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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.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

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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m4ynk

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

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 »

Written by fightflashfraud

October 9, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Seller in Germany auctions 16GB Sandisk flash drives on ebay

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der-preisknacker1987

If the 16GB Sandisk flash drives listed on ebay Germany by der-preisknacker1987 are genuine the seller is risking a loss by auctioning them as they could easily be sold at a loss. 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 28, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Do we have another ebay gremlin from Hong Kong here?

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hi2echworks

gremlin2sMost listings by hi2echworks for MP players are auctions with a low start price and massive postage.

This listing was one of the few exceptions – did the seller just forget to add the postage?

The MP player in this listing sold for £10.50 with free P&P – which would have been a fantastic bargain for the buyer if it was genuine.
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Written by fightflashfraud

September 25, 2009 at 1:54 PM

128GB DT 200 auction on ebay Australia

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superstarzeng2009

Is this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drive offered at auction on ebay Australia by superstarzeng2009 genuine or counterfeit? The buyer can check the serial number with Kingston to find out.

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 in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 22, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Ebayer auctions 4GB Sandisk Cruzer flash drives on ebay

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david1young

Unlike some sellers auctioning flash drives it seems that so far (asuming that they are genuine) seller david1young has at least managed to break even in auctions for these 4GB Sandisk USB flash drives.

Nevertheless, this seems a very risky strategy for anyone with genuine new flash memory items. This seller has only managed this by setting the postage rather on the high side but if a few sold at the start price the seller would make a loss.

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 in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 22, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Are these 4GB Sandisk Cruzer flash drives on ebay genuine?

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jds-gold-numbers

If these 4GB Sandisk Cruzer flash drives are genuine then seller jds-gold-numbers seems to be selling these at a loss overall by auctioning them with such a low start price.

If I found myself making a loss on most of the flash drives I sold by auctioning I’d swap to buy it now and choose a price that gave me a small profit margin – wouldn’t you?

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 21, 2009 at 9:00 PM

Are these leather clad flash drives on ebay genuine?

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hotdealsuk

We wonder whether these flash drives sold by UK powerseller hotdealsuk in 4GB and 8GB capacity are genuine. We know that these are often fake capacity as several members of the frankenflash project possess these in various fake capacities up to 32GB. We would like to hear from any buyers who have tested them with h2testw – did they pass the test or fail?

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 in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 21, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Hong Kong powerseller uses private sales on ebay

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kjcollection

If the flash drives sold on ebay by kjcollection are genuine we wonder why the seller is hiding what has been sold by using private sales?

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 20, 2009 at 5:00 PM

1GB flash drive with free upgrade to 2GB?? We don’t think so!

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discjunkie_2008

What on earth does seller discjunkie_2008 mean by free upgrade to 2GB?? You can’t upgrade a flash drive. It’s either a 1GB flash drive or it’s a 2GB flash drive!!

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 18, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Rather odd listings on ebay for flash memory items

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We find it rather odd that ebay seller sunshine_lights_tools never uses pictures in listings. Does this seller not posess a camera – or even a mobile phone that can take photos?? We also find it rather odd than none of the flash memory items sold by this member had any packaging yet all are described as new. All new brand name items come in packaging, though some unbranded items may not.

We hope that these discrepancies in listings by sunshine_lights_tools do not mean this person has been selling counterfeit and fake capacity items. 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 31, 2009 at 8:44 PM

Are these 16GB MP3/MP4 players on ebay genuine?

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tinfish53

These MP3/MP4 players sold by UK seller tinfish53 seem a bit on the cheap side to us which makes us wonder if they came from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers in the orient who sell fake capacity items. Many UK ebayers have bought flash drives, memory cards and MP players to sell on ebay from such suppliers without being aware they were fakes. We hope tinfish53 took the precaution of testing flash memory items with h2tesw before offering them for sale on ebay. If not then this seller is at risk of landing in the brown sticky stuff with negative feedback and the possibility of suspension by ebay.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 28, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Are these lexar flash drives on ebay genuine?

