Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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MP players from ebayer rilinvidj5 sold a little too cheaply

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We urge anyone who bought an MP player from ebay seller rilinvidj5 to test it with h2testw immediately. We suspect they may be fake capacity (which corrupts files) or have very low grade flash chips which are prone to failure as they have been sold a little too cheaply given the cost of good quality flash memory chips.

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

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 8, 2010 at 3:24 PM

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?


When Niko opened the drive this is what he saw:


So what did the flash drive chip for storage show?


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.

now enter the information characters for:


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.


So click on search.


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:


It is:

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 Attacked – The FrankenFlash Project Advises New Address

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Due to heavy bandwidth and the recent attack on the FrankenFlash Project has removed this website.

It addressed Bayers who suffered from fake and false capacity MP Players, USB flash drives and Memory Cards Purchased on eBay. Specializing in providing translation to reach the global community, eBayers Against False Capacity Flash will be missed.

It is not easy to fight the the issue of fake MP Players, Memory Cards and Usb flash drives. Fraudsters and scammers are finding their sales decreasing. That is what the project has in mind. Eliminating the traffic in false capacity fake MP Players, Usb Flash drives and MP Players. The profits made by these scammers and fraudsters is alarming. The damage being done to buyers with lost information is terrible. It is a war. Fake Flash needs to be stopped. eBay is the first area to be addressed. Fortunately there are team members who have a solid IT background working in the project.

Who has contributed to the fight? Everyone. From housewife and causal computer user, to accountants and IT professionals. Teenagers, Truck Drivers and Octogenarians – all have tried to give a helping hand. It’s a global problem. It needs to be stopped. The project has replaced with:

we don’t intend to let the international community down. Ebayers Against Fake Flash Devices II has the same functionality of the old site. Translation will be slower but it is now offered in 42 languages. It offers caching but will only translate 1 article every 11 minutes. In time the cache will build to provide everyone with the information they need in languages they understand.

For translation on news for fake flash you can visit FakeFlashNews II.

Written by KittyFireFlash

April 5, 2009 at 9:03 AM

New Site FlashDriveFacts Launched To Promote Consumer Awareness About MP Players – USB Flash Drives – Memory Cards

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To educate the global public on MP Players, USB Flash Drives and Memory Cards the FrankenFlash Project has launched a new site – http://flashdrivefacts.wordpress.comahead of schedule.

Recent work by eBay Fake Flash Angels is outreach campaigns to eBay Sellers revealed that most had purchased their fake and counterfeit flash devices from internet sites in Hong Kong and China. Most sellers after having been convinced to test withdrew their listings. In investigating these sites, it was clear that the source of these items pouring into eBay came from this region. Something had to be done!

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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

More fake Sony Micro Vault flash Drives listed by UK ebayers.

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Despite being warned that their items are fake a number of sellers in the UK  failed to remove listings of  fake USB flash drives showing the Sony name and/or  the Sony trademark name Micro Vault.  Sellers who ignored warnings and continued selling include james_escort, ikhan1985,  nixilixi and xlornajcx. If you bought from these sellers (or anyone else who sold a similiar drive)  you should test the drive with h2testw to discover it’s real capacity. Claim a refund through paypal and report the seller to Ebay. People who sell such drives are commiting a criminal offence.  If you see drives like the ones in the pictures below listed on eBay you can be certain they are fake! Note that fake items showning a brand name are counterfeit and their sale is a serious criminal offence.


Written by fightflashfraud

March 1, 2009 at 12:01 PM

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:
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!