZERO) Sales, Selling Multiple items of the most commonly Counterfeited USB drive for under $27.00
    He has been requested to test his Memory before Listing on eBay ( NO REPLY FROM ransit74


    May 7, 2010 at 9:31 PM

  225. Seller: dcervar
    item: Many USB Kingston memory modules of several capacities, just check sold and items for sale!

    1) Prices are really low (strange)
    2) (confirmed!) Too many users confirmed in the Feedback that he is selling counterfeit products.
    3) Too many compliants of products not working also from the feedback page.

    User Feedback url:


    April 29, 2010 at 6:29 AM

  226. Hello

    He was selling cheap julery now fake flash drives. Comments from others like him, boxingwang0082008 ( 368)


    April 22, 2010 at 8:13 AM

  227. fay1723 Kingston DT200 128GB (fake?) (from Hongdayi Digital Technology Co)
    item 120661406036: Interesting to follow this auction and the other one being sold by the same seller. Will these be reported as having 126GB of REAL capacity?
    What is Hongdayi Digital Technology Co up to?


    April 7, 2010 at 7:45 AM

  228. Hi Tony,
    This seller is on our list of fraudsters to report about, we can hardly keep up with the number of fraudulent sellers! Your comment should act as an early warning – so many thanks for reporting in again!


    April 6, 2010 at 7:11 PM

  229. Seller info
    2009poenghony (72)

    eBay Auction Number : 160420324438
    Member since: Sep-26-09
    Location: China

    Item description:

    Item URL:

    Another seller of fake Kingston DT200, it seems that a new gang of scammers from China sell the same fake flashes with different nicknames for 23.99$.


    April 6, 2010 at 7:02 PM

  230. Hi Tony,
    Thanks for reporting a suspect – a short post about this fraudster will go up in about half an hour’s time.


    April 6, 2010 at 6:12 PM

  231. Seller info
    dashuang1026 (41)

    eBay Auction Number : 160420423805
    Member since: Dec-24-07
    Location: China

    Item description:

    Item URL:

    Another seller of fake Kingston DT200


    April 6, 2010 at 5:53 PM

  232. I Nominate this Seller for the FOOL Of The Week Award.
    eBay Auction Number : 290421256314
    eBay Seller ID : samova ( 778) Member since: Dec-04-98 in United States
    Item Description : Brand New 512GB USB 2.0 Memory Thumb Drive
    Item URL :
    REASON SUSPECT FRAUD : At a Buy it now Price of $35.00 for a 512GB,Its Got to be real,( Remember, Its NOT a Flash Drive, Its a MINITURE SATA DRIVE )


    April 3, 2010 at 11:06 PM

  233. Hi Axel,
    We are well aware of the devious singjapan gang and have been posting about these Singapore based fraudsters since we noticed the first few IDs appearing some months ago. They are a very sneaky lot!


    April 3, 2010 at 9:17 AM

  234. ==================================================================================================
    eBay Auction Number :220582510924 , 140396149315 , 270554258670
    eBay Seller 1 ID :bataizihn63234 ( 0 ) Since: May-15-09 Taiwan
    eBay Seller 2 ID :rapperorday ( 19) Since: Jan-05-10 China
    eBay Seller 3 ID :guimingtang ( 18) Since: Jan-15-10 China
    Item Description X3 :New USB 2.0 8 GB Flash Memory Pen Stick Thumb Drive X
    Item URL 1 :
    Item URL 2 :
    Item URL 3 :
    REASONS TO SUSPECT FRAUD :1).Sony Vaio Drive does not exist,
    :2).100% of feedback is as a BUYER,
    :3).Feedback indicates all 3 are the same seller


    April 3, 2010 at 2:14 AM

  235. ( NOTE TO MODERATOR, If any of the below information is sensitive or if you prefer not to post or use it, Feel free to Edit or delete as as you Please )
    If you want a Current list of active singjapan Fake Sellers, You have my email address…

    eBay Auction Number : 230457120127
    eBay Seller ID : ( 23) Member since: Jan-22-10 in Singapore
    Item Description : 128GB Branded Leather Brand New Flash Pen Thumb Drive
    Item URL :
    REASON SUSPECT FRAUD : Of the 25 Feedbacks received, 23 of them are SHILL Feedback, 21 feedback left for others is Shill, The remaining(28) bought Fakes.. ( Seller is Part of a Network of 200+ FAKE Memory Sellers all Singapore Based..) of the 31 active listings (Today’s date) 13 are Singjapan Group Members.. ( search for “128GB pen” )


    April 3, 2010 at 1:13 AM

  236. eBay Auction Number : 170467042962
    eBay Seller ID : admas12 ( 0 ) Member since: Mar-31-10 in United States (2 Days Old)
    Item Description : 64GB USB Flash Memory 2.0 Leather Pen Thumb Drive
    Item URL :
    REASON SUSPECT FRAUD : New Seller 0 Feedback, Selling Sony Vaio Flash Drive that has never been made By Sony… The only people that make this Drive are China Fake Factories.


    April 2, 2010 at 11:13 PM

  237. jay191291 item no’s 320510327041, 320510327666 Obvious fakes, check also the “buy it now” items from this seller and what seem realistic prices.


    April 2, 2010 at 12:40 PM

  238. Sorry for not responding to your comment before Cheryl – we are overwhelmed with the number of fakes. We did put up a post about the seller you reported the following day. If you notice other suspect items please let us know.


    March 30, 2010 at 7:17 PM

  239. On eBay
    128gb USB Flashdrive
    Seller: tasdcue (0)
    item: 270555116585
    Reason: Sony does not make a 128gb flash drive


    March 29, 2010 at 10:39 PM

  240. Coulcous – Ebay probably found out the item was fake and removed the listing. As they (and Paypal) should be aware that the flash drive you bought from yggw709.i was probably an illegal fake they should give you a refund if you put in a claim. If they don’t, then please be sure to come back and report what they said!!


    March 29, 2010 at 7:21 PM

  241. i bought a 128gb usb and the ebay stuff or the seller erased the user from ebay and also the listing/item. I bought a 128GB usb Kingstone.i have not received it yet,and if i do(i doubt)i believe that this will be fake.then i searched to the internet and found that the user sold fake usb.the users name was yggw709.i hope to get my money back which i really doubt.


    March 29, 2010 at 7:02 PM

  242. Hi Axel – posts about these sellers will go up today


    March 29, 2010 at 9:54 AM

  243. eBay Auction Number : 220579177037
    eBay Seller ID : tibiao3010 ( 0 ) Member since: Mar-26-10 in Korea, South
    item Description : New USB 2.0 64GB Flash Memory Pen Stick Thumb Drive X
    Item URL :
    REASON SUSPECT FRAUD : Sony Vaio Flash memory does not exist, It has never been made by Sony


    March 29, 2010 at 6:16 AM

  244. eBay Auction Number : 250604509801
    eBay Seller ID : 10qingwa ( 0 ) Member since: Mar-25-10 in Korea, South
    Item Description : New USB 2.0 64GB Flash Memory Pen Stick Thumb Drive X
    Item URL :
    REASON SUSPECT FRAUD : Sony Vaio Flash memory does not exist, It has never been made by Sony


    March 29, 2010 at 3:01 AM

  245. Sorry, This is a Long One…
    eBay Auction Number : 200454554239
    eBay Seller ID : petr6429 ( 99) Member since: Nov-13-06 in United States
    Item Description : New Cute 32GB USB FLASH DRIVE! USA Seller!!! FAST SHIP!
    Item URL A MUST READ :
    REASON SUSPECT FRAUD : Completed Auctions 200449573806 and 200449573254 for a “Broken 32gb USB drive” (With a dhgate Photo, Seller ID: etec2009), In Auction 200454554239 (Please See above link) He tells you NEVER to format a 32GB drive it will “BROKE” it.


    March 29, 2010 at 1:12 AM

  246. Many thanks for your help Axel


    March 28, 2010 at 9:30 AM

  247. eBay Auction Number : 260574151026
    eBay Seller ID : intelseller2010 ( 0 ) Member since: Feb-27-10 in China
    Item Description : sony v1 64gb usb2.0 flash sony vaio pendrive rotation
    Item URL :
    REASON SUSPECT FRAUD : Sony never has made and does not make a Vaio USB Drive.


    March 28, 2010 at 7:21 AM

  248. eBay Auction Number : 230454388645
    eBay Seller ID : kibykiby1 ( 42) Member since: Jan-01-02 in United States
    Item Description : kington DT 200 256GB usb flash drive !
    Item URL :
    REASON SUSPECT FRAUD : The DT200 is only available as a 32GB 64GB and 128GB ,,, The 256GB is the DT300 for Europe, and the DT310 for the USA (When it becomes available)


    March 28, 2010 at 7:03 AM

  249. eBay Auction Number : 250605214196
    eBay Seller ID : grantomme ( 0 ) Member since: Feb-20-10 in CANADA
    Item Description : USB KINGSTON 512GB
    Item URL :

    REASON SUSPECT FRAUD : Kingston does not make a 512GB USB Flash Drive


    March 28, 2010 at 5:55 AM

  250. eBay Auction 270551733143
    eBay Seller ID: john_ca7
    REASON: No Such Thing exists


    March 27, 2010 at 2:07 AM

  251. Auction : 260575912611
    Seller ID: tavornsak2499
    Selling 512GB SONY USB DRIVE
    No One Makes a USB Flash Drive > 256GB


    March 27, 2010 at 1:24 AM

  252. schatt71,
    There is not a lot you can do now until the drive arrives other than download h2testw so that you are ready to test it on arrival.
    When it does arrive, check the serial number with Kingston – we are certain they will say they cannot verify the drive. Test the first 5000 megabytes of the drive – this should be enough to prove it is a fake as most have a capacity of less than 4GB. Put in a refund claim and don’t give up!


