Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Flash drives in private ebay listings by Hong Kong seller

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If these 8GB flash drives listed by mml122005 are genuine we wonder why the seller is using a private listing. 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

October 19, 2009 at 11:46 PM

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This 32GB Kingston SD card on ebay seems a bit cheap

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3296johns

Flash memory items from UK seller 3296johns seem rather on the cheap side to us 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 your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 18, 2009 at 7:16 AM

How Fraud is allowed on Ebay. The Case of Seller digitalting0303 Who Uses Private Auctions To Evade Detection

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Do you wonder how fraud is permitted on eBay? How it is possible for those who wish to cheap and fraud buyers, get away with it? Recently SOSFakeFlash Published on a documented seller, digitalting0303. There is a lot of money made in selling false capacity MP Players, Usb flash drives and memory cards. digitalting0303 is a perfect example of how it is possible and how such sellers continue on eBay.

With permission from SOSFakeFlash we are reprinting their article, published on July 4th, 2009:

 

digitalting0303digitalting0303 , registered in Hong Kong, is a seller of fake (false capacity) usb flash drives, memory cards and is now offering MP Players! This seller defies eBay and is very skilled in fraud. The only thing digitalting0303 is interested in, is your money. This seller was caught by SOSFakeFlash in October 2008. Soon eBay suspended this id. Nothing was done to contact the buyers of the fake 32GB flash drives eBay to warn people about these dangerous usb flash drives that would lead to data loss.

Members of the FrankenFlash Project, patrol for sellers suspended. Why? As soon as the suspension is over they return to their old ways. The profit is good and they do not care what happens to you or your data. On June 15, 2009 SOSFakeFlash issued a new alert: digitalting0303 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert Devious – Hong Kong digitalting0303, learned from his previous mistakes and began using private auctions to avoid detection (eBay Private Auction Listings – eBay Fake Flash Sellers Prefer – Victims Learn The Meaning The Hard Way – A Guide ).

This way, digitalting0303 could continue in selling fake flash items and avoid detection. digitalting0303 demonstrates just how easy it is for a fraudster to use eBay!
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If you are a victim of digitalting0303, you have a choice to make. Let this seller continue to harm others and keep your money or teach him a lesson. The choice is yours. See: Escalation In False Capacity USB Fake Memory eBay! SOSFakeFlash News July 3rd, 2009

Do not expect eBay to do anything about digitalting0303. Do not forget they enjoy the fee’s they collect from these fake flash sellers. These scam artists are only stopped by victims. Will digitalting0303 be allowed to continue? You have the power to decide.

Use the tool: http://www.toolhaus.org/cgi-bin/negs?User=digitalting0303&Dirn=Received+by make sure to leave negative feedback immediately, even before you file with PayPal. If you left positive, do follow up feedback stating the truth about what you discovered. Feedback remains forever. Chose your words carefully.

Leave the calling card of “SOSFakeFlash” and “H2testw” in your feedback to help others. Do not change your feedback to get a refund – you will only create more victims.

Just how bold is this fraudster? As this article is being written there are 60 fake usb flash drives, 40 MP Players and 10 memory cards offered.

Just added to the fake flash offerings:

digitalting0303-MP1 digitalting0303-MP2

digitalting0303-32GGMemoryCard

Written by KittyFireFlash

July 7, 2009 at 4:50 AM

Is this 32GB Sandisk listed by a UK seller on ebay genuine?

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ali3_18

We think the buy it now price for this 32GB Sandisk flash drive is a little too cheap for it to be genuine.

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 27, 2009 at 10:29 AM

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Fake capacity 32GB SD Card?

kchtcarlm_sd A feedback comment suggests that this 32GB SD memory card from seller kchtcarlm may be fake capacity. The low price at which the item was sold for tends to suggest it is very likely to be fake. If so it is likely that all flash memory items from this seller will prove to be fake capacity. Fake capacity flash memory causes file loss and corruption – do not save your photos or video files on this until you have tested to ensure it is the capacity stated.

If you bought one of these you should test it immediately it arrives with the free program h2testw

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

UPDATE 22/07/2010
We’ve noticed that there have been a lot of visitors to this very old post recently. This seller was proven to be selling fake memory cards (surprise, surprise!) about a month after this article was published (evidence of the seller’s fraud is now held in a database) and seller kchtcarlm has not been active on ebay for about a year now – suspended by ebay for fraud.

