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beware; USB flash drives from ebay seller ovino51 likely fakes

Seller ovino51 has listed a number of different models of USB flash drive at auction on ebay and we strongly suspect that they are fakes. We think anyone who buys a USB flash drive from this ebay seller will discover it is fake capacity and corrupts files. We also suspect there is a link between the ebay IDs ovino51 and scott92214.

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.

another dodgy ebay listing from elmonte91731 for 256GB flash drive

Seller elmonte91731 is at it again with the dodgy flash drive listings on ebay. In this listing the seller states:

It is not a brand name Flash drive, but high quality product.

Oh yeah elmonte91731? Pull the other one – this is a poorly disguised counterfeit Kingston DataTraveler 310 USB flash drive which corrupts 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.

Is 256GB DT310 flash drive from ebayer faithpeterson619 genuine?

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We think there is a snowball’s chance in hell that this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive (ebay item number 280606220970) being auctioned on ebay by faithpeterson619 is genuine. This listing looks remarkably similar to that from atruth (item number 160521137654) – could these nice sounding ebayers be one and the same person with less than honourable intentions?

Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, guarantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself guarantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted 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 your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

256GB flash drive from ebay seller bargainmarika is fake

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The 256GB flash drive in this ebay listing from bargainmarika is a fake – nowhere near 256GB capacity and as a result it corrupts 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 your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Test flash memory items from ebay seller jozron with h2testw now!

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Why would Hong Kong based seller jozron feel the need to use private ebay auctions for flash memory items? Usually when sellers do this the items are obviously too cheap to be genuine but items from this seller are not cheap!!

We wonder if this could be to hide what was sold in case of complaints – and it seems, looking at the seller’s feedback that there have been a few. We strongly advise anyone who bought a flash memory item (USB flash drive, memory card etc) from jozron to test immediately with the free program h2testw as we think you are at risk of data loss and corruption.

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.

used 128GB flash drive in ebay auction from wgate76 is a fake

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This leather and steel flash drive being auctioned on ebay by wgate76 is a fake – this model of flash drive is always fake capacity and corrupts files. We suspect the seller actually knows it is a fake as it looks rather as though the seller has attempted to hide something on the leather that would prove this beyond a doubt!

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.

yordi1010 tries slipping fake 256GB Kingston past ebay fraud detection?

We suspect that ebay seller yordi1010 is trying to slip through the (rather inefficent) ebay fraud detection system with this one day listing for a 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive. There is no way that anyone selling a genuinine one would put up a one day ebay auction with a start price of £20!

Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted 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 your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Test flash memory items bought on ebay from ktl2010 with h2testw

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We strongly suggest that anyone who bought a memory card or USB flash drive on ebay from ktl2010 tests it immediatelywith the free program h2testw as we think you run the risk of data loss and corruption otherwise.

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October 12, 2010 at 4:17 PM

kath5680 auctioning obvious fake 128GB flash drives on ebay

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The 128GB flash drive in this ebay auction from kath5680 is a notorious fake – the leather and steel model is always fake capacity and corrupts files. We suspect the seller knows these are fakes – why else cover up the bit on the package where it no doubt says Sony Vaio?

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.

buy it now price from sexythompson for DT310 flash drives too low

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The buy it now price in this ebay listing from sexythompson is too low for these 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives to be genuine. This seller also has a number of auctions for these.

The seller gives the location as Luton, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom in listings but is registered in the United States and no items from this seller are listed on ebay UK. Looks thoroughly dodgy to us!! Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted 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 your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Kingston DataTraveler flash drives in ebay auctions from emerald48s

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The discontinued model of Kingston flash drive in this ebay listing was never made in 64GB capacity – the highest capacity it was ever produced in was 32GB. The 32GB one from emerald48s (ebay item number 150498502721) is the wrong colour to be genuine.

As both these are obvious fakes this leads us to conclude that all the Kingston flash drives being auctioned by emerald48s are fake capacity counterfeits and a fake capacity flash drive always corrupts files. The use of private listings makes us wonder if this seller may be aware they are 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.

UPDATE 02/10/2010
This obvious fake sold for £36.52. Given the response (shown below) from emerald48s to a message sent by a concerned ebayer warning the seller this is flash drive was fake we would advise ebay buyers to avoid this seller like the plague!!

Okay, I appreciate your concern. I am simply selling a working 64GB used flash drive. I know it works because I have used it. I have no interest in whether it is a fake or original as I am not qualified to tell.

Also, I am not a Kingston rep and no very little about their products, what they made or did not make. I have already 22gb worth of movie files on there which the winning bidder will get. If you want to join the fight flash fraud, good luck as every product is made in China, Taiwan or Hong Kong.