    March 20, 2010 at 12:38 PM

  253. Seller:changhui19828
    item : dt 200 Kingstone 128gb (2x)
    Item number: 250598183193
    I tried contact – No send if it has’t 128gb. too late.
    They was very fast: after the paypal few hours is shipped already.
    What I have to do


    March 20, 2010 at 11:44 AM

  254. 1. The seller ID – foxtreesoftware Item – 128GB Flashdrive

    2. Item numbers – 170458120318 170458748012

    3. a brief (no more than about 15 words) description of the suspect item – “Sony Vaio” flashdrive. Sony does not make a “Vaio” brand flashdrive. He sold me one and it is fake!

    4. reason you suspect it is fake (again please keep it short) – See #3, Sony does not make a “Vaio” flashdrive.


    March 18, 2010 at 10:15 PM

  255. To Sorin,
    Seems you did the same as many of us here and bought a few fakes on ebay before realising. Do not give in to any pressure to return fraudulent items to the seller – if you are foolish enough to try to return it to the seller then you will have:

    – lost the physical proof that it was fake (the item itself)
    – probably broken the law by sending a fake item through the post
    – very likely lost your refund as the seller will correctly (as return address was probably fake) claim that the item never arrived. Well, if the address you sent it to was fake it couldn’t be delivered, could it??


    March 18, 2010 at 8:59 PM

  256. I was also scammed by “thefamilystorage” and I opened a dispute on paypal. Meanwhile, the ebay stuff or the seller erased the user from ebay and also the listing/item. I bought a 128GB DT200 which came sealed in a perfectly copied Kingstone package. Of course it was fake and now I’m the owner of a 2GB USB flash which I don’t need, and on which I spend 29USD. I’m so angry… I discovered this site to late. I hope to refund.


    March 18, 2010 at 8:28 PM

  257. Thanks Matt,
    A post about this fake will go up first thing tomorrow morning. There are so many listings for fake flash memory on ebay we are finding it difficult to keep up!!


    March 15, 2010 at 9:57 PM


    Seller- jacob4990 (
    Item- 500gb USB
    Item no.- 120542332993


    March 15, 2010 at 11:16 AM

  259. Hello. The flash drive that I had contacted you about of Feb 21st was indeed a phony. I contacted Kingston, who told me to check for the laser etched numbers on the metal usb plug. It did not have them. It did not function at all. I filed a dispute through paypal and was refunded the money. Thank you for everything.


    March 14, 2010 at 7:23 AM

  260. There is actually a post about this seller:

    It is possible that the seller had no idea – most people have no idea about the real cost of flash memory items. As a result sellers sometimes don’t spot that it would not be possible for a wholesaler to sell at such low prices if the flash drives were genuine. If the seller is honest then all buyers will be contacted and refunded – and there have been a few honest sellers who did this.


    March 12, 2010 at 7:13 AM

  261. Bought a 128gb DT200 from gazzabells_emporium (item #290409744842). Tried to put data on it but lost most of it. Couldn’t delete anything & then it decided to say it needed to be formatted (thich couldn’t be done). Made seller aware of this. Looks like they bought a dodgy bulk lot. They still have another one listed on eBay, despite knowing about mine. Couldn’t run the h2testw program on it cos it doesn’t even register as a drive now until it’s formatted. My IT department at work tried & even they couldn’t do anything with it (2 of our IT people also got scammed with these, so it’s nice to know I’m not alone). Seller has agreed to refund & will ‘check’ with their ‘buyer’. I’d like to think they were honestly duped themselves & didn’t know.


    March 12, 2010 at 4:43 AM

  262. Thanks eim – seems three people have spotted this seller almost simultaneously! A post about guest_seller889 will go up tomorrow.


    March 2, 2010 at 2:30 PM

  263. 1. The seller ID: guest_seller889
    2. Item number: 260561295680
    4. To good price on this product…


    March 2, 2010 at 2:02 PM

  264. Hi Superman,

    We did post about this seller a while back and there is evidence against usbislanduk in the fake flash database


    February 27, 2010 at 5:48 PM

  265. seller: usbislanduk
    item# 270528977068
    usb flash pen and ball point 16GB
    h27estw report: write block after 4 GB


    February 27, 2010 at 4:42 PM

  266. Hi Val,

    We’ve had a look and would say that the 128GB Kingston form thakralanil is pretty well bound to be counterfeit. It does indeed look as though this seller bought from a fraudulent wholesaler. The seller may not realise – suggest you get in touch and tell the seller what you have discovered.

    We suggest the seller gets in touch with Kingston to check serial numbers. Genuine flash drives of this type have individual serial numbers that can be verified with Kingston – we doubt if Kingston will verify these.


    February 21, 2010 at 9:34 AM

  267. On ebay.
    seller: thakralanil
    item: Kingston 128 GB USB Flash Drive
    item #: 230439063022

    Reason: I just bought the thing tonight. I needed a large-capacity flash drive and there was a minute left on something that looked too good to be true. I purchased the item, and now have been reading up that it is probably phony. The seller location says burke, VA, United States, but the item has a website that crosses the item photo that is a Chinese wholesaler. I will certainly test it when i get it, but have you had any complaints about that seller? Is there anything I do now? I feel like a fool.


    February 21, 2010 at 9:18 AM

  268. Hi dee,
    There are already posts up about kashifmuhammad and modalazer2010 – we’ll put up posts about larochel123 and digitalbridgegroupllc shorly, so thanks for the info as we didn’t spot these two!


    February 19, 2010 at 9:35 AM

  269. kashifmuhammad – fake sony 500gb flash micro vault

    larochel123 – same

    modalazer2010 – same

    digitalbridgegroupllc – same


    February 19, 2010 at 9:05 AM

  270. 2010gillybean has received the 2nd complaint, the buyer reports not being able to load more than 360meg without problems, he is going to return for a refund. We cannot as yet assume ALL flash drives sold by this seller will be fake or false capacity because there are a number of different types on offer. Currently the little Red Heart shaped one is fake, as is the obvious red leather and metal (fraudsters friend), but there is yet another white version that I am not familiar with, time will tell.


    February 18, 2010 at 12:18 AM

  271. 2010gillybean has received the FIRST negative feedback for the sold 64GB fakes. I am advised by two members that TEN of the buyers have been informed to check their purchases, and there are still TWO that have issued foolish positive feedbacks that need informing, the most recent two in the feedback list, if someone else would like to help out here.


    February 16, 2010 at 1:19 PM

  272. Seller latestcentury is running an auction for:

    Item number: 290401054415

    I purchased one from the same seller a couple weeks ago and have verified with h2testw that it is a fake.

    I’ve reported it to ebay but it is still there. If you have a minute please visit this auction and Report Item.


    February 13, 2010 at 10:00 PM

  273. 2010gillybean has sold FIVE suspicious looking 64GB flash drives item 110489502918 is an example. 4 of the buyers were advised by a member, one has replied and was advised to test with h2testw. This one buyer has previously brought two other fakes from known reported fake sellers (see matt.oates and telboy1966) how unlucky can you get?
    This shows how essential it is to TEST properly BEFORE issuing feedback, then issuing NEGATIVE feedback accordingly, after raising a refund claim.


    February 12, 2010 at 2:16 PM

  274. Thanks for the info, David. A post about this seller will go up shortly.


    February 8, 2010 at 11:06 AM

  275. Seller ID: gdtronics
    Item #: 190370581471
    Desc: Kingston DataTraveler 200 128 gb 128gb USB Unopened NEW

    Seller has 10 of these listed, does not accept returns.
    Claims that ” These were just purchased wholesale so we’re passing the savings on to you. We performed quality control on several random units (you are bidding on a brand new not opened unit) and they worked flawlessly. These retail for over $500″

    Sent him a message asking if he had tested with H2testw–he hadn’t. Asked him if I bought one and it failed test would he refund–no answer.


    February 8, 2010 at 10:34 AM

  276. Looks like the seller gibsonsulli is stuck with them, auction ended no sale… Worth keeping an eye on though.


    February 7, 2010 at 7:11 PM

  277. Here’s a seller that might be an unwitting victim of flash fraud, but he’s trying to resell the drives to other eBay users without knowing what’s going on.

    Seller ID: gibsonsulli
    Item number: 280457823459
    Description: Job lot of 10x Kingston 32Gb USB keys.
    Suspicion: Item description includes text “The USB sticks are being sold as faulty. I was testing them myself and files that you transfer have some errors after certain capacity is reached. They do show 32Gb capacity when you plug them in.” which almost verifies the flash is fake. Looks like an unwitting victim, mind.


