Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

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We think memory cards listed on ebay by this member are fakes

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cymemory

Seller cymemory is a known fraudster about whom evidence against has already been published. This seller was caught selling fake 32GB USB flash drives over 12 months ago and we have evidence about 3 of the models sold. We think these 32GB SD memory cards will be just as fake as the USB flash drives 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.

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November 16, 2009 at 10:49 PM

Another ebay gremlin with fake 64GB USB flash drives

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prretyboy

Real 64GB USB flash drives cost more to make than prretyboy has sold them for. The model above is familiar to the fightflashfraud team – lots of gremlins have sold these in fake capacities. These will be fake capacity too – at this price they can’t be anything else! Read the rest of this entry »

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November 1, 2009 at 5:11 AM

This fake 32GB flash drive on ebay will make you tear your hair out!

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linkun1239898

We hope that any customers who bought these fake flash drives from linkun1239898 also bought one of the seller’s wigs. They will need the wig when they start tearing their hair out because all their files have been trashed by the fraudsters’ favourite fake flash drive!

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.

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October 29, 2009 at 10:21 AM

MP players going for low prices are likely to be fake capacity

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whoudao

When you see 16GB MP players going for the price the one shown above from whoudao sold at it is extremely likely that they will be fake capacity. Once the real capacity is reached eveything you save on them will be lost or corrupted. 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.

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August 2, 2009 at 10:01 AM

False negatives left for honest ebay seller.

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An ebayer who has worked with the frankenflash project for several months was de-registered by ebay this morning. This seller (who wrote the guide to fake flash that you can download here) was a victim of fake flash and tried every which way she could think of to warn other ebayers about fake flash. Ebay threatened her and removed listings a number of times for reasons we consider spurious – she was simply trying to help others avoid the fake flash trap.

She thought she found a way of warning and helping people without falling foul of ebay rules. Having found that some people cannot download things from the Internet she burned some CDs with the test program h2testw and the documentation about authorship on them. She then listed these for sale at a price that just covered her costs.

Two people left negative comments suggesting that her item was damaging to computers. Neither actually received the CD or had their payment cleared before leaving their negs! One left the negative comment almost immediately after winning the item so did not receive the program at all!! The other was kindly sent the program by the seller by email before her echeque payment cleared so that she would not have to wait for the program.

Ebay has now de-registered this altruistic seller for copyright infringement. It seems they were correct – but her infringment was not deliberate and she has apologised to the copyright holder.

The fact remains – buyer protection on ebay is all lies and jest. A big “joke” that costs anyone who buys fake flash on ebay dearly. DO NOT BUY FLASH MEMORY ON EBAY!!!!

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May 2, 2009 at 8:04 PM

64GB fake Kingston from mass_storage_estore and *big_memory*

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mass_storage_estore UK sellers mass_storage_estore and *big_memory* are offering 64GB Kingston fakes for sale despite having been warned that this model of drive is not made at this capacity. Don’t these sellers understand that they are committing a criminal offence by offering such items for sale? Are they so desperate for money that they are willing to risk landing in jail? big_memory

Source of some of the fake Sony Flash drives sold on eBay

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We at fightflashfraud think we have tracked down the original source of a number of the fake 64GB sold on eBay by sellers including irena-ebai and others who used the same picture. This company also sells fake 120GB flash drives.

Company Name: Nanchang Luotian Media Co., Ltd.
Street Address: Huaqiang Road Saige C 1506
City: ShenZhen
Province/State: Guangdong
Country/Region: China
Zip: 518000
Telephone: 0086-0755-83638891
Mobile Phone: 13692143010
Fax: 0086-0755-83638891

Perhaps the Chinese police might like to do something about these fraudsters?

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February 21, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Ebay removes listings from petermak_hk

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Ebay has removed listings from petermak_hk. This is presumably because they finally cottoned on to the fact that he was selling counterfeit Kingston. If you bought flash memory from this seller you are strongly advised to test with h2testw.

