Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Suspect sellers on ebay

If you arrived here because you have bought a flash memory item on ebay (USB flash drive/pen, memory card/stick MP3/4player etc) that you are having problems with then you need the free program h2testw

Report your fake if testing confirms you have a false capacity device purchased on ebay.

If you want to see if we already know about your seller try entering the seller’s ID in the search box on the right. All those selling flash drives or other flash memory items (such as MP3 players, MP4 players and memory cards) on ebay with listing which keep buyer IDs private in auctions or on buy it now are automatically considered to be suspect sellers.

Private listings are intended for high cost items like houses and cars or things the buyer might want kept private – such as gimp masks, whips and rubber trousers. They are not intended for items like USB flash drives which everyone who uses a computer would find useful.

You are strongly advised by fightflashfraud NEVER to bid on or buy when a listing states that buyer IDs are kept private. Your ID being hidden simply means that nobody can warn you if it is a fake capacity or counterfeit item. The seller is not protecting you – they are protecting themselves from you finding out you have been defrauded and will lose files until it is too late for you to do anything about it.

Sellers who appear to be known fraudsters returning under a new ebay ID will also be listed here, as will new sellers who list counterfeits. Please remember that people reported as suspect on fightflashfraud may be innocent of deliberate fraud. They may have listed counterfeit or fake capacity drives without knowing that they were fakes.

If you notice a suspect listing from a seller that is not mentioned on our blogs please send a question to the seller and leave a comment on the report suspect sellers page so that we can investigate.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 16, 2009 at 6:35 PM

103 Responses

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  1. Hi JD,
    The ebay seller you bought (alucard550) obviously knows that he or she is selling fakes as pictures in listings are of the DT310. As you got a DT200 what was sent is not what was advertised and as you rightly say the DT200 was never made in 256GB capacity. We did actually write about this seller a month ago:

    https://fightflashfraud.wordpress.com/2010/12/06/256gb-dt310-flash-drives-from-alucard550-on-ebay-likely-to-be-fake/

    fightflashfraud

    January 8, 2011 at 9:19 AM

  2. bought what I thought was a DT310 according to the listing on ebay:

    http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270676662713&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

    Recieved it as DT200 labled 256GB… Kingston never made that. Reported as suspected Fake on EBAY. Not opened package yet.

    JD

    January 8, 2011 at 5:09 AM

  3. A seller that seems to have been under the radar, only just noticed, too late to do much about:

    bohochicgreetings has two very suspect DT 310’s on offer, the most obviously suspicious aspect of these sales is that both listings are PRIVATE, and the seller’s feedback shows a consistent use of the Private option.

    For the record, so it gets fixed the item numbers are 220719390592 and 220719393394

    Micro

    January 7, 2011 at 9:49 AM

  4. Hi Si,
    Fake flash memory fraud is big business in China (where the counterfeits are manufactured) – the fraud gangs replicate both the look of the drive and the packaging. Kingston is one of the big targets for counterfeiting operations because the brand is so well known and trusted. The memory chips used in counterfeits are usually rejects that should have been destroyed but were smuggled out of the factories instead. Usually fakes can save a maximum of 4GB before files become corrupted.

    fightflashfraud

    January 3, 2011 at 11:55 AM

  5. It seems as if even if the flash is in RETAIL SEALED and brand new condition it may still be fake. These fake cards look so real..before they didn’t use sealed retail package now they are in seal retail package. You really cannot tell by eye if they are fake or not. It’s amazing..best to buy flash from authorized dealers. That is the only way to tell if they are fake or not.

    Look at this auction and you will know what I mean:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Kingston-DataTraveler-32GB-USB-Flash-Drive-2-0-BROKEN-/220717238383?pt=PCC_Drives_Storage_Internal&hash=item3363c5c86f#ht_977wt_1139

    Si

    January 3, 2011 at 11:42 AM

  6. All these sellers that carry these fake USB flash drives always start out with selling tibetan jewelry and/or glass beads to get some positive feedback.
    Seems like a simple way to detect who that sells some cheap shit first to get + feedback to then start listing these USB drives…

    F:ex “pianyifangshipin” on Ebay have what 90 positive feedback on his glass beads and tibetan jewelry during almost 1 years period and now have sold like 1000 USB drives and SD cars in a very short period of time.

    bo

    December 30, 2010 at 10:16 PM

  7. Seller big_rehan is auctioning some 256GB Data Traveler 300’s one reference number is 290508463730. This seller already has some negatives for other private auction sales. Says this has been opened to test, I wonder what with?

    Micro

    December 6, 2010 at 11:46 PM

  8. Hi Micro,

    Part of the purpose of this blog is to leave a permanent record of the large-scale deliberate fraud on ebay and how little ebay does about it – though it has to be said that they have been more pro-active in the last two or three weeks.