    February 6, 2010 at 10:32 PM

  278. Both sellers are known fraudsters – test your items with h2testw.


    January 24, 2010 at 9:33 AM

  279. Quite frankly micro, we think that ebay doesn’t care a fig so long as they get their fees.

    We have all seen over the months how buyers rush to buy fakes without engaging brain and how devious fraudsters can be in trying to make themselves look good to those without investigative skills.

    I begin to think that we are wasting our time.


    January 23, 2010 at 5:39 PM

  280. New methods of faking feedback to get a good rating:
    This is a variation on an original theme, in this case the items sold will be fake counterfeit flash memory, previously discovered as fake as a result of refunding buyers. Seller ONE offers these fake items up for auction. Buyer ONE bids for and wins some of these, duly gives good feedback to seller ONE, but states items were faulty, and how nice of the seller to refund with no quibbles. Result: glowing feedback for seller!
    Of course there was no actual transaction, no money, just fake feedback, and because as we all know that buyers on ebay lack a certain wisdom and will bid anything to get their hands on the latest posing large flash memory, the price rockets:
    Stage TWO: Buyer ONE now auctions the same fake items and guess what? Seller ONE now becomes the bidder and chases up the price, clinching the deal, later issues feedback to buyer ONE as the seller, stating how nice he is as he refunded instantly because the item was “faulty”… and so folks on it goes:
    Result, two sellers of fake flash get elevated feedback from each other, full of flowery sweet comments, no money changes hands, in fact the only money ever spent is probably that when the original buyer brought the fakes from another fraudulent seller.
    How nice of ebay to hide bidders names, now its free for all to sell what you like, bid it up to what price you like with another account.


    January 23, 2010 at 1:47 PM

  281. Thanks for that Micro – a post about this fake will go up shortly.

    We need the help of ebayers in spotting fake flash memory being sold on ebay – we simply do not have the people available to spot everything ourselves.

    If you spot something suspicious and a search on the seller’s ID on this blog shows nothing then report in on this page with seller ID, item number, and why you think it is fake.


    January 19, 2010 at 5:20 PM

  282. I cannot believe this seller got missed? davidenko09
    64GB green Data travelers, obviously fake, 6 more to go probably 10 already sold.

    Item 320476852907 for reference


    January 19, 2010 at 2:48 PM

  283. estorestock is listing anohter very suspect drives.

    A 256GB “blue” swivel DT101 type drive (no drive of this type is listing on any kingston site)


    January 17, 2010 at 4:23 PM

  284. estorestock is listing two very suspect drives.

    A 256GB “orange” swivel DT101 type drive (no drive of this type is listing on any kingston site)

    For sale qty 1 Kingston DataTraveler USB 2.0 256GB Flash Storage


    There is another list for a 128GB flash drive of the type sold the fake seller gang based in singapore.


    January 17, 2010 at 4:17 PM

  285. There is already a post about seller good_as_gold:
    The seller was warned these were counterfeit when the items were first listed and initially removed the listings – then listed them as faulty despite being told that they were counterfeit, fake capacity items that would corrupt files rather than faulty items. This ebayer is obviously rather selfish and is more interested in recouping her loss than in the damage that will be done if someone loses valuable files by using one of these fakes.


    January 17, 2010 at 11:18 AM

  286. User ID good_as_gold

    Item Number 290391749634 has 10 or more listed, sold 14!

    128GB Kingston usb sticks sold as faulty


    January 17, 2010 at 11:11 AM

  287. kent-appliances


    Sony 16gb pro mk2 cards plus other similiar item

    Silly low prices for high value flash memory


    January 17, 2010 at 10:58 AM

  288. jts, please read this if you did not already..
    This seller has a history of fake selling, and name changing..


    January 17, 2010 at 9:49 AM

  289. yf-tech is selling uses revenge and extortion

    8GB Slim 1.8″LCD MP3/MP4 Radio FM Player+Gift&Free Ship from yf-tech, purchased then found this web site. Got a full refund but they asked for positive feedback. I gave negative feedback and now they opened a case to get their money for a canceled transaction.


    January 17, 2010 at 7:39 AM

  290. scomm2010 Zero Feedback auctioning 64 GB flash drives (GREEN) Data travelers, One sold, 4 listed item number 260531888613 is the longest to run: Picture shows name Kingston, but not mentioned in title or text.


    January 3, 2010 at 9:08 AM

  291. adamjk100 had 3 obvious fakes standard metal & leather fraudsters items only marked SONY V^10 which of course Sony never made, specially in 64MB capacity.
    Item 300379552094 is next to go. This seller has been advised by a member that they are selling counterfeits, the member has also reported one suspect counterfeit item to eBay.


    December 23, 2009 at 12:16 PM

  292. Hi Jan,
    There is already a post here about h3nd12y:
    fake flash sold by h3nd12y
    please warn buyers and get them to report in to sosfakeflash with test results:
    Report in to SOSFakeFlash


    December 18, 2009 at 10:08 PM

  293. Seller h3nd12y is selling 500gb usb flash drives for £37.99 inc P&P on Item no: 110470721308


    December 18, 2009 at 9:53 PM

  294. Hi Doug,

    There is a post about lingwawa98982009 here:

    Good luck with your refund and don’t forget to report in with test results and other info we need for the database here:
    Report in to SOSFakeFlash


    December 17, 2009 at 3:50 PM

  295. hi,, this ebay seller lingwawa98982009 is selling 16gb flash drives that are only 2gb drives. it will take 16gb of data but only the first 2 gb are readable, the rest is corupt. i have tested on 3 machines and formatted it again but still only 2gb. curently i am running your test program on the drive and will report my findings to ebay. he no-longer has items for sale.


    December 17, 2009 at 3:09 PM

  296. Hi Geomac,
    There is already a post about this seller here: – you can check for posts about a seller by entering the seller ID in the search box.


    December 16, 2009 at 2:15 PM

  297. Item #:120506396889
    Seller: tgolf-uk
    Description:Kingston 32GB DT 200 USB 2.0 Flash Drive *NEW*


    December 16, 2009 at 1:58 PM

  298. Yes, eBay does a random block. Just carry on to the next eBay member id. Make a note of the id that is blocked and try again a few days later.

    If you contact people who left positive feedback, please make sure you do a follow up to have them report to sosfakeflash using the report a fake tab. Things are really starting to heat up, my team is going crazy, but trying their best.

    A lot of confirmed fake flash sellers will be published this week with internet alerts to warn people.

    Can you believe we have 782 sellers on evidence? The seller lists have been updated.

    Name a site that has more sellers on file? !!!!!

    Keep up the good work, but please remember to contact buyers who left positive feedback for a suspect seller and get them to test! If they confirm a fake have them report in quickly with the information needed.

    SOSFakeFlash has reached 432,000 visitors. Get the evidence in to my team so we can issue a formal alert on the internet.


    December 14, 2009 at 7:03 AM

  299. Hi Earl,

    Ebay randomly blocks messages to an ID if the sender is not involved in a transaction with them.


    December 12, 2009 at 8:58 PM

  300. Tried to contact a buyer about fake flash. Ebay’s response:

    We have determined you are trying to contact an eBay member with whom you are not currently involved in an open transaction. For the protection of the eBay community, we sometimes block these types of communication. To prevent this occurrence from happening in the future, we recommend the following:

    Now they are even blocking us. I have not sent 5 messages yet.


    December 12, 2009 at 8:37 PM

  301. item#: 120503377885
    Seller: kvntbgn

    I found this one off of the eBay Canada website. They’re supposedly selling those 64 GB Kingston flash drives for $26 dollars (free shipping). They’ve sold so many yet there is only 2 feedback(s). You’d think more people would praise such an excellent deal. Suspicious?. Not at all. It’s just that the 64 GB Kingston drives sell for 200 or some dollars on the Kingston website. XD

    Item#: 160386489033
    Seller: apiszarshavin

    32 GB flash drives for this seller at $15 apiece. 58 sold yet still no feedback on this wonderful item. Suspicious? Not at all. Ooh, free shipping as well. XD

    Rich Yu

    December 12, 2009 at 9:00 AM

  302. Lovely Kitty.. That gives a totally new meaning to NECKING oooutch!!
    Now then while we are on the subject of naughty things:
    Here is another “Very Naughty” (Python) person I think.
    Item 300376026281 and SEVEN others, all down to one
    paulw3038 in the shape of Traveller 200 64GB velly cheap! too cheap to be genuine I’d say…


    December 11, 2009 at 6:23 PM

  303. Repetitive Strain Injury? It’s a very common issue for those who pound the keyboard and mouse.

    Spent an entire year with both hands in restrictive braces.

    Key to cutting down on work for team members is that people report in with complete information. Incomplete information at SOSFakeFlash is now being discarded and not looked into. It is too time consuming.

    The issue is to press on and move quickly – it is the only way to try and contain the issue on eBay. If the FrankenFlash Project team members decide to take a two month holiday (well deserved) all hell will break loose and it will return to the wild west days of fake flash memory selling on eBay.

    If you make contact with a victim who reports the seller sold them a fake memory item – you need to have them report in to sosfakeflash using the Report A Fake and fast!

    No report in, no go onto fake flash sellers lists, no get an alert. The alerts published at sosfakeflash have extremely high visibility. Fake flash memory sellers hate and fear them. Ebay and Paypal don’t like them either.

    Many victims who challenge Paypal claims (closed on them) write into Paypal and paste the alerts along with their demand for a refund – citing as additional evidence.