I lived and worked in China and the far east, there is no such thing as an original, just company endorsements and year on year warranty, what you call a fake you can find in Walmart or Dixons for twice the price, only no one questions their fakes because they offer you warranty.

Note, if the item does not work I am happy to refund, however I won’t be drawn into the fake original battle knowing what I know. Thanks again, sorry for being direct. If you are unsure you will get working item, don’t bid but please stop fighting lost causes, before long all these firms you so respect will be Chinese owned, what will you do then?

Seller emerald48s is right about one thing – Walmart have sold fake flash drives in the past (in the USA around Christmas 2009 if memory serves right) as have some other retailers in Europe and elsewhere – a reason why we always advise buyers to test with h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased.

As to the rest of what the seller says – absolute tripe! You can bet your bottom dollar that any flash drive sold on ebay by emerald48s will be a fake capacity counterfeit – here’s the most recent listing (ebay item number 150500252835 if you want to have a look) – we think there is absolutely no chance of the buyer being able to play all the movies “saved” to this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive:

Dodgy ebay listings for Kingston USB flash drives from aimmemory

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Seller aimmemory has quite a number of private one day “for charity” ebay auctions for Kingston flash drives on ebay. We are fairly certain that the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 300 flash drive in this listing and others will prove to be a fake capactity counterfeit. Apart from anything else the seller specifically says in the listing above:

Please note that this USB is made in china, in sealed factory package and not tested, therefore no returns are allowed.

Hardly a statement of confidence in the product is it? It seems likely that the 64GB Kingston Datatraveler (ebay item 220673379045 and others) listed by this seller will also be fake capacity counterfeits.

Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted 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 your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

mjc1881 auctions fake 32GB flash drive purchased on ebay

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It appears that this known model of fake flash drive listed at auction by mjc1881 was purchased by the seller for £19.99 with free P&P from moon.pyter – an impossibly low price for a genuine flash drive.

We published an article about moon.pyter back on the 8th of August when we spotted a listing for this known model of fake flash drive in 16GB capacity. It appears mjc1881 that also bought the 16GB version (for £12.99 with free postage) from moon.pyter.

If there is anything we think worse than the fake flash sellers from China it is ebayers elsewhere who try to re-sell the fakes they bought from sellers in the far east.

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.

pardoe2010 sells off fake flash drives from China on ebay

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This group of three flash drives sold by pardoe2010 on ebay are certain to be fake capacity which corrupts files. The seller told us in the listing:

16 GB USB MEMORY FLASH DRIVE x3
ALL THREE MEMORY STICKS HAVE BEEN FORMATTED
THESE WERE BOUGHT FROM CHINA A FEW MONTHS BACK AND HAVE BEEN SAT IN MY DRAW SINCE, I ONLY EVER USED THEM FOR PICS AND MP3 MUSIC.

THERES FAR TO MUCH MEMORY FOR WHAT I NEED.

HOWEVER , I AM SELLING THESE ITEMS AS SPARES OR REPAIRS.
JUST FOR THE FACT THAT THEY’VE BEEN SAT IN MY DRAW FOR AGES.

ANYONE WHO BIDS ON THESE ITEMS MUST KNOW THAT THERE ARE NO RETURNS.

This is not the first group of 3 fakes from China sold by pardoe2010.

Someone should call an ambulance as seller must be suffering first degree burns in the nether regions! We wouldn’t touch a flash drive from pardoe2010 with a barge pole.

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.

looking for a particular ebay seller?

If you are looking for a particular ebay seller either because you bought from them or because you suspect they may be selling fake flash memory just enter the seller’s ebay ID in the search box on the right.

If we have not published about a seller you are suspicious of see the Report suspect ebay sellers page, if you bought a fake from a seller we haven’t written about see the Report Fakes and Counterfeits page.

You will find links to these pages at the top of the right hand column.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 19, 2010 at 9:34 AM

cheeky_vimto selling fake DT150 flash drive in private ebay auction

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It seems that seller cheeky_vimto bought this counterfeit 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drive from suspended ebay fake flash fraudster sky.huchun. This seller says in the listing:

Hi, I’ve bought this 64GB USB stick as a “sample” from my supplier as I will be selling alot of USB sticks. I have therefore opened the package (will still send with the item) and tested it’s capacity and it is a 64GB (62.4GB to be precise).

As you all know, it’s usually £1 per GB + a few pounds more for posting so this should be about £65-70. I want just £45 including posting! Buy it now for a bargain! Will be posted next working day recorded delivery.