    It is impossible for us to cover everything so we concentrate mostly on the large-scale fraud. Perhaps one of the other sites we have linked to might like to take up the challenge of publishing about the crimes of small timers reselling fakes purchased on ebay??

    fightflashfraud

    June 18, 2010 at 2:28 PM

  9. I had a report from a member that asked the seller a question (egoo09) he says that the seller admits he brought it on eBay as a 128GB, the member advises that he replied to the seller advising him to claim a refund and not try to sell his junk to other non-suspecting ebayers. It would seem from the record, this is far from his intent, personally I think these small dealers should get maximum exposure on here, the mass sellers there is not much we can do, except barrage ebay with reports.

    Micro

    June 18, 2010 at 1:36 PM

  10. Hi Micro,

    A quick look at feedback shows that you are right about egoo09 – there are quite a number of obvious fakes that have been sold. Feedback shows that this little shonet bought up fake flash memory items from quite a number of fake flash fraudsters we have reported here including: bestkejian10, tamstore003, luckybidded, 2010.xiaoju, sale-corner, designlink_technology and pricelessauction. As you know we can hardly keep up with the bulk fake sellers let alone little shy-ites like this! However, if we can find time a post might go up on Sunday.

    fightflashfraud

    June 17, 2010 at 9:23 PM

  11. I see that our buyer of fakes with quite a history of purchasing flash memory from de-registered sellers “egoo09” is still trying to peddle his junk, even after getting some negative feedback. Seems when greed takes over, common sense departs. The current item is the old favourite fraudsters leather & metal thing, only the picture is a bit disguised, but the obvious fake 128GB label tells all the story. Item 270593170428 refers

    Micro

    June 17, 2010 at 8:05 PM

  12. Hi killertrust,

    The colour in the pic is ok but it is very likely to be fake as seller yingdog would have made a loss on pretty well every sale if they were genuine – and nobody carries on auctioning things at a loss.

    Genuine ones have individual serial numbers and engraving on the USB connector – no engraving or no serial number means a fake.

    You are advised to check the serial number with Kingston if there is one and, if they cannot verify it, test with h2testw to get additonal evidence that it’s fake.

    fightflashfraud

    May 19, 2010 at 4:24 PM

  13. hi just win this one but reading here it can be fake can some 1 help me check the color is right capasit right comparing to kingston page some help plz

    seller (yingdog)
    item : 190395095870

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190395095870&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

    killertrust

    May 19, 2010 at 3:35 PM

  14. Hi Micro,
    Glad to see you back! It would have been better if you’d left the comment on the actual post about jhelme-2008 rather than on suspect sellers, though!

    fightflashfraud

    May 11, 2010 at 4:10 PM

  15. Another success, if you can call it so! jhelme-2008 was advised that selling the Kingston DT200 128GB drive that was an obvious fake would do him no good. The nice fat NEGATIVE should remind him that not all buyers are dumb, some DO know how to test, and some WILL return truthful feedback. I hope the buyer gets his deserved refund.

    This is another example of the indolence of eBay and it’s fraud department, this seller was reported to them a week before the auction ended, they did nothing!

    Micro

    May 11, 2010 at 3:59 PM

  16. Truth will out…
    Seller “jones_england” was advised that selling a fake 128GB drive with all the attendant bovine excretia that described it would do him no good, well I am very pleased to say that the winning bidder has done the right thing and left a nice NEGATIVE feedback as a lesson, I wish him good luck in claiming a refund.
    For a good read (and perhaps a laugh) checkout item number 150436490648.

    Micro

    May 10, 2010 at 9:09 AM

  17. Hi Earl,
    Hope you get the right response! Genuine people who have been informed about fake flash and tested are usually very grateful and remove their listings. We’ve just had a look at the listings from canyonracerx and there is an easier way for this seller to determine whether or not these are fake.

    These flash drives should all have different serial numbers which can be checked with Kingston, so a quick phone call to the company should reveal whether they are genuine or not.

    We suspect not, as the seller would be taking a massive risk by auctioning them at a start price much lower than he or she would have paid for them wholesale if they were from a genuine supplier. They will no doubt have come from a fraudulent wholesale outlet in China.

    fightflashfraud

    May 4, 2010 at 5:10 PM

  18. There is a new seller on ebay. canyonracerx, he is selling 128GB Kingston. I sent him an email and offered information about testing. He is a new seller and may not know what he has is fake.

