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private ebay auctions from 10good.days for notorious fake flash drive

The 32GB leather and steel flash drives being sold by 10good.days in this listing (item number 120675696328) and other private ebay auctions from this seller are notorious – always fake capacity, which corrupts 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.

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January 25, 2011 at 7:42 AM

256GB DT310 flash drive in private ebay auction from rockingham200

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We are fairly certain that the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 USB flash drive in a private ebay auction (item number 220711913948) from rockingham200 is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, guarantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself guarantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted after a while.

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.

256GB DT310 flash drives in private ebay listings from longpaddockit

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We think it highly unlikely that the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 410 flash drives in private ebay auctions from longpaddockit will be genuine. Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, guarantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself guarantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted after a while.

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.

obvious fake 256GB Kingston in private ebay sales from seybuytech

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Had seller seybuytech looked at the Kingston web site before listing these very obvious fake 256GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives then he or she would have known that these were fake capacity counterfeits. The model being sold (the DataTraveler 200) is not made in 256GB capacity – and it’s not made in pink – except by fraudsters in China.

This seller obviously bought from a fraudulent supplier so we suspect that the 32GB SD memory card recenty sold by seybuytech will be fake too. The use of private listings does make us wonder if the seller actually knows, but this may simply be an unfortunate habit. Anyone who buys a 256GB Kingston from seybuytech will find that it corrupts files after a while because the real capacity is nowhere near 256GB.

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.

Test memory cards and flash drives from dspe2650 with h2testw

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We wondered whether the Corsair flash drives being sold in private auctions on ebay by dspe2650 were genuine so we decided to watch and check the seller out a bit. We think that if the seller broke even on this one then it was a skin of the teeth job.

Further investigation indicates the 32GB SDHC Kingston memory cards sold at auction by this seller all sold at a loss if they are genuine. This makes us think that the flash memory items from this seller are likely to have come from a fraudulent supplier – in which case they will be fake capacity counterfeits and fake capacity flash memory corrupts 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.

manost2007 auctions fake 128GB Corsair flash drives on ebay

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A genuine 128GB Corsair flash drive does not look like the one in this ebay listing from manost2007 – the model shown is not made in this capacity as anyone who checks the Corsair website will see. Be assured that this USB flash drive is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. Seller manost2007 no doubt got them from a fraudulent supplier in China. The use of private auctions to sell these suggests that the seller may be aware they are fakes.

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.

Suspect ebay listing from evictoria09 for 256GB DT310 flash drive

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Seller evictoria09 tells us in this private ebay auction (which in itself is suspect!) that:

I was given two of these for my photography course but I think one is more than enough.

OH YEA?
Now who would have given evictoria09 not one but two 256GB flash drives?

A lecturer who teaches photography and video assures us that no UK college or university would even lend a photography student a 256GB flash drive let alone give them two of them.

They might allow a video student to borrow a 32GB flash drive during video editing sessions but the student would not be allowed to take it away let alone keep it.

Our lecturer friend says there is no need for a photography student to have a high capacity flash drive like this. A photography student would be a lot more likely to be lent a 4GB SD card.

Either evictoria09 has some wealthy friends or relatives or someone should call the fire brigade!!

Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted after a while.

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.

Beware flash memory in private ebay auctions from cdss-shop-2

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Beware of flash memory items in private ebay auctions on ebay from cdss-shop-2. This ebay member has sold flash drives and memory cards at prices that mean cdss-shop-2 would have made quite a loss by now if items were genuine. We think they are fakes purchased from a fraudulent supplier.

Seller cdss-shop-2 seeks to prove this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 USB flash drive is genuine with the screenshot of h2testw shown on the left.

No screenshot, photograph, bit of film, sound recording or any other such thing can ever actually prove anything conclusively on its own.

Anyone who has studied IT, Art, Media and Communications or any related field in depth knows this only too well!

Something about this screenshot does not ring quite true to us!

For those who are very familiar with h2testw (and those with techical know-how) we present below a comparison between the screenshot provided by the seller and one we took of results for a 4GB flash drive:


Does anyone else see the discrepancies we see? Answers on a postcard please! – oh all right, leave a comment if you like!

Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted after a while.

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.

Private ebay auctions for flash memory from mr-mrs-wickerman

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When we see private ebay auctions for flash memory items like the one above from seller mr-mrs-wickerman it always makes us a little suspicious, especially when (as in this case) the photographs are poor. A bit of digging around the seller’s feedback and the items sold made us even more suspicious!

