Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Upcoming article about Internet fraud for Which? magazine

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A freelance journalist has contacted us because he is planning to write an article about fraud on the Internet for Which? magazine. He is writing it from a consumer perspective and is interested in hearing from victims of fake flash fraud.

If anyone would like to speak to him about their experience, please leave a comment on this post and we will pass your email address on to him – we have not made his email address public and we will not make yours public either!

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What in the heck is a refurbished USB flash drive we wonder?

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Top rated ebay seller fashionuniononline advertises these flash drives on ebay as “refurbished” – we wonder what the heck a refurbished flash drive is!

We know what a refurbished computer is – it is one that has been used and has then had any faulty parts replaced and been returned to a fully functional state (though of course not brand new) – the seller says:

4GB SanDisk Micro USB Flash Drive (Refurb but new) with a 5 year Warranty

*Please be Aware these are Refurbished Pen Drive. The have the word ‘Refurb’ stamped on the Pen Drive to show they are refurb. The performance of the card is equal to a new one but they only come without packaging.

Something cannot be refurbished AND new – it is either a used refurbished item or it is a new item! You cannot “refurbish” a flash drive! You can manually delete any user files or reformat it to remove all previous data (in which case as far as this model is concerned the U3 will be lost) – you cannot “refurbish” it! This ebay seller’s sales pitch seems a bit dodgy to us. Maybe one of us will buy one and check it 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 your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

UPDATE 18/O2/2010
A member of the fightflashfraud team bought one of these from fashionuniononline and we are amazed to report that the buyer tells us it passed testing with h2testw. The item was indeed marked as refurbished – something we have never come across before with USB flash drives. We are flummoxed about what exactly is meant by refurbished in this context and we still have some doubts about these.

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February 14, 2010 at 9:27 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.

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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.

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August 26, 2009 at 11:42 PM

Are this ebay member’s 4GB flash drives genuine?

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djc_scotland

We hope that all the models of 4GB flash drive shown above listed on buy it now by seller djc_scotland (registered on ebay on 02-Jun-09) are genuine and were not purchased from one of the many fraudelent suppliers who sell fakes. Two ebay members contacted this seller expressing concerns about the possibility that the flash drives might not be genuine.

The seller told both ebayers that he had been dealing with his supplier for 2½ years and that all customers were satisfied. However, as the seller only registered on ebay less than three months ago, and did not tell either of those who expressed concern who the “trusted supplier” is we have no way of verifying this claim.

Unfortunately most buyers just plug their flash drives into the computer, look at the properties and leave positive feedback without fully testing the drive – so we can’t assume that the 100% positive feedback for this seller at present is meaningful either. We will be very happy if we find that djc_scotland is supplying genuine flash drives. We are actively seeking genuine sellers but it seems the water is very muddy.

UPDATE 23rd October
We note that the seller is using private sales – if the flash drives being sold are genuine why hide buyer IDs?

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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August 23, 2009 at 11:17 PM

Yet another new ebayer in China selling suspect flash drives

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Another new seller based in China is selling flash drives at prices that make us sure these cannot be genuine 16GB drives. We expect that liqian16888168 will prove to be a new ID used by one of our familiar fraud gangs. This is a popular fake model – also being sold by ebayers elsewhere such as tobyjug2009 who offered the same item on buy it now for £20. When, oh when, will princess ebay awake from the slumber induced by the poisoned apple from her wicked stepmother in China, the fake flash queen?

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 26, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Suspected fake Kingston DT150 sold by ebayer in Poland

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butcher121.2009

We suspect the Kingston flash drive sold here by ebay seller butcher121.2009 (a new member in Poland) are counterfeit – buyers can check with Kingston as genuine ones all have unique serial numbers which can be used to check. Kingston are well aware that they are a big target for counterfeiters and provide this ability to verify genuine drives as a service to you the buyer – please use it! If you find you have a counterfeit please report it to sosfakeflash.