    Earl

    May 4, 2010 at 4:40 PM

  19. fuzzsterdelux is another selller that got ripped off by a far eastern supplier and now tries to recover some of his losses by selling the fraudsters friend as faulty “spares or Repair”.. I don’t know WHY these people just don’t admit they have been caught, and put the losses down to experience, instead of trying to put their misery on others?

    These “Fraudsters Friends” can not reliably be restored to their correct capacity (4GB or less) even if they appear to work their reliability will be suspect, due to poor quality components…

    Micro

    April 27, 2010 at 9:08 AM

  20. saral_t826 (0) feedback USA is offering “NWT DT200 flash drives. the picture shown is the standard Kingston DT200 with the black banded chip. At £25.99 the seller must be prepared to make a BIG loss unless they brought from a fraudulent supplier, in that case these will probably by 512K – 2GB only, NOT the advertised 128GB.
    Sample ID 270548104525

    Micro

    March 18, 2010 at 10:48 PM

  21. RE: seller imeut is worth watching. More information has come forward for this one, it seems this seller brought the fake from 2010impact, at least there is confirmed feedback evidence from that seller. who seems to have had a few incidents of selling other fake flash including the infamous DT200 128GB fake to gers1972.
    A VERY tangled web indeed.

    Micro

    March 17, 2010 at 6:04 PM

  22. Re: seller imeut is worth watching, Yes looks like eBay removed the listing, or the seller did the wise thing after receiving advice from another member.

    Micro

    March 17, 2010 at 5:55 PM

  23. jlo5701 is showing a 128GB “Kingston” DT200 item 280479208988, nowhere in the title is Kingston mentioned and the sale proscribes collect in person, so who ever goes to collect will know where to return the fake, once they realise they have been caught, not a very clever move on the part of the seller, neither is trying to sell obvious fakes/counterfeits at 10% of the going price for a REAL one.

    Micro

    March 17, 2010 at 5:53 PM

  24. could not see anything listed by imeut – perhaps ebay pulled the listing?

    fightflashfraud

    March 17, 2010 at 12:06 PM

  25. seller imeut is worth watching, this seller has managed to set up an auction for a Kingston DT200 starting at 0.99p PRIVATE LISTING OF COURSE

    Micro

    March 17, 2010 at 8:39 AM

  26. josntw (Malta) is trying to auction 32GB Kingston DT100 flash drives, stating there is a serial number with them, item 220571811227 is an example, with start prices of 0.99 Euro, seems our seller is out to make a BIG LOSS unless of course the items are NOT genuine?

    Micro

    March 15, 2010 at 1:45 PM

  27. We can’t see any current listings from almazar2008 but will investigate. As you have realised there is no such thing as a Sony Vaio flash drive – anything advertised as this is a fake flash drive that corrupts files.

    fightflashfraud

    March 7, 2010 at 10:29 PM

  28. Just reported the scam I fell into.
    almazar2008 is still selling these on eBay. I bought one of those junk Sony Vaio 64GB fakes and he still has 4 listed. eBay item is 180474235768 and he/she is still selling more of these

    Alex D

    March 7, 2010 at 9:45 PM

  29. Looks as though bigears2003 has been buying on ebay and re-selling.

    fightflashfraud

    March 7, 2010 at 3:00 PM

  30. bigears2003 some one should really tell this seller
    that item 120538944591 is most likely a fake.

    Micro

    March 7, 2010 at 2:08 PM

  31. Hi Micro,

    This may well be one to watch! It’s not a translation error by the way – vertebrae near the top of the spine are called cervical vertebrae.

    fightflashfraud

    March 5, 2010 at 12:57 PM

  32. I’ve been busy of late on a long duration technical project, hence been absent from the usual run of checking for “bad guys” on eBay: However during a routine feedback check on some purchased items I did discover what could be an interesting seller to watch!

    uuduck seems to advertise they sell MP3, MP4 players other computer related parts… Quoting from their business statement.
    We are online company that also does retailing and wholesale.
    UUDUCK offers the products directly from factories in China.
    Member factories specialize in MP3 and MP4 players, Cell Phone Accessories, Computer Accessories, Costume Jewelry, and various electronics.

    What is interesting is the collection of ID’s changed quite frequently.. Viz
    uuduck 05-Oct-08 present
    xetoycom 03-Sep-08 05-Oct-08
    xetoy126 28-Aug-08 03-Sep-08
    xetoycom 01-Jul-08 28-Aug-08

    Registered:
    Jinli Ma
    Ming Cheng Guo Ji 8-13A, Buji, Shen Zhen,Guang Dong
    China

    ALL items are on PRIVATE listings
    Some are worded in FRENCH
    and one interesting item which MAY be mis-described due to a translation error…
    a “CERVICAL” Neck Traction for headache back pain

    Could this be ONE to WATCH?