If you bought a flash memory item from ebay seller mr-mrs-wickerman we suggest you test it immediately with h2test as we think you are at risk of data loss and file corruption. Among the flash memory items sold on ebay by mr-mrs-wickerman were a number of 16GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives like the one below:

Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted after a while.

If you bought a second hand Kingston flash drive that does not have the packaging the only thing you can do other than checking for engraving is to test the drive. There is no need to test the whole drive – most counterfeits have a real capacity of 4GB or less so testing up to 8GB should be sufficient to determine whether it is genuine or not.

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.

DT310 flash drive in private ebay auction by dealsandmore2009

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We think it unlikely that this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler sold in a private ebay auction by dealsandmore2009 is genuine. We think it very likely that this USB flash drive will turn out to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. In the event that we are wrong and the flash drive is genuine the buyer will be able to verify the serial number with Kingston. This seller has a current auction for another of these.

Buyers are advised never to bid for flash memory items in private auctions – the items are almost certain to be fake.

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.

Private ebay listing from cafedirect2010 for notorious flash drive

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The leather and steel type flash drive in this private ebay listing from cafedirect2010 is a notorious fake capacity model that corrupts files. This seller obviously went shopping in fake flash land and chose the most common fake flash drive sold on ebay for years from the range offered by the fraudulent supplier.

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.

If 128GB DT200 flash drive is genuine ebayer memorymarketuk risks making a loss

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If the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive in this ebay listing from memorymarketuk the seller risks making a big loss on the sale. If it is genuine the buyer will be able to confirm this by verifying the serial number with Kingston. If the serial number cannot be verified then it will be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts 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.

huijiale.28 – crafty ebay fake flash seller in Singapore, test with h2testw

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Seller huijiale.28 looks like a very crafty fraudster to us. We are sure that the USB flash drive sold in this private ebay listing is fake capacity and corrupts files. All this seller’s listings are private – which means you cannot tell what item feedback is about.

All sales up till 16th June were for earphones, sold at a loss – very cunning as this positive feedback will fool most ebayers and act as a buffer against negative feedback from any buyers sensible enough to test their flash drive with h2testw.

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.

Beware: designlink_technology sells fake flash drives on ebay

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Beware of ebay seller designlink_technology who sells fake capacity USB flash drives in private ebay auctions. The USB flash drives from this seller will corrupt your files. The use of private listings is an attempt by the seller to delay detection of this fraud.

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.

Flash drives sold in private ebay auctions by w2020w2009 are fake

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The model of flash drive sold in private ebay auctions by w2020w2009 is notorious for being fake capacity and corrupting files. This one is no different – this seller presumably bought from one of the many fraudulent suppliers in China who sell fake capacity flash memory items gauranteed to corrupt files after a while. The use of private auctions make us suspect that w2020w2009 may be aware that the flash drives are fakes.

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.

itemsonline2010 sold some suspect USB flash drives on ebay

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Seller itemsonline2010 (registered in Spain) used private sales for this and several other USB flash drives on ebay. We suspect this flash drive (and the others sold) is fake capacity and corrupts 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.

power.seller.09 loads shipping costs for 8GB USB flash drive on ebay

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The listing above is private – we wonder why if the USB flash drives being sold by power.seller.09 are genuine. This seller has loaded all the costs on the postage which looks like ebay fee evasion to us. These two factors would make us wary of buying from this seller and we suggests that anyone who did tests their flash drive immediately.

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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April 12, 2010 at 3:40 PM

A very dodgy looking flash drive listed on ebay UK by shaz78612

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This is a private ebay auction by shaz78612 for a very dodgy looking 64GB USB flash drive indeed – we are certain that this and other flash drives from this seller will be fake capacity, which corrupts 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.

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April 6, 2010 at 3:55 PM

If this Sandisk USB flash drive is genuine we think ebay seller made a loss

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If this 2GB Sandisk USB flash drive sold on ebay UK by bargains4uall2dayok is genuine then we think that by the time ebay fees, paypal fees and postage costs are taken into consideration the seller almost certainly made a loss on this transaction.

If items are genuine the seller risks making further losses by listing his or her flash drives at auction rather than selling using a multiple-item buy it now listing. Of course the seller probably won’t have made a loss if the flash dricwa turn out to be counterfeits bought from a fraudulent supplier. If this USB flash drive is counterfeit it will be fake capacity and a fake capacity flash drive corrupts files.