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If these 16GB Lexar flash drives listed by razersystemsltd are genuine then they are a bargain.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 26, 2009 at 11:42 PM

If these flash drives are genuine why are the ebay listings private?

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alam2012

If these flash drives from ebay seller alam2012 are genuine why did this ebayer swap to private listings? People who do this usually have something to hide.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 25, 2009 at 12:59 PM

64GB flash drive listed with low start price by US ebayer

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mehranpbc818

The start prices of flash drives listed by US ebay seller mehranpbc818 seem a bit low which makes us wonder if they are genuine. 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 12, 2009 at 9:00 PM

UK ebay member risks financial loss if this flash drive is genuine

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sugarglass

If the Sandisk flash drive listed at auction on ebay by UK member sugarglass is genuine then this member is risking making a loss on sales. 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 4, 2009 at 9:31 AM

These 32GB Integral flash drives seem a bit on the cheap side

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radarmorganbrady

UK seller radarmorganbrady is offering these 32GB flash drives on ebay at a price below what we would expect. A bargain if they prove to be genuine. 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 4, 2009 at 6:00 AM

Are these swivel type drives genuinely 32GB or not?

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valuedeals2008

If these drives listed by UK ebay member valuedeals2008 are genuine the seller risks making a loss by selling them at auction. 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 3, 2009 at 12:11 PM

We think there is a fishy smell about this seller’s listings

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ehsanshk

Seller ehsanshk says in the listing for this item:

Hi, here i have an Unwanted Gift bought from PC World for £169.99, if you don’t believe then go to PC WORLD website and see the price yourself. the Stick has never been used and its brand new but unfortunately the packaging has been opened so you will only get the stick if you win the auction

Hmm – if it was an unwanted gift why take it out of the packaging? And how does it come to pass that this seller has previously sold other flash drives that are unused but have been taken out of the packaging? These were:

a very nice, stylish, brand new and genuine 16gb usb /memory stick from Integral, it has never been used, comes with no pakcaging, BRAND NEW, this is £39.99 bought brand new

Which sold for £11.63

a very nice, stylish, brand new and genuine 16gb EMTEC usb stick, has never been used, comes with no pakcaging, BRAND NEW, this is £39.99 bought brand new

This sold for £11.01

a brand new 64gb Integral Usb memory stick , this is the highest you can get, was bought from Pcworld for £139.99,you can check yourself ! the receipt is lost and i can not get a refund from the store , the stick has never been used, its a genuine 64gb unlike some chinies and fake ones. The stick has been taken out of its box

which sold for £60.23

Does ehsanshk have a rich relative or friend who keeps buying these as unwanted gifts? Why does ehsanshk keep taking unwanted items out of their packaging? Why does ehsanshk never have a receipt to get a refund? If they were all presents why doesn’t ehsanshk tell people not to buy flash drives as presents?

Does ehsanshk live in Grimsby? Aberdeen? No – the seller lives in Birmingham – nowhere near the sea. We are puzzled about the smell of fish. Maybe ehsanshk would like to invite a member of the frankenflash project who lives in Birmingham to examine the drive and ask a few questions – along with a few members of the West Midlands police. We are sure that our Birmingham-based project member will happily visit ehsanshk with the police if this seller would care to provide his or her address.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 31, 2009 at 8:37 AM

Is this 16GB Kingston flash drive the genuine article?

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lechef1million

This looks rather cheap if this is a genuine Kingston flash drive – we’d expect to see a higher buy it now price than this for a brand name drive. Low quality generic drives are available for this sort of price but not normally brand name ones. This makes us wonder whether these could possibly be counterfeits.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 23, 2009 at 10:19 AM

USA registered ebay member with suspect auctions for DT150

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Seller fedsone has listed a number of 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 with an auctin start price of $20. This makes us think these were purchased from a fraudulent supplier and are highly likely to be counterfeit. If they are genuine there will be a unique serial number which can be used to confirm authenticity with Kingston. We urge all buyers of high capacity Kingston drives to do so, wherever they were purchased. If you don’t you are at grave risk of file loss and data corruption.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 19, 2009 at 10:35 AM