    Micro

    March 5, 2010 at 10:21 AM

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

    fightflashfraud

    March 2, 2010 at 2:31 PM

  34. Martin,
    You can hardly expect to buy a genuine 32GB flash drive for £19.99. How did we all fall into the trap of buying fake flash memory items on ebay?? We didn’t know the true cost of flash chips and fell into the trap of thinking that buying flash drives on ebay was like buying other stuff. I got bargain computers, bargain cameras, bargain clothes – all sorts of bargains on ebay. Then I bought flash drives…

    fightflashfraud

    February 26, 2010 at 9:51 PM

  35. I had a fake one as well 😦

    oubrandproducts on ebay sold me a 32Gb USB stick for 19.99

    I was confronted with corrupt data, and I lost some work because of that as well.. that really pissed me off..

    I tested it.. and it only seems to hold about 6Gb of data..

    Martin

    February 26, 2010 at 9:29 PM

  36. materialgirl-online if offering Blue Kingston 32GB DT200
    at £44.99 start and £44.99 BIN the first one didn’t sell this is the re-listed one 260549012613
    Could this pricing be designed to give a fuzzy warm REAL feeling?

    Micro

    February 6, 2010 at 8:07 AM

  37. ryanisrufus 64 GB fake brown leather / steel item number 280456955597 Seller advised..

    Micro

    February 2, 2010 at 3:36 PM

  38. Hmm,

    We have a feeling that the poor buyer who paid £18 for this “unwanted gift” of a fake 16GB flash drive from seller marktarry11 will find it very unwanted when files start to be lost and corrupted.

    fightflashfraud

    January 28, 2010 at 7:59 PM

  39. Seller marktarry11 seems to have sold Quote “An Unwanted gift” of a steel & leather so called 16GB flash drive, this item 250568020896 is one of the glaring fakes, its no wonder it was “Unwanted”, but why offload this crap to some other unsuspecting person?

    Micro

    January 28, 2010 at 7:22 PM

  40. dat2804 selling fake DT200 64GB kingston item number is 200430996213 start price £0.99

    Micro

    January 21, 2010 at 9:39 PM

  41. scoorpioo1 is offering lookalike DT150 travelers with a very familiar “ViDi” watermark, since these have start bids of £1.00 my guess is FAKE. Sample reference item number is 290392738723 with 6 days to run.

    Micro

    January 21, 2010 at 9:37 PM

  42. rshshah appeared 30th December 2009 with 64mb Kingston 150 flash drives using buy it now at £24.99. History says sold 10 which is pretty good going for someone so new to ebay, actually a search of completed sales from rshshah reveals only ONE item 230417996308, this sold on the 5th Jan 2010 21:24 from NW London, on the 6th Jan 2010 (today) one feedback was received from a buyer in Worcestershire (hampy1972 (private) quoting “Great Start” now forgive me for assuming too much, but I do wonder if the postal service in NW London is something real special, that they accept collections as late as 21:24 for delivery the next day 70 miles away at 07:57
    not even considering the fact that receiving, unwrapping, testing 64GB takes at least 2 hours.
    Perhaps mr hampy1972 (private) of Worcestershire
    is in a different time zone to the rest of us?
    Names to WATCH rshshah and hampy1972 VERY CAREFULLY

    Micro

    January 6, 2010 at 8:43 AM

  43. Malty

    December 20, 2009 at 6:14 PM

  44. Hi Malty,
    We spotted this villain too and agree entirely that there is nothing innocent about rolexralph159 – a post will go up tomorrow. If anyone reading this is able to contact a few of those who left this fraudster positive feedback please warn the buyers to test with h2testw.

    fightflashfraud

    December 20, 2009 at 10:22 AM

  45. Malty

    December 20, 2009 at 9:53 AM

  46. Hi Malty,
    The problem of fake flash memory is worldwide. When (as in this case) the seller is in your own country please ask a question and point out to the seller the fact that there are a lot of fraudulent wholesale outlets. Not all those that sell fakes are aware of the problem. Quite a few that we have warned ended listings immediately and refunded any buyers – they had no idea their items were fake.

    Some who acted quickly managed to get full refunds and didn’t end up out of pocket. These sellers usually never ended up being posted about here because they acted quickly and we knew they had acted honourably. Thank you for alerting us to a couple of sellers we were unaware of.

    fightflashfraud

    December 19, 2009 at 5:58 PM

  47. That item should be 250546746416 not 616

    Micro

    December 14, 2009 at 10:20 AM

  48. petesgb Edinburgh has a number of suspect looking Kingston 128GB flash drives, item 250546746616 is the last example with 2 days to run, others will be sold already.