A lot of ebay sellers buy fake flash memory items to sell on ebay from fraudulent suppliers in China and we wonder if this may be the case here. Many have no idea that they are buying fakes – however, the use of private listings in this case does make us wonder….

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. We also advise avoiding any flash memory listed in private auctions on ebay – it almost always turns out to be fake.

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

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USA ebay seller with private listing for suspect USB flash drive

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We think it highly unlikely that this 32GB USB flash drive listed by wendyg2010 is genuine. We are sure this will prove to be a fake capacity flash drive that corrupts files. We wonder if this seller may know that the flash drives (3 different models) he or she is selling are fakes – this would explain why these listings are private!

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.

64GB Sony Vaio USB flash drive in private auction on ebay Spain

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Seller tu.tienda.online is using a private auction to sell a very obvious fake 16GB flash drive. There is no such thing as a genuine Sony Vaio flash drive – this is fake capacity and corrupts files. The other flash drives listed by this seller will no doubt prove to be fake as well.

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.

UK ebay seller with private listing for fake 4GB USB flash drive

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This 4GB USB flash drive is certain to be fake capacity – every one tested by our team that came in this packaging proved to be fake. A fake capacity flash drive corrupts files. The use of a private listing to sell this makes us wonder if paulscables is aware that these are fakes.

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.

Looks like a counterfeit 128GB Kingston in a private ebay listing

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USA ebay seller giants19082 is using a private listing to sell this 128GB Kingston DT200 USB flash drive which we are certain it counterfeit, fake capacity and corrupts 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.

Counterfeit Kingston in private auction on ebay Spain

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The use of private auctions suggests that seller salasvillero may be aware that the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives this seller has listed on ebay Spain are counterfeits. A counterfeit flash drive is also a fake capacity flash drive that corrupts 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.

UK seller with fake flash drives in private buy it now sales on ebay

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UK ebay seller cheapstockers1010 has been shopping in fake flash land and has listed two very familiar models of fake capacity flash drive for sale. As well as the familiar 128GB leather and steel USB flash drive shown above the seller offers an equally obvious fake – a 64GB Sony Vaio flash drive. There is no such thing as a Sony Vaio flash drive – these were invented by fraudsters in China! A fake flash drive corrupts files.

As the seller is using a dropshipping operation these fakes will come directly from Hong Kong – a hub of fake flash fraud! This means that seller cheapstockers1010 will never clap eyes on the merchandise and has no opportunity to test them. We strongly advise sellers never to drop-ship flash drives, you are almost certain to find yourself selling fakes and are at grave risk of being kicked off ebay as a result.

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 UK is not made by Sony and not 64GB

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UK ebay member homeboy10184 has a number of private auctions for this USB flash drive which is fake capacity and corrupts files. It was not made by Sony and is not really a 64GB drive, though this is what will show in drive properties.

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.

**BRAND NEW** 64GB fake USB flash drives in private ebay listing

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These 64GB USB flash drives listed in a private ebay sale by UK seller brandnewdeal are fakes that corrupt files. The same applies to the 128GB model listed by this seller The use of private listings makes us wonder if this might be a case of deliberate fraud rather than a case of someone who bought fakes from a fraudulent supplier without realising.

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.

Fake 64GB USB flash drives in private auctions on ebay Australia

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This flash drive is a fake that corrupts files. It is not made by Sony and it’s capacity is a lot less than the advertised 64GB. Any flash drive you see for sale bearing the name Sony Vaio is a fake that trashes 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 purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

UK seller cwmwitch2009 gets away with fake flash sales on ebay

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We now suspect that UK seller cwmwitch2009 is a cunning fraudster. We first posted about this seller on December the 10th 2009. Despite selling the obvious fake USB flash drive shown in our original short article (and other items we are sure are fake) this seller still has 100% positive feedback!! Why??

We think it is because this seller gives immediate refunds to anyone who complains, so that the buyers don’t leave negative feedback. Because sales are private no one can tell what a comment is about as you cannot see the item the comment refers to.

Very few buyers test flash memory items properly and are fooled by what the operating system shows. If something goes wrong and the seller refunds them they never realise they bought a fake! This seller seems to be taking advantage of buyers’ ignorance by apologising and giving refunds to the few who notice something is wrong.