If you suspect that a memory card (or any other flash memory item) listed on ebay is fake then please let us know by leaving a comment here!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 18, 2009 at 8:57 PM

UK seller disposes of fake 32GB Kingston on ebay

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This listing has the following wording:

YOU ARE BIDDING ON A 32GB HACKED MEMORY STICK WITH ONLY 4GB REAL MEMORY
BOUGHT IT IN WHOLESALE AND INSTEAD OF THE REAL 32GB IT ONLY CAME WITH 4GB
THAT MEANS IT SHOWS 32GB BUT CAN ONLY HOLD 4GB
I HAVE ONLY TESTED ONE OF THEM AND THAT CAN HOLD UP TO 4GB!
SO I AM SELLING THEM OFF FOR A LOSS SINCE THE SELLER ONLY GAVE ME A PARTIAL REFUND, HENCE THE PRICE
WILL SELL THE WHOLE LOT FOR £40 CONTACT ME IF INTRESTED
NO REUTRNS WILL BE ACCEPTED
HAPPY BIDDING

Unfortunately even if buyers of these can rescue these USB flash drives they are likely to end up with a poor quality and unreliable drive that cannot be trusted with important files. Sad as it is for a seller to find they have a bunch of fakes on their hands we don’t think they should be sold on even where the fact that they are fake capacity is clearly stated. Most computer users will not have the knowledge to make them useable and will therefore eventually end up losing files.

Please sellers – just take it on the chin if you find yourself with fakes – it is your responsibility to do your research properly before buying things to sell on ebay!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 16, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Large number of 16GB and 32GB drives listed by new seller

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No less than 98 16GB and 32GB flash drives have been listed at auction with a start price of 99 cents by new USA ebay seller taiwanhid. The two drives are pictured below – the 32GB on the left and the 16GB on the right.

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If these drives are genuinely the capacities claimed the seller is taking a huge risk and could lose hundreds of dollars if people don’t bid above the wholesale cost. Would you take such a risk? We wouldn’t. If you bought a flash drive from this seller we suggest you test it with h2testw as soon as it arrives.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 28, 2009 at 4:14 PM

eBay Refunds For Fake Flash USB drives – PayPal Demands – A Buyer’s Nightmare

eBay and Paypal frequently demand victims of fake flash purchases on eBay return the merchandise to eBay fake flash sellers of MP Players, USB Flash Drives and memory cards as a condition of refund. They aid in criminal activity. In most countries this means forcing a member to violate the laws found in most countries that prohibit using the local postal system to send or receive fake and counterfeit goods. Some eBay members are not aware of this. Others are but because eBay and PayPal refuse to listen and as they have suffered a serious financial loss attempt to examine the possibility of returning the items. What happens to eBay members when then return the items? Do they get a refund? What are the challenges many eBayers face when they try determine where to send the items back?

A recent case involving eBay Seller worldshiping12699 and eBay Buyer BarryX is presented to demonstrate the problems.

What happens to eBay members when they return items to fake flash sellers, do they get a refund?

Some do get a refund. They have to pay the expenses for postage out of their own pocket. They are not refunded for the shipping charges for receding the item or for returning it. Is this fair? The sellers they send back to, do not stop listing items when the member submitted evidence of false capacity. Instead these sellers continued to list and sell. In some cases they accelerated the number of daily listings, racing against the fake flash clock. No matter how many negatives in feedback they continued with both eBay and PayPal sheltering them under their powerseller status. What happens to the fake returned? It is recycled. Sold to the next eBay buyer.

Most people do not get a refund when they sent an item back. Why? They receive bad return addresses or the seller simply claims they did not receive it.

When an eBayer paid additional postal fees to ensure a tracking number, what happens? Frequently these sellers upon having funds removed from their accounts retaliated issuing an unpaid item strike. against the buyer. Vindictive. Nasty.

First the eBay buyer, gets a fake flash item, often losing important data for good. Second the eBay buyer finds both eBay and PayPal siding with the seller and forcing them to return the item at their own expense. Third, the eBay buyer never hears again from the seller, losing the evidence and now the additional fees for returning the items or the eBay buyer finally receiving only a refund for the bid price (no shipping refund) is now faced with trying to straighten out an unpaid item stike. This is eBay’s enhanced buying experience for buying nand based flash technology that is actually false capacity. A very dark side of eBay and PayPal is revealed for the buyer.

