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Has new ebay seller sbeach29 been shopping in fake flash land?

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If the Kingston flash drives and memory cards from new ebay seller sbeach29 are genuine this seller could make a loss buy selling them at auction unless, of course, this seller fell into the same trap as many others and bought from one of the fraudulent wholesale outlets in fake flash land (China).

If this 32GB Kingston SDHC card came from a fraudulent supplier it will be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. The same applies to the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives and 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives listed at auction by this seller.

A comment at the bottom of this ebay listing rings alarm bells with us:

Negative or neutral feedback cannot solve problems. Communication is the best way to resolve problem.

Somehow this suggests to us that this seller expects to run into problems…

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.

16GB flash drives from ebayer areema_connect seem a bit cheap

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The price of these 16GB flash drives from ebayer areema_connect seems a little low. This may simply be because they do not have top notch memory chips and were made using the cheaper lower grade ones.

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

September 3, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Seems ebay seller cdss-shop-2 has been shopping in fakeflashland

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We think it is almost certain that this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive listed on ebay and other flash memory items from seller cdss-shop-2 are fakes purchased from a fraudulent supplier.

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.

Is 256GB DT310 from ebay seller stevesjerseys2010 genuine?

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Seller stevesjerseys2010 says in this ebay auction for a 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive:

DataTraveler 310 – GOT AS A GIFT WOULD RATHER HAVE THE MONEY ITS WORTH

Hmm – if stevesjerseys2010 wants the money it is worth we wonder why the seller is auctioning it on ebay in a 3 day listing with a start price of $40. Would it not have been much more sensible to list it using a 10 day buy it now at a price rather closer to the real value (for example, the bargain price of $620) with a best offer option, just in case no one was prepared to pay that much?

We think that we have adequatedly commented regarding our thoughts about what this seller has said.

We have an eerie feeling that the buyer may not be very happy with this USB flash drive a few months down the line, once it is too late to do anything about it!

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.

UPDATE: SURPRISE, SURPRISE, (we don’t think) this seller is no longer a registered ebay user – at least under this ebay ID, anyway.

Is jakesbargins selling genuine Kingston flash drives on ebay?

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Seller jakesbargins says in this ebay auction for a 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 101 flash drive:

KINGSTON DATA TRAVELER DT102 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive *** New, Unopened, in Retail Package ***

Authentic OEM Genuine Kingston Flash Drive! With the Serial & Model numbers stamped on the hub. These are NOT the Fake USB flash drives that are produced in China! How can you tell if it’s a Fake before you buy it?

The easiest way to find out is to ask the seller if has the Serial & Model numbers stamped in the metal hub. If it does not, It’s a FAKE! If you do not get a reply, DON’T buy it! All OEM Kingston flash drives have the serial & model number stamped in the metal hub.

Other than the slightly innapropriate use of the term “OEM” with reference to USB flash drives we wouldn’t disagree with what jakesbargins says about spotting fake Kingston flash drives before you buy. This ebay seller correctly identifies China as the source of fake flash drives and quite rightly identifies the lack of engraving on the USB connector as a sure sign of a fake Kingston flash drive.

However, the fraudsters in China are becoming ever more aware of the visual clues that give fakes away. In recent months there have been reports of counterfeit Kingston flash drives having engraving on the connector and serial numbers. We advise anyone buying a Kingston flash drive to try verifying the serial number with Kingston – if the serial number cannot be verified then you have a fake capacity counterfeit.

Given this seller’s knowledge of the fake flash problem either the flash drive in this ebay auction is a genuine Kingston (in which case someone may get a bargain – see here for Kingston’s price for these) or jakesbargins is knowingly selling fakes and relying on ebayers not to either try verifying the serial number with Kingston or testing with h2testw.

It would be nice to find that this seller’s Kingston flash drives are genuine, we are sick of seeing fakes on ebay and despair about how few genuine sellers there seem to be. However, it looks rather as though the seller is making a bit of a loss overall if they are genuine by listing things at auction.

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

August 22, 2010 at 10:20 AM

If flash memory is genuine ebayer dark-rider-2008 risks loss on sales

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Seller dark-rider-2008 risks a loss on sales by selling a variety of flash drives and memory cards at auction if the items are genuine as auctions often end with a fairly low price.

