Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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beware ebay fake flash sellers diy-paper, 2010happy2010 & lhfsale

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The 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drive in the listing above is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. Seller diy-paper has also listed Sony Vaio flash drives (all Sony Vaio flash drives are fakes that corrupt files) and MP players that will trash your music and video. Do not buy from this seller if you value your data as you will soon find that you start to lose it.

The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives in the ebay listing below from 2010happy2010 are too cheap to be anything other than fake capacity counterfeits. Anyone who buys one of these will find it corrupts their files after a while. the same applies to the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives, Sandisk SD memory cards, Sony Pro Duo memory cards and any other flash memory item from this seller – all of them will trash users’ files.

Our third ebay fraudster has really got fake flash all taped up! Seller lhfsale has listings for just about every counterfeit flash drive and memory card in the book as well as plenty of generic fake flash, including the notorious leather and steel type of flash drive. Our thanks to AlvaroG for the tip-off about fake flash fraudster lhfsale:

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.

aluckywinson still merrily selling fake flash memory items on ebay

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Despite many negative comments about flash memory items sold on ebay by aluckywinson being fake this seller is still merrily selling fakes. Seems that fraudulent sellers are still slipping under ebay’s innefective radar. Any USB flash drive, memory card or MP player from this seller is sure to be fake capacity and fake capacity 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.

Beware: hehe1314a is yet another ebay fake flash fraudster

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Beware: any flash memory item from ebay seller hehe1314a is certain to be fake capacity and corrupts files. This seller is yet another ebay fake flash fraudster in China. As well as the counterfeit 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drive in the listing above hehe1314a is selling the notorious leather and steel model of flash drive and a model that only exists as a fake manufactured by fraudsters – the Sony Vaio flash drive. The flash memory in this seller’s MP players in no doubt 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.

Beware! Flash drives on ebay from fairdeal2 sure to be fakes

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We are sure the USB flash drives being auctioned on ebay by fairdeal2 are fake capacity, which corrupts files. A feedback comment suggests this ebay seller in China also supplies fake MP players.

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 all flash memory bought from leonmama168 on ebay with h2testw

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ebayer leonmama168 sold quite a number of flash memory items on ebay which we suspect will turn out to be fake capacity and fake capacity flash memory corrupts files. If you bought an MP player, memory card or USB flash drive from this seller you are advised to test immediately with h2testw. Do not save anything important to it as it may well become lost or corrupted!

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 flash memory items from ebayer mp3_players_2010 with h2testw

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We have a feeling that the built in flash memory in MP players listed on ebay by mp3_players_2010 may not have a real capacity of 16GB – if this is the case then buyers will end up with lost and corrupted files. This seller also listed a suspect looking 32GB USB flash drive.

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

July 4, 2010 at 6:20 AM

Test all flash memory bought on ebay from livetime2010

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We think it highly unlikely that there is really 16 gigabytes of built in flash memory in the MP3 players sold on ebay by livetime2010 – probably more like 16 gigabits (2GB) programmed to look like 16GB. A fraudulently programmed flash memory device eventually 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 19, 2010 at 7:23 AM

memory in 16GB MP players sold on ebay by tech7even likely to be fake

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We suspect that the built in memory of this MP3 player sold by tech7even on ebay will turn out to be fake capacity and will cause music to be lost or corrupted – the players are just too cheap for the memory capacity to be genuine. If we are right in out suspicions then any flash memory item from this seller is likely to be fake capacity.

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

June 17, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Return of proven fake flash fraudster cymemory to selling on ebay

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We were aware of fraudulent ebay seller cymemory before this blog was ever started (on 24th November 2008) and there is evidence about this fraudster selling fake capacity flash drives which was published elsewhere on the Internet about a month before we started this blog.

This fraudster vanished off ebay in November 2009, a few days after we published an article reporting our suspicions about the memory cards from the seller being fake too. Now this seller is back selling USB flash drives (models that are proven fakes), the same SD cards we wrote about in November 2009 and MP players.

Do not buy any flash memory items from this proven fraudster!! The feedback does not reflect the truth about this seller as few people (especially before this seller vanished off ebay when fewer people were aware there was such a thing as fake memory) actually test flash memory items properly before leaving feedback.

If you were unlucky enough to buy from cymemory before coming across this post then test the item with h2testw to find out what the real capacity is. We are certain that you will find that your USB flash drive, memory card or MP card will have a fake capacity, which corrupts files once the true capacity of the memory has been filled.

If (or rather when) your item fails testing with h2testw leave cymemory a negative – this serves two functions: warns other ebayers and leads to ebay suspending fraudsters if there are enough complaints. We’d suggest you include the following; so that other victims find this post:

Google: fightflashfraud cymemory

Report the seller’s other listings for the same item to ebay.

Open an ebay/paypal dispute and claim a refund. Do not give into any bribery or threats from the seller if cymemory tries to get you to remove the neg.

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 on ebay from arts92588 very likely to corrupt files

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USB flash drives from ebay seller are likely to corrupt files. We think they are fake capacity items which report a false capacity to the operating system. Feedback from buyers suggest that MP players from this seller are also dodgy.

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.

scr-boya is another ebay fake flash fraudster by the look of it

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We think the USB flash drive sold in this ebay listing from scr-boya and other flash memory items (the SD memory cards and possibly the MP players) from this seller have been fraudulently programmed to report a fake memory capacity to the operating system. Fake capacity flash memory items corrupt files once the true capacity of the memory is full and often become unusable afterwards 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.