What are the challenges many eBayers face when they try determine where to send the items back, what address?

Fake flash sellers on eBay often have many addresses. The one used for sending often is not the one for returning the item. The one on file for the seller with eBay is often not the one on file with Paypal. Confusing? Yes!

Take the recent case of a victim of fake flash seller worldshiping12699 verses BarryX.

worldshiping12699 is registered in the United States, to one:

Kevin Burgon

6446 Tryon Rd
Cary, NC 27518
United States

When victim BarryX recieved the item, the return address was:

XU GANG
G/F , BLOCK 26,428 Yuen
Konk Tsuen, Yuen Long
Hong Kong

When the victim contacted the seller id worldshiping12699 he was told the return address was:

Sun jianzhong
Wanfuge Floor 12, D.
Hengfu Garden, South Caitian Road, Futian District,
Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, Zipcode: 518045

PayPal ordered Victim Barry to return the item to:

6446 Tryon Rd
Cary, NC 27518
United States

What address is the real address to return the fake flash usb drive to?

PayPal is ordering the victim to send the item to a restaurant. The address:

6446 Tryon Rd
Cary, NC 27518
United States

is for London Fish & Chips

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It is not the first time an American Fake Flash seller has used a restaurant address, the last one SOSFakeFlash received was a for a kebab restaurant. Now Fish and Chips is being used as target or is that actually a side order on the American Fake Flash menu?

The item appears to have been sent to the victim from here:

Sent1

Sent

The return address worldshiping12699 wants the victim to return the item to using the zip code is:

Sun jianzhong
Wanfuge Floor 12, D.
Hengfu Garden, South Caitian Road, Futian District,
Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, Zipcode: 518045

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SellerWantsReturnedTo2AddressAppears

A university? Is digitally altering flash drive chips on the curriculum? It doesn’t make sense.

So which address is the right one? Can you see the dilemma and challenges faced by victims?

BarryX in definitely confused and can not get a proper answer.

PayPal thunders “Return or no refund!”

Nice for Barry. Should he just put the addresses in a hat and blindly select one to return his false capacity usb drive to? Would that give him a 33% chance for a refund? We doubt it will be that high.

It may interest you to know in the case of BarryX, Kingston confirmed the usb flash drive he received from worldshiping12699 was a counterfeit.

Also that in a later communication worldshiping12699 wrote:

Dear BarryX:

The Item was real and brand new.
Ebay has a lot of fraudulent activities. Don’t threat me.
If you want a full refund, you need to return the item to the sender
I try our best to make my customer satisfied.

We would like to offer the more partial refund ($25.00) and you don’t need to return the item. Also please first change the feedback, otherwise I will charge you $15 for restocking fee. If you want get the full refund, we require you to return the item to the following address which is our drop shipper’s address:

Sun jianzhong
Wanfuge Floor 12, D.
Hengfu Garden, South Caitian Road, Futian District,
Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, Zipcode: 518045

The international shipping cost is very expensive. We recommend you accept this offer to save both of us time and money.
Any question, please let me know.

Thank you

worldshiping12699 has in engaged in exhortion and is in violation of eBay policy. A seller might charge a restocking fee, but for a counterfeit? Also the restocking fee is only charged IF feedback is not changed from negative to positive. By doing this ebay fake flash seller worldshiping12699 has trapped himself with his own words.

The address confusion remains. For a full refund BarryX must return to the sender, but the sender was XU GANG. Then in the same email BarryX is instructed to return to the drop shipper, Sun jianzhong.

In demanding these fake or counterfeit false capacity flash based devices be returned PayPal is in fact ordering the eBay victim to violate postal laws.

With the number of different addresses, victims have little hope of determining which one might just be the right one to return the “crime to the criminal“.

Everything seems designed to ensure the fake flash victim gives up, so that eBay, fake flash sellers and PayPal may keep the members money.

People should never use their bank account funds to finance the purchase of these items, instead ensure a credit card is used. This gives you added protection and can make getting a refund simpler. Credit card companies are usually more interested in your business and protecting you than we think eBay or Pay pal ever will.

