Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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The 4GB USB flash drives listed by this UK ebayer seem like promotional items

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m4ynk

The two models of 4GB USB flash drive listed by m4ynk seem to be promotional items produced for a photographic print company called Pearl Photos as they are marked with the company’s name. We hope that the seller tested them to ensure they are not fake or faulty as a number of companies who ordered promotional flash drives from manufacturers in the far east ended up with fakes.

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 5, 2009 at 12:11 AM

We don’t think any flash drives from this ebayer are genunine

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roomformom

We think all the flash drives sold by roomformom on ebay USA are probably fakes that will trash buyers’ files. We are fairly sure that this seller visited fakeflashland and bought from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers in the orient. Whether or not roomformom is aware that he or she has been selling fakes remains to be seen.

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

November 2, 2009 at 10:32 PM

Seller in Canada reselling suspect flash items on ebay

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647voc

It seems that ebay member 647voc has been buying items on ebay from suspected fraudsters such as sales-producer, digitsonic and hitech2day to re-sell. It looks like the spy camera in the listing above came from digitsonic – a negative comment from someon who bought one from digitsonic indicates it is fake capacity.

We think that if 647voc tests the flash memory items purchased from these sellers they will all turn out to be fake capacity items which corrupt files 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

October 18, 2009 at 12:49 AM

A Visual Example – Guide Made Easy: Proving A Fake USB Flash Memory Pen Drive Stick Pen To Be False Capacity

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A Fake usb flash drive, is a memory pen stick that has been digitally altered – reprogrammed to lie to an operating system about the real size of it’s flash nand storage chip. Once you exceed true capacity of the chip, you begin to loose files. People do not suspect the real reason, thinking it an error in the data transfer. Only when it happens again and again do they suspect there is something more… How can you find out if you have a fake usb flash drive?

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Noorcomp sells fake Sony USB Flash drive on ebay

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Belgian ebay seller noorcomp is selling a fake flash drive of a type listed in the past by a UK seller who was unaware his drives were fake. It may be that noorcomp does not know it is fake either. If you ever see a flash drive sold using the vaio trademark you can be certain it is a fake. Sony use this name only for laptops, never for flash drives. If you bought one you should test immediately with h2testw.

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

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Written by fightflashfraud

May 6, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Ebay Alert! UK eBay seller gangsta-memory lives up to his ID.

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It seems that the UK based ebay seller gangsta-memory (an ebay member since 6th December 2008) is living up to his choice of ID. It amazes fightflashfraud that so many fraudsters choose ID’s like this which seem to reveal their intentions. This seller was warned about the fake flash issue about a week ago but apparently chose not to respond to the ebayer who sent a message. We at fightflashfraud are left with the inevitable conclusion that gangsta-memory is a deliberate fraudster as the choice of ID suggests. We advise you not to buy from this seller. If you have already bought from this seller test the item with h2testw (free program) – we think it will fail the test. If so, please report the item to sosfakeflash by using the report a fake tab and open a paypal dispute with the seller.
Here is a picture of one of this seller’s obvious fakes:
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It shows what seems to be a 2GB drive in a listing with the title: Brand new 64GB flash drive memory stick, UK SELLER – fightflashfraud has news for you and your buyers, gangsta -memory. There is no genuine 64GB USB flash drive that looks like this!

Don’t trust the operating system on flash drive capacity

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Did some idiot tell you your lovely new flash drive is a fake but you know it isn’t because the operating system tells you it is exactly the advertised size? Not only that but you put some files on it and it works?
You just bought a shiny new 16GB flash drive on Ebay or elsewhere on the Internet, waited with anticipation for it to arrive – and when you stuck it in the computer and looked at the properties this is what you saw:
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The only thing the properties box shows is what the operating system “thinks” the size is. This is not the same thing as showing the TRUE capacity of a drive!
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Written by fightflashfraud

February 12, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Ebay Alert suspect Israli seller theddking hides buyer IDs

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Ebayer theddking bought fake flash from many sellers and is now selling flash drives and hiding buyer IDs – hiding buyer IDs is almost always a sign of guilt. If you bought a drive from this seller test it immediately it arrives with h2testw as there is a strong possiblilty that it is fraudulently reprogrammed to report a higher capacity than it actually has.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 26, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Seller disubs deregistered from ebay

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Successful ebay fraudster disubs is now deregistered and listings for his fake flash drives have been removed. If you bought flash from this seller you need to act quickly if you want a refund. Test your device with h2testw and use the results to claim a refund through paypal.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 18, 2009 at 10:08 AM

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Ebay Alert! Seller petermak_hk suspect fraudster

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Seller petermak_hk is using private auctions to sell flash items such as MP4 players. Fightfakeflash is awaiting test results from an ebayer who bought from this seller so that the buyer’s test results can be confirmed and passed to sosfakeflash for addition to the database. Seller petermak_hk is also selling “32gb” flash drives marked with the registered trademark name DATA TRAVELLER. This trademark belongs to Kingston. Kingston does not make a 32GB drive of this type so how can he sell one? 21 ebayers bought one of these on 17th January alone. None can be contacted to suggest they test their drives because buyer IDs are kept private. Draw your own conclusions.
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Written by fightflashfraud

January 17, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Is disubs the most successful ebay fraudster?

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Only one confirmed fake flash item from disubs has been reported to the frankenflash project, yet there are many comments indicating that disubs has supplied fake or faulty flash memory items to many buyers. The apparently fake or faulty items that got disubs negative feedback on ebay include USB flash drives, SD cards and MP3/MP4 players – Pay attention ebayers! Always look at seller’s negative feedback – if there is ANY NEG for a seller offering a flash memory item do not bid or buy! Check seller out by looking at the fraudster list on sosfakeflash and checking with previous buyers – only then should you consider buying. If anyone reading this bought a flash memory item from disubs please test your item with h2testw (download free from testing category) and send results along with seller ID and item number to one of these email addresses:
For usb flash drives: sosfakeflash@gmail.com or for other flash items fightflashfraud@gmail.com

Written by fightflashfraud

January 12, 2009 at 11:08 PM

Fake 32 GB flash sold in allproductsold1 private auction

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allproductsold1Devious seller allproductsold keept buyer ID’s private and hid feedback comments in an effort to make detection of fraud difficult. The model that has been confirmed as a fake capacity by fightflashfraud is shown above. It is a 2GB drive reprogrammed as 32GB – few fraudsters are this bold now as ebay is more likely to notice fakes over 16GB. If you bought ANY flash from this seller it is likely to be fake capacity – test immediately with h2testw. At the time of writing this seller has no current listings.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 8, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Alert! powerangolee seller of fake flash

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fightflashfraud has confirmation that the model of flash drive shown in this picture is a fake capacity drive.
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It is very likely that all models sold by powerangollee are fake capacity. If you bought a flash drive from powerangolee you should test it immediately with h2testw – you can download this program free from the testing section of this blog. If it fails the test please email your test results to sosfakeflash@gmail.com. You should also open a paypal dispute to claim a refund (follow the advice on the sosfakeflash blog) and report the item using the link at the bottom of the item listing.
An ebayer who bought this item has successfully reprogrammed it to be an innocent 4GB flash drive. You will find his guide to doing this in the fix fake flash category.
Another model of Fake Flash sold by powerangolee was reported to sosfakeflash

Written by fightflashfraud

January 6, 2009 at 9:41 PM