Beware of flash memory from ebay flash fraudster crystalpalace1987

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Despite the fact that ebay seller crystalpalace1987 is a proven fraudster who has sold many fake capacity flash memory items on ebay since we first reported suspicions about this seller back in September 2009, a couple of months after this ID was registered on ebay. By December 2009 crystalpalace1987 (identified as a member of a known fraud gang) became a powerseller despite evidence that proof of fraud had been obtained being published on the Internet in November 2009.

This fraudster is still selling fake flash memory items on ebay and (due to a combination of deviousness and the foolishness of most buyers on ebay who don’t test flash memory items on ebay before leaving feedback) crystalpalace1987 now has a huge positive feedback score of almost 8000 and a 99.1% rating!!

Any flash memory from ebay seller crystalpalace1987 (USB flash drives, MP players, memory cards) is bound to be fake capacity, which corrupts files. If you bought a flash memory item from this fraudster do not leave feedback until you have tested your item thoroughly!

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.

You can view the original post about crystalpalace1987 by clicking here.

32GB flash drive from ebayer davilovic80 certain to corrupt files

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The USB flash drive in this ebay auction from seller davilovic80 is certain to be fake capacity, which corrupts files. This model of flash drive almost never has a capacity over 4GB and is notorious for corrupting files as a result. We think that MP players from davilovic80 may also corrupt files if any built-in memory is used.

The lovely looking flash drive shown in this listing is certain to be a nasty little fake produced by fraudsters in China, programmed to show any old fake capacity the fraudsters in China choose. Many ebayers fall into the trap of buying fake flash memory items from suppliers in China.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you (or worse still, your customers) run the risk of data loss and corruption.

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

test flash memory items from ebay seller egotechbase with h2testw!

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We advise anyone who bought a flash memory item (USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) from ebay seller egotechbase (registered in China) to test it immediately with h2testw. We suspect that flash memory items from this seller will turn out to 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.

fake flash seller best2all8888 continues to defraud ebayers

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We have been aware that best2all8888 was selling fake MP players on ebay for about a year. We recently became aware that this seller (based in China) seems to have sold some fake memory cards as well. Now this fraudster has added fake flash drives to the range of fraudulent merchandise offered on ebay. This USB flash drive is fake capacity and corrupts files – as does any other flash memory from 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 your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Bought an MP3 player from ebayer ukpluseuro? If so, test with h2testw!

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If you bought an MP3 player from ukpluseuro we don’t think you can trust the built-in memory – don’t save tracks you do not have elswhere before testing the memory as information we have received suggests that the flash memory may be fake capacity.

Most of our team have no experience of MP3 players (so you won’t see many posts about these here) but we do know a bit about the cost of flash memory and other technology! We don’t think that ukpluseuro could sell MP players at this price if they had genuine 2GB memory chips.

All of the fightflash team got stung with fake capacity USB flash drives on ebay (we’re mostly IT folk) – which is why this blog exists at all, and what we concentrate on.

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

April 3, 2010 at 12:06 AM

known fraudster showwhat is still selling fake flash memory on ebay

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This 32GB USB flash drive sold by showwhat on ebay is fake capacity and corrupts files. The same goes for any other flash memory from this known fraudster. This crook in China has been selling fakes ebay since early 2009. Do not buy USB flash drives, MP players or memory cards from 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 your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

March 21, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Another ebay gremlin from China selling fake flash memory

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gremlin2sThis leather and steel type USB flash drive will be fake capacity and will trash users’ files. The same goes for other flash drives and the MP players sold by ebay gremlin 09zhang-shop.

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.

MP3 players sold on ebay look dodgy to us

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We suspect that the MP3 players sold by ftaway2009 will turn out to be fake capacity – they seem too cheap to be genuine. However they are probably useable if you don’t save anything to the player itself and just use a genuine SD card in them to save your music to.

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 17, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Anyone who gets one of these for Christmas won’t be happy!

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This 16GB USB flash drive listed on ebay by martixhitec is the fraudsters’ favourite for programming to fake capacities.

The real capacity of these is usually less than 2GB with the result that they corrupt users’ files when the true capacity is exceeded. Anyone who receives one of these for Chrismas will eventually be a lot less than happy!

This seller is already already proven to have sold fake MP Players – see sosfakeflash for details. We think any flash memory items from martixhitec will prove to be fake capacity and will trash users’ data.

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 1, 2009 at 7:54 AM

Powerseller from China auctions suspect SD cards on ebay

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Seller fantasic-ac has listed quite a number of these 32GB SD cards in ebay auctions with a start price of $0.99. Most sold (like the one in the listing above) for a price that would cause the seller to have lost money on the sales if they were genuine. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by fightflashfraud

October 1, 2009 at 6:10 AM

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

Known ebay fraudster safe2star now listing memory cards!

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Seller safe2star is a known fraudster who has been selling fake MP Players for some time – you can see the ones the frankenflash project has evidence about on the sosfakeflash blog. The listing above indicates that the seller has now added memory cards to the repetoire of fakes being sold on ebay.

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 14, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Ebay & International Law – Listings And Transactions – Dealing With Counterfeit Fake USB Flash Drives, MP Players, Memory Cards

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Reprinted From SOSFakeFlash:

SOSFakeFlash’s Randy has important information that may help you with your claim against an international fake flash seller on eBay who sold you a false capacity (fake) MP Player, memory card or usb flash drive on eBay. Hopefully your kept your packaging!

Ebay & International Law

Consult: http://pages.ebay.ca/help/policies/international-trading.html

eBay insists that listings and transactions comply with the laws of the countries where both the seller and the high bidder reside. Users are responsible for ensuring that their transactions are lawful in both countries. eBay strongly suggests that users educate themselves about the laws of their own country and the countries where they plan to do business.