    Micro

    December 14, 2009 at 10:14 AM

  49. I am advised that a well meaning member sent a message of advice to locket-locket that the recently auctioned Kingston flash drives may be counterfeit, the message contained advice to test with h2testw to be sure they are not fake items.

    Micro

    December 8, 2009 at 10:33 AM

  50. Another seller in York (U.K) is offering 3 Kingston Traveller flash drives 128GB, check out locket-locket
    item 170416952172, 170416953523, 170416309927

    My guess is these are counterfeit and probably of low capacity, poor performance

    Micro

    December 7, 2009 at 7:57 PM

  51. Might be worth looking at a1usbstorageuk (thats A 1)
    A sample item number is 130349717881 Kingston DT200 128GB at £9.95 I don’t think so somehow!!
    A few already sold… OH no sooner did I speak but they all vanished from the listings… Too late again!!

    Micro

    December 7, 2009 at 2:09 AM

  52. 220507399972
    260502390342
    220508143457
    260500887638
    270472093775
    260510268693
    320453367886
    170411280969
    Complaint to ebay: fake 32gb sdhc

    DO SOMETHING ABOUT THESE FAKES. I’M CURRENT WATCHING AT LEAST 100 HONG KONG SELLERS SELLING THESE FAKE CARDS AND YOU AID AND ABET THESE CRIMINALS. WILL REPORT TO YOUR ATTONEY GENERAL IF YOU DON’T STOP THE PEOPLE SELLING THESE CARDS WITH BAD REVIEWS. ITS VERY OBVIOUS WHEN SOME ARE SELLING DOZENS AT AT TIME TO BUY TIME AND RAKE IN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS DURING THE SHIPPING TIME. I’M KEEPING SCREEN-PRINTS OF ALL RECORDS OF ACCOUNTS YOU HELP AID IN FRAUD.

    scwam

    November 26, 2009 at 9:29 AM

  53. ebad knows best??? enough to make a horse laugh!!!

    fightflashfraud

    September 18, 2009 at 6:07 PM

  54. An old “Friend” of mine herbyher that we suspected at first of dealing in fake Sandisk cruzer drives when they were de-registered. Re-appeared again allowing me to leave positive feedback for the sample I purchased as it performed just as it should. However, now I see he is de-registered again, I am thinking about the old adage that goes “No smoke without fire”. “eBay knows best” :-))

    Micro

    September 18, 2009 at 5:56 PM

  55. Hi Micro,

    A post on midland_giftware was already scheduled for tomorrow. Please use the report suspect sellers page (see link at bottom of page) rather than this one when reporting suspects – makes life easier!

    fightflashfraud

    September 16, 2009 at 9:30 PM

  56. Further information for “midland_sales” Seller cancelled all bids and ended listings ” 22:02 16 Sept
    I captured the data for a spreadsheet at 22:00

    Micro

    September 16, 2009 at 9:25 PM

  57. That was quick … other Listings removed..

    Micro

    September 16, 2009 at 9:10 PM

  58. Another possible UK fraudster with DT150’s
    “Midland_giftware” 4 Open listings and 0.99p start.

    Reference item num: 270456089303

    Micro

    September 16, 2009 at 9:07 PM

  59. However, whatever else is going on the item you tested seemed to be genuine, and that may prove to be the case with this seller as well.

    fightflashfraud

    September 16, 2009 at 7:18 PM

  60. Remember herbyher, items came from the CI, addresses in Lancashire, some items listed as from the USA, this seemed to result in that person being suspended for 30 days, or that is what eBay CS intimated, he certainly was de-registered for a period as I was unable to leave feedback for my transaction.
    This seller items and auctions bear a striking resemblance to herbyher, and the USA part in particular is indeed suspect.

    Micro

    September 16, 2009 at 6:13 PM

  61. Hi Micro,

    Although the seller may have built some feedback with loss-making items the only other thing that seems suspect at the moment is that listing says items are in the UK while the seller seems to be in the USA. This could just mean this is another seller using a Channel-Islands supplier. This seller does not meet the criteria for “gremlin” status.

    fightflashfraud

    September 16, 2009 at 11:00 AM

  62. One to Watch, possibly a new “Gremlin” with the usual array of feedback building 1p items, Location says UK but items are very familiar to a lot of HK sellers.
    “gigiandi” selling flash cards & Cruzers (Sandisk)
    Reference item 260477718840

    Micro

    September 16, 2009 at 8:26 AM

  63. Seller make_paper has sold what appears to be counterfeit Kingston DT150 32GB drives, an ebay member reports the buyer of one confirmed it was not correct.
    He was advised to firstly contact the seller by asking a question, then to check with Kingston, before starting a claim with eBay. He was also asked to report the results to sosfakeflash report a fake.
    Item number while it is still on eBay is 260475305424

    Micro

    September 15, 2009 at 10:14 AM

  64. I am currently restricted from contacting other members with which I have had no transactions, so could someone please send a message to deanatengserv advising this buyer about his recent purchase from goldengoose0798
    possibly being a counterfeit, the listing 120467349716
    has been removed from eBay, hence this buyer will need
    to get the sale information from Paypal. I’d guess a refund would be quite quick if the other example is anything to be judged by.