The use of a private ebay listing just makes it even more obvious that this seller should call the fire brigade to sort out his underwear.

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.

128GB Kingston DT200 flash drives from ebayer dlong18 likely fakes

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The 128GB Kingston DT200 flash drive in the ebay listing above was offered at auction with a low start price and a buy it now option at £50. It apparently sold on buy it now. We say apparently because we have seen many fake purchases on ebay. Whether or not this was a genuine sale the buy it now price was too low for this USB flash drive to be genuine. We are certain that it is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files.

Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted after a while.

If you bought a second hand flash drive that does not have the packaging the only thing you can do other than checking for engraving is to test the drive. There is no need to test the whole drive – most counterfeits have a real capacity of 4GB or less so testing up to 8GB should be sufficient to determine whether it is genuine or not.

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.

Private ebay auctions for flash memory from mr-mrs-wickerman

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When we see private ebay auctions for flash memory items like the one above from seller mr-mrs-wickerman it always makes us a little suspicious, especially when (as in this case) the photographs are poor. A bit of digging around the seller’s feedback and the items sold made us even more suspicious!

If you bought a flash memory item from ebay seller mr-mrs-wickerman we suggest you test it immediately with h2test as we think you are at risk of data loss and file corruption. Among the flash memory items sold on ebay by mr-mrs-wickerman were a number of 16GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives like the one below:

Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted after a while.

If you bought a second hand Kingston flash drive that does not have the packaging the only thing you can do other than checking for engraving is to test the drive. There is no need to test the whole drive – most counterfeits have a real capacity of 4GB or less so testing up to 8GB should be sufficient to determine whether it is genuine or not.

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.

Suspect an ebayer is selling fake flash drives, memory cards or MP players?

Fake flash memory is rife on ebay – if you suspect (or know) that someone is selling fake memory items (flash drives, MP player or memory cards) enter the seller ID in the search box in the right hand column. If nothing comes up then click on the Report suspect ebay sellers link near the top of the right hand column and give us the details requested. We will then investigate and, if we think you are right, we will publish an article.

If you bought from a seller mentioned on this blog test your item with the free program h2testw immediately – 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.

Bought a flash drive from danielleon25? It’s sure to be fake.

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Seller danielleon25 managed to sell several 32GB and 64GB Kingston USB flash drives at auction on ebay recently with out any picture whatsoever. We suspected that these were fake capacity counterfeits but it was difficult to be absolutely sure without a picture. However, a little digging revealed this obvious fake 128GB Kingston flash drive sold earlier in the month:

This discontinued model of flash drive was not made in 128GB capacity. What was sold in this ebay listing by danielleon25 was a fake capacity counterfeit. We conclude that the Kingston flash drives sold more recently in listings without any picture were also 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.

Beware: 32GB flash drives on ebay from keithhatch1 sure to be fake

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The 32GB USB flash drives in this ebay listing from keithhatch1 are certain to be fake capacity, which corrupts files. As this ebayer apparently previously sold counterfeit 32GB Kingston flash drives (buyers will find they can no longer see this item in their won list or access it from their feedback because ebay removed the listing – ’nuff said!) we suspect this seller is not simply an innocent victim of a fraudulent supplier.

We wouldn’t give you tuppence for the seller’s weasel words “BEST WARRANTY AROUND” or “YOU KNOW BY OUR FANTASTIC FEEDBACK THAT WE TAKE CARE OF OUR CUSTOMERS” – the seller only has 100% feedback because none of the customers who left feedback for the fakes previously sold realised before ebay removed the listing!

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.

pod-electronics lists notorious leather type flash drives on ebay

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The leather and steel type of flash drive in this ebay listing from pod-electronics is notorious. Every single one tested by members of our team (and others who have blogs about fake flash) has proved to be fake capacity, which corrupts files. We don’t think for a second that these are any different. Apart from anything else the picture shows the tell-tale shiny little capacity sticker commonly seen on fakes but never found on genuine flash drives.

Seller pod-electronics tells us in the listing that quality control procedures are rigourous:

All products you order go through stringent QC procedures before they are sent out. These procedures include: function testing to ensure products perform well and checking appearance and packaging.

We are inclined to agree with Victor’s thoughts about this!

If this seller’s quality control is so rigourous we wonder how the faulty phone a buyer left the negative comment “Product Faulty, stopped working after 3rd day of use, problem since 1st use” about slipped through.

We notice that seller has also had a number of listings like the one shown below:

In this listing pod-electronics said:

Welcome to my Cool Picture auction…
Each winner will receive a copy