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February 20, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Suspect ebay seller phillipham8 listsing 64GB USB flash drive

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UK based ebay seller phillipham8 who is still selling very suspect looking 64GB drives has a feedback score of 38 and only one negative comment. If you bought a flash drive from this seller please test it with h2testw and leave a comment here. Should your drive prove to be fake please give all information related to the transaction to sosfakeflash so that we can add your information to the fake flash database – see the report a fake tab.

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February 7, 2009 at 10:54 PM

Ebay Alert! Suspect seller doctorxu88 uses private listings

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Seller doctorxu88, located in Hong Kong, became an ebay member at the beginning of April 2008. There appears to have been no activity on this account between registration and 23 January 2006. Now there are a large number of USB flash drives in private listings by doctorxu88. It seems likely that this was an ID set up by one of the well known fraudsters in preparation for a previous ID being clobbered by Ebay. Private listings for flash drives are generally a sign of fraud. The use of private auctions on ebay is a common ploy by devious sellers to cover their flash fraud tracks and make it difficult for fake flash angels to warn their victims.

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February 4, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Ebay Alert! Old time fraudster chaiching28 is selling again!

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An old hand at flash fraud, seller chaiching28, is back to selling fake flash after giving us a short holiday from his activities! SOSFlash has documented evidence of 50 fake drives sold by this fraudster before dropping out of view. We have personal experience of chaiching’s fake capacity flash – be warned. You’ll notice that it looks as though the background colour in this picture has been rubbed away – that’s because when the writer bought one chaiching was selling the self same drive as 32GB. When ebay started to be more alert to fake capacity and counterfeit 32GB drives this cunning simply erased the text from the picture, added the new text and re-programmed the drives to report 16GB.
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January 28, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Evidence of fraud by rongcle now coming in

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The frankenflash project is now beginning to receive evidence of the fraud perpetrated by rongcle since the beginning of December. If you bought from this seller test your drive immediately with h2testw and report your fake to sosfakeflash.
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January 26, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Suspect sellers on ebay

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All those selling flash drives on ebay with listing which keep buyer IDs private at the end of auctions or when an item is sold on buy it now are automatically considered to be suspect sellers by fightflashfraud. SOME SELLERS LISTED UNDER THE SUSPECT CATEGORY MAY ACUALLY BE INNOCENT OF FRAUD
They may have innocently bought counterfeit and/or fake capacity drives from a supplier. Both fightflashfraud and sosfakeflash have come across this situation. However, those who keep buyer IDs private are fairly certain to be guilty. See the page about suspect sellers for more info.

Alert! – wusimz de-registered

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Fraudster wusimz has now de-registered following the efforts by ebay fraud victims to warn buyers about this villain whose usb flash drives were all fake capacity – other fake flash items were sold too. If you bought any flash memory item from wusimz you need to act quickly – test with h2testw and claim your refund as soon as possible.

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January 13, 2009 at 8:36 AM

Alert! flash fraudster kungfuchiuchiu

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Hong Kong seller kungfuchiuchiu is a confirmed fake flash fraudster. The confirmed fakes are the three models shown below:
kungfuchuichui
If you bought a flash drive from this seller you should move any files off the drive (be aware that you will lose anything above the true capacity of the drive) and test it immediately with h2testw which you can downoad free from the posting about the program in the testing section. For comprehensive advice on getting a refund on fake flash drives see the sosfakeflash blog.

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January 8, 2009 at 1:05 PM

3 new fake flash sellers on ebay?

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We became aware today of three new¬†sellers that may be selling fake flash drives. The seller ID’s and item numbers that were reported as possible fakes were as follows:

janisabele item 170291166802
paypalzzg9527 item 260341573046
rongcle item 220338803452
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January 4, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Flash fraud on Ebay

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There are two types of flash fraud that have occured on ebay – counterfeit flash drives and fake capacity flash drives. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 24, 2008 at 2:30 PM