Very clever – the buyer thinks the seller is honest and leaves positive feedback, often without even indicating there was anything wrong! Here are a selection of positive comments that we are fairly sure are from buyers who were sold fakes by cwmwitch2009:

• Compatability issues with my PC and USBs but full refund given immediately. Thks
• recieved refund thank you
• strange device, full refund
• Compatability issues with my PC and USBs but full refund given immediately. Thks
• Great eBayer, very helpful and honest all round A++++++++++++++++++++
• Item was faulty, however received full refund, so overall service was good.
• OK but doesn’t work perfect with APPLE.
• Item was faulty but the seller was excellent, tried to help and gave full refund
• Item not working. Refund given without quibble, thanks

The seller also has two neutral comments:
• Ordered 2 and both were faulty, but full refund given without any problem
• Item did not appear to be original copy but full refund received.

Never buy flash memory items in private sales!! YOU ARE ALMOST CERTAIN TO GET A FAKE.

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 24, 2010 at 11:51 PM

256 Kingston DT200 flash drives on ebay UK are not faulty but fake

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Seller aetdinger is not selling faulty 256 Kingston USB flash drives in this listing – they are total fakes!! Apart from anything else the Kingston DataTraveler 200 is not made in this capacity!! These are counterfeits purchased by this buyer from a fraudulent supplier. They are not worth £3, let alone £31.

We have seen a worrying trend recently – ebay sellers who purchase counterfeit and fake capacity flash drives selling them as faulty to recoup their loss. They are no such thing – these fakes are only fit for one thing – smashing up with a hammer so that no one can ever use them.

We consider the sale of these fakes (especially where the seller uses a private listing, as aetdinger has done) to be fraud. Foolish buyers are misled into thinking they might get something worthwhile – they won’t. They will simply have wasted their money on something useless.

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.

If these 8GB USB flash drives are genuine why is ebay listing private?

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If the 8GB USB flash drives malcolmpencraig is selling are genuine then why is this seller using a private listing?

This made us wonder if these USB flash drives could be fakes that will corrupt files as this is the usual reason that sellers make flash memory sales private.

We looked at the seller’s history and found the picture on the left used for one sale. This adds to our suspicion that these are file corrupting fakes as all flash drives in this packaging prove to be fake.

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.

An ebay gremlin with a new trick – lists fakes as used!

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gremlin2sSeller superday09 has found a new way of avoiding ebay members thinking about the suspiciously low start price of fake flash auctions – listing the fakes as used!!

This trick has been successfully used by a fraudster in the UK for some time – now this seller in China has had this idea too.

The use of private auctions will help cover this fraudster’s tracks and make it difficult to warn victims as there is no way of knowing what customers bought. As well as USB flash drives superday09 has listed memory cards for sale on ebay. Any flash memory from this seller will undoubtedly corrupt users’ 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 17, 2010 at 6:31 PM

16GB Transcend USB flash drive in suspect listing on ebay UK

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The buy it now price in this ebay listing by dejan1986 seems too low for this to be genuine. We notice that this ebayer recently purchased what looks like a fake 16GB Transcend from seller salem-traveler for £9.98 including postage on November 30th. Curious is it not? We find the use of a private listing rather suspect too. We think that what buyers will get from dejan1986 will be a counterfeit and fake capacity item that trashes 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.

Holy Moley! More fake Kingston flash drives on ebay Australia!

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Seller holymoley2010 registered on ebay Australia has listed what simply have to be counterfeit and fake capacity 64GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives in private sales. We suspect this may mean that the seller is aware that these are not genuine items and will corrupt users’ data.

We advise everyone to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

If you see USB flash drives in this packaging then they are fakes

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Every single USB flash drive we have examined that came in this packaging turned out to be fake capacity. Fake capacity flash memory corrupts files after a while. This particular leather and steel model has always turned out to be fake whatever packaging it was in. Seller mirageusa obviously bought from a fraudulent supplier. We wonder why the sales are private – does this mean that mirageusa is aware they are fake?

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.

We think these 64GB Kingston DT200 drives may be counterfeit

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We have a feeling that basilbrush-09 bought these 64GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives from a fraudulent wholesaler and that they will prove to be counterfeit and fake capacity. Many ebay members have bought flash memory items from fraudulent suppliers to re-sell on ebay and a lot of them do not realise. The fact that basilbrush-09 is using private listings makes us wonder if this seller does know.

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.