64GB USB flash drive from ebayer in the USA seems a bit cheap

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psy2069

This flash drive listed by psy2069 seems a bit too cheap to be genuine 64GB, even for a generic drive. 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 18, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Seems too cheap to be a genuine 16GB flash drive

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happytianqing

This flash drive listed on ebay by seller happytianqing, a member registered in China seems too cheap for it to be a genuine 16GB flash drive. We think that this, like almost all flash memory from sellers in China, will prove to be fake capacity. As ever 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 16, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Is this 32GB flash drive on ebay UK Genuine?

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returncentreWe think the fact that this drive has a little shiny sticker for the capacity suggests that this could be a fake capacity flash drive. We have only seen such stickers on fakes, never on genuine drives.

Seller returncentre may not be aware that there is such a thing as fake capacity memory – perhaps someone could the seller test all these with the free program h2testw.

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July 6, 2009 at 8:10 PM

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32GB DataTraveler a little too cheap to be genuine?

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joshthebosh!

This flash drive listed by joshthebosh! seems a little too cheap – could it be yet another counterfeit? Buyers of these can check the serial number with Kingston to ensure their item is genuine. If not, Kingston will be able to confirm it is a counterfeit.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 5, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Another seller of suspected fake flash drives on ebay France

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abkastler59

We suspect that these flash drives from abkastler59 will prove to be fake capacity and cause users’ files to become lost or corrupted. As ever, we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory (whether USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

July 3, 2009 at 12:45 PM

UK seller of dodgy flash drives – beware of this item.

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nextvision4gb

UK seller nextvision-uk has a dodgy supplier and the drives sold can not be trusted. The seller claims they are tested with h2testw to give buyers confidence. An enquiry by a buyer whose drive failed the test got the response that 10% of the drives are tested.

Seller nextvision-uk asked the buyer to return the drive for a replacement. The buyer duly did so when nextvision-uk assured the buyer a tested replacement would be provided. The buyer did not get the promised working replacement, instead nextvision-uk refunded the buyer and requested a transaction cancellation.

This suggests to us that nexvision-uk could not find a reliable drive to send to the buyer. What most people do not realise is that the low grade chips used in cheap flash drives (even those that have not been fraudulently programmed) have a high failure rate. Testing is absolutely essential otherwise there is a high risk of data loss.

The flash drive our buyer got did not seem to have been fraudulently programmed. However, it failed h2testw due to bad sectors on the drive – very common with low grade chips. This would eventually lead to problems with the drive – it is likely that at some point files would begin to be lost or corrupted and there is a high risk of the drive failing altogether.

This seller previously sold own-brand flash drives which, according to a test carried out by a buyer, used low-grade 2GB chips fraudulently programmed by the supplier to show in the operating system as 8GB. The seller eventually withdrew these fakes from sale though we doubt very much that he refunded all his buyers.

You can see the original post about this seller here – it indicates some rather fishy goings-on. We wouldn’t trust this seller as far as we could throw him.

As always 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 2, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Is this ebay member confused about what he is selling?

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aceelectronics_uk The heading on an ebay listing for over 90 flash drives by seller aceelectronics_uk says the drives on offer are 1GB Kingston DataTraveler but the picture shown (see left) is of a 2GB DataTraveler and elsewere the drives are described as 4GB SanDisk!

We were under the impression that the 1GB model had been discontinued – does this mean the seller has a huge batch of old stock or what?? We are very confused about this listing and don’t know what to make of it at all.

We will be interested to hear from anyone who bought one.

As always 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 30, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Are these 32GB Sandisk flash drives adverised on ebay genuine?

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beever1234

If the 32GB flash drives listed by beever1234 are genuine the seller is taking a huge risk by starting the bidding at 1p. If they are genuine and bids do not exceed the wholesale price plus postage, listing fees etc then the seller stands to lose a lot of money. The seller says:

NEVER OPENED !!! OFFICIAL DRIVE THIS IS NOT A CHEAP COPY , GARAUNTEED!! 300% MONEY BACK IF YOU RECIEVE AN UNOFFICIAL OR FAKE ITEM!!