    Your objective is to nab the suspected seller, with proof and rush the evidence into sosfakeflash. Proof is vital. Innocent until proven guilty, no matter how obvious.

    PS for anyone suffering computer aches:

    1) Try to make sure your laptop or PC is positioned properly for you height etc.

    2) Have proper back support.

    3) Use an optical bear claw mouse with a trackball (no wrist movement).

    4) Fill sink with water as hot as you can stand, and perform hand ballet for 15 minutes twice a day. You may feel ridiculous artistic, but you will be amazed at how this helps.

    5) Use computer ache as an excuse for a nice neck massage from your signifcant other or even work colleagues.

    1-5 keeps me going at the sosfakeflash site. And yes at work it can help if your colleagues offer assistence, just make sure their spouses don’t find out. If you are lucky several will oblige during the day and in good fun too.


    December 11, 2009 at 5:12 AM

  304. Seller ID: desrothwell

    Item No 220520538991

    Item: Kingston 32gb DT200 usb drive (priced at £31)

    Seller does not accept returns, will not reply to requests and item price way low


    December 9, 2009 at 4:44 PM

  305. To fight_fraud
    Sorry for changing your ID – this was to avoid confusion between us!!

    Thanks for the information – a post about this seller will appear shortly. We appreciate any help that other ebayers can give. Unfortunately we are rather short of regular troops at the moment for a variety of reasons, so things will be a little slower than usual.

    The main writer of this blog has repetitive strain injury and the recent loss of an ergonomic keyboard is making life difficult. Another member of the team had his computer die on him altogether. Others are less active than before due to either work or family situations.

    The whole of the frankenflash project is under threat of collapsing due to such issues!!

    We need victims to report in to sosfakeflash, leave negative comments for fraudsters (with things like: fake memory, corrupts files, see sosfakeflash, test with h2testw) or do this in follow up comments if they left positive feedback before they realised they had a fake.

    Those who bought fakes should then contact buyers of the same item and get them to leave the seller in question a big fat neg and warn others in turn.

    If every victim left a negative, did not fall for excuses and bribery to remove it, warned at least 4 other buyers of the same item and got them to do the same the problem of fake flash memory on ebay would have ended long ago.

    It is up to you folks! We can’t do it for you.


    November 29, 2009 at 9:20 PM

  306. 128GB Data Traveler USB Flash Drive
    Item: 300371795978
    Seller User ID: notebookmd

    Price is way below the street price of $400


    November 29, 2009 at 10:02 AM

  307. Complaint to Ebay on buyers to be soon ripped off:



    November 26, 2009 at 9:28 AM

  308. Even further on it-superstore. The test purchase I arranged (not flash memory) arrived, was as per description, except it was a loose item, not in the usual plastic bubble. Comments made to the seller about the unnecessary use of private listings on everyday electronic items were taken on-board in a feedback response. The inability to supply an invoice was just down to unfamiliarity of the ebay auction features, a simple link to the ebay help page was sent to the seller.


    November 25, 2009 at 9:40 AM

  309. One we missed!!! dropship2009 Kingston 64GB Data travel 200 Three sold, private listings, Barnsley South Yorkshire, the Yorkshire hotbed of fraudulent activity.
    items 110460393371, 110460393173, 110460393082


    November 24, 2009 at 9:14 AM

  310. 64G 64GB Data Traveler 200 DT200 USB U Flash Drive
    Item: 250519348646
    Seller User ID: menglong699

    Only 2GB drive!!


    November 23, 2009 at 11:27 AM

  311. Hi Earl

    There is always the possibility that the seller didn’t know it is fake – I try not to be too harsh on sellers unless there is some evidence of deliberate fraud.

    After all, as you know, there are many people who sold fakes on ebay without realising at the time.


    November 12, 2009 at 7:27 PM

  312. If they are real I will take 100 of them.

    There is no way possible they could be real.

    People know what it is to sell on ebay, they know they would loose their shirts on auction.

    It is a big drive with a small chip. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

    We all know what we can expect from these kinds of sellers.

    Good luck with your drive.


    November 12, 2009 at 7:02 PM

  313. Looks as though it is probably a fake – if not then it seems the seller made a loss by selling to you.

    People selling genuine ones seldom risk selling at auction as these are very expensive.

    The best way find out for sure (for either sellers or buyers) is to check the serial number with Kingston.

    If Kingston cannot verify a drive then testing about a quarter of the capacity with the free program h2testw usually reveals the real capacity of fakes.


    November 12, 2009 at 6:49 PM

  314. New Kingston 128GB Data Travler 200
    Location: Florida
    Item: 280420430731
    Seller User ID: johnnyallandavis
    Feedback: 1 | 100%
    View similar active items | Sell one like this
    I paid $81 for this one on eBay. Fake?


    Tom Keith

    November 12, 2009 at 5:21 PM

  315. Kingston 128GB DataTraveler 200 USB 2.0 Flash Drive NEW
    Location: New York
    Item: 130343442454
    Seller User ID: nivipromi

    These drives are $420 on Amazon and are selling for less than $100 on eBay.

    Tom Keith

    November 12, 2009 at 5:17 PM

  316. Additional comments re it-superstore. As with all sellers that use private listings, it is essential when issuing feedback for a purchase that you mention the item and the item number in the feedback, and or follow up feedback if you need more space, this allows others to follow up the transaction from the feedback that would normally be hidden.


    November 8, 2009 at 10:46 PM

  317. I have reasons to believe that it-superstore located in Birmingham may be getting prepared to sell fake flash.
    Currently they are offering all kinds of electronic items and jewellery tools, a usual collection of far eastern items, at relatively high prices. They do not seem to have sold very much, currently have ZERO feedback, but the suspicious thing is most items are PRIVATE listings, for example item 110455241938.
    I think this is a seller that needs watching carefully, I have made a test purchase, and already they have advised me that do not send invoices (formal proof of a traders intent to supply).
    It is always a good idea if you suspect a seller, to ask for an invoice, if they cannot be bothered to send you one, then are they going to be bothered to supply your goods?


    November 8, 2009 at 10:37 PM

  318. cloe2064 (as noted elsewhere on the site) was selling 64GB Kingston DataTraveller 150s – They ARE fakes.

    2GB native capacity. Listing has been pulled by eBay. Item number was 230392228706.

    Nick Cutmore

    November 6, 2009 at 7:48 PM

  319. My listing was cancelled very quickly by ebay. So much for that ideal.

    I contacted stp354 ebayer, he had purchased a fake drive from bassamfh2007.

    He stated he has got the refund from pay pal and thanked me for the information.

    What I want to know is how does bassamfh2007 get away with it?

    Hopefully the other 4 contacts will put a nail in his coffin.


    November 3, 2009 at 3:58 PM

  320. Earl

    There is a post on bassamfh2007 already. The seller was using two ID’s to sell the same 32gb Kingston fakes.


    November 3, 2009 at 12:18 PM

  321. bassamfh2007 Sent out emails to five buyers, let’s see what happens.


    November 3, 2009 at 3:04 AM

  322. fairy_662 I couldn’t find anything under that listing and the last thing shown is in Aug. It also states they are no longer a registered user.


    November 3, 2009 at 2:48 AM

  323. There is a new fake flash seller on ebay, Kingston 64 GB, I know they are fake because I am the one that did the listing. It is listed as used and very specifically states READ DISCRIPTION.

    I did not list them with the intent on selling them, unless someone really wants a fake drive. I sold the information on ebay with a money back for any reason refund and it caused me trouble, so I will just wait until ebay cancelles this listing for some reason.

    If you would like to look at the listing and offer advice it is under USER ID OBIETEN Item number 260500741348.

    I avoided links in the listing, just a recommendation to do a internet search for the H2testw software. I am also not offering world wide shipping because of the language barriers.

    Wish me luck.


    November 3, 2009 at 2:43 AM

  324. coolbuy88 US Ebay, has been removed, he refused to listen to my warnings, hopefully he is a little smarter today.


    November 2, 2009 at 4:40 PM

  325. Hi Jon,

    We are aware of this seller – there are already posts here about this fraudster. In order to enter your proof of fraud in the database the frankenflash project needs 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


    October 23, 2009 at 7:58 AM

  326. Seller: id1_pro
    eBay item number – 280391893672
    New 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Pen Drive Memory Stick Green
    Price: US $11.99

    I ran a test using H2TESTW and it failed. The results of the test are below.

    The media is likely to be defective.
    1.9 GByte OK (4046680 sectors)
    5.8 GByte DATA LOST (12193960 sectors)
    Details:5.8 GByte overwritten (12193920 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    20 KByte corrupted (40 sectors)
    1 MByte aliased memory (2048 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x000000007b6eb000
    Expected: 0x000000007b6eb000
    Found: 0x0000000000000000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 3.21 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 7.87 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    John Tod

    October 23, 2009 at 4:05 AM

  327. fairy_662 has two long standing auctions for the fraudsters friend, says one sold see item number 150379872786. Is offering to post item as a “GIFT” to avoid custom tax (Illegal act) The lack of the word “the” in some of the sentences in the sellers terms seems to remind me of the old “pidgin” English used in far eastern countries.. Says 24 sold already.. I can only find TWO so suspect up to 24 disappointed customers somewhere in the World.