We think this 16GB flash drive on ebay will corrupt users’ files

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UK seller adnanz1525 says these 16GB USB flash drives are tested and work properly but we have a horrible feeling that all this seller did was look at the properties and perhaps save a few files to one. This does not constitute testing. The seller shoud have tested the drives with the program h2testw – provided free by a German computer magazine.

We think it likely that these came from a fraudulent wholesaler supplying fake capacity memory items. We wonder why adnanz1525 is using a private listing for this item – private listings are meant for very specific categories of item and flash memory is not one of them.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

We advise everyone to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing with h2testw confirms you purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

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Written by fightflashfraud

December 20, 2009 at 9:37 PM

These leather USB flash drives on ebay are probably fakes

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UK seller x.fun has listed this leather model of USB flash drive on ebay in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities. This model of flash drive usually proves to be fake capacity.

They are sold by many fraudulent wholesale outlets – so far we have never come across one that genuinely had the capacity stated. We will be surprised if these are any different.

If they are, as we suspect, fake capacity they will destroy data after a while. This seller offers various other flash memory items.

If we are right in thinking that x.fun bought from a fraudulent supplier then the other flash memory items from this seller will be fake capacity too.

We wonder why x.fun is using private auctions as we don’t see any items from the seller that justify this – no houses, no cars, no sexy undies, no bondage or other SM gear and no medicines! We advise everyone 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

December 20, 2009 at 5:24 AM

Looks like another UK ebay member went shopping in fakeflashland

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These 64GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives seem a bit too cheap to be genuine. We think that seller chaplinsclub bought these from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers advertising on the Internet. These wholesale outlets supply counterfeit, fake capacity memory that trashes users files. The use of a private listing makes us wonder if this seller may be aware that they are fake.

We advise everyone to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

UK ebayer with 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 in private sale

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We think that this listing (ebay item number 270500854966) seems a bit dodgy. If these are genuine then why is nathanjameslgc using private sales? In our experience when flash memory items are being sold this is usually a sign of fraud.

Shortly after this screenshot of this listing was taken seller nathanjameslgc removed the picture and the reference to reference to the RRP of these. The seller also raised the price by £20 and added a charity donation. We’ve seen people who were deliberatly selling fakes use charity donations to try and put people off the scent. Is this why nathanjameslgc decided to add a charity donation?

We have a sneaking suspicion that these were bought from a fraudulent supplier and are counterfeit. We also suspect that nathanjameslgc may be aware that these are fakes which will destroy 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

UK ebay member with fake flash drives and suspect SD cards

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This flash drive listed by UK ebay member midastouch7 is a well known fake flash drive sold in many different fake capacities.

The ones listed by this seller have been programmmed to show as 128GB but we doubt if the real capacity (when tested with h2testw) will prove to be more than 2GB – the very most they are likely to be is 4GB.

In testing by the frankeflash project we have not come across any of these leather and steel type USB flash drives with higher capacities than this.

This seller obviously bought from one one of the many fraudulent wholesale outlets supplying fakes. We expect the 32GB SD cards from midastouch7 will also be fake capacity.

Often seller on ebay do not realise they are selling fakes but the use of private listings in this case make us wonder if midastouch7 knows and is being deliberately fraudulent.

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.

Private ebay sales of 4GB Hello Kitty flash drives

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The use of private sales by liyingdeal to sell 4GB Hello Kitty USB flash drives on eba suggests to us that we may have yet another fraudster here. We advise ebayers never to buy flash memory in private sales.

We advise everyone 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

December 15, 2009 at 4:28 PM

fraudster in China uses private ebay listings to hide sold items

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This 64GB USB flash drive is undoubtedly fake and will trash users’ files. Seller private-store-curio is using private sales to hide what has been sold in feedback so that when there are complaints from buyers no one will see the item in question. If you bought a fake flash drive from a seller using private sales be sure to include the item number, the words fake flash drive in your feedback to alert other buyers.

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

December 14, 2009 at 2:54 PM

32GB USB flash drives in private 1 day auctions – highly suspect!

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Seller garysin2008 is using private one day ebay auctions to sell what we are certain are fake capacity flash drives that will trash users’ files after a while. This is a devious tactic used by fraudsters to hide their crimes!

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
Seller garysin2008 has now been suspended by ebay as a result of the negative feedback from buyers.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 12, 2009 at 11:32 AM

ebay seller in Germany with very suspect private auctions

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We think the 64GB USB flash drives sold by papierkugel2009 are fakes that will corrupt users’ files. The use of private auctions make us suspect that the seller may be aware of this. 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 a false capacity device.