In addition the paypal / ebay complaints that you may submit for the fake flash drive, mp player or memory card, you may also want to consider submitting policy complaints on the seller. Some potential areas that a seller may infringe on local laws or regulations in your country.

1. Starting with the mailing package that the flash device was shipped in. Hopefully, you still have the mailing package.

Starting with the Customs declaration (CN22 form):

A) Did the seller indicate that the product was a gift?

If so, this is not true, and your country customs laws should consider this to be fraud.

B) Is the description on the CN22 correct?

If not, then your country customs laws may be infringed.

C) Did the seller indicate the country of origin?

If not, then again your customs laws may be infringed.

The CN22 form contains the following declaration.

I, the undersigned, whose name and address are given of the item certify that the particulars give in this declaration are correct and that the item does not contain any dangerous article or articles prohibited by legislation or by postal or customs regulations.

If the seller did not complete the form correctly you could also complain to the postal authorities is the sellers country and Ebay.

2. Regarding the contents of the package:

A) Did the flash drive, mp player or memory card or the packing that it came in have “country of origin” markings?

If not, this could be in violation of your countries customs laws or consumer protection laws.

You can use this information to help you pursue your claim if any of the conditions Randy mentioned are found. It can also cut to the quick about any arguments or issues with a Paypal claim. The more evidence you have that laws are being broken, the easier it should be.

We think this is exactly the kind of information eBay could leverage very quickly to help you. Instead of having to argue or dispute on the validity of fake or not fake. We all know that a tested items indicates whether it is or not, but this is another angle and it could be a lot easier to pursue.

Written by KittyFireFlash

July 25, 2009 at 11:22 AM

SOSFake Flash – How MP Player Fakes Continue To Be Sold On eBay!

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The problem of fake, false Capacity MP Players continues on eBay. It is growing worse! With permission from SOSFakeFlash we are reprinting their article on the subject. It demonstrates just how serious the problem really is!

Published at SOSFakeFlash On July 9th, 2009

tyeru2007tyeru2007 is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake) MP Players. Registered in China, tyeru2007 sold more than 2400+ and has earned over £29000!

There are so many frauded buyers out there! Just how many will be smart enough to learn the truth? Generally there is nothing technically wrong with MP Players sold on eBay. The device is not defective! The issue is the memory chip! It has been reprogrammed to lie about it’s real capacity – THAT eBay buyers is why you are having problems. You can’t put all your music on the player according to the advertised capacity, there is no place for it on the memory chip!

We find it both sad and alarming that so many buyers of mp players are deceived. There is so much money being made at your expense. Please read the articles on mp players listed here. You have a decision to make. Do you want these sellers to continue making fabulous profits and for eBay and PayPal to enjoy their cut? Or do you feel that it should be stopped? Every person can make a difference.

2649Over 18 months ago, an ebay member was frauded. That ebayer, like you began to research on the internet, where education on the subject of fake usb flash drives, mp players and memory cards begins. The victim was horrified and started to contact other ebay members to see if they to suffered the same fate. It was not long before 1 became 2, became more. The fight against this fraud began!

So you found this website? It exists as part of the FrankenFlash Project, started by those victims. Is it useful to you? A lot of work and effort is involved. Victims help. They sign on for a tour of duty. They contribute, fight back and then make room for new people to take their place. Every victim can do something, even if it is only leaving negative feedback for a fraudster or reporting their fake to us. Others patrol and alert on suspect sellers. Every little effort makes a difference. A lot of people feel that they get satisfaction in fighting back. No one likes to be frauded. Some have suffered terrible data loss with usb flash drives and memory cards.

It is less severe for MP Players, you can always download music files again to a real mp player – all you lose is your money, your time and end up learning a lot in your quest to try and make your mp player become it’s true capacity size. That can even be fun! You learn a lot.

Unfortunately there are some eBay members who suffer a terrible financial loss. These are buyers who though they could sell them on local markets and make a good profit. Times are hard and many people are looking for ways to put bread on the table. A lot of people think that buying mp players from the orient inexpensively is the solution. It is a hot item! It is also difficult to obtain in a many country’s at a price people can afford. For these eBay members the consequences are devastating!

If you bought 20 or 50 or sometimes a 100, imagine the horror awaiting you! The fake flash mp player seller knows this. They will twist your tail! GOD help you if you dare to leave negative feedback! They will demand you leave glowing positive feedback and then to add insult to injury only refund you a 1/4 of the price you paid, excluding shipping and handling. That is when they chose to be nice to you. Otherwise they will hide behind Paypal’s skirts and eBay’s too, ordering you to return the fakes. The cost in postage back with insurance and tracking, is terrible in some countries. Frequently they will make sure you send back to an address that doesn’t exist, so they can for once say truthfully, they never received the items. Not a penny will you receive back!

Perhaps you are not sympathetic to someone who buys in volume to sell in their little shop. We are. They did not expect such fraud exists on eBay. they only wanted to feed their families. Having spent so much money they had no choice but to bow to the fake flash fraudster. That is where you come in! You bought because of all the nice positive feedback. You thought it was safe! Little did you know that many were forced into leaving positive feedback and therefore digging the hole you fell into.

You can do what they could not. You can use your feedback to leave the truth! You can also fight back with the same nastiness! Report your fake flash sellers mp players to eBay. Go to every listing and at the bottom of the page, report it! Over and over and over again. Until eBay can’t handle another email.

The only way to stop fake MP Player sellers in the Orient is to fight back! Spend a few evenings making their lives a misery as they have done for so many others. Contact buyers. Report their listings and post any to any internet site you can find that deals with the subject of mp players. Return to your fake flash seller the full measure of what they did to you. If this is not done, they win, you lose. We in the FrankenFlash Project will just grow old, our fingers worn to pencil stubs, fighting a problem that will not end. Do you feel that greed should rule?