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.

PayPal Orders You To Return Fake MP Players, Fake MP Players , Fake USB Flash Drives, Fake Memory Cards To Get A Refund? Think Again!

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Are you thinking of obeying PayPals demands to return fake MP Players, Memory Cards or usb flash drives purchased on eBay from a fake flash seller to get a refund? SOSFakeFlash has published many articles on why you should not. We think you should read the latest article just published by FakeFlashNews.

eBay Refunds For Fake Flash USB drives – Returning For Refunds. How Many Addresses Do Fake Flash Sellers Have – A Buyer’s Confusion

After reading it please consult PayPal How Long Do You Have To Claim For A Refund In Disputes? A Guide About PayPal From eBayer’s Experiences. and read all the helpful articles published in that guide to assist victims of fake flash purchases on eBay!

Written by KittyFireFlash

April 29, 2009 at 5:02 AM

Call To Victims Of Fake Flash Seller takeme2home – Did You Send Items back To This Address?

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takeme2home is an eBayer seller id that has a long history of trafficking in fake and counterfeit USB Flash Drives, Memory Cards and MP Players. Detected in June 2008 takeme2home was forced into fake flash retirement.

Don of Fake Flash known under the former flag ship id 3totrade was chased from eBay by members. eBayers and SOSFakeFalsh continued round up his other id’s. One by one. He took the takeme2home id out of retirement and pressed into full fake flash selling duties.

SOSFakeFlash was patiently waiting for this id to return and on April 10th, 2009 published this alert:

takeme2home Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert – Hong Kong – Another eBay Seller Id Of The Don Of Fake Flash In The Orient

Ebay victims began arriving. Address information received added and linked this suspected id to the Don’s arsenal.

Now victims are going through the usual mindless PayPal emailing robots to return the fake flash items. Some caved in, breaking the postal laws in their countries and sent the items back. Did they get a refund? If you examine feedback, it seems that victims did not. In the past the Don Of Fake Flash flash has pulled similar tricks – a bad return address. He did this with the pengsoloshow ebay seller id. It is very likely he is doing it now with the takeme2home id.

Has PayPal ordered YOU to return the items to this address?

C/O LEE TAT FURNITURE & HOUSEWARE PLAZA
SHOP 3-B G/F TAK BO GARDEN, 3 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD
Hong Kong

Are you a person who sent an item to this address and then had the seller id claim it was never received? Please contact us at sosfakeflashdrive@gmail.com

The original shipping address from Kong Kong was:

Lei Sio Hong

Room 1921, HengFung House,
Heng On Estate,
Shatia, Hongkong

The oringal adddress in China was:

Zhong Lisha(TH)

32B, XiaoFeng Building ,
YouYi Road, Luohu District,
Shenzhen, 518002
Guangdong Province
China

As we have said many times, please do not send fake and counterfeit flash nand technology items back to the counterfeiters. Make sure to get PayPal on record with email evidence demanding this. The fact it they know better, but their email robots don’t.

Please see the recent comments on PayPal, there is more information and contact numbers you can call.

and the general link given to sort out PayPal call numbers. PayPal People are reported to have more good sense these days then their robots.

If you are a victim of takeme2home and you sent the item to the furniture store address and did not get a refund – CALL PAYPAL! Forget about any time window claims, insist on your refund. If you paid by credit card, call the credit card company to initiate a reversal. Make a complaint to eBay as well.

Deliberate fraud is not the only issue – so is faulty memory!!

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It has been brought to the attention of fightflashfraud that a UK seller (not, it seems, a deliberate fraudster) has recently sold faulty USB flash drives on ebay. The ones the seller had used were fine so the seller thought (when a buyer complained that the two tested with h2testw failed) that the buyer was up to something – an understandable suspicion!

We can assure the seller the buyer is completely honest and is not doing anything other than trying to protect people from losing valuable files! She has reported to us that 5 out of the 10 flash drives she bought from the seller in question were faulty. This doesn’t really affect her (other than the fact that she wasted her money) but it could affect anyone who saves files to a faulty item from this seller – they could lose their files! She is hoping to make the seller understand the issue rather than drag him through the mire.