    October 20, 2009 at 5:21 PM

  328. fastmce has 16GB “flip” flash drives for sale, but the item specifics state drive capacity 2GB, this could be just a mistake of using a previous proforma to list the item, however looking at the recent feedback negatives, I’d guess there is NO smoke without here!!


    October 20, 2009 at 5:07 PM

  329. bassamfh2007 32gb DT1 (hacked 2gb DT1) USA seller
    Item no. 250511470884 Private listing. (Update)

    When a well meaning ebay member advised this seller the drives were indeed counterfeit and the claim of these being made and built by Kingston as likely to be considered as fraudulent, the seller was none too pleased:

    “First of All, who are you to tell me this? Second, it has been assembled by Kingston you moron, and it clearly says in my description it is not the original. Third, Kingston is a chinese company and the supplier sold me them, so obviously they’re not “fraud”. Thank you and have a wonderful life, you miserable fuck!!”


    October 12, 2009 at 2:09 PM

  330. makingithappen-2009 64gb usb flash drive (hacked) Kingston style.
    Item no. 220491315800 USA seller

    Here we have a hacked drive which the seller still thinks is fine for all data and pictures (stuff you really do not want to lose or corrupt!) but not ok for music or video files (stuff you may not worry about as much, unless it is home videos).

    You cannot trust a hacked drive for ANY files or data.


    October 12, 2009 at 12:14 AM

  331. samfadhel06 32gb DT1 (hacked 2gb DT1) Item no. 230386751255
    bassamfh2007 32gb DT1 (hacked 2gb DT1) Item no. 250511470884 Private listing.

    One seller, two ID’s to sell fake Kingstons as above as well as other flash drives including other DT’s and HP 32gb drives.


    October 11, 2009 at 9:21 PM

  332. No, the seller is just a scabby little liar!

    That makes more sense!


    October 11, 2009 at 9:20 PM

  333. I guess this might be possible, if the failed final test Kingston flash devices escaped from the factory scrap bin. With a fairly high sub-performance rate of these devices, could be tempting to make a little bit extra by shipping unbranded to unscrupulous dealers in the orient, who knows? Doesn’t sound likely, but when the squeeze is on anything is possible.


    October 11, 2009 at 8:40 PM

  334. bassamfh2007 32gb DT1 (hacked 2gb DT1) USA seller
    Item no. 250511470884 Private listing.

    Seller states they are aware the drives listed are not original Kingston but claims Kingston assembled them.


    October 11, 2009 at 8:17 PM

  335. eugenyz1976 128gb Corsair Flash Voyager
    Item no. 320434462592

    Seller clearly states at bottom of listing that warranty may not apply as there is no serial number where there should be. Could that not be because it is a fake capacity counterfeit?


    October 11, 2009 at 6:53 PM

  336. kwh352 512gb Kingston usb flash drive
    Item no. 280407730213

    Seller has a selection of swivel drives all 128gb and above, all fake capacity and three of them definitely counterfeit.


    October 10, 2009 at 12:29 AM

  337. eric_rick 16gb DT200 Update
    Item no. 180417491758

    A closer look over the listing and I spotted this at the bottom. Confirmation from the seller these are indeed counterfeits.

    Q: Hi seller! Is it an original product? And if not original, is it functional alright?
    A: Hello,dear It is not an original product. The function is alright. Thanks! Yours’ Rick


    October 10, 2009 at 12:11 AM

  338. eric_rick 16gb DT200
    Item no. 180417491758

    Since there is no such thing as a 16gb version of the DT200, I would suspect the 32gb and 64gb versions offered for sale as being from the same source and therefore counterfeit and fake capacity.


    October 9, 2009 at 11:58 PM

  339. patrizia7205 64gb DT150
    Item no. 260486842231

    This seller had 5 drives removed at the request of Kingston earlier today. This one is still remaining.


    October 9, 2009 at 11:47 PM

  340. asaran25 64gb DT150 (x10) Turkey (location, not seller, honest!)

    Item no. 250510523880

    This seller has already had a similar listing for 10 64gb DT150’s removed. The seller is also listing 32gb DT200’s in batches of 5 or 10 and 16gb Sony Duo’s in batches of 10. Nothing from this seller will be genuine.


    October 9, 2009 at 11:34 PM

  341. tjisbz 64gb DT150 USA seller
    Item no. 120477936898

    This seller had 2 drives removed as counterfeits earlier this afternoon at the request of Kingston. This one has remained only because it was on a seperate list.


    October 9, 2009 at 10:07 PM

  342. 780freshthreads Canadian seller update

    I have just been notified the seller did reply. This was the seller’s response:

    “thanks. unfortunetly i bought 50 of these soo im going to continue to sell them. as i did not know this and not have all these i wil sell them and not ever bring more”


    October 9, 2009 at 9:59 PM

  343. 780freshthreads Canadian seller.

    Item no. 250509791069 120G Sony Micro Vault
    Item no. 250509799195 64g Sony Micro Vault

    A well meaning ebay member has been in touch to advise this seller these are definite fake capacity counterfeits, but the seller has decided to ignore good advice and continue with the listings.


    October 9, 2009 at 9:55 PM

  344. Can’t say I feel too much sympathy for a fraud victim that is prepared to sell 10 fakes to someone who may well act fraudulently and go on to sell the drives individually as genuine!

    This sort of action creates even more victims – people just don’t think about the knock-on effect of what they are doing sometimes.


    October 9, 2009 at 3:13 PM

  345. Well at least he is honest, I feel sad for these people, they invested a lot of money, and lost badly all for the lack of the right education.. Pity!!


    October 9, 2009 at 2:32 PM

  346. bigdaddy185 64gb DT150 fakes (x10)
    Item no. 330366362509 (Australian seller)

    By the way, that is the seller’s description, not mine!


    October 9, 2009 at 12:08 PM

  347. OK I see you got it already… I miss-typed the name in the search box…


    October 9, 2009 at 7:32 AM

  348. Currently I am watching seller stephenmaddog14 he has five Kingston 64GB travellers listed, has ZERO feedback
    These have been bid up to £26 & £20 for the first two at this moment. First item number is 110442722840.
    My guess, looking at the other items for sale, is this person has been doing some fake shopping.


    October 9, 2009 at 7:28 AM

  349. Could use a little help on this one. This ebay user flworldseller (US) Listing 180413999979.

    He is selling 128 GB Kingstons for an unbelievable 63.00. Need I say more. I sent him an email and so far he has ignored me.


    October 8, 2009 at 5:47 AM

  350. currently sayeepro88 does not have any listed, but if you look at his feedback he has sold plenty.

    Of the 5 emails I sent only one replied.

    He must have sold over 50 already.


    October 7, 2009 at 9:19 PM

  351. Ebay user shane_bhafc has removed the negitive from my feedback and offered an apology, also requesting me to resend the information on the fake flash drives.

    Thank you for your help in getting this turned around.



    October 7, 2009 at 9:16 PM

  352. Hi Earl,

    Can’t see any current flash memory items listed by sayeepro88. Did you get the buyer to test and report in to sosfakeflash so they can issue an alert?


    October 7, 2009 at 6:56 PM

  353. Information on the suspect seller sayeepro88 Selling 16 Gb Flash drives from china.

    Yeah! Thanks a lot for you information! I already suspect that!
    The seller just refunded me too!
    I will be careful for the next busness!
    Thanks a lot for your time and your kindness, and good luck with your busness too! 🙂

    – senhsueh


    October 7, 2009 at 6:26 PM

  354. Hi Micro,
    A post about this seller is scheduled here for tomorrow morning.


    October 6, 2009 at 5:29 PM

  355. durotan.76 does not appear on any site as I can see and is offering the fraudsters favourite black leather goodie but only as 16GB so may have escaped the current focus on larger fake capacity. Also the familiar FLIP metal flash drive, also known to be 1.9GB only.
    Item 270464980191 is an example. This seller says they are in QC Canada.


    October 6, 2009 at 5:15 PM

  356. looks like listings from fairnufftrader have vanished – possibly removed at Kingston’s request.


    October 6, 2009 at 7:09 AM

  357. ebay id fairnufftrader is selling 64 GB Kingston DT 100’s.

    Even though I offered him information he has failed to respond to my emails and his listings are still there.

    Just have to wait for the feedback.


    October 6, 2009 at 4:00 AM

  358. This ebay user jawadkamal75 is selling 16 GB Flash Drives, I suspect they are fake because one person stated item not as described and got a refund.

    He just sold a “USED” 64 GB Kingston that I also suspect is a fake.

    I sent him an email and he has not responded. We need to check this one out.

    Item 250507881395


    October 5, 2009 at 10:14 PM

  359. Recently removed ebayers are reported as having unauthorized access to someone else’s account. These are ebayers that I contacted about fake drives.




    This is the kind of email is sent to report ebayers that have been removed for selling fakes. They do not state that they did anything wrong, they state that an unauthorized user accessed the account. What is up with that?

    Earl (Obieten)


    October 5, 2009 at 10:07 PM

  360. alicemaypang (Australian seller)

    32gb DT101 Item no. 140349878320
    16gb DT100 Item no. 140349731193

    This seller is listing these 2 drives, the first a guaranteed counterfeit and the second is one of 6 drives bought from a seller removed from ebay for selling counterfeit usb flash drives.