Important Reading:

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

Don’t forget to 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.

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Written by KittyFireFlash

July 13, 2009 at 3:46 AM

Seller of fake Sony on ebay continues to ply his wares in France

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We first warned people that these flash drives were fake on the fakeflashnews blog on May 13th. None of the buyers had realised they had fakes at the time of that report but since then 4 ebayers have left negative feedback saying these are fake. We don’t understand why this ebayer has not had his account suspended for selling these counterfeit Sony drives. Sony have never made a 32GB flash drive – so if you see one advertised on ebay we can assure you (whatever it looks like) that it is fake. We strongly suspect that this seller’s MP players will also turn out to be fakes.

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 8, 2009 at 11:22 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

Are 8GB MP players from new ebay seller in China real or fake?

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haogooding

Seller haogooding registered on ebay China at the beginning of June and lists these 8GB MP players and 2GB flash drives. The MP players were not selling until 29th June but the flash drives were. There has been one negative comment about a flash drive:

USB PEN CONTAINED A VIRUS, AND WAS “WRITE PROTECTED” !!! CHEAP RUBBISH. AVOID.

This (and the low start price of the MP players) lead us to suspect that this seller’s items 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

July 6, 2009 at 2:36 PM

UK ebay member buys fakes and re-sells to other ebayers!

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bigdawgbaker

We think seller bigdawgbaker is either a fool or a villain – or (more likely) both. This seller is certainly lazy and a profiteer, whatever else. We are amazed that anyone has bought flash drives and MP players from this ebayer! For one thing he buys things from sellers in China (at a rough estimate he spent over £700 on items from sellers based in China on ebay during the last two months) then bigdawgbaker sells them again for nearly double the price he paid!! Talk about taking advantage!

Investigation reveals that bigdawgbaker bought the flash drive shown in the listing above from well known fraudster intertrade-connection. We spotted this instantly as the seller didn’t even have the wit to use a different picture to the one our old fraudster friend has used under several IDs for a long time.

A quick check of his purchases confirmed our suspicions. It seems bigdawgbaker bought fake usb flash drives and MP players from other fraudulent ebay sellers including haifter,upcomingtrend and digitalting0303 to re-sell on ebay. You’d think bigdawgbaker might have wondered what was going on when items he bought started to vanish from his won list – but maybe (if this ebayer is a villain) he already knows.

For those of you who don’t know why this would have happened – it is because ebay was made aware that the sellers were fraudsters and suspended their accounts. When a seller is suspended their items vanish – pouf! as if they had never existed. Nice one ebay – really helpful to fraud victims (we don’t think!) so if you find an item has vanished from your won list you can be sure it is a fake and the fraudster who sold you it has probably been suspended.

We present below some of the fake USB flash drives purchased by bigdawgbaker on ebay from known fraudsters to resell. An ebay member challenged bigdawgbaker about the most obvious fake of all (see the two items shown above each other second left) and got this response from the seller:

“WHAT! Nothing fake about these at all. Report all you like.”

bigdawgbaker

He was reported and the fake Kingston drives vanished from sale. We have a message for idiot seller bigdawgbaker – you may soon find your ebay account suspended altogether for selling fake capacity flash memory items.

UPDATE
A comment from the seller indicates he is (as suspected) a nasty piece of work – he calls us twats and thinks that it is “commerce” to cause data loss by seling fake items. The proof is already here – the fake Kingston drives (which were probably removed by ebay) are proof enough. We hope to wave goodbye to bigdawgbaker very soon!

UPDATE 11/07/09
The frankeflash project now has irrefutable evidence of this ebayer’s dirty dealings. If you bought from this seller please report in to sosfakeflash with test results, report the item you bought to ebay and claim a refund.

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July 4, 2009 at 4:20 PM

MP Players eBay – Cheap Bargains or Fabulous Fraud and Profit? SOSFakeFlash Education Week

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Is eBay the place to buy MP Players cheap? Can you get a 8GB or 16GB or 32GB Player on eBay for less that $40 or $50 US? SOSFakeFlash is launching an education week for consumers. Recently they launched an general education week on fake and counterfeit memory devices sold on eBay: SOSFakeFlash Consumer Education Week 20090605 – 20090612. The Problem of Counterfeit and Fake Memory Sold On Ebay

This time they will be show casing sellers who sold false capacity MP Players. Too many buyers fall for seller claims that the units are defective. Most never learn the truth, these items have had their flash chips manipulated to report a size much larger that the chips can support. SOSFakeFlash is inviting buyers to learn more and leave comments on their experiences.

Visit this site during the next week for an eye opening education!

http://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/

The information is useful, not only to people who buy on eBay but any where on the internet for MP Players. Become a smart consumer!

Written by KittyFireFlash

June 24, 2009 at 5:02 AM

Is ndspro a seller of fake MP players on ebay?

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Feedback suggests that ndspro may be selling fake capacity MP players. This seller has over 500 items listed at the moment. The seller is mainly offering MP players but there are a couple of USB flash drives and a couple of memory cards listed too. If you bought an MP player or other flash memory item from ndspro we suggest you test your item immediately with h2testw.

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

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June 15, 2009 at 8:08 PM

FAKE 16GB 32GB 64GB – Conversations Between A Fake Flash Seller and A Victim – The Truth About the Scam Exposed

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Why are fake usb pen sticks, MP players and memory cards sold on eBay? The false capacity ranging from 2GB 4GB 8GB 16GB 32GB 60GB 64GB 120GB 240GB 260GB 360GB to 500GB sizes.

