Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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We think these 16GB SD memory cards on ebay are fakes!

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brighting688

We think brighting688 is yet another Hong Kong based fraudster and that not only the 16GB SD memory cards above, but also this seller’s USB flash drives, will prove to be fake fake fakity fake. Fakes trash files. This seller uses private listings – no one should ever buy flash memory items from sellers who use private listings. Private listings for flash memory are a way sellers try to hide their fraud – they are not for your benefit!

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

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Written by fightflashfraud

November 6, 2009 at 11:31 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

Strange goings-on with a seller on ebay Australia

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usb_traderWe originally posted our suspicions about Australian registered ebay seller usb_trader on September 14th.

The picture you will see in that post is rather different to the one on the right.

Evidence has come to our notice that suggests that the seller became aware that the picture originally used (shown right) prior to our post was too obviously fake and realised that listings were under suspicion.

As previously reported the seller then used private auctions using only the picture in our previous post.

The seller seems to have realised that private auctions were also very obviously suspect and has changed tack again!

Auctions are no longer private but if you are very quick to notice things you may see a quick flash of the original picture on the left in some listings before you see the picture shown in our original post!

usb_traderBThe seller now seems to be selling 128GB flash drives with three different pictures – the one above, the one in the original post and the one on the left. We don’t think a single one is genuine.

Seems that usb_trader may be a determined fraudster.

If this contstant switching wasn’t enough to convince us that usb_trader is a very dodgy trader indeed we also noticed something a little strange about the seller’s feedback!

When we looked at this on 21st September the seller had a feedback score of 5.

All feedback was for sales of the very obvious fake shown in this post – all comments were positive yet only one buyer was left feedback. Do you sell on ebay? Would you not leave feedback for a customer who gave you a positive feedback comment?

We suspect that at least four of the five positive comments left are fake. On the 22nd September two negative comments from the same buyer were left saying these are fake (again a listing with the picture shown here).

We can certainly say we wouldn’t touch this seller with a barge pole!! 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 23, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Gremlin with private sale of fraudsters’ favourite USB flash drive

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wanwtanzdh

gremlin2sSeems the recently registered gremlin ID wanwtanzdh is another disposable one set up by our fraudster friends in China to sell as many of the fraudsters’ favourite fake 16GB USB flash drives as possible before being suspended.

The seller is using private sales to delay the inevitable suspension for fraud as long as possible. 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 11, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Seems we have a new ebay ID for a known fraudster here

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id1_pro

Beware of buying flash drives from seller id1_pro. Why? Because they will all be fake capacity as it seems that known fraudster ionedream has simply changed ID to try and continue defrauding ebayers. We warned about this seller on July 28th and sosfakeflash published an alert on July 29th. The seller immediately changed name from ionedream to id1_pro.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 1, 2009 at 6:26 PM

UK ebay seller damtech2 seems to be a slippery customer.

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damtech2

In the picture above we see how the listing for item number 220434861463 looked yesterday. An ebay member thought it looked a bit too cheap to be genuine and sent the seller a question suggesting that he check with Kingston to be sure they were genuine. The ebayer got no response from damtech 2 and when we looked at the listing for this item today this is what we saw:

damtech2b

Now why do you think the listing changed overnight?? We won’t bother saying what we think… I am sure you can guess! let’s have a closer look at the seller’s picture in the revised listing:

damtech2Hmm – we think the revised picture is very interesting indeed – what do you think? Would you trust “trusted UK seller” damtech2??

In the listing damtech tries to reassure us about the low price of the item:
Try one of our high capacity USB flash drives. We are able to provide these at a much reduced cost as we carry our own stock and purchase directly from the manufacturer cutting out the middle man.

Hmm – surely he means direct from a fraudulent wholesaler doesn’t he?? – after all the listing was originally for a Kingston flash drive!

Kingston flash drives like the one shown in the listing originally all have individual serial numbers and can easily be verified with a phone call.

If the seller had contacted Kingston (as the ebayer who contact damtech2 suggested) and they were genuine would he have changed his listing?

We had a look at the seller’s refund policy:

All returns will be accepted within 14 days no questions asked, the item must still be in the same condition as it was delivered still in the original packaging and seal not broken. If a return is made after the 14 day period a restocking fee of 15% will apply. Buyer is responsible for costs associted with returning the product. In the unlikly event there is a fault with the product, please contact the seller to arrange the return. All returned goods are checked for operation and refunds / exchanges are only granted if the item is found to be inoperable after the examination. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES MADE WITHOUT THE SAFE RETURN OF THE ORIGINAL ITEM.

So what do we make of this? Easy – if you send the drive back with the packaging intact you will not get a refund. Why? Because the drive is not inoperable – it will only become inoperable once you have saved enough files to exceed the true capacity – and you can’t do this without opening the package!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 16, 2009 at 9:04 PM