Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

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ebayer therog3474 resells fake flash drives from China

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The USB flash drive in this ebay listing from therog3474 is fake capacity and corrupts files. It was purchased from fraudulent seller ppgo2sell on March 2nd:

This is not the first time that this ebayer has listed a fake capacity flash drive purchased on ebay! Always check the feedback of anyone selling flash memory on ebay very carefully – you can learn a surprising amount about sellers by careful feedback examination!!

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

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

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Did you buy a Sandisk micro SD card from fashionuniononline?

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An ebay member has reported that this 2GB SanDisk micro SD memory card from ebay seller fashionuniononline failed testing with h2testw. It seems to be defective rather than fake capacity, but as 500 of these have been sold from the listing shown above (item number 370185149553) it is likely that there are other ebayers who got defective cards.

There is one thing we find rather odd – the buyer who reported in tells us that although the location given for the seller is given as Leeds, United Kingdom the return address shown on the envelope is a Post Office Box in Ipswitch. In feedback some buyers said fashionuniononline is not a UK seller and the fact that the seller’s name seems to be Feng Ping tends to support this suggestion. It seems that quite a few people have had problems with memory cards from this seller.

We strongly advise anyone who bought flash memory items from fashionuniononline to test them immediately with the free program h2testw as defective flash memory can cause data loss.

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

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April 12, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Seller on ebay USA seems to have fallen into dropshipping trap

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Ebay seller pcdepotsell appears to have fallen into the trap of becoming involved in dropshipping USB flash drives for a supplier in Hong Kong. Sellers who get involved in dropshipping operations never clap eyes on the items they sell. This is particularly dangerous in the case of flash memory items such as USB flash drives as the seller has no opportunity to test the merchandise.

We advise ebay sellers to steer clear of dropshipping – you have no idea what sort of crud your buyers will receive. In the case of flash memory items shipped out of Hong Kong or Singapore they will almost certainly be fake capacity items that corrupt files.

We advise ebay buyers to steer clear of any listings in which the item location does not match the seller location. This probably means the seller has not examined the goods they are selling and you are likely to get counterfeit (or otherwise fake) merchandise.

Above all where flash memory is concerned we advise everyone to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

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

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January 19, 2010 at 11:37 PM

If 2GB Optima USB flash drives are genuine they are very cheap

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If the 2GB USB flash drives sold on ebay by mattyboycl50 are genuine then they are remarkably cheap and we can’t see how the seller could possibly make any profit on the sales.

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

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

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January 17, 2010 at 12:35 PM

We suspect this 8GB DataTraveler on ebay will turn out to be fake

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We wonder why (if these 8GB DataTraveler flash drives are genuine) seller yyshop88 makes no mention of the Kingston name in the listing. Kingston is a well respected brand producing extremely reliable flash memory items.

We suspect the reason is that members of the fightflashfraud team alerted Kingston to the fact that many fake Kingston items were being sold on ebay. Since then, Kingston has made ebay remove many listings for flash memory that mention the Kingston brand because they were counterfeit.

Many sellers of fake flash memory that destroys users’ files now avoid using brand names in their listings, though pictures still often give away the fact that they are replicas. The author of this post has used Kingston flash drives for years without problems – until the day a fake capacity counterfeit (a replica – not made by Kingston) bought on ebay arrived through the post!!

We strongly advise everyone not to buy “bargain price” Kingston flash drives (or indeed any flash memory item whatsover) on ebay – over 90% of them are fakes that will corrupt your data.

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

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

The 4GB USB flash drives listed by this UK ebayer seem like promotional items

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The two models of 4GB USB flash drive listed by m4ynk seem to be promotional items produced for a photographic print company called Pearl Photos as they are marked with the company’s name. We hope that the seller tested them to ensure they are not fake or faulty as a number of companies who ordered promotional flash drives from manufacturers in the far east ended up with fakes.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

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November 5, 2009 at 12:11 AM

Kim Jong Ill explains why flash drives on ebay are so cheap

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Have you ever wondered why USB flash drives and other flash memory items (such as memory cards and MP players) on ebay are so much cheaper than anywhere else?

We have a video in which it is all explained! Read the rest of this entry »

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October 9, 2009 at 12:36 PM