One size is advertised but the true size is much smaller! You buy a 16GB MP player but only get 2GB or 4GB of storage. You buy a 16GB usb flash drive and get 1GB or 2GB of storage, maybe 4GB if you are lucky. You buy a 16GB memory card and only get 2GB or 4GB. When it comes to usb flash drives and memory cards, the digital alteration of the controller flash chip is deadly – you lose your data! Do the ebay sellers know what they are doing? Is there a reason?

Recently SOSFakeFlash asked for stories, experiences. We received one, an explicit conversation between a fake flash seller and a buyer victim. It dates to the summer of 2008 and nothing since has changed. It is published exactly as received. It might be long but if you want answers start reading!

Presented by Dave:

Hi,

My names Dave and I only recently came across your site – I think it’s great and these people need to be stopped. A long while ago I had a problem with a cheap MP4 player and began talking to the seller on Skype, the conversation became very interesting! I’ll let you read!! :

I will say that it is very long, so you don’t have to read all of it, but if you have the time, you can. If not the middle bit is interesing. I might have gotten a bit harsh at times, but they were harsh to me in first place!

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The FrankenFlash Project Found Another Hong Kong Counterfeit Ring – XU GANG

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The FrankenFlash Project’s SOSFakeFlash group has uncovered another counterfeit ring in Hong Kong and named it XU GANG. Currently the following eBay seller ids have been connected: ebestshop58r, lovehuangfeifei2008, jameshome621. Fake memory cards, mp players and usb flash drives have been sold, including branded Kingston DT150’s.

ebestshop58r

Tse Chit (Xu Gang)

G/F,Block 26,428 Yuen
Kong Tsuen, Yuen Long
Hong Kong

lovehuangfeifei2008

TSE CHIT

G/F,Block 26,428 Yuen
Kong Tsuen, Yuen Long
Hong Kong

jameshome621

XU GANG

G/F,Block 26,428 Yuen
Kong Tsuen, Yuen Long
Hong Kong

The location is at:

XU GANG Address

The FrankenFlash Project asks the Technology Crime Prevention Unit in Hong Kong to please send inspectors out to investigate. It is suspected that this is one of the major outlets for drop shipping overseas and for eBay seller ids. Sold are fake memory cards, MP Players and also now a very serious wave of fake Kingston DataTraveler 150 usb flash pen sticks in 32GB and 64GB false capacity. The fake DT150’s are causing serious harm to Kingston Technology’s reputation.

The estimated recent fake flash earning’s of XU GANG run is more than £40,000’s . If you wish to add this LEE Wai Bun’s recent Kingston DT150 32GB counterfeiting it is more than £80,000 for over £120,000 and how many victims?

This is only a small fraction of the counterfeit and fake flash nand based technology leaving Hong Kong to harm people around the world. Every day, data loss is pending in these little brown packages, spreading to over 63 different countries on file.

SOSFakeFlash Releases PayPal Telephone Numbers To Help eBay Victims Of Fake Flash USB Flash Drives, MP Players Memory Cards Purchased On eBay

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SOSFakeFlash releases telephone numbers for eBay victims filing PayPal claims to call. Many victims are unable to resolve their cases due to the robotic email responders from PayPal being automatically generated with no real intelligence about the case submitted.

See: PayPal Telephone Numbers – eBay Fake Flash USB Flash Drives, MP Players Memory Cards

A Fake MP Player Sold On Ebay – A Look Inside To Verify The Flash Chip Capacity

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Most people who buy a fake MP Player often think it is defective. Others eventually realise the truth the hard way. Often people will use the program H2testw to check what the actual capacity of the MP Player is. A few will open the player up to examine the flash chips used. These chips, if they can be decoded and searched on the internet will reveal the truth.

Republished from SOSFakeFlash, we think you will find this article very interesting to read.

SOSFakeFlash publishs a lot of consumer alerts on fake flash sellers prowling ebay for buyer victims. Evidence is collected and stored in a database. eBayer id’s, eBay item numbers, the model sold by the seller along with other important information.

It leads to alerts being issued on the internet and sellers being added to the famous eBay Fake Flash Sellers List. As time goes by the counts against sellers increase. Some times a victim will report in months after the fact, long after the ebay listings have disappeared. The project works hard to preserve information. Alerts are issued after the information has been collected, not before! Necessary given eBay’s recent behavior of shutting fake flash sellers down quickly to be able to remove all traces of lising information.

SOSFakeFlash, in this article will take you inside of a fake MP Player purchased on eBay and show you how it is possible to prove it is a false capacity, confirming what the program H2testw 1.4 reports in capacity testing.

Paypal likes to demand that victims return fake flash usb drives or mp players or memory cards to get a refund. “Return the crime to the criminal!” they order. On other occasions they will dismiss the test results of H2testw 1.4 and demand you find somebody at Southby’s to certify that you received a counterfeit.

The FrankenFlash Project has been in operation for over 14 months, they know something about fake mp players, usb flash drives and memory cards. The simple fact is, when the devices are taken apart – the truth is revealed. It only confirms what the program H2testw 1.4 reports. The secret? It lies in the actual flash drive nand memory chips in the device!

For most victims, taking apart a fake MP Player is not a task they feel up to. The latest contributor, Niko is up to the task and is presenting his findings for everyone to see! He has two fake MP Players to reveal to you, this is the first one sold by hitech2day. You will quickly see there is nothing “defective” here! It is clear deception on the part of fake flash sellers.

To PayPal and eBay, do pay attention! To fake flash sellers, watch out! We do our homework “dears “.

Listed on eBay hitech2day offered this model. Is it 16GB?

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When Niko opened the drive this is what he saw:

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So what did the flash drive chip for storage show?