Fake capacity flash drives listed in private ebay sale by UK member

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This model of flash drive always proves to be fake capacity when sold as anything over 4GB. The fact that cwmwitch2009 is using a private buy it now listing makes us wonder if this seller is aware they are fake. 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

December 10, 2009 at 6:03 AM

If this Hong Kong ebay seller’s 128GB DT200 drives are genuine why use a private listing??

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Unlike most sellers on ebay sky-digi (registered in Hong Kong) is selling Kingston 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives at a price closer to what we would expect for a genuine item than most sellers on ebay. So why the private listing?? Usually private listings are used where fraud is involved if the items being sold are USB flash drives or other flash memory items.

We advise buyers to check serial numbers with Kingston – if Kingston verifies your drive please let us know!! If not, test the first 16GB with h2testw – fakes are unlikely to have a capacity higher than this. Usually they fail the test and show a much lower real capacity.

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

December 9, 2009 at 4:24 PM

HP flash drives in private ebay sales

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The use of private sales by dc1909 made us suspect that these flash drives might not be genuine so we checked on the HP webstite. We could not find any USB flash drives there that matched the appearance of this so we think these could well be fakes.

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.

Seller in Malaysia lists fake flash drive in private ebay sales

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This 64GB flash drive is bound to be a fake – if it wasn’t then the seller would have mentioned the Kingston brand. The fact that the seller is using private sales as well as omitting the Kingston name suggests the seller is well aware it is fake. Fakes trash 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 1, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Fake 32GB Kingston in private listing on ebay Australia

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Seller aussietechltd has obviously been shopping in fake flash land. This seller bought these counterfeit 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 101 drives from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers. These fraudulent wholesalers supply counterfeit and fake capacity flash memory items at prices that are often below the cost of manufacturing genuine ones. Fake flash memory trashes data after a while.

The fact that aussietechltd is using a private listing suggests to us that this seller may be aware that he or she is selling fakes. Many sellers don’t know because they didn’t do their research but it seems this may not be the case with 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

4GB Sandisk USB flash drive in private listing one ebay Ireland

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If this 4GB Sandisk USB flash drive is genuine then why is seller mymemory111 using a private auction? Private auctions are not intended for this sort of item – only for high value items like houses or cars, or things like medication or sexy undies that people would rather keep private. This makes us wonder if it will turn out to be yet another counterfeit that will corrupt users’ files.

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 24, 2009 at 4:16 PM

These 64GB USB flash drives on ebay USA are bound to be fake

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These 64GB USB flash drives from US seller e-treasure-stor-e are bound to be fakes that will trash users’ files. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by fightflashfraud

November 2, 2009 at 8:59 PM

UK ebay seller uses private listing to sell 16GB Kingston

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010881_pink

If the 16GB Kingston flash drives sold by 010881_pink are genuine why is the seller using a private listing? This makes us suspect they may be counterfeit, fake capacity drives that will trash users files once the true capacity is exceeded. We advise everyone 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

October 31, 2009 at 9:51 PM

If this Sony flash drive is genuine then why use a private auction?

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sharky1378 If this 16GB Sony USB flash drive and the 8GB one listed for sale by sharky1378 are genuine we wonder why the seller is using private auctions. This makes us suspect that these may be counterfeit and fake capacity items that trash users’ files.

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

October 31, 2009 at 5:52 AM

2GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives in private ebay sales

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gggg247

If these 2GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives are genuine we wonder why on earth UK seller is hiding buyer IDs with private listings. Private listings are intended for very expensive items like houses and vehicles or for embarassing things like gimp masks. As a 2GB flash drive is neither expensive nor embarrasing we can only think of one possible reason for hiding buyer IDs.

We advise everyone 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

October 24, 2009 at 5:20 PM

A very cunning gremlin from China listing fake flash on ebay

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gremlin2sSeller ID uk-babyandbaby was registered in China over a year ago but this gremlin does not seem to have been active on ebay until recently.

Feedback has been built up by selling cheap items – mainly USB cables. Now that the seller seems to be listing fake flash drives uk-babyandbaby has switched to private listings.

This cunning gremlin has a carefully chosen name to make it appear that this is a UK seller and also (no doubt falsely) lists items as being in the UK. You can’t ask for better indicators of fraud than this!