    Despite being advised by an ebay member, the seller has continued the listings. Intentional fraud?


    October 5, 2009 at 9:48 PM

  361. cantareballare 64gb DT100 update
    Item no. 190339266655 (Australian seller)

    After being couteously advised by an ebay member these drives were definite counterfeits and buyers should be informed, the seller replied:

    “get your feact right before you speeck this device the are been tested . and the are 63.4 gb.this device are factory made and sealed. your should be carefull wath you say. I do not need to contact no buyers becouse the devices are right”


    October 5, 2009 at 9:39 PM

  362. vibhi2068 32gb DT1 (hacked 2gb DT1)
    Item no. 260485314555 (Indian seller)

    When advised by an ebay member this drive was counterfeit, the seller replied:

    “dear buyer dont interfere in my items ok. this is green kingstone pendrive. it has 32GB capacity ok.”


    October 5, 2009 at 9:29 PM

  363. pickabargain09 16gb DT100 Counterfeit
    Item no. 170389327643 (Australian seller)

    Here we have a seller who makes it clear in the listing these drives are most likely counterfeit. Instead of taking a loss, the seller is offering to sell in bulk (over 100 available) to anyone willing to take them off his hands, regardless of the consequences for unsuspecting victims (the seller was advised).


    October 5, 2009 at 9:25 PM

  364. Some of the replies I have had from both sellers and buyers have been colourful.

    Some of their suggestions have not been physically possible. (I knew without trying!)

    I can sympathise with what you say on the level of the computer literacy of the target audience. For some it is a breeze, for others not so easy.

    You are a stranger offering a helping hand. Some will view you with suspicion, others will welcome you and be glad of your help.

    The question on how to get a refund is one often asked. I suggest the “Safety Centre” option.

    The reward, for me, comes from knowing I am trying to help, whether welcome or not.


    October 5, 2009 at 9:12 PM

  365. Hi Earl,

    Hope you don’t mind but I edited your comment above to put in paragraph spacing and make it easier to read!

    It is indeed both bitter an sweet. Very sweet when you manage to help someone and rather bitter when you get bitten in the bum as a reward for your efforts!


    October 5, 2009 at 8:24 PM

  366. I contact 5 people every day. Often people ask me “who are you? Why did you send me email? How did you get my name?” I reply, I contact 5 purchasers every day to inform them about fake and counterfiet drives, today was your lucky day.

    Often I walk them through the testing process and even the refund process. No everyone is so computer literate. It makes me feel great when someone say”s I got my money back. One question Do you know how I file a complaint against the seller? And I walk them through the process. Sometimes it is more complicated than just sending them a link.

    I have been called a lot of names (not good) people accuse me of spaming them. I always ask the question “Did I ask you for anything?” Everything I offer is free. You have to take the bitter with the sweet. The sweet always taste better, but we always have to get past the bitter.


    October 5, 2009 at 8:11 PM

  367. Hi Micro,

    Just get that ‘ol fruit and veg down yer neck! We need all the nutrition we can get if we are going to overcome the obstacles ‘beya’ puts in our way!


    October 5, 2009 at 7:38 PM

  368. As I have said MANY times before, it’s the old Horse & Water situation: Buyers are in serious need of EDUCATION I feel our efforts need to be more effective in getting the message across. The 5 a day (where did I read that before?) is a serious limit to success, even worse when the “yabe” is watching you like a hawk!!


    October 5, 2009 at 7:21 PM

  369. Hi there Earl,
    A member of the team has sent this message to shane_bhafc who left a positive for known fraudster pigpingxian the same day he left you a neg. We hope it helps – but it may not – some people are too thick to read anything properly! We did warn you that you were choosing a dangerous road!!

    Dear shane_bhafc,

    You have made a big mistake. You left a neg for the wrong seller! Seller pigpingxian is a well known fraudster selling fake capacity flash memory. The flash drive you bought from this seller is undoubtedly fake and will corrupt your files after a while.

    Seller obieten (who you left a neg for) was warning people about such fraudsters. He was trying to help other ebayers avoid buying fakes that would corrupt their files – and you gave him a neg!

    Had you taken the advice obieten no doubt gave you about downloading the free program h2testw you would know the flash drive from pigpingxian was a fake that will corrupt your files eventually.

    I suggest you read the email obieten sent, it should have some useful information. If you deleted it search the internet using the terms pigpingxian and sosfakeflash to learn the truth about your attractive looking leather flash drive!

    Maybe then you will realise what a big mistake you made and revise feedback for both sellers!


    October 5, 2009 at 6:40 PM

  370. Hello, OBIETEN here, Helped uncover a 128 GB Fake ebay user id jujucatty Item number: 110433329733
    Item location: Shenzhen,Guangdong Province, China
    Received this email from an ebayer I provided information to.

    Dear obieten,

    yes…The 128 GB Flash Drive is Fake!

    Best regards

    I have been contacting sellers and buyers trying to warn them about these drives. One suspect seller told me to F**K off. Not very friendly. I also received my first negitive from an ebayer from the UK If anyone cares to try to help get it removed I would appreciate a little support. Ebay USER shane_bhafc ( 4 ) Stated they did not receive the item when it was information emailed, listed under everything else/Other. Did not send any email, did not request refund, just left negitive. Difficult to have listings world wide when people buy and can not read english.


    October 5, 2009 at 6:01 PM

  371. claudetteowens 128gb DTG2 Kingston update

    After being directed to Kingston configurator and this site and advised to test with h2testw, the seller has simply changed the listing to a claim the drive has been tested and is a genuine 128gb but that it is merely a “clone” of the DTG2. The word “counterfeit” would be more apt!


    October 5, 2009 at 11:40 AM

  372. claudetteowens 128gb DTG2 Kingston
    Item no. 200390103509 (USA seller)

    I had my doubts on the 32gb DTG2’s from this seller. I no longer have doubts after seeing this listing.


    October 4, 2009 at 8:54 PM

  373. cantareballare 64gb DT100
    Item no. 190338828297 (Australian seller)

    5 of these drives listed presently and 3 just sold.


    October 4, 2009 at 4:08 PM

  374. trading-oz 64gb DT150
    Item no. 140350138135

    Australian seller who claims drives are 100% genuine and guaranteed 64gb has received negative feedback clearly stating the seller is a fraudster and the drives are fakes.


    October 4, 2009 at 3:40 PM

  375. worxpace 128gb DT200 AU $0.99 start bid.
    Item no. 120476367699

    Seller has to be taking very big risk with this if genuine. Others 10 available listed by seller at AU $450.00 buy it now.


    October 4, 2009 at 3:24 PM

  376. shahzad81 120gb Sony Vaio usb flash drive
    Item no. 220480767199 (UK seller)

    A well meaning ebay member contacted the seller to advise the drive was counterfeit and fake capacity, including link to Sony articles here.
    The seller replied:

    “Sorry to say i think u need some more information about usb drives. If u go to usa u will find it easilly. IT is fully checked and confirmed.”


    October 4, 2009 at 1:20 PM

  377. paseo88 128gb DT100
    Item no. 120475969605

    Ignore what this seller in Australia claims about the drives offered for sale. They are not generic, as claimed by the seller (Kingston branding can just be made out on drive), nor are they a genuine 128gb.


    October 2, 2009 at 10:50 PM

  378. overbuiltbarns 32gb DT1 (hacked 4gb DT1)
    Item no. 220486605848

    This USA seller has been selling fake capacity and counterfeit Kingston and ipods. Use Goofbay to see previous items sold. Seller fully aware as advice was given by ebay member. Intentional fraud.


    October 2, 2009 at 12:29 PM

  379. In a recent investigation into 32GB Kingston flash memory being sold by seller roudh, buyers were advised to test with H2testw. Item no 230374016170 proved to have only 256Meg capacity. The buyer has successfully claimed a refund and has reported via one of the “flash angels” the following message
    “Hi! Thanks for your advice ! You saved my bacon…
    My pen drive was also fake with just 256MB in it !!
    But I’ve got refund now. Thank You ”

    Another successful completion for this buyer, and a narrow escape for another buyer that reported a refund received when the seller was advised he was
    selling counterfeits.

    This concludes my investigation into roudh, who did the honest thing.


    September 30, 2009 at 9:10 PM

  380. Hello Frank,

    The seller has sold 14 so far of these drives and the rest are on 24 hour listings. A common practice amongst fraudsters.


    September 28, 2009 at 11:14 PM

  381. I beleive tri-tech has been warned that these are likely to be fakes. No doubt there will be a post here about this seller soon enough if the seller pays no heed! If I remember rightly someone said these were 24 hour listings? That sounds dodgy to start with!


    September 28, 2009 at 10:34 PM

  382. tri-tech 16gb, 32gb and 64gb badged flash drives

    Why not just say they are SanDisks like it says on the packaging? Because they are all fake capacity counterfeits? Seller has 27 seperate listings for these drives.


    September 28, 2009 at 10:28 PM

  383. kljc56 selling Kingston 64GB Item No 270462157522, one that Kingston missed I guess: Reports 3 sold, this looks like the master item with nearly 29 days to run.


    September 28, 2009 at 8:54 PM

  384. Hi Michele

    There is already a post here about about firstfortechnology – the idea of the report a suspect page is to alert people about fraudsters we had not yet spotted.