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It was a samsung 904 k9lbgo8uom pcbo CAK468P2

If you visit InspectorTech’s site you will see the following post: Samsung Nand Flash – How To Decode Flash Storage Chips To Find True Capacity

and if you scroll down you can visit the samsung link. Give this a try. http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/partnumberDecoder.do

now enter the information characters for:

k9lbgo8uom

This is good practise for anyone with a samsung nand flash drive chip to try out!

There is no “m” available for the last character.

k9lbgo8uom

So click on search.

k9lbgo8uom-Results

So here we see the real chip size. It is 32G bit. 8 bits is a byte so we need to divide by 8. That makes 32Gb /8 = 4GB.

So eBay seller hitech2day has lied about the true capacity! hitech2day was not selling a 16GB MP Player but a 4GB MP Player. eBay, PayPal are you still with us? Can you do the math and follow the evidence? Do you really think ebay buyers are complaining without cause? If ebay members can do their homework, why can’t you? It’s not rocket science, you know.

Now the controller chip for the MP Player difficult to read in the photo:

hitech2day-16GB-3

It is:

AK2025
8L014BA 1LP

We can’t tell you much about it at the moment.

eBay members are not imagining things about the fake mp players being sold on eBay.

The problem is very real! Both eBay and PayPal are very much aware of it. Only they prefer to show a blind eye. After all, the money is good! The FrankenFlash project has observed that eBay and PayPal do not intend to put a stop to the traffic in fake mp players being sold.

You don’t believe us? Please have a look at this:

Stop this Multi-Million Dollar Fraud on eBay

Just how far back in time does it go? If you are a victim of a fake flash MP Player, make sure that you register there. You can also register for other fake flash items too! Let it grow! And grow! The FrankenFlash Project collects information too, so do not forget SOSFakeFlash or to report in! Every item matters and counts.

SOSFakeFlash issue’s alerts on the internet to warn and assist victims. They can not and will not issue an alert without evidence. It is very powerful! It is a record and it stays forever. They also will NOT remove an alert! If a seller on eBay is caught, the alert stays!

Niko is currently searching for a solution to repair this fake MP Player. If one is found he will present it to everyone.

Keep an eye out for Niko’s other fake flash MP seller and his repair solution coming soon.

SOSFakeFlash published an alert on seller hitech2day, please read: hitech2day Ebay Fake Flash Seller Alert – China Fake MP Players

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May 24, 2009 at 5:07 AM

wholeselling-auctions Ebay Fake Flash Seller Of MP Player – Memory Card – Usb Flash Drive

wholeselling-auctions is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake) Flash USB drives, MP Players and Memory Cards. Based in Hong Kong wholeselling-auctions is an old fake flash seller, now using private auction listings.

The first documented fake was in June 2008. wholeselling-auctions is very skilled and slippery in selling false capacity items. He knows exactly what he is selling. His dumps in volume. When the heat turns up, he will hide in his fake flash shell, quietly waiting for a new opportunity.

In the fall of 2008 wholeselling-auctions managed to elude SOSFakeFlash and victims by closing his fake flash shop. No alert was ever published, but he was added on the fake flash honour role – the list of eBay fake flash sellers.

Test anything you bought from this seller and make sure you leave immediate feedback! SOSFakeFlash is listing every fake model investigated and even those not yet confirmed. Just recently returned he has already sold more than 3000+ items. He needs to be removed from eBay permenently. Only eBayers can do that. eBay has done nothing for more than one year. Currently he has earned more than $60,000 US.

Please do not let him get away again!

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device. Every single item and count is needed. Make sure to raise a dispute with PayPal. If you funded with a credit card, you may wish to contact your credit card company to expidite a refund with a reversal. wholeselling-auctions demonstrates what is wrong with eBay and just how bold fake flash sellers are. Scroll through his feedback and contact positive feedback members – ask them to TEST. If you left positive and have discovered you were sold false capacity – do follow up feedback immediately to alert people to the truth!

Don’t forget to 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 and it will only allow a fake flash seller to continue, do you really want that?

wholeselling-auctions’s address:

ChiWa Wong

Room 718, Blk7. Sah Chuen Hse, Lek Yuen Est. Shatin N.T.
Hong Kong

To see wholeselling-auctions’s negative feedback Please Click Here – review the complete history to see how far back it goes!

May 14th, 2009 – we have 11 eBay listings confirmed fake .

Sold by wholeselling-auctions:

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45

46

1917

71

47

13

2162

1916

Not yet investigated:

1915

196

195

194

1914

1912

1911

1920

1919

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1922

1921

1913

1925

1924

Important Reading:

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Fake MP player sold by China based seller lovehuangfeifei2008

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This 8GB MP3/MP4 Radio FM Player sold by lovehuangfeifei2008 has been reported as fake capacity buy a buyer. If you bought a player from this seller you should test it immediately with h2tesw. We have had test results for one player from this seller showing that it is fake capacity.

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

lovehuangfeifei2008

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May 16, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Another fake flash seller based in China?

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kikikimarket

Negative feedback (see below) suggests that the items above sold on ebay by kikikimarket (a seller based in China) are fake capacity. If you bought any of these items test them with h2testw – fake capacity items eventually cause users to lose all their files. If you find you have a fake please report in with seller ID, your ID, item number and test results so that the item can be added to the sosfakeflash database. Any other information, such as sender’s address shown on the envelope, that you can provide will assist our investigations into the fake flash issue.
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Report in to sosfakeflash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

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May 15, 2009 at 10:53 AM

ebay seller elect-republic is a fraudster who is lying low!!