SELLLERS – PLEASE TEST YOUR DRIVES WITH H2TESTW

Written by fightflashfraud

March 30, 2009 at 10:09 PM

SOSFakeFlash Reports Counterfeit Corsair Voyager 64GB On eBay

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Corsair now joins Sony, Kingston and Transcend to have their brand name usb flash drives counterfeited and sold on eBay. The joys of fake flash selling, the profits are so good and for brand names commanding high prices the profit is addicting. The misery of fake flash buyers, the woes of data loss and trying to get money back.

SOSFakeFlash has now two ebay sellers reported and of course confirmed. Sellers or want to be sellers on eBay. Pay Attention! Make sure you test your merchandise properly. The program H2testw 1.4 doesn’t cost you a penny and links to it are found out the FrankenFlash Project sites. It will save you a lot of coming misery if you purchased cheat merchandise. The wholesale prices for usb flash drives are not Cheap and never have been. Visit the http://flashdrivefacts.wordpress.com/ to learn more about prices. That new site is devoted it educating sellers and buyers.

The most disturbing things is that both Corsair and Kingston have had their lastest flash drives faked. This hurts! It costs a lot of money to develop new technology and having it ripped off and counterfeited with cheap imitations causing data loss and a very negative experience in the consumers mind is damaging. As usual, don’t expect eBay to wiggle a finger to stop it. They will only do the bare minimum and have always chosen the easily road – closing the barn door after the horse has bolted. It’s some time hard to see the difference. eBay appears as addicted to profit as the fake flash sellers. Mean while, brand names can suffer and the buyers too.

We understand the problems of the current economic situation. But if you penny pitch when it comes to usb flash drives, you will be knocking at our door soon. SOSFakeFlash has had a rash of fake Data Traveler 150 32GB fakes being reported on eBay. Add the recent Transcend, Sony and now Kingston we have only one sad conclusion:

Until eBay visits the Betty Ford clinic to clean up their profit fee addiction and develops a backbone to address the fake and counterfeit flash device issue for brand names and no name in MP Players, Memory Cards and USB Flash drives – STAY AWAY FROM BUYING ANY OF THESE ITEMS ON EBAY! It is not safe.

You need to understand the realistic prices. Once again SOSFakeFlash has some advice if you want to buy these items on eBay;

Use a Credit Card! Fight with PayPal’s silly payment system that tries to discourage you from using a credit card, blocking the options. Struggle through their pages to get to the options to use it.

Why? Because if you are bitten with a fake flash purchase you don’t have to suffer their moaning and groaning and excuses. You can call your credit card company. PayPal hates this. Victims of fake flash love this. It seems the credit card companies are more interested in your business and welfare then they are. Read Buying On eBay – MP Players – Memory Cards – USB Flash drives – Why You should Use A Credit Card To Pay And Not Your Bank Account

If you are a fake flash victim read up on all the Paypal advice in:

PayPal How Long Do You Have To Claim For A Refund In Disputes? A Guide About PayPal From eBayer’s Experiences

We know times are hard, but a usb flash drive is an investment. Don’t be come a victim of fake or counterfeit usb flash. Be very careful with brand names, Corsair’s Voyager just joined the brand names being sold counterfeited as fakes on eBay.

eBay Victim Counterfeit Transcend JetFlash V30 USB Flash Drive Detects Ebay Hong Kong Seller Ring

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An eBayer victim of a false capacity Transcend JetFlash V30 USB Flash Drive purchased on Ebay has found a group of eBay Seller id’s all selling fake the same Transcend JetFlash V30 in different sizes, ranging from 16GB to 32GB.

He attempted to warn eBay and reported in to S0SFakeFlash. His reward? To receive a suspension from eBay!

Once again eBay punishes it’s members instead of the sellers who sell these fake capacity usb flash drives. eBay appears to protect the sellers despite the damage done to members, the data they lose to these dangerous devices. Whether branded or not, it seems eBay’s only concern is to avoid any conflict with it’s sellers based in Hong Kong or China. It does not matter to them the damage done for brand names such as Transcend, Sony or Kingston in terms of consumer confidence. It also appears that their claim of having 2000 employee’s engaged to combat fraud is a sham. Yet, they do have time to punish members who attempt to warn them and the global community about the problem.

How is it that members are able to see what eBay refuses to? See what this victim found!