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

August 6, 2010 at 6:49 AM

Test flash memory items from ebay seller jasdow2002 with h2testw

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We advise anyone who buys a USB flash drive or MP player from ebay seller jasdow2002 with h2testw. It looks as though items from this seller are shipped from China. Most flash memory items shipped from China are fakes so there is a strong possibility that the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives in this ebay listing will be fake capacity counterfeits and the MP players from this seller could well be fakes too.

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 mayberry_van, a devious ebay flash memory seller in China

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The 16GB USB flash drives in the ebay listing above from ebay seller mayberry_van would be a good buy if they were not fake capacity ones that corrupt files being sold by a devious seller in China.

However, at a buy it now price of £26.99 the 32GB SD cards (shown left) are just a bit too cheap to be true so these are more obvious fakes. Be warned! Flash memory items from ebay seller mayberry_van will trash your 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 11, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Looks like seller may have made loss on ebay auction for 4GB Sandisk

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If this 4GB Sandisk USB flash drive sold by USA ebayer mathstar3 is genuine then we suspect the seller made a loss on the ebay auction. This has not put the seller off auctioning another one (item number 270561892135) on ebay. Either this seller is not much of a star at maths or…

Most USB flash drives (and other flash memory items) sold on ebay can be traced back to fraudulent suppliers in China. The USB flash drives from such suppliers are counterfeit and fake capacity; leading to lost and corrupted files. We wonder whether mathstar3 is yet another ebayer who bought from a fraudulent supplier.

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 12, 2010 at 10:55 PM

Did you buy a Sandisk micro SD card from fashionuniononline?

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An ebay member has reported that this 2GB SanDisk micro SD memory card from ebay seller fashionuniononline failed testing with h2testw. It seems to be defective rather than fake capacity, but as 500 of these have been sold from the listing shown above (item number 370185149553) it is likely that there are other ebayers who got defective cards.

There is one thing we find rather odd – the buyer who reported in tells us that although the location given for the seller is given as Leeds, United Kingdom the return address shown on the envelope is a Post Office Box in Ipswitch. In feedback some buyers said fashionuniononline is not a UK seller and the fact that the seller’s name seems to be Feng Ping tends to support this suggestion. It seems that quite a few people have had problems with memory cards from this seller.

We strongly advise anyone who bought flash memory items from fashionuniononline to test them immediately with the free program h2testw as defective flash memory can cause data loss.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

April 12, 2010 at 12:40 PM

UK seller with suspiciously high number of used flash drives

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We find the large number of used flash drives listed by ipazy a bit odd. It makes us a bit suspicious. We strongly advise anyone who bought a flash drive from this seller to test it immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

March 9, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Looks as though this ebayer in Australia shopped in fake flash drive

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We think this 16GB USB flash drive listed on ebay Australia looks highly suspect and will prove to be a fake from China.

There are a huge number of fake capacity flash drives produced in China, some of which are generic ones like this and others of which are copies of brand name items (counterfeits) – either way a fake capacity flash drive corrupts files once the true capacity (usually under 2GB) is exceeded.

There are two things that make us suspect these are fakes – the packaging (which we have seen used for fakes before, though it might sometimes be used for genuine drives) and the little capacity sticker – which we have only ever seen on fake flash drives, never genuine ones.

This brings us to the conclusion that zoea09 bought from one of the many fraudulent wholesale outlets that supply fake capacity flash memory items.

If this is the case the seller may be unaware of the fact that these are almost certainly fakes.

Advice for ebay sellers – please do your research carefully before buying flash memory to sell on ebay. Don’t take it for granted that what is shown by the operating system is correct – if you bought fakes, then it won’t be. Always test flash memory items properly before listing them for sale.

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.

If 4GB Sandisk flash drive on ebay Australia is genuine ebayer risks making a loss

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If this 4GB Sandisk USB flash drive is genuine then seller labsew risks making a loss on the sale. If it is not a genunine Sandisk flash drive then it will be fake capacity and will corrupt files. We notice that this seller has a lot of different models of flash drive for sale. If one proves to be fake then it is likely that all will be fake.