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elect-republic
Hong Kong seller elect-republic is not presently selling anything but feedback indicated that the MP4 players shown above are fakes. The one shown on the left has been confirmed as a fake with test results, buyer ID and item number recorded. If you bought one of these from elect-republic we strongly advise you to test it with h2testw – you could lose your music/videos if it is a fake. The seller also listed flash drives but these listings were removed by ebay – so these were probably fake too as, apparently, were phones from this seller. We think the seller may be lying low for now but is likely to return in future when things have quietened down. If you bought one you should test it immediately with h2testw!

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

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May 11, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Hong Kong seller jessica2796 seems to supply fake flash items

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jessica2796scrnThe flash drive shown above seemed a bit too cheap to be genuine so we had a look at ebay seller jessica2796’s feedback – below is the most recent item to receive negative feedback shown along with the buyer’s comment. Although there are not a large number of negative comments at the moment it does suggest that the seller has also sold fake mp3 players. The listings for the mp3 players that got negative feedback have been removed which tends to confirm that these were indeed fake. We strongly advise people not to buy from this seller. If you have bought already test your item with h2testw – we think you will find it is fake capacity.

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

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May 8, 2009 at 11:44 PM

Seller junfongc lists suspiciously cheap 16GB flash drive on ebay

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junfongc We think that this item is priced a bit too low to be a genuine 16GB flash drive. A look at the feedback indicates that ebay seller junfongc seems to have sold fake flash items in the past (USB flash drives and media players) so it is very likely that this item is fake capacity. The seller took a holiday from selling for a little while so the actual items that got negative comments are mostly no longer available to view. Could this have been a deliberate policy to try to avoid detection? 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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May 8, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Alert eBay Seller Id itchee98 is Now itchee9888 SOSFakeFlash Is Preparing A Report

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The eBay Seller Id itchee98 has been changed to itchee9888 SOSFakeFlash Reports. Victims of this seller are asked to report into SOSFakeFlash immediately using the report a fake tab: http://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/report-a-fake/

SOSFakeFlash is preparing a new report on this seller to be released shortly. This is an old and long standing seller of fake flash on eBay. Recently switching from fake usb pen sticks to MP Players and memory cards. Buyers are asked to report in immediately!

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May 2, 2009 at 6:29 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.

Fake Flash eBay Seller leadingstore Bites The Dust – One More eBay Selling Id Of The Don Of Fake Flash In the Orient Neutralized

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leadingstore an eBay Seller id controlled by the Don of Fake Flash in the Orient has deregistered. No more selling of fake mp players, fake usb flash drives, fake memory cards!

Recently we published: leadingstore Ebay Fake Flash Seller Alert – China – Don Of Fake Flash In The Orient Clings To His Last Remaining eBay Id

At the time SOSFakeFlash thought it was his only remaining id on eBay. There are more still to catch and shut down. Currently takeme2home the focus. This id is dancing nicely away from eBay, PayPal and eBay Victims.

No one will miss leadingstore. However we have a strong suspicion as to why this old id was been retired. The news is dark.

All we can say right now is that current addressing information is needed on all ebay fake flash sellers. We are looking for addresses on envelopes, addresses given to you when a seller wants you to return the item, addresses given by Paypal to return items to and any addresses you find in eBay directories for sellers. If you chose to leave seller addresses on articles you can at the SOSFakeFlash website, provided it is on an Alert for the seller in question – otherwise we ask you sent the information to sosfakeflashdrive@gmail.com (see the report a fake tab at the SOSFakeFlash website).

The Don Of Fake Flash has done enough damage to eBayers, in fact it what started this Project!

Cost of flash chips in media players, flash drives or memory cards

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SOSFakeFlash asks that all victims of fake flash purchases read the following article by FlashChipTutor:

What Are The Real Costs For Flash Chips In China? Guide 2009

Please see the current pricing for flash chips. You still need to test but you will understand why you fell into the fake flash pit along with the rest of us. FlashChipTutor is interested in your comments!

MP Players eBay Stop Buying 8GB 16GB MP3 MP4 At Cut Rate Bargain Prices SOSFakeFlash Advises

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MP Players are hot on eBay! Beware. 8GB and 16GB Players with MP3 or MP4 are likely to be fakes or counterfeits if you bought at low prices. If you are lucky your MP player will be 2GB or 4GB – not more.

Fake MP Players on eBay are an old story and it’s been around for several years. Every day there is a new crop of victims. Why? Bargain hunting! SOSFakeFlash has no choice but to issue this warning. Do not buy any MP Players on eBay advertised as 8GB or 16GB. Period! Stop looking for bargains! You are not going to get a real 8GB or 16GB at $25 to $50.

We know that economic conditions are hard, but you need to be realistic about paying fair prices. If you want to pay less and get more – welcome to fake flash hell!

You might find SOSFakeFlash’s words harsh. They are. Too many people are being frauded and few get their money back. Many eBayers are conned into believing their MP Player is “defective”. There is nothing defective in reprogramming a flash drive chip to lie about it’s size!

Make sure to look at the reference reading presented below for additional information and advice. Also see the list of eBay Sellers caught selling fake MP Players as of April 4th, 2009 at the end of this article

Most of the Fake MP Players are coming from sellers in Hong Kong and China. There appear to be two distinct rings operating under many id’s. It is a fake flash collective. Beware that due to SOSFakeFlash’s internet presence eBay sellers are now listing advertising local countries. You will only realize the truth when your MP Player arrives.

The profits from selling fake MP Players is mind numbing! Current estimates are 1 in a 250 sold leads to a PayPal dispute, that is 249 ahead. Both eBay and fake flash seller are dancing with fake flash profit joy – at your expense!