Counterfeit Transcend JetFlash V30 USB Flash Drives Sold On Ebay Hong Kong Seller Ring

SOSFakeFlash Releases List Of Genuine eBay Sellers For MP Players – Usb Flash Drives – Memory Cards

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SOSFakeFlash at the request of victims who bought False Capacity MP Players, Memory Cards and USB Flash Drives has just released a list of Safe Sellers on eBay. Sellers who sell true capacity items and stand behind their products!

See Safe Ebay Sellers For USB Flash Drives – MP Players – Memory Cards – Genuine Capacity/

This is a new program lauched by the FrankenFlash Project. eBay members may nomiate sellers. eBay sellers may apply. The list is dynamic and will be updated. A similar program will be launched for internet sites soon.

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Buying Kingston and Sony USB Flash Drives On eBay Safely – A Guide

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If you exercise care and research you can occasionally buy genuine Kingston and Sony USB Flash drives on eBay. BUT you need to do your homework first!

Please review the information presented to help you find genuine USB flash from Kingston and Sony on eBay.

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Written by KittyFireFlash

January 24, 2009 at 4:50 PM

How Fraudulent Sellers Stay One Step Ahead Of Ebay and PayPal

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Have you ever wondered how a fraudlent seller manages to stay on eBay? Gets around PayPal? Why sellers of counterfeit flash drives stay in the game – even when complaints mount against them? How when a fake flash sellers are removed from eBay – four new ones sprout to take their places?

This article is reprinted from SOSFakeFlash. It Originally appeared on their site on September 4th, 2008.

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Written by KittyFireFlash

January 19, 2009 at 5:06 AM

16GB Fake Flash USB Tidal Waves Continue On eBay – Victims of False Capacity Devices Pour Into SOSFakeFlash For Help

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Fake 16GB Flash Memory USB drives are being dumped on eBay and there is no sign of it stopping. Observed since November 2008, eBay Sellers of fake flash devices have unloaded these items in astonishing quantities. It is not unusual for these sellers to list more than 2000+ in a period of three weeks.

eBay members are hunting the Internet for information as to why their flash drives are not working, why they are losing precious files. They are now discovering the horrible truth – victims of a fake flash purchase on eBay.

Not only are eBayers testing drives they have just received, they are also testing earlier eBay Flash drive acquisitions as well – the mysteries of why the earlier drives lost files is being revealed.

Anyone who tested a flash drive and found they bought a fake on ebay can add their evidence to the sosfakeflash database by reporting their fake. Please assist in tracking new seller ID’s by reporting suspect sellers for investigation.

Sellers are being shut down, but they are also popping up again. Many have sleeper id’s they keep in reserve. These id’s often do not show a recent registration date but can be as old as two years. When caught they run or are forced off ebay by eBayers on the War Path.

Flash drives are often listed on ebay for silly prices – the difference is made up in the shipping and handling charges often as high as $30 or more. This strategy means eBay is losing money in commission. Beware of this tactic. Oh, they will “refund” you the drive purchase but will evade any attempt on your part to recover the shipping costs. Clever is it not?

Leave negative feedback for an eBay Seller if your testing confirms you have been sold a false capacity drive. Do not wait until you receive a refund. Help other victims. If you left positive, you can still add follow up feedback revealing the truth about your purchase.

Be on the lookout for wacky drive sizes for brand names. Sony Micro Vault fakes are showing up on eBay. Kingston is also being targeted. Watch out! Always go to the manufacturers site to see what they offer in usb flash drives before considering an eBay purchase.

For Kingston the colour coding matters. Brand name drives are normally sealed so that you have a serious scissor war to get to your new flash drive. Any snap packing should be a warning to you. One of the most popular capacities of flash drive is 16GB – for about 25% more victims could have bought a genuine 16GB drive elsewhere and been spared their current ebay ordeal!

Stay away from any flash device purchase on eBay. It is just too risky. We estimate that for every genuine drive sold – 10,000 fakes are sold, perhaps more. It is a sad situation. But until eBay gets out the vacuum cleaner and cleans up the mess you will be better off shopping somewhere else.

If you are a victim in this Fake Flash Tidal wave on eBay, claim. Fight back. Help other members in trouble as much as you can. Share your experiences on the posts.

Written by KittyFireFlash

January 12, 2009 at 5:02 AM