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

September 28, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Seller using private listings to sell flash drives on ebay

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wpw21wpw

We wonder why, if the flash drives sold by wpw21wpw are genuine, the seller is using private listings. 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 10:00 PM

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

Suspect UK ebay seller switches to private auctions

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returncentre

We first posted about returncentre early in July – at that time we thought the seller might be an innocent victim of a fraudulent supplier. We now think that this is a deliberate fraudster. The seller has switched to selling in private auctions around the time of our previous post – not the actions of an innocent seller.

These 32GB swivel type flash drives from returncentre are being sold too cheaply for it to be likely that they are genuine. The little stick-on capacity label is also a dead give away – used on a lot of the fake capacity drives coming out of China.

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 19, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Fake 64GB flash drive in private auction on ebay USA

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gram3020

There is no genuine 64GB flash drive that looks like this – it is a fake and will corrupt files. We think seller gram3020 knows this and that is why the seller is using private auctions.

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 16, 2009 at 10:25 PM

Fraudsters’ favourite in private gremlin sales on ebay

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gremlin2sSeller heyjude20088 seems to be a devious young gremlin in China using private sales and selling a mixture of items other than flash drives (what we have christened “the mix”).

This is a very cunning way of hiding what has been sold to whom and protecting the seller’s feedback score from falling too far. Obviously our fraudster friends are hoping to hang onto this ID!

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 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Seems we have another new baby gremlin from China here!

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yuanshuai0022

We have christened the new fraud ID’s registered in China who are popping up very quickly and listing only one item “baby gremlins”. The aim seems to be to sell as many fake flash drives as possible using a single listing before being caught and suspended from ebay.

This particular baby gremlin is hoping to get away with it for longer than otherwise by using private listings. Private listings protect the seller not the buyer by making it almost impossible for ebay members to warn buyers before they leave positive feedback.

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If you buy a flash drive from a seller in China and your files vanish or become corrupted then you can be sure the seller is a gremlin! 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 30, 2009 at 9:21 AM

Is this Hello Kitty flash drive on ebay really 32GB? Don’t think so!

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toomanyles572

We don’t think either model of  Hello Kitty flash drives sold on ebay by toomanyles572 really has a capacity of 32GB. We suspect they are fake capacity and will cause data loss and corruption for users.

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 9:45 PM

This 64GB DataTraveler flash drive is bound to be a fake

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We are sure this DataTraveler listed on ebay will prove to be fake – for one thing it’s far too cheap to be genuine. Secondly, seller happy_wedding_dress_on_my_store2008 also offers the fraudsters’ favourite fake flash drive. Finally the seller is using private auctions – a sure fire sign that this is another fraudster in China.

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 2:03 PM

Seller in China lists fraudsters’ favourite in private ebay auction

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tjffkuu

We are certain that this supposedly 32GB flash drive is no such thing for three reasons:

    No flash drive of this type has ever proved to have a capacity over 4GB
    The seller is using private listings – usually a sure-fire sign of fraud when it comes to flash memory
    Nobody could risk selling a genuine 32GB flash drive with a 99p start price and free p&P

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 27, 2009 at 9:22 PM

Suspect ebay listing for 16GB MP4 player from Hong Kong

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We consider this listing by Hong Kong powerseller newest_product (registered on ebay since 25 March 2009) highly suspect. For one thing the seller is using a private auction for the item and for another the post and packing is fantastically high. Private listings for this sort of item is usually a sign of fraud.

The use of a 99p start price and having postage costs of over £25 is a way of evading ebay fees – not the actions of an honest seller. It can also make it easier for the seller to wriggle out of giving a full refund if the item proves to be fake. We think this seller’s MP players will prove to be fake capacity.

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 26, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Memory cards from China in private ebay listings

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China – based seller golden20090517 is using private listings to sell 32GB SDHC memory cards on ebay. We suspect that these are fake capacity and strongly advise buyers to test any flash memory from this seller 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 5:15 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

Sandisk mini SD card on ebay seems a bit too cheap

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This 4GB mini SD card seems a little on the cheap side to be genuine and the use of private ebay listings makes us very suspicious of Hong Kong seller gloget. 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 23, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Yet another new fraudster ID in China by the look of it

nanaxixi09

We think nanaxixi09 will turn out to be yet another ID set up to defraud people with fake capacity flash memory. The use of private sales by nanaxixi09 makes this new seller particularly suspicious – a devious tactic to hide buyer IDs so that victims can not easily be warned. 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 20, 2009 at 10:29 AM