Avoid the misery of filing disputes. The pain grows when eBay quickly suspends the seller, whoops all listings gone, all evidence gone. You will have to crawl under the hood of your Paypal account and do a lot of extra digging to file a dispute when a seller is deregistered.

eBay and PayPal are not not going to make it easy for you. The harder the better. After all they don’t want to refund you. eBay has never warned members who bought from a fake flash seller and they never will. Why? It means admitting to the fact they have a problem.

Never pay for an MP Player using your bank account, use your credit card with PayPal. It gives you a better chance of recovering your money. PayPal hates it. Fake flash sellers will hate it more! PayPal may say they can’t refund you because they need to get to the fake flash sellers funds. Funny how quickly they will claw back the money from the fraudster when the credit card company does a reversal!

For now, do not buy MP Players at 8GB 16GB with MP3 MP4 on eBay. Save up until you have enough to buy a real one locally. There are just too many fakes. eBay is not cleaning things up, instead they registering sellers so they can remove listings and all traces of what these scammers sold! The fraud is astonishing.

If you bought an MP Player on eBay, tested it and found out you have a fake, make sure you leave a negative immediately! File a dispute afterwards. Never withdraw your negative in exchange for a refund. Never return a fake with the hope or promise of your refund. Also be a good citizen and do your part – contact other buyers who left positive feedback and get them to test! If you left positive feedback – do follow up feedback indicating that you really bought a fake! Add in your feedback the web address sosfakeflash.wordpress.com – our calling card and message to fake flash sellers and to assist other eBayers trying to find the truth and get help!

Also visit the new site http://flashdrivefacts.wordpress.com/ and read:

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

Now, have a look at the sellers caught by SOSFakeFlash so far.

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April 5, 2009 at 5:53 AM

Are ebay fraudsters guople and appolly one and the same?

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We have a question  – are ebay fraudsters guople and appolly one and the same?  Here at fightflashfraud we have been watching these sellers and think these are recent ebay IDs being used by a familiar ring of fraudsters who have been operating on ebay for a long time. As fast as one ID can be shut down, another appears. Feedback indicates that the items pictured are fake capacity, but for these seller ID’s to be shut down hard evidence is needed. This is where you, dear reader, come in. If you bought from these sellers please test your items with h2testw and submit as much other detail as possible  to the sosfakeflash blog using the “report a fake” tab. This is the evidence that helps to get seller IDs de-registered.

guople-appolly

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March 27, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Suspect Hong Kong based ebay seller of Media players

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Investigations by fightflashfraud indicate that elect-republic, a Hong Kong based seller of media players, is very likely to be selling fake capacity MP3/MP4 players. Feedback shows two comments about fake flash drives but only one that suggests media players are fake. However there are strong indications from what fightflashfraud discovered that it is highly likely that elect-republic is a fraudster. If you bought a media player from this seller you are strongly advised to test it’s capacity with h2testw as it is very likely that the capacity is much less than advertised.

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March 23, 2009 at 3:09 PM

New Website Site Joining The FrankenFlash Project Soon – Scams MP Players – USB Flash Drives – Memory Cards

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The FrankenFlash Project has a new site that will be joining the project very soon. FLASHDRIVEFACTS at http://flashdrivefacts.wordpress.com/ will address consumer education on the subject of flash technology for MP Players, USB Flash Drives and Memory Cards. Chaired by Flashchiptutor, it will expose counterfeit and fake items available on the international market.

Why is there a need for a new site? How can you help?

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Suspect sellers of MP3 and MP4 players on Ebay

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There seem to be a lot of ebay sellers with suspiciously low prices for MP3 and MP4 players on sold on a buy it now basis. Many of them are charging next to nothing for the players, but postage charges are high. This is a way of acheiving two things:
1) minimising ebay fees
2) making it unlikely that buyers who find the item is fake or faulty will try to get a refund.
If you see an MP3 or MP4 player on buy it now where the shipping costs are four times that of the item we think you should consider this extremely suspicious and steer well clear of the item! If you bought such an item we think you should be able to test it with h2testw as you can with USB flash drives and most (if not all) memory cards.

Written by fightflashfraud

March 7, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Those Multiple IDs eBay Fake Flash Sellers Use On eBay To Sell MP Players – USB Flash Drives – Memory Cards – eBayers Are Not Happy!

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SOSFakeFlash and victims have wondered for a long time, how do fake flash eBay sellers in the Orient just keep coming back? Why do some of them have such old start dates on eBay? The FrankenFlash Project finally has some very interesting information about that. Also on why eBay is losing sales.

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What Can You Do About Fake 8GB 16GB MP Players On Ebay?

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SOSFakeFlash Reports that Fake MP Players are the lastest plague to hit eBay. Harder for Buyers to spot before they leave postive feedback. Why? A 16GB false capacity MP player that turns out to be only 2GB can hold as many as 500 songs. It takes time to load. Most buyers of MP Players just use technology and are not techie. They fall for the “opphs a defective item” song sung by the fake flash seller. The lure of “free shipping” is one of the strongest pulls to end up in the fake flash pit. It appears that eBay fake flash sellers in Hong Kong and China know this so well – they have studied their buyer audience carefully. Here is advice – a Guide from SOSFakeFlash.

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Written by KittyFireFlash

February 26, 2009 at 10:03 PM

SOSFakeFlash Investigating eBay Fake Flash Counterfeit Operating In Hong Kong

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SOSFakeFlash is investigating a counterfeit Ring Operating in Hong Kong. To make connections between eBay seller id’s it is critical the fake flash victims on eBay send in the addresses of the sellers. Keep those envelopes! If you have been asked by a seller to return a fake flash item, send the address provided to SOSFakeFlashDrive@gmail.com.

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