This is a rather extravagant claim – 300%?? Did the seller do any maths at school we wonder? If not, maybe this explains the low start price! We do wonder a little why buyer IDs are being kept private if the seller’s items are genuine – after all buying a flash drive is nothing to be ashamed of. We might understand if the listing was for S&M gear – but flash drives??

As ever 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 18, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Suspect 16GB USB flash drives listed by US seller on ebay

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carterunlimitedproUS registered ebay seller carterunlimited pro has listed 25 of these suspect 16GB USB flash drives. We think this seller has been shopping in fakeflashland.

This looks as though it is one of the most common and longest standing fake capacity flash drives sold. The fakes are supplied by fraudulent wholesalers in the far east and inevitably cause data loss. The seller may not be aware of the fake capacity problem. Looking at the properties is not enough – sellers need to test their drives with h2tesw. We suggest that bidders ask the seller to do this.

If you bought a flash drive on ebay, whoever the seller was, we strongly suggest that you test with h2testw otherwise you are at risk of file loss.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 14, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Is this a genuine 16GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drive?

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wholesale-shop2009

We couldn’t find this model on Kingston’s web site so we wonder whether this is a genuine Kingston drive or yet another fake. If you bought one of these from wholesale-shop2009 test it with h2testw and let us know.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 9, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Are the flash drives sold by this UK ebayer genuine?

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jpsupplies-uk

UK based ebay seller has sold a number of different models of 8GB flash drive. We have no idea whether these are the real deal or not but the fact that buyer IDs are not shown at the end of auctions makes us slightly suspicious. This makes us wonder if the seller has something to hide. This may not be the case, only time (and buyers testing their drives with h2testw) will reveal whether drives sold by jpsupplies-uk are genuine or not.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 5, 2009 at 12:45 PM

campmur6865 sells “bargain” 16GB USB flash drives on ebay

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campmur6865These flash drives from new Hong Kong seller campmur6865 seem a little too cheap to be genuine. We suspect that these are the usual fraudulently programmed drives from China which have flooded the market for some time. If you bought one of these you should test it with the program h2testw immediately you receive it. Do not save files to any flash drive bought on ebay until you have contfirmed the capacity with h2testw. See the testing category for the page about this program and a link to the download page on a computer magazine’s website.

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

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Written by fightflashfraud

May 8, 2009 at 7:46 PM

UK ebayer re-sells a fake from chaiching 28 to another ebayer.

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sbrownsenergy What is worse than fake flash sellers in china? People in the UK who knowingly re-sell these fake flash drives! Seller sbrownsenergy paid no attention to an ebayer who said he should not re-sell a fake flash drive ( item number 110350102194 purchased on 16th February for £11.00 from chaiching28). UK seller sbrownsenergy has 100% feedback score at the moment. This is likely to change if item number 270356865115 (pictured left) which the seller was warned about is not removed from sale quick-smart. The seller is using a private auction to hide the buyer’s ID – a dirty business.

Written by fightflashfraud

March 20, 2009 at 8:29 PM

Very odd goings-on on ebay indeed!

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There are now quite a few UK IDs registered recently on ebay who seem to be giving positive feedback to fraudsters in China/Hong Kong at lightening speed. Ebay members apparently registered in the UK have given positive feedback to many known fraudsters like lazy-juicy and continue to give positive feedback to suspect sellers. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by fightflashfraud

March 7, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Suspect UK seller asht067 lists drives with buyer information hidden.

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An ebay member has informed fightflashfraud about UK seller asht067. This seller has been an eBay member since 05-Sep-06 in the United Kingdom and has a feedback score of 1 at the moment. This seller is currently listing an obviously counterfeit 64GB Kingston flash drive and some generic drives that are also likely to be fake. All listings are buy it now with no buyer information shown.
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The picture on the left shows a generic drive in familiar packaging for fakes. The picture on the right shows a counterfeit and fake capacity drive. Apparently this seller previously sold flash drives at computer fairs – so it seems that fake flash drives have been sold at computer fairs as well as on ebay, other websites and some high steet shops.