    Micro

    September 14, 2009 at 8:26 PM

  65. Interesting connections:-
    Seller “make_paper” involved with the reported counterfeit Kingston flash drive sale already mentioned above, seems to have been buying his stock from:–
    bilalalimohamed also already mentioned above.

    A connection to watch I feel.

    Micro

    September 14, 2009 at 7:15 PM

  66. ************* GOOD NEWS **************

    The above case goldengoose0798 Vs buyer_No1 has been resolved with a FULL refund being give the the buyer.

    The item concerned has been removed from eBay listings.
    (120467349716)

    Micro

    September 14, 2009 at 6:30 PM

  67. The member that contacted one of the buyers of goldengoose0798’s counterfeit items has informed me that goldengoose0798 has asked for the item to be returned as part of the refund deal, he advises that the buyer is not happy to do this as he is aware of the legal issues with sending known counterfeit items through the public postal services, he suggested that the only way he would do this would be to clearly mark the package as “COUNTERFEIT ITEMS BEING RETURNED TO THE SELLER” I await further information from the member.

    Micro

    September 14, 2009 at 5:49 PM

  68. “Tobyjug2009″ has re-listed the non-selling items
    Reference item number:- 220480754439 this time on 5 day listings.

    The original sold item has received feedback and the buyer was informed, the informant still awaits info from the buyer.

    Micro

    September 14, 2009 at 4:04 PM

  69. ” No justice for honest innocent seller ”
    shoppingvic seller of counterfeit Kingston DT150

    This seller was advised his items might be false capacity counterfeit, as previously reported, he took action, refunded and refused to send the won item
    which is the action of a concerned, honest seller that has possibly been duped by his supplier.

    What happens NEXT ? He gets an undeserved NEGATIVE
    from a buyer, that was obviously uninformed about the potential risks of trusting these fakes.

    Not the best outcome, but a record to act as a good reminder to all sellers BE SURE WHAT YOU ARE SELLING is GENUINE, and that YOU HAVEN’T BEEN FOOLED by YOUR SUPPLIER

    Micro

    September 14, 2009 at 3:46 PM

  70. RE: seller “make_paper” the first buyer to give feedback was informed by the member that advised him he might have brought a fake, his response indicated that he was surprised and will investigate and report back either here, or to the advising member.

    Micro

    September 14, 2009 at 11:00 AM

  71. Re goldengoose0798 again: The first buyer has reported back to the member that advised him:

    Gist of the message is:- Kingston Technology advised my drive is a fake,I am requesting a FULL refund from paypal.

    Micro

    September 14, 2009 at 10:58 AM

  72. “Tobyjug2009″ last 4 items failed to realise their starting price, so no sale, we can reckon they will be re-listed at some time, so keep your ITEM WATCH active
    for eBay re-list advice.

    Micro

    September 14, 2009 at 8:20 AM

  73. Another Kingston DT150 seller with rather low starting prices.. and PRIVATE LISTINGS

    bilalalimohamed

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/64GB-Kingston-Data-Traveler-150-USB-2-0-Flash-Drive_W0QQitemZ330359855780QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Computing_FlashDrives_SM?hash=item4ceafb5aa4&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

    This seller has the usual format, seen before, of a few low priced, and one with a reasonable BIN price
    Again Leicestershire, which seems to be coming quite a hot spot for counterfeit sellers, though not yet rivalling “West Yorks” for quantity and sheer cheek.

    Micro

    September 14, 2009 at 7:16 AM

  74. Despite being *WARNED* about possible fake capacity drives “Tobyjug2009” still went ahead and sold them, the first positive feedback arrived today, the buyer has been advised to test with h2testw before using this flash drive for any files. Drive was one of the old classic black silver ones with the black leather cap.
    Item 220476518786.

    Micro

    September 13, 2009 at 9:42 PM

  75. “Thank you for letting me know.” This was the reply to a message from another eBay member that advised “shoppingvic” they MAY be selling counterfeits, so far this sellers feedback count has not increased from the 308 that it was when I last checked.

    Micro

    September 13, 2009 at 9:30 AM

  76. Seller “make_paper” has had the first positive feedback the buyer has been sent a message advising to contact Kingston UK to check serial number, also suggested testing with h2testw.