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

February 25, 2010 at 9:18 AM

32GB Sandisk USB flash drives on ebay UK seem a little cheap

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These 32GB Sandisk flash drives on ebay UK seem a little on the cheap side given that the price of flash memory has been rising over the last few months. We hope seller woolieback has not fallen into the trap of buying from one of the fraudulent wholesale outlets that supply counterfeit and fake capacity items.

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

February 19, 2010 at 10:35 PM

we think this UK ebayer bought 8GB USB flash drives from fraudulent wholesaler

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We think the 8GB USB flash drive pictured in this ebay listing by 8231debbie will prove to be fake capacity. If we are right this means this USB flash drive corrupts files. Why do we think this? Because this is one of the models commonly supplied by fraudulent wholesalers in the far east. Many ebay sellers have unwittingly bought fakes that corrupt files from these suppliers without being aware that there is such a thing as fake flash memory.

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 your buyers 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

February 15, 2010 at 11:38 AM

We suspect this 4GB leather type flash drive may corrupt files

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This particular model of USB flash drive usually turns out to be fake capacity with the result that it corrupts files. We hope that UK seller kicaj888 tested these drives with h2testw to ensure that this is not the case with the ones he or she listed for sale. The seller also has other models of flash drive for sale – we strongly advise all ebay sellers to thoroughly test any flash drives they pland to sell on ebay as there are a lot of fraudulent wholesale outlets supplying fakes.

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

February 2, 2010 at 7:52 AM

If Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives are genuine this ebay seller seems to be making a loss

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Ebay seller setar2009 has sold quite a large number of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB Kingston USB flash drives in ebay auctions. If they are genuine then we think this seller is making a loss overall. This makes us wonder if they could be counterfeits from a fraudulent supplier. If this seller’s USB flash drives are counterfeit they will corrupt files after a while. If they are counterfeits the seller may well not be aware of it.

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

January 28, 2010 at 5:22 AM

Seller on ebay USA seems to have fallen into dropshipping trap

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Ebay seller pcdepotsell appears to have fallen into the trap of becoming involved in dropshipping USB flash drives for a supplier in Hong Kong. Sellers who get involved in dropshipping operations never clap eyes on the items they sell. This is particularly dangerous in the case of flash memory items such as USB flash drives as the seller has no opportunity to test the merchandise.

We advise ebay sellers to steer clear of dropshipping – you have no idea what sort of crud your buyers will receive. In the case of flash memory items shipped out of Hong Kong or Singapore they will almost certainly be fake capacity items that corrupt files.

We advise ebay buyers to steer clear of any listings in which the item location does not match the seller location. This probably means the seller has not examined the goods they are selling and you are likely to get counterfeit (or otherwise fake) merchandise.

Above all where flash memory is concerned we advise everyone 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

January 19, 2010 at 11:37 PM

If 2GB Optima USB flash drives are genuine they are very cheap

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If the 2GB USB flash drives sold on ebay by mattyboycl50 are genuine then they are remarkably cheap and we can’t see how the seller could possibly make any profit on the sales.

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

January 17, 2010 at 12:35 PM

UK ebay member lists patently fake USB flash drive

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This flash drive listed for sale by UK ebay member hmida76 is patently a fake that will corrupt the buyer’s files. There is no such thing as a 120GB USB flash drive – by which we mean something of the size you can put on a keyring or lanyard.

There are hard drives of this capacity that connect via a USB cable but you would find it darned inconvenient to put something this big on your keyring or a lanyard (if you even could – as they are not designed that way) and you would probably look very silly indeed, if you found a way to do it!!

This is perhaps is demonstrated by the (admittedly bad) little picture on the left of the smallest size of portable hard drive (dimensions rather than capacity) that connects via USB ports possesed by the author of this post. It is shown with a lanyard and the author’s car keys.

At least perhaps the photo demonstrates the difference between a USB flash drive and a portable hard drive that connects to the computer via a USB cable! Would you want to wear something like this round your neck or carry it on your keyring?? I certainly wouldn’t.

This is the only type of portable drive that comes in 120GB capacity.

USB flash drives like the one pictured in the listing at the top of this post do not come in this capacity – the closest is 128GB and a genuine one would probably cost you £300 or more. Anyone who buys high capacity flash memory on ebay is asking for trouble. Please folks – do your research before you buy anywhere (not just ebay) either for yourself or – even more importantly – to sell to others.

