Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

Posts Tagged ‘fake capacity flash memory

Are MP players from ebay seller narf_ana fake capacity? Test with h2testw!

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As we had a suspicion that the built-memory in MP players might well be fake capacity we decided to look into feedback for this seller to see what buyers had to say about them.

A feedback comment suggests that our suspicions that ebay seller narf_ana bought them from a fraudulent supplier in China may prove correct. If so the fake capacity memory will corrupt the user’s files. We suggest that anyone who bought any item that uses flash memory from this seller tests it 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 19, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Are You a UK buyer who bought a counterfeit Sony item?

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If a Sony product you purchased malfunctions and you suspect it to be counterfeit, we advise you to inform Sony. Here are the contact details we found:

Sony Customer Information Centre
Sony United Kingdom Limited
Jays Close
RG22 4SB

Phone 0845 6000 124

There may be a phone number specifically related to fraud – but as none of our team bought fake Sony products we have no information on this. If someone else does know more, please let us know.

If the product you have purchased is counterfeit, you are entitled to contact the person or the retailer who sold it to you and demand a refund.

If the seller is in the UK we would also advise you to contact and inform the relevant authorities: e.g. Trading Standards, HM Revenue & Customs and the Police.

Unfortunately, it seems that there is a lack of international agreement about dealing with fraud on the Internet – so if you bought from someone outside the UK you may not have much joy at the moment. However – if we all plague the authorities about the international fraud on ebay maybe we wil get somewhere in the end.

Written by fightflashfraud

March 6, 2010 at 12:57 AM

We think this UK ebayer is a fraudster selling fake flash memory

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We first reported about UK seller leeclark1 on September 17th 2009 when we noticed a 32GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drive from this seller that we were fairly certain was fake.

Since then leeclark1 seems to have had a number of listings removed by ebay. This was presumably because they were illegal counterfeit and fake capacity items – yet this seller has not a single negative!! What is going on here??

Is ebay protecting leeclark1 from negative feedback by removing listings so that items vanish from the buyer’s won list in the hope that buyers won’t know what to do when they found they got a fake??

Are we just paranoid?? We all used to love ebay – now we don’t trust them an inch – and we certainly wouldn’t buy flash memory items from leeclark1!! Here is one of this seller’s most recent listings – we suspect this will be yet another fake.

If you bought a flash memory item from this seller then test it with h2testw
– if it fails this test report in to sosfakeflash then immediately leave leeclark1 a big fat neg (or if you left a positive already a follow-up comment to warn others to test with h2testw) and claim a refund through paypal.

Do not let fraudulent sellers, ebay, and PayPal to walk away with your cash if you have been defrauded!

Written by fightflashfraud

December 30, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Is this ebay seller confused about what he or she is selling here?

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Is seller jiaojing08 (registered in China) suffering from a disability or disorder of some sort that has led to him or her being incapable of matching the picture, title and description of items for sale on ebay? We can’t imagine why else this item would have the title:

64GB Leather Flash Memory Pen Stick Thumb Drive USB 2.0

but show a picture of a 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 and have in the detailed description:

NEW 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Storage Memory Thumb Stick with 5 years warranty

It is a new standard of digital memory card with small, thin, light, powerful and high performance.
This makes the flash memory drive ideally for a portable, embedded, mobile device which complying with USB 2.0 protocol of data transferring. It provides a superior data transfer rate.
Super small, light, thin and high performance

So what exactly is jiaojing08 selling here?? Whatever it is we can say without doubt that at a price of £17 with free P&P it certainly won’t have a real capacity of 64GB. It simply has to be a fake that trashes 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 13, 2009 at 5:58 PM

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