    Micro

    September 13, 2009 at 9:22 AM

  77. Hi Micro,
    Funnily enough I was just invesigating this very seller a bit earlier this evening – seems that sold DT150’s have been removed by ebay – probably at Kingston’s request (well done to our Kingston specialist!) – so ebay will be aware it is counterfeit.

    The buyer you are in touch with will probably find it has vanished from the won list. However, details of the transaction can be found in the buyer’s paypal account if this is the case.

    This seller does not seem to have taken the hint about the drives being fake as (when I looked earlier) there was still a listing for a 64GB DT 150 from goldengoose0798.

    There will be a post about this seller later tonight – so perhaps you could report there on what develops.

    fightflashfraud

    September 12, 2009 at 7:17 PM

  78. Re goldengoose0798 : I have had information about one buyer, that reports he loaded 63GB of files and they seemed OK, however when trying to test with h2testw it reported the drive was not formatted, after formatting h2testw ran very slow at 2megs / minute, I have not had a final report yet. The buyer suggested contacting Kingston about this, I think I know what they will say!!
    This buyer has been advised to contact eBay CS as soon as possible and raise a claim.

    Micro

    September 12, 2009 at 7:01 PM

  79. Two more sellers of DT150 lookalikes: (Kingston)

    chensiping112 item 260471166788

    kikilibi* item(s) 320421729480 (listed as 10 units)

    Micro

    September 11, 2009 at 9:26 PM

  80. gdlowe1 is selling Sony 64GB flash drives shown as micro-vault, I was under the impression that Sony did not make this model in that size, but I am not familiar with them, anyone know different?

    Reference item numbers 120467572840 & 120467573176

    Both these items will be SOLD before anyone reads this I only just discovered the entries.

    Micro

    September 11, 2009 at 4:04 PM

  81. Sadly it seems that one of the recipients of the “Not so Gold” eggs has had dealings with “fastflashstore” so should have known better, unless of course he is one of the “flash angels” and is on a mission, in that case I will say no more :-))

    Micro

    September 11, 2009 at 3:56 PM

  82. goldengoose0798 has already laid TWO, far from pure golden eggs. The unsuspecting buyers have been advised to test with h2testw before saving any vital files in their new flash drives.

    Micro

    September 11, 2009 at 3:47 PM

  83. Some more sellers with suspect counterfeit Kingston 64GB flash drives..

    goldengoose0798

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120467912533&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    Micro

    September 11, 2009 at 12:38 PM

  84. Some more sellers with suspect counterfeit Kingston 64GB flash drives..

    shoppingvic

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300346304229&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    Micro

    September 11, 2009 at 12:37 PM

  85. Some more sellers with suspect counterfeit Kingston 64GB flash drives..

    make_paper

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260475305424&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    Micro

    September 11, 2009 at 12:36 PM

  86. More on Tobyjug2009: My correspondent informs me that he had a reply to his message, the seller says he tests all his “dongles” and they are all OK.

    He was advised to reply emphasising the use of h2testw as being the best way to test them, as using the operating system would only show what the fake capacity drives was set up to show, not the real capacity.

    Micro

    September 10, 2009 at 10:15 PM

  87. Hi Terry,

    We always recommend claiming a full refund – after all why should the fraudsters, ebay and paypal walk away with any of your cash when these fakes could have caused you to lose irreplacable photos? Please report in with details of each purchase to this email address: sosfakeflashdrive@gmail.com if you have not done so already so that the items can be recorded in the fraud database. The details you should email for each fake are:

    Item number
    Item description
    Seller’s ebay ID
    Your ebay ID
    h2tesw results

    Also, if there is a seller address shown on the envelope (or one given as an address to return items to) this helps us tie particular fraudsters to others in the same gang – be sure to say whether it is an address that was on the envelope or one you were asked to return the item to.

    You are welcome to include any other information or comments about the transaction in your email.

    Do not post this information in a comment – always send it by email – we do not want victims to compromise their privacy by publishing their ebay ID on a public site! Your details will not be shared with anyone but without them we cannot investigate, enter information in the database and issue Internet alerts.

    fightflashfraud

    September 10, 2009 at 2:54 PM

  88. I have just received two SDHC cards from separate sellers in HonKong. Both cards appear to be fake. I purchased a non-branded 32GB from “mustgone”. I became suspicious when it began to show corrupted files. I’ve run h2testw and this shows only 3.5GB of useful memory. The second card is an un-branded 16GB SDHC from “cypress_network”. This has a similar label and returns a useful capacity of 3.4GB.
    I contacted both sellers via Ebay the same day the items arrived. “Mustgone” has replied to every email and is very sorry! He/she blaims the supplier. He has asked me to return the card, but with postage costs to HK probably being more than the item’s worth and the legal issue of posting counterfiet items I have refused.
    The second seller, “cypress_network” has ignored my emails to date. I have not yet left either of them negative feedback as the have not left it for me.
    I’ve reported both sellers to Ebay & Paypal requesting a partial refund as it is unecconomical to post the cards back to HK.
    Both sellers are high volume power sellers with reasonable feedback scores in the high 90’s, but both appear to have several unsatisfied buyers linked to low quality or fake memory items.