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 your customers) run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 26, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Are these 8GB Sandisk USB drives on ebay UK genuine?

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rat2725cars

These 8GB Sandisk USB flash drives seem a little on the cheap side and we wonder how rat2725cars could possibly make a profit at £13.00 with free P&P. The only way we can see this being possible is if rat2725cars has buying power similar to a large Internet based retailer like newegg.com.

The big e-tailers like newegg buy in huge bulk and sell with a small profit margin. We can’t see that anyone on ebay could easily compete with them, given the ebay and paypal fees involved in each sale.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

November 20, 2009 at 5:23 PM

If this flash drive is genuine then the seller may make a loss

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grdmomsattic

If this 32GB USB flash drive and the 16GB PNY one listed by grdmomsattic are genuine then the seller risks making a loss on both by selling them at auction with low start prices. Members of the fightflashfraud team wonder if these might prove to be fakes that corrupt users’ 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

November 20, 2009 at 7:06 AM

US ebay seller with slightly cheap Sandisk warns of fakes

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foxm300nrt

Seller foxm300nrt warns against fakes in this listing for 32GB Sandisk Cruzer flash drives but we wonder whether the seller has actually checked that the drives sold in this listing are in fact genuine as the price seems a little on the low side.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

November 20, 2009 at 1:14 AM

Seller in Canada with suspect flash drives listed on ebay USA

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bagger863520 Seller bagger863520 sold a number of the 16gb USB flash drives shown on the left. We are sure they are fake capacity drives that will corrupt users’ files.

We think this because all flash drives with shiny capacity stickers like the one in the picture that were tested by the fightflashfraud team failed testing with h2testw. Most had a true capacity of under 2GB. We suspect that bagger863520 is using dropshipping because the seller states:

Normal delivery takes 10 to 25 business days

This suggests the flash drives are sent directly from a supplier in China – giving bagger863520 no chance to check that the merchandise is genuine. Please sellers – do not get involved in dropshipping; you don’t know what sort of rubbish you may end up selling!

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

November 19, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Suspect looking 16GB USB flash drives on ebay USA

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treasureustnTwo things make us very suspicious about these 16GB USB flash drives listed by seller treasureustn on ebay USA.

Firstly we have seen fakes in this packaging before (and we haven’t come across any genuine flash drives in it) and secondly the picture shows a tell-tale shiny capacity sticker which we have only ever seen on fakes.

The seller has other models of flash drive for sale so we think that treasureustn bought from one of the many fraudulent wholesale suppliers out there who supply fake capacity flash drives that trash users’ files.

The seller may be totally unaware of the fake flash problem – perhaps someone could suggest that treasureustn tests his or her stock with h2testw. We think this will show a capacity of 4GB or less.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

November 17, 2009 at 3:19 PM

USA ebay member auctions dodgy looking 16GB flash drives

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affordablehighqualityitems

The 16GB USB flash drives listed at auction by affordablehighqualityitems seem to be the same type previously sold by other ebay members in the USA which proved to be fake capacity. We suspect that these (as previously) came from a dodgy supplier in the far east and will be fakes that corrupt users’ files. The seller may have no idea there is likely to be a problem – sadly most sellers know little about flash memory items.

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

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 12, 2009 at 9:45 AM

We doubt if these 64GB USB flash drives on ebay USA are genuine

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kchimoun

We don’t see how anyone could afford to risk listing a number of genuine 64GB flash drives with a start price of $19.99. This is below what it would cost to manufacture one. We can only assume that seller kchimoun purchased these from one of the fraudulent wholesalers selling fakes that corrupt users’ 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 12, 2009 at 5:08 AM

4GB Kingston USB flash drives on ebay Canada a bargain?

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futuregood

If these 4GB USB 2.0 Hi-Speed DataTraveler 102 flash drives listed by futuregood are genuine we will be surprised as they are almost half the price advertised by Kingston and beat even newegg’s price.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

November 5, 2009 at 9:45 AM

64GB Sandisk Ultra Backup on ebay UK is far too cheap.