    Be sure to leave a the seller a negative feedback comment to alert other buyers – or a follow-up comment if you already left positive feedback. Be sure to claim a full refund through paypal – the best place to hit a fraudster is in the pocket!


    September 28, 2009 at 6:15 PM

  385. Item number 160362691346

    Fake 32gb USBstick. Data added then USBstick not recognised as USB device.

    Michele Caldinez

    September 28, 2009 at 5:19 PM

  386. dominic2116 64gb DT100

    This seller has claimed to have tested and been in contact with supplier after being contacted by a concerned ebay member. To carry on listing these fake capacity counterfeits is fraudulent.


    September 28, 2009 at 11:07 AM

  387. themarron 128gb DT100

    Another seller who goes against good advice and claims drives are tested and genuine 128 gb.


    September 28, 2009 at 11:04 AM

  388. frendbuy 128gb DT1
    Item no. 270462131292

    Despite good advice from a well meaning ebay member, this seller still insists the drives are genuine.


    September 28, 2009 at 11:01 AM

  389. flashdrives4less1 64gb DT150 Job lots of 10
    Item no. 250504965361

    This USA seller was using the infamous 64gb DT1 picture in the listing until advised they were counterfeits by a well meaning ebay member. All the seller did was change the picture in the listing.


    September 28, 2009 at 10:55 AM

  390. bgb7263 64gb Sony Vaio Flash memory drive.
    Item no. 220485867845

    This USA seller was contacted and advised by an ebay member about these drives being fake capacity and counterfeit.

    The question and answer can be seen in the Q&A section of the listing.


    September 28, 2009 at 10:40 AM

  391. Hello thankyou4warning,

    ebay seller: fantasic-ac

    There was an alert issued on this confirmed fake capacity drive seller on the 22nd of June.

    This can be seen over at SOSFakeFlash pages. It can be easily accessed with the link on the right hand side of this page under “Our Sites”.

    Sometimes sellers appear there who have not been featured here first.


    September 27, 2009 at 12:43 PM

  392. ebay seller: fantasic-ac
    ebay item #: 320428585717
    ebay item: 32 GB SDHC Memory Card

    Please check on this. Of course I do not know but seems to have the “red flags”
    which you advise about.


    September 27, 2009 at 10:10 AM

  393. mbenaron 64gb DT150

    I have confirmation from an ebay member that the seller has confirmed these drives are counterfeit. The seller claims to have tested and still maintains they are 64gb. They obviously were never tested with h2testw.


    September 19, 2009 at 1:59 PM

  394. Hello Micro,

    Not to worry. I’ve been informed that 5 out of the 6 2009trader2009 buyers have been notified.


    September 19, 2009 at 1:53 PM

  395. Love to help traveler, but I’m out of chances AGAIN, have to wait another 24 hours at least. 😦


    September 19, 2009 at 7:15 AM

  396. firstfortechnology 32gb usb flash drive

    This seller has these drives listed and clearly showing packaging known to only ever contain fake capacity drives.

    The seller was advised to test by a well meaning ebay member but has decided to carry on with the auctions regardless. Not very bright.


    September 18, 2009 at 11:46 PM

  397. 2009trader2009 32gb DT150’s

    This seller sold 6 of these counterfeit drives. All have been removed by ebay after pressure from Kingston, but not before they were sold. The seller’s feedback is at 6, one positive for each fake capacity counterfeit sold.

    If anyone is able to let the buyers know, it would be appreciated both here and no doubt by the buyers themselves.


    September 18, 2009 at 10:32 PM

  398. coptic11 64gb DT150 and 32gb DT150

    This seller already had these two same counterfeit drives removed last week after ebay were made to remove them by Kingston. Another repeat offender.


    September 18, 2009 at 10:00 PM

  399. machiavelliseven 128gb DT200

    This seller is presently listing 5 128gb DT200’s with a £0.99 start bid and private listings.

    Earlier today Kingston forced ebay to remove the seller’s original listings for a 128gb DT200 and a 16gb Kingston mini slim flash drive. They were definite counterfeits.


    September 18, 2009 at 9:45 PM

  400. “coptic11” has at this moment two Kingston flash drives, one 32GB and one 64GB both private listings at very low buy it now prices. There is evidence of purchases from a suspended known fraudster well documented on the fraud sellers list “fastmemoryman” One worth watching I think!


    September 18, 2009 at 9:39 PM

  401. borris1982_123 a new seller of Kingston DT150 flash drives, advertises that he has 9 on offer in one SINGLE listing. This seller has too had private purchases from another seller suspected of handling counterfeit items.


    September 18, 2009 at 2:53 PM

  402. make_paper

    If you look over feedback for make_paper you will see one previous counterfeit 64gb DT150 drive has already been removed at Kingston’s request as well as others that got removed before end of auction.

    Anything sold by make_paper is counterfeit and fake capacity. He has also bought a counterfeit from another known fraudster bilalalimohamed.

    Both sellers already feature in these pages of infamy.

    I look forward to an alert being issued on this seller.


    September 18, 2009 at 2:17 PM

  403. The buyer that brought the counterfeit Kingston DT150 from make_paper has confirmed it was not correct.
    They advised they contacted the seller, before starting a claim with eBay. The buyer was also asked to report the results to sosfakeflash report a fake.
    Item number while it is still on eBay is 260475813711


    September 18, 2009 at 12:46 PM

  404. To Micro and Traveller.

    A post about this seller had been scheduled but it was pulled in light of the seller removing the listings.

    If midland_giftware was a victim of a fraudulent supplier and has not defrauded anyone then we certainly do not want to persecute this seller.

    We all make mistakes!! No doubt we will learn the truth after a while.


    September 17, 2009 at 11:19 PM

  405. Hello Micro,

    A concerned ebay member contacted midland_giftware and asked if the seller was aware the drives could possibly be counterfeit.

    As a result, the seller decided to remove the drives until checks were made.


    September 17, 2009 at 9:45 AM

  406. “Midland_giftware” had 4 Open listings and 0.99p start. for DT150 flash drives
    Reference item num: 270456089303
    Seller cancelled all bids and ended listings ” 22:02 16 Sept
    I have captured data in a spreadsheet format captured just before they were removed.

    Did the seller do the HONEST thing, or was he PUSHED?


    September 17, 2009 at 9:14 AM

  407. markzta2006 64gb Kingston DT150 £29.99 buy it now.

    This seller has already had a couple of counterfeits removed earlier this week by ebay, courtesy of Kingston.


    September 13, 2009 at 1:30 AM

  408. Hi Earl,

    Before you leave a comment here enter the seller id in the search box – there may already be a post (there is one about lhhshop168.

    If there is a post please leave any comment about the seller on the post about them rather than here – helps get the post picked up by search engines.


    September 12, 2009 at 8:35 AM

  409. Seller jsan3000 selling counterfeits, had one customer return the faulty drive, even after I warned her of the dangers and offered her information she continued her listings and selling the drive. Unfortunately the person left her a positive. Her response to my email was this “I have tested the drives and there is no problem” Just didn’t test the right way. We need to follow up on this one and keep an eye out.

    Earl Smith

    September 11, 2009 at 10:34 PM

  410. China seller, US ebay, lhhshop168 is dumping a lot of fakes right now, no proof, just knowledge. Need to contact some of these buyers and shut him down.

    Earl Smith

    September 11, 2009 at 10:17 PM

  411. Hello Micro,

    If you ever see a Sony in this style (or any style with capacity above 16gb), just point the seller or buyer to the site and tell them to enter Sony in the search box. Their drive will be in there somewhere.

    I like your terminology on these Sonys taking their natural course. Very fitting when comparing it to waiting for something swallowed that cannot be digested to reappear. Very fitting indeed!


    September 11, 2009 at 9:12 PM

  412. Well done Traveler, I was not familiar with the Sony range. The private listings make it difficult to persue afterwards I guess this one will have to take it’s natural course. 😦


    September 11, 2009 at 7:13 PM

  413. realwebmedia 64gb Kingston DT150

    This is a seller from the USA to avoid. Several drives already listed by this seller have already been removed by ebay as counterfeits.


    September 11, 2009 at 5:52 PM

  414. gdlowe1 64gb Sony Micro Vault. Private listing.

    I know there is no such thing. This seller also knows there is no such thing after being clearly informed and advised by a well meaning ebay member.

    The seller is fully intent on carrying on with the auction of these counterfeit, fake capacity drives.
    Private listings are a favourite with fraudsters.


    September 10, 2009 at 11:32 PM

  415. powerprogress 16gb black leather usb flash drive

    Here is our fraudsters favourite, bought from upcomingtrend and offered for resale by this seller who claims it is definitely 16gb despite all evidence here to the contrary. The seller was advised and asked to test but still claims it is 16gb.


    September 9, 2009 at 12:08 PM

  416. sasquatchsales update – New 16gb fake in fake packaging.

    Don’t worry folks. This seller is an ex-Microsoft expert! Here is an extract of his reply when it was suggested his drives may be fake capacity.

    “I worked for Microsoft for 3 years and do know what I am doing.I have sold pen drives for a longtime and thought I would try one on ebay. However it seems everyone is scared stiff of pen drives,thanks to Chinese robbers mainly. Thankfully mine are as I stated. If a drive is 15.6 gb empty and takes on 15gb of files and has 0.6 gb left,then its not been made as a hokey flash.”