    Terry Oborne

    September 10, 2009 at 12:24 PM

  89. Tobyjug2009 is an eBay user from Leicestershire UK
    Recently posted items with the Buy It Now option.
    There items are pictured as the well known fakes
    there is evidence of trading with these traders.
    intertrade-connection & upcomingtrend

    See Item: 220477411508

    Copy of advisory message sent by a concerned eBay user
    passed on to me…

    Dear tobyjug2009,
    Hi,
    Maybe you are not aware of the large amount of false capacity flash memory that is being sold on eBay. It could be that the ones you are auctioning are also false capacity, they do bear a striking likeness to the false capacity drives from two well known scam merchants from which you seem to have purchased. recently.
    Might I suggest you test your items with h2testw
    program, you can get this FREE just google for the source, or visit sosfakeflash (google again)

    Micro

    September 10, 2009 at 6:55 AM

  90. More News about suspected counterfeit seller liam_ashey2009: After contacting this seller, all the current items gathered another picture, a more distant shot of what looks like the old favourite 32GB retail package. liam_ashey2009’s first feedback as reported about was from joolsj123 who lives in the same area is that a surprise or not ? Inspecting this buyers feedback reveals that this person has been involved with selling many other known fakes, though has few NEGATIVES, most were countered by refunds or replacements. When are people going to realise that changing feedback is a foolish thing to do? Replace or refund is a time wasting exercise for buyers, there is only one course of action after receiving a false capacity drive, that is NEGATIVE FEEDBACK, no excuses, the seller sells a false product, they MUST be taken to task. Honest sellers that unknowingly sell fakes can always explain their actions in follow-up feedback, but the NEGATIVE MUST be there to be seen, to warn others.

    Micro

    September 5, 2009 at 8:06 AM

  91. This one really wants watching: Sellers first feedback at 21:31 when item only sold 21:15 and seller specifically says NO collection Buyer joolsj123
    Item No 270451463866

    Micro

    September 4, 2009 at 8:56 PM

  92. Another suspect seller of Kingston 32GB memory sticks
    liam_ashey2009

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/kingston-32GB-memory-stick_W0QQitemZ270451871095QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Computing_FlashDrives_SM?hash=item3ef8300d77&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14

    Just started to sell today 4th September 2009 10 items sold so far.

    Micro

    September 4, 2009 at 8:30 PM

  93. I forgot to mention newarcade is using PRIVATE listings
    and 1 day postings, V E R Y S U S P I C I O U S

    Micro

    August 30, 2009 at 5:40 PM

  94. “newarcade” is selling the same line as silviajune was, some pretty bad feedback too.
    And the same 4 minute posting regime as silviajune

    Micro

    August 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

  95. Another suspect seller, private listings, prices in US$
    “hjstore” selling the classic fake capacity black leather stick..

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/16GB-USB-2-0-Flash-Memory-16G-Pen-Stick-Thumb-Drive-K_W0QQitemZ180400207785QQcmdZViewItemQQptZPCC_Drives_Storage_Internal?hash=item2a00b0b7a9&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

    Micro

    August 25, 2009 at 9:14 PM

  96. The 2nd entry for toomanyles572 is incorrect, it should be toomanyles_1985 Please read this as a correction.

    Micro

    August 14, 2009 at 3:01 PM

  97. All these sellers in China have been seen to be involved in “feedback grooming” exercises, selling items of 1p (10c) etc, to buyers, some in the UK.
    The usual items, like stylus, earbuds, sync cables for ipod, covers for phones etc. The chain continues to other sellers with private listings, and some with considerable negative feedbacks like
    yadodoo2008 and dietervb1234

    ————————————-
    larastop1982
    purchasemp3
    garance158
    toomanyles572
    toomanyles572
    gardengifts329
    kensington153
    crispspring149
    alice_daphne_a
    ————————————-
    All these sellers feature in the feedback of a UK member slipkorn1986 that has for other reasons been suspected of bidding for feedback grooming purposes only.

    Micro

    August 14, 2009 at 2:54 PM

  98. Rik

    May 4, 2009 at 11:58 AM


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