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We think the 64GB Sandisk Ultra Backup USB flash drives listed on ebay by wirelessadvisor will prove to be counterfeit and fake capacity. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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m4ynk

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

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

November 5, 2009 at 12:11 AM

These 16GB Sandisk flash drives on ebay seem a bit cheap

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mar_direct

These 16GB Sandisk flash drives sold by mar_direct seem a little on the cheap side. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by fightflashfraud

October 14, 2009 at 4:30 PM

We suspect that these Kingston flash drives are counterfeit

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lawmore-products-dt200We strongly suspect that the Kingston flash drives listed on ebay by Lawmore Products (ebay ID lawmore-products) will prove to be counterfeit and fake capacity.

The seller is apparently dropshipping at the moment whilst awaiting a consignment from China. Read the rest of this entry »

UK ebay member auctions DataTraveler 200 flash drives

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stevenwebster2009

If the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives listed by stevenwebster2009 are genuine the seller is risking making a big loss by auctioning them. Buyers should check serial numbers with Kingston to make sure.

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

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

Written by fightflashfraud

October 3, 2009 at 6:15 AM

Seller in Germany auctions 16GB Sandisk flash drives on ebay

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der-preisknacker1987

If the 16GB Sandisk flash drives listed on ebay Germany by der-preisknacker1987 are genuine the seller is risking a loss by auctioning them as they could easily be sold at a loss. We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

September 28, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Do we have another ebay gremlin from Hong Kong here?

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hi2echworks

gremlin2sMost listings by hi2echworks for MP players are auctions with a low start price and massive postage.

This listing was one of the few exceptions – did the seller just forget to add the postage?

The MP player in this listing sold for £10.50 with free P&P – which would have been a fantastic bargain for the buyer if it was genuine.
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Written by fightflashfraud

September 25, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Are these 64GB Corsair flash drives on ebay genuine or not?

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4erni4ka89

If the flash drives being sold by 4erni4ka89 are genuine 64GB Corsair Voyager flash drives then they are a bargain. If they are not then users will find themselves with lost and corrupted files after a while.

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

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

Written by fightflashfraud

September 23, 2009 at 6:00 PM

This Sandisk Ultra Backup flash drive on ebay seems too cheap

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budzikovski

The 16GB Sandisk Ultra Backup flash drives listed by budzikovski on ebay seem a bit on the cheap side for this particular model – if they are genuine then they are a bargain.

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

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

Written by fightflashfraud

September 23, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Seller using private listings to sell flash drives on ebay

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wpw21wpw

We wonder why, if the flash drives sold by wpw21wpw are genuine, the seller is using private listings. We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

September 22, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Ebayer auctions 4GB Sandisk Cruzer flash drives on ebay

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david1young

Unlike some sellers auctioning flash drives it seems that so far (asuming that they are genuine) seller david1young has at least managed to break even in auctions for these 4GB Sandisk USB flash drives.

Nevertheless, this seems a very risky strategy for anyone with genuine new flash memory items. This seller has only managed this by setting the postage rather on the high side but if a few sold at the start price the seller would make a loss.

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

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

Written by fightflashfraud

September 22, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Are these 4GB Sandisk Cruzer flash drives on ebay genuine?

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jds-gold-numbers

If these 4GB Sandisk Cruzer flash drives are genuine then seller jds-gold-numbers seems to be selling these at a loss overall by auctioning them with such a low start price.

If I found myself making a loss on most of the flash drives I sold by auctioning I’d swap to buy it now and choose a price that gave me a small profit margin – wouldn’t you?

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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September 21, 2009 at 9:00 PM

Are these leather clad flash drives on ebay genuine?

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hotdealsuk

We wonder whether these flash drives sold by UK powerseller hotdealsuk in 4GB and 8GB capacity are genuine. We know that these are often fake capacity as several members of the frankenflash project possess these in various fake capacities up to 32GB. We would like to hear from any buyers who have tested them with h2testw – did they pass the test or fail?

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

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

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September 21, 2009 at 10:30 AM

1GB flash drive with free upgrade to 2GB?? We don’t think so!

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discjunkie_2008

What on earth does seller discjunkie_2008 mean by free upgrade to 2GB?? You can’t upgrade a flash drive. It’s either a 1GB flash drive or it’s a 2GB 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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September 18, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Very curious listings for Kingston flash drives on ebay

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amadiokpo

Recently Kingston and other manufacturers have been gradually discontinuing lower capacity flash drives as consumer demand moves towards higher capacities. The drive shown in listings by UK seller amadiokpo seem to show one such drive -except we think it is probably not a genuine Kingston.