One would imagine that people who sell at computer fairs would have some knowledge about the technology they sell. We await further information to establish whether asht067 has simply acted foolishly or is a fraudster.
UPDATE 6th March 2009
As asht067 has not ended listings for these fake USB flash drives despite having read the warning messages sent by an ebay member two days ago we can only conclude that this seller is a deliberate fraudster.
UPDATE 9th March 2009
Seller did end the listing for the counterfeit data traveller but is continuing with sale of what we think are generic fake capacity drives.

Written by fightflashfraud

March 5, 2009 at 12:19 AM

Those Multiple IDs eBay Fake Flash Sellers Use On eBay To Sell MP Players – USB Flash Drives – Memory Cards – eBayers Are Not Happy!

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SOSFakeFlash and victims have wondered for a long time, how do fake flash eBay sellers in the Orient just keep coming back? Why do some of them have such old start dates on eBay? The FrankenFlash Project finally has some very interesting information about that. Also on why eBay is losing sales.

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Suspect packaging alerts ebay buyers to fake flash on ebay

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Recently fightfakeflash noticed that ebayers have reported the re-appearance of flash drives in packaging used for fake flash drives some time ago. An example can be seen below: Read the rest of this entry »

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February 8, 2009 at 8:02 PM

What Is It That eBay Sellers of Fake Flash Devices Using Private Auctions Just Don’t Understand?

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It is no secret that eBay is NOT the place to buy flash devices such as usb flash drives, memory cards or MP Players. There are genuine sellers of these items on eBay but they are few and hard to find -buried under the cheap and not so cheap fake flash heap. The traffic in counterfeit and fake (flash capacity) has been around for a long time on eBay, old eBay members say it dates back to 2003 but most internet evidence starts appearing in 2005.

eBay Fake Flash sellers come and go. The most recent trend is to use Private Auctions so that there is no evidence of what was purchased. This is against the intent eBay had for the use of such listing. Like other fake flash sellers they do get found out. But these sellers add to their crimes when they are caught by a member. SOSFakeFlash has seen this repeatedly in eight months of investigating.

Seeing it is believing it. Here is one of the most obvious and glaring examples.

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Written by KittyFireFlash

January 22, 2009 at 5:52 AM

Buying On eBay – MP Players – Memory Cards – USB Flash drives – Why You should Use A Credit Card To Pay And Not Your Bank Account

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The evidence gathered in the last eight months by the FrankenFlash Project and their groups indicates that buying MP Players, USB Flash Drives and Memory Cards is a very risky business. You will find more than enough documented evidence at sosfakeflash.wordpress.com.

So if you are going to bid and buy on eBay why use a credit card instead of bank account funding?

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eBay Private Auction Listings – eBay Fake Flash Sellers Prefer – Victims Learn The Meaning The Hard Way – A Guide

eBay sellers of fake flash MP Players, memory cards and usb flash drives prefer private auction listings. They avoid detection the longest, make antonishing profit and create the longest list of victims who will be made obsured by this listing category. Sellers who use this listing type are not found only in the Orient, you will find them everywhere including in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe. Some begin selling this way, others resort to this listing type when negative feedback starts to come in revealing the truth about what they are selling.

SOSFakeFlash has been warning about this for a long time. It is even in the eBayer’s guide written by ebayers sent to victims needing help.

Exactly what is a Private Auction listing? Why is it so deadly? What did eBay intend for such listings? How is it being abused? Every eBayer should read this guide, even if they did not buy a flash device. If you want a safe buying experience on eBay, don’t expect eBay to educate you or PayPal. To become eBay smart you have to look elsewhere. The bottom line for these companies is sales not your protection. Fake flash victims or those interested in buying any flash devices on eBay should read it too. The first step in protecting yourself from a purchase you may regret. Learn why private auctions can be so deadly.

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