64GB flash drive in private listings on ebay France

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prigastore0645If the 64GB flash drive listed by prigastore0645 is genuine we wonder why the seller is using private listings. 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 16, 2009 at 9:00 AM

This 32GB flash drive listed on ebay by UK seller looks suspect

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We think UK ebay seller express-savings has been shopping in fake flash land. A previous listing for Kingston flash drives which we considered suspect was removed by ebay (presumably at Kingston’s request) – suggesting we were right in our suspicions. The swivel type drives being listed by the seller now also look highly suspect to us, as does the fact that they are being sold in private auctions. We think they will turn out to be fake capacity. Anyone using a false capacity flash drive will eventually suffer data loss and file corruption.

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 9, 2009 at 3:45 PM

16GB DataTraveler 100 listed in ebay private auction

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sabrina.alireza

We consider any flash drive sold in a private auction on ebay suspect. In our experience when sellers use private auctions to list flash memory items it is because they are not genuine. We suspect that this 16GB DataTraveler 100 listed by sabrina.alireza could be counterfeit.

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 6, 2009 at 6:56 PM

64GB DataTraveler listed in private auction on ebay

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astra-1990

The use of a private auction for this item makes us suspect that this 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 listed by astra-1990 may be counterfeit. There are many fraudulent wholesalers selling counterfeit flash drives and we think the seller may have bought from one of these. We advise astra-1990 to check the serial numbers with Kingston to find out whether or not they are genuine.

UPDATE 08 August 2009

A member of the frankenflash project spotted the listing shown below on another auction site – is this the same seller? We suspect so!!
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Seems like some suspect sellers are running from ebay and listing their items elsewhere.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 6, 2009 at 3:44 PM

ebay seller greatprice* offers a great counterfeit 64GB Kingston

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greatprice

Seems from feedback that seller greatprice* doesn’t just use private sales to sell what we are sure are counterfeit Kingston DataTraveler 150 drives but also for a sim card scam (selling cards you can get for free) – seems like a proper fraudster type to us. Serial numbers can be checked with Kingston to find out whether or not this type of flash drive is genuine. You can test to discover the true capacity with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

July 29, 2009 at 7:48 PM

Familiar flash drive sold by ebayer in China in private auction

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greatwallseller Seller greatwallseller used familiar techniques to build up a big feedback score before emabarking on selling flash drives.

It seems greatwallseller is still selling items at a loss to keep the good feedback coming by the look of things. Now flash drives are being sold in private auctions.

All this is typical behaviour for fraudsters in China and we think greatwallseller is yet another one.

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 14, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Suspect UK seller uses private listings

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Is UK ebay seller fastflashstore a fraudster?  Feedback left by dissatisfied buyers and the use of private listings seem to suggest this is the case. We at fightflashfraud would like to hear from customers of this seller.

Written by fightflashfraud

April 28, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Ebay fake flash seller cckelectronic99 uses private auctions

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Confirmation of a suspected fake flash drive from cckelectronic99, a seller based in Hong Kong, has been received by fightflashfraud. The drive shown on the right was advertised as 16GB but test results reveal the true capacity as 2GB. The seller is using private auctions to hide buyer details – again we stress that you should never buy flash memory from a seller who hides your ID. What they are really trying to hide when they do this is their fraudulent dealings. cckelectronic99

Written by fightflashfraud

March 5, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Ebay Alert! Suspect seller doctorxu88 uses private listings

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Seller doctorxu88, located in Hong Kong, became an ebay member at the beginning of April 2008. There appears to have been no activity on this account between registration and 23 January 2006. Now there are a large number of USB flash drives in private listings by doctorxu88. It seems likely that this was an ID set up by one of the well known fraudsters in preparation for a previous ID being clobbered by Ebay. Private listings for flash drives are generally a sign of fraud. The use of private auctions on ebay is a common ploy by devious sellers to cover their flash fraud tracks and make it difficult for fake flash angels to warn their victims.

Written by fightflashfraud

February 4, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Ebay Alert! Uk seller ice_fcuk

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Seller ice_fcuk is using private buy it now listings to sell reprogammed (or counterfeit) 64GB flash drives. The drive is either a counterfeit, not made by Kingston at all, or it is a 2GB Kingston drive fraudulently reprogrammed to report 64GB to the operating system. The seller and Ebay have both been notified that this is a fake – but the listing is still there!

Written by fightflashfraud

January 29, 2009 at 8:08 PM