The model in question has always been colour coded according to capacity. Genuine USB flash drives of this type with green parts were 2GB – lower capacities were different colours. Kingston have discontinued all flash drives in this range below 4GB.

Fraudsters in China mass produced copies of the green and white 2GB model and programmed them to show all sorts of fake capacities from 16GB to 64GB. These dangerous fakes have been sold through fraudulent wholesalers for a long time.

They were also sold on ebay (either by fraudsters in China or by ebay members around the world who bought from fraudulent wholesalers) for a long time. Indeed, they still crop up on ebay occasionally at high fake capacities.

The green and white model is now (like the lower capacity blue and white and brown and white) consigned to Kingston history. We should not see too many ebay listings for these as 8GB, 16GB or higher in future. Now to the interesting bit!

How did UK ebay member amadiokpo come to list these as 265mb and 16GB as well as what one would expect (2GB) if they were genuine old 2GB Kingston stock being cleared out? No doubt members of the fightflashfraud team and other branches of the frankenflash project will already have guessed our thoughts!

At a guess it goes like this. The fraudsters in China were left with a mass of counterfeit drives of this type that had programmed to fake capacities left on their hands. They obviously could not get away with selling them as high capacity drives anymore – too many people knew the truth. What to do now??

Obvious – re-program them (yet again) but to a much lower capacity. However – each time a drive is reprogrammed in this way the fraud will be discovered sooner as the illusion of higher capacity becomes more difficut to maintain.

Only one way to go – program them much closer to the the true reamaining useable capacity (or even the actual remaining useable capacity) and get rid of them in bulk. What do we conclude – that these drives will have a short life although initially it may be possible to save close to the advertised capacity on them.

We think the drives may well be useable for small files you want to access elswhere (such as a word document that you want to access or print out on different computers when you are on the move) in the short term as long as you have the files backed up elsewehere – but we wouldn’t trust them with anything important!

We’d be interested to know if our conclusions prove correct.

We hope the seller and/or buyers test them with h2testw and let us know what they found.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 15, 2009 at 9:00 AM

These 32GB memory sticks sold on ebay must be fake capacity

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hababou1275

Seller hababou1275, registered on ebay France, has sold many of these 32GB memory sticks in private auctions on ebay. If they were genuine the seller would be hugely out of pocket as he or she would have made a loss on almost every sale.

As the seller is still listing in private auctions with a low start price we can only conclude that these are fake capacity items purchase from a fraudulent wholesaler. After all – would you keep selling things if you were losing money on every single sale? No? We don’t think hababou1275 would either – therefore they must have been purchased at a price so low that it is impossible for them to be genuine.

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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September 4, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Hong Kong seller with Data Traveler in private ebay auctions

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jk_holdings

The use of private auctions by seller jk_holdings makes us think these DataTraveler flash drives may be counterfeit and 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.

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August 30, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Are these 16GB MP3/MP4 players on ebay genuine?

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tinfish53

These MP3/MP4 players sold by UK seller tinfish53 seem a bit on the cheap side to us which makes us wonder if they came from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers in the orient who sell fake capacity items. Many UK ebayers have bought flash drives, memory cards and MP players to sell on ebay from such suppliers without being aware they were fakes. We hope tinfish53 took the precaution of testing flash memory items with h2tesw before offering them for sale on ebay. If not then this seller is at risk of landing in the brown sticky stuff with negative feedback and the possibility of suspension by 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.

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August 28, 2009 at 10:45 AM

If these flash drives are genuine why are the ebay listings private?

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alam2012

If these flash drives from ebay seller alam2012 are genuine why did this ebayer swap to private listings? People who do this usually have something to hide.

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 25, 2009 at 12:59 PM

A seller registered on ebay China with suspect flash memory

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lalatoto.li

We suspect that these 32GB SD Memory cards listed by powerseller lalatoto.li may be fake capacity and strongly advise buyers to test them with the free program h2testw.