    If Microsoft employed this person for any length of time, it could explain why we all have so many problems with Windows!

    Should I contact Microsoft and see if they will get ebay to remove him as they would any other fakes?


    September 8, 2009 at 12:55 AM

  417. I had a look at feedback for ussefad and it makes for awful reading, including a dirty, second hand pillow and counterfeit goods, second hand or reconditioned when advertised as new, parts missing, etc.

    I used to read negative and neutral feedback on this seller. One customer mentions in feedback about a 32gb flash drive acting funny. Obviously not 70 happy customers as the seller claims!


    September 7, 2009 at 11:12 PM

  418. ussefad 32gb Black leather usb flash drive.

    A concerned ebay member contacted this seller after noticing the suspected fake capacity drive and dodgy packaging to suggest testing with h2testw in case they had been sold fake capacity goods by a fraudulent seller. This was the reply they received:

    “May i ask who are you and who asked your opinion,
    we know our items and we tested them and they are
    32GB we sold more than 70 of those and everybody
    is happy with them. Thank you for your comment but
    mind your own business.”


    September 7, 2009 at 10:10 PM

  419. Actually it was one of the infamous “NORTH YORKS GANG”
    but never let the truth get in the way !


    September 7, 2009 at 6:47 AM

  420. Ho,ho,ho a new twist ! It must be getting nearer to Christmas?
    “Picture shows actual drive,it will be fully tested before being sent and will be ready to use,just advise if you want the 15gb files left on.”

    Well spotted Sir!

    “Come sit on my knee, rest your head on my beard, let me tell you a STORY… Once upon a time there was this Scottish eBay seller….


    September 7, 2009 at 6:45 AM

  421. techno_guys 16gb leather and chrome usb flash drive.

    Here we have another seller using private auctions.
    This seller advises us to beware of overseas sellers as they sell fakes. The seller also claims we should have trust in their 100% feedback and the fact they are UK based. Sound familiar? I’m surprised there is no union jack in the background!


    September 7, 2009 at 12:58 AM

  422. Hmm – it seems sasquatchsales may not be the most reliable person to buy from – a buyer complained that:

    Pillows slightly smaller than advertised…

    Reply by sasquatchsales:
    Measured with a tape measure,guess it must be faulty,shame you didnt tell me !!!

    Hmm – I don’t have any faulty tape measures – do you? Guess this seller’s computer is probably faulty too – along with the flash drive Gordon has given a link to. If you can’t buy pillows from someone that meet the description would you buy a flash drive from that seller?

    We certainly wouldn’t – especially as listings are private, often an indicator of fraudulent sales.


    September 6, 2009 at 4:47 PM

  423. Seller sasquatchsales is advertising 16gb drives often seen advertised by known fraudsters and using private listings.

    As the seller wishes to hide feedback on these drives, I would strongly advise against buying from this seller.


    September 6, 2009 at 4:07 PM

  424. Hi Ian,
    The frankenflash project now has evidence against isoft-2009 and an alert about this fraudster was issued on sosfakeflash today. You can see it here:
    This fraudster changed ID to genuineworld (but it seems there is nothing genuine about this seller!) – it amazes us that so many fraudsters think a change of ID will stop them being found out! All a change of ID does is show that the fraud is deliberate.


    August 28, 2009 at 5:39 PM

  425. I’m trying to recover my money from the seller. Another buyer left a negative feedback too “celsodon”.he used the H2testw software too.
    The seller “kaykay268” offer me a partial refund, and a full refund if I send back the product. I put the claim against him on ebay and on paypal. Trying to contact more users, but I only can contact 5 every day. Please help with this task. 200 buyers and counting, that is not good.
    Thanks for webpage

    James Lewis

    August 25, 2009 at 4:59 AM

  426. To James Lewis
    Someone will be in touch with you soon about how you can help. If you have not yet reported in to sosfakeflash with your test results please do so immediately. Evidence is all-important!


    August 24, 2009 at 8:26 PM

  427. Hi

    Another seller with fake SDHC with 16GB and 32 GB.
    Seller ID: kaykay268
    I tested one memory and is fake. Another one is fully corrupted and I can not use it.
    Please try to refund your money and put a negative feedback. It’s a new seller started on april 2009 and near 200 sell’s.
    Selling SDHC every hour mixed with cheap iPhone Screen protecto, the typical behaviour.
    I’m going to start to contact the other buyers.

    PD: New on this things, thanks for the page, great work!! I’ll help a little on this.

    James Lewis

    August 24, 2009 at 6:16 PM

  428. Looks like another possible seller of fake 16GB cheermagun, not many items yet, but the usual .01P start though not with free postage..


    August 24, 2009 at 8:13 AM

  429. gynkanshui33

    Brand new seller on eBay. Claims to ship from Swainsboro, Georgia, Unites States. Has over 260 of these cards listed and people are buying them “cheap.” I wish I could warn them all…

    Look for the broken English too.


    August 23, 2009 at 8:23 AM


    ITEM NUMBER IS: 260465035380

    USER CAP. 7690
    FREE SPACE 7178


    August 20, 2009 at 1:32 PM

  431. ISOFT-2009 is selling fake kingston 64gb sticks on ebay for £50 do not trust this seller

    Ian Shute

    August 19, 2009 at 1:24 PM

  432. Hi Carol,

    We are aware of seller skywarenet – we published a short warning about this seller on July 21:


    August 18, 2009 at 10:22 AM

  433. Alpha2080 (Luton UK) is listing some flash items, although not as private listings. This seller does have previous NEGS for suspect fakes


    August 18, 2009 at 7:39 AM

  434. seller id: skywarenet
    item numbers: 180397220669
    prices low, different shipping costs for basically same product
    example 32gb memory card is $26.99
    16gb memory card is $14.99
    both being shipped “standard intl flate rate shipping”
    same starting bid at $8.34us or au $9.99 for both (Different brands)..
    if you read the return & warranty policy towards the end it states: “if buyers leave negitve feedback, we offer the right not to refund you or replace your item in advance and regualar paypal dispute procedure will take place instead.” (in my opion is that a threat for negitive feed back)
    also if you check the feed back about 95% are private except to headphone cables are not private…also it does not list that buyers listings are pivate until after you bid… (check out the other listings that have bids then it will say that the listing is privite but before you place the bid it does not state a private listing.
    I highly suspect the stuff this seller is selling is counterfiet.. to many fishy things for a power seller not to mention from hong kong and check out the few negitive feedback about the cards failing and some positive ones also states the memory cards did not work properly but were refunded.
    sorry so long but i wanted you to notice the different stuff from the same seller so you can tell why i suspect selling counterfiet goods.. and i only listed two items so you can comapare. this seller has other items listed too.


    August 18, 2009 at 6:09 AM

  435. re my previous post about herbyher. The registered address of this member is Lancashire UK, yet looking at the auctions from that person, the later batch for SD cards etc shows the members address as NY (USA) ?

    Am I getting paranoid…?


    August 15, 2009 at 12:23 PM

  436. To Sean,

    To address a fake flash seller requires patience. It is simple. You are allowed to ‘share’ your buying experience and also to ask others about theirs.

    There is a quest on eBay. To find sellers who actually sell and deliver the advertised capacity – non fakes.

    So wait for positivers to FB and ask them if they have tested it for capacity. Is their card really 32GB as the seller advertised? You see, you have hears so much about fakes… you want to make sure that is really 32GB before you bid for one.

    This information exchange between members occurs for items for a wide range of merchandise. A happy buyer has no difficultly in recommending a sellers wares.

    There is a possibility, that some where on eBay there is a seller selling the true capacity.

    The best what is a neutral approach…how do you like your new card, is it really 32GB… you get the picture. If it is not, the buyer needs to report the fake with info to SOSFakeFlash, we will take care of the rest.

    There is nothing worse Sean, then to see a seller unload an avalanche of fakes…you get a gut feeling over time and especially when you know the true prices for the chips.

    There is nothing that can be done, until there is evidence of fraud. Those are the rules. Innocent until proven guilty.

    So if you suspect a seller, contact some of his recent buyers and ask how they like what they bought and if it measures up to the advertised capacity.


    August 15, 2009 at 3:38 AM

  437. Seller herbyher is selling 4GB SanDisk Cruzer U3 flash drives. There is no confirmation that they are fakes, just seem a little cheap. Check ..

    Who is going to give one a go?


    August 14, 2009 at 10:09 PM

  438. Sean,

    As you are new to ebay there is very little you can do at the moment. It is too risky for new ebayers to do anything except report in here with any suspicious looking sellers you notice (as you have done) – our team will investigate and do what we can.

    Thank you very much for reporting in to us. Please report in with any other suspicious characters you notice – best if you do it in batches of three or four so that the list of comments doesn’t get too long!


    August 14, 2009 at 8:42 PM

  439. On Ebay.
    Seller- jiejie5544

    items-32gb sd sdhc memory cards
    item No.-220466452464

    Reason- item location from usa but seller is from china plus he/she SELLING NOTHING BUT 32gb sd cards, over 650 of them goin at every 3 mins alot of ppl getting sucked in. im new to ebay dunno how to stop it.


    August 14, 2009 at 8:13 PM

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