Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Flash drives in private ebay listings by Hong Kong seller

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mml122005

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.

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Written by fightflashfraud

October 19, 2009 at 11:46 PM

Posted in eBay Flash Drives

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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!
digitalting0303Victims

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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lll_z_lll

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.

taiwanhid

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