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

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August 16, 2009 at 9:37 PM

64GB flash drive listed with low start price by US ebayer

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mehranpbc818

The start prices of flash drives listed by US ebay seller mehranpbc818 seem a bit low which makes us wonder if they are genuine. 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 12, 2009 at 9:00 PM

32GB Sandisk Cruzer flash drive sold in ebay private auction

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jackbauerwouldnttakethis

If this drive is genuine then seller jackbauerwouldnttakethis seems to have made a loss on the transaction. The use of a private auction makes us suspect that it could be a counterfeit. 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 7, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Is 16GB Integral Crypto flash drive in ebay auction genuine?

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mrgibstonEbay member mrgibston is offering these flash drives at auction with a start price of £24. We think they would probably cost more than this wholesale if they are genuine.

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 6, 2009 at 10:32 AM

This ebay seller is taking a big risk if flash memory is genuine

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rilainey

Ebay seller rilainey as listed a range of flash memory items at auction. If the seller’s items are genuine then the seller is taking a big risk as he or she could end up very out of pocket! 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 4, 2009 at 6:00 PM

UK ebay member risks financial loss if this flash drive is genuine

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sugarglass

If the Sandisk flash drive listed at auction on ebay by UK member sugarglass is genuine then this member is risking making a loss on sales. 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 4, 2009 at 9:31 AM

These 32GB Integral flash drives seem a bit on the cheap side

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radarmorganbrady

UK seller radarmorganbrady is offering these 32GB flash drives on ebay at a price below what we would expect. A bargain if they prove to be genuine. 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 4, 2009 at 6:00 AM

Are this ebay seller’s Kingston flash drives genuine?

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coolchoose

UK based ebay member coolchoose is offering 3 models of 16GB Kingston USB flash drives at auction with a start price of £12. If they are genuine the seller risks making a loss on them.

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August 2, 2009 at 7:43 AM

Are these 64GB DataTraveler Drives genuine or counterfeit

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nallison1974

UK ebay seller states in this listing:

GENUINE NOT FROM CHINA LIKE ALOT OF THE OTHERS

We hope this is true. Buyers can check the serial numbers with Kingston to find out whether or not they are genuine. If they are counterfeit they will fail testing with h2testw. 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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July 27, 2009 at 11:20 AM

UK ebayer auctions off an odd mixture of flash drives

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damtowers

UK ebay member damtowers seems to have acquired a very mixed bag of flash drives somewhere (car boot sale perhaps?) a few of which are shown above. These are being auctioned off on ebay – looks as though some may be genuine but others seem to be fake. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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July 8, 2009 at 1:14 PM

UK seller of dodgy flash drives – beware of this item.

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nextvision4gb

UK seller nextvision-uk has a dodgy supplier and the drives sold can not be trusted. The seller claims they are tested with h2testw to give buyers confidence. An enquiry by a buyer whose drive failed the test got the response that 10% of the drives are tested.

Seller nextvision-uk asked the buyer to return the drive for a replacement. The buyer duly did so when nextvision-uk assured the buyer a tested replacement would be provided. The buyer did not get the promised working replacement, instead nextvision-uk refunded the buyer and requested a transaction cancellation.

This suggests to us that nexvision-uk could not find a reliable drive to send to the buyer. What most people do not realise is that the low grade chips used in cheap flash drives (even those that have not been fraudulently programmed) have a high failure rate. Testing is absolutely essential otherwise there is a high risk of data loss.

The flash drive our buyer got did not seem to have been fraudulently programmed. However, it failed h2testw due to bad sectors on the drive – very common with low grade chips. This would eventually lead to problems with the drive – it is likely that at some point files would begin to be lost or corrupted and there is a high risk of the drive failing altogether.

This seller previously sold own-brand flash drives which, according to a test carried out by a buyer, used low-grade 2GB chips fraudulently programmed by the supplier to show in the operating system as 8GB. The seller eventually withdrew these fakes from sale though we doubt very much that he refunded all his buyers.

You can see the original post about this seller here – it indicates some rather fishy goings-on. We wouldn’t trust this seller as far as we could throw him.

As always 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 2, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Suspect 64GB Kingston listed by ebayer in Australia

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olds0416

Is olds0416 someone that can afford to risk a huge financial loss by listing genuine 64GB Kingston flash drives that would have cost over one hundred Australian dollars with a start price of 99p? We suspect these are counterfeits produced by fraudsters in China. The seller probably bought them from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers in China at a lot less than a genuine drive would cost.

