Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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ebay seller newworldent has been shopping in fake flash land

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Seller has listed a large number of very obvious fake flash drives on ebay including this “New Sony USB 2.0 640GB Flash Memory Drive” and 500GB Sony flash drives – there is no such thing as either a 640GB USB flash drive or a 500GB USB flash drive – they are fake USB flashdrives and they will corrupt files.

There are plenty of fake flash drives of this type in any old fantastic fake capacity you care to imagine as this picture taken in a shop in Singapore demonstrates:

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A cabinet full of obvious fake flash drives – and above these, fake capacity MP3/MP4 players – openly being sold in a shop. This is common in China – the home of fake flash memory.

As this seller obviously bought from one of the fraudulent suppliers in China all flash memory items from this seller will be fakes and anyone buying a USB flash drive from newworldent will find it corrupts their files.

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

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

Massive 500GB fake Sony flash drive on ebay Australia

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There is no such thing as a 500GB USB flash drive and never will be. This was not made by Sony and the real capacity of this drive is probably about 1GB. Fake capacity USB flash drives like this corrupt files. The seller (summers3167) probably knows nothing about flash memory and may have no idea that this is the case.

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

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

Another ebayer who sold fantastic capacity fake Sony flash drives

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There is no such thing as a 500GB USB flash drive. They are not made in this capacity by Sony or anyone else. If you see a flash drive like the one in this ebay listing by larochel123 (registered in the USA) you can be certain it is a fake capacity flash drive that will corrupt files.

Our thanks to dee for drawing our attention to this seller.

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

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

This USB flash drive on ebay is so hot it will melt your files away!

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There is no such thing as a 500GB Sony Microvault USB flash drive. This flash drive listed by digitalbridgegroupllc (registered on ebay USA) is counterfeit, fake capacity, and it corrupts files. No one makes this capacity of flash drive – 500GB is a capacity only used for hard drives.

Sony do not make any flash drives above 32GB capacity. If you see an item like this advertised anywhere you can be sure it is a fake that trashes files. Many thanks to dee for alerting us to this seller.

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

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

Massive fake USB flash drive in private listing on ebay UK

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Seller leedavidjames offers a 500GB Sony USB flash drive in ebay listing number 260548142771. 500GB is a capacity that does not and will never exist in flash drives. Sony do not make flash drives of higher capacity than 32GB and 500GB is a capacity only used for hard drives, not flash drives. This USB flash drive is a fake that corrupts files. Read the rest of this entry »

Fake 500GB Sony flash drive listed on ebay by seller in Italy

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mafadeg

These 500GB Sony USB flash drives listed by seller mafadeg on ebay are fake fake fakity fake. There are no 500GB USB flash drives made by anyone let alone Sony. These drives will corrupt users’ files. The seller realises something is wrong with these but thinks it is ok to sell them – we disagree!

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

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

This flash drive on ebay it fake fake fakity fake

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neil_brew4

Apparently ebay seller neil_brew4 has been to the far east and come back with these totally fake flash drives. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

UK seller lists non existent 500GB USB flash drive

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ajs_socks
If we remember rightly this is not the first time ajs_socks has listed a fake flash drive. The seller escaped being posted here last time because the listing was removed either by the seller or ebay fairly quickly. Listing a fake once can be innocent – sometimes sellers do not realise the item is fake. Doing it a second time smells of deliberate fraud.

There is no such thing as a 500GB flash drive – making a device of this capacity at this size is not technically possible and is unlikely to be in the forseeable future. The only flash memory available in capacities over 64GB are solid state disks which are considerably larger than USB flash drives. If you bought one you should test it immediately with h2testw – you are at grave risk of losing your files!

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

Fake 500GB Sony USB flash drive listed by UK ebay seller

label_m09 An ebay seller has listed a massive 500GB fake Sony drive. Seller label_m09 has only been registered since 13-Mar-09 in the United Kingdom and has 0 feedback.

We at fightflashfraud suspect this is a deliberately fraudulent seller who previously listed the item under another ID.

 Do not bid on this item – there is no such thing as a USB flash drive of this capacity produced by Sony or anyone else.  It is just not technically possible to produce a flash memory item of this capacity at this size!

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

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

UPDATE March 16th
Seems that one of these sold for £15 including postage today. This is probably less than the seller paid for it. Looks like the seller will have made quite a loss here. The remaining one is on £13.00 including postage as I update the post. Seems more ebayers have become aware that there are no USB flash drives above 64GB and most above 8GB on ebay are fake.

UPDATE 02 August 2009
We note that there have been a lot of visits to this old post in the last couple of days. This suggests to us that many people have recently fallen prey to a similar fraud. Although the capacities available are now higher than they were when this post was originally written the highest capacity genuine flash drive currently available is only around half the capacity that was advertised by this seller.

At the time of writing this update (as far as we have discovered at this point) only five flash drives above 64GB are available. There seem to be four drives at 128GB – but availability is very limited. There is only one of a higher capacity than 128GB. If you bought a flash drive advertised as 500GB please leave a comment here about where you got it. They are all fakes!!!

UPDATE 10th August 2009
As we have noticed a lot of people visiting this post recently we decided to do a quick update on this post for those that don’t bother to read the comments. The highest capacity flash drive now available is no longer 128GB but is now 256GB – again from Kingston.

There are still no 500GB flash drives!! If you really need flash drives of over 16GB (and most people don’t!) then buy direct from the manufacturer or the approved suppliers they give links to on their websites. Otherwise you have only yourself to blame when you run into trouble with lost and corrupted files!

UPDATE 28TH SEPT 2009
We note this post is still getting lots of visitors which suggests that there are still fraudsters out there selling supposedly 500GB flash drives. There is still is not (and never will be) a 500GB USB flash drive! Hard drive, yes – flash drive, no. There is a difference between the capacities of flash drives and hard drives – they are composed differently so there will never be a genuine 500GB USB flash drive. The highest currently available capacity is 256GB. They are extremely expensive, so buyers would be better off buying a portable hard drive that connects with a USB cable as these are much cheaper!! Not only that, they will be more reliable.

UPDATE 08th December 2009
If you are looking at this old post we wonder why?

Please let us know by leaving a comment – we can’t quite understand why it is such a popular post!

A UK seller has listed a 500GB USB flash drive on ebay

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This is what the seller says in the listing:

MASSIVE 500 GIGABYTE, 500GB USB 2.0 PEN DRIVE. now only 60 pounds more than a 64 gig drive……..
3 AVAILABLE……… THESE WERE PURCHASED DIRECT FROM A BIG NAME MANUFACTURER IN ASIA FOR 1 OF OUR DIRECTORS, HE IS NOW ON THE DOLE SO IT IS BEING SOLD. THESE ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN THE UK….. these COST OVER $2,000 AND HAVE NEVER BEEN USED, THEY ARE TESTED AND READ 527 GB (GIGABYTE)

By testing the seller seems to have meant a quick look at the properties (which according to what he says show OVER 500gb? – sloppy programming we think) and loading a few files. He has been advised by an ebayer to test with h2testw and has told this ebayer that the time the test will take to run is over 160 hours – a whole week! The listing will be over by then and some poor sap (or even 3 poor saps) may have paid £199 for something that is neither use nor ornament!
UPDATE 23/02/08
The seller has been persuaded to test the item – results will take several days. We will be most surprised if (as he insists it will) the item proves to be genuine. We think he is in for a nasty shock. The seller has now ended the listing.

Written by fightflashfraud

February 22, 2009 at 6:15 PM