Unfortunately though they look like the real Kingston drives the resemblance is purely cosmetic. For a start the counterfeits have a tiny amount of memory (and some don’t even have a flash chip in them at all) – using one will cause the buyer to lose their files. Some poor ebayers lost all their family photos using such drives. Irreplacable. Perhaps someone should warn the seller and suggest downloading h2testw and testing the drives. If you bought one you should test it immediately with h2testw – you are at grave risk of losing your files!

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

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May 12, 2009 at 3:45 AM

ebay seller in Germany has been shopping in fake flash land

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This flash drive being sold by ebayer 1bossboss1 (registered in Germany) looks like a fake to the team at fightflashfraud. The packaging is commonly used by Chinese fraudsters as are the shiny little stickers showing the capacity they fraudelently programmed the drive to.

These flash drives are sold by many fraudulent wholesalers in China. The seller probably went shopping in fake flash land without being aware of this. Perhaps some kind ebayer in Germany will alert the seller to the fact that this drive is almost certainly fake. The seller can check with the program h2testw – what is shown in the properties window is meaningless.

1bossboss1

Please ebayers, If you are thinking of selling flash memory items on ebay do your research first!! If you bought one you should test it immediately with h2testw – you are at grave risk of losing your files!

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

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May 11, 2009 at 9:07 PM

8GB USB flash drive with suspect packaging listed by US ebayer

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chekel2007 The seller of this item states in the listing:

ITEMS ARE BRAND NEW USB 8GB FLASH DRIVES. NOT A CHEAP FAKE. GUARANTEED TO HOLD ABOUT 7.80 GB, WHICH IS THE NORM FOR AN 8GB DRIVE.

However, we suspect that all chekel2007 did was check what size the operating sysem saw. If (as we suspect) this is a much smaller drive that has been fraudulently programmed then all the operating system shows you is what the fraudster wants you to see. Why do we suspect this is fake? The packaging is familiar to us and all the flash drives we came across in this packaging turned out to be fake capacity. Sellers please test your drives properly before listing them on ebay. The easiest way is with h2testw. If you bought one you should test it immediately with h2testw – you are at grave risk of losing your files!

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

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May 10, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Ebay sellers of USB flash drives please take note!!

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Selling flash memory on ebay? Please read this!! Yet another ebayer (rexiho1987) who listed fake flash drives has been de-registered by ebay and had listings removed. Sellers please be aware that if you don’t check that your flash memory items are genuine this is likely to happen to you. If you plan to sell brand name USB flash drives check the models offered on the company’s web site – if the drives you are thinking of selling are not an exact match with a drive on the company’s web site then the item is counterfeit and undoubtedly fake capacity. There is a simple way to test the capacity of flash memory items – use the free program h2testw

More fake USB flash drives listed on eBay by UK sellers.

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The picture below shows a fake USB flash drive listed by UK seller  sue-hawk.  This seller was warned the item is fake but seems either not to have understood the significance of the warning or is a deliberate fraudster. At the moment we do not know which for sure. Time will tell. We are inclined to think that this ebayer has simply acted foolishly. Suffice it to say that this flash drive  is not (as advertised by the seller) a 64GB drive and the buyer will lose their files after a while if  he or she uses it.

sue-hawk1

There seem to be a large number of UK sellers who have recently bought fake flash drives to re-sell on Ebay. If you are a seller who has been warned by another ebayer that your item is fake – pay attention!!

Selling such items is a criminal offence and you could land in prision if  you continue with the sale once you have been warned that the item is fake.  There is no excuse.  If you have been told an item is a fake you should remove it from sale immediately.

Selling flash memory on Ebay. Test your items!

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We at fightflashfraud strongly advise any ebayer planning to sell a flash memory item such as a memory card, MP3 or MP4 player, USB flash drive etc to test the item with h2testw BEFORE YOU LIST IT – otherwise you may find yourself out of pocket when you find out too late that your items were fake. You are then in the position of having lost money on listing fees, post and packing etc when you refund buyers as well the money you wasted on buying fakes! Everyone should learn to test all flash items they buy with h2testw immediately they arrive!

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February 7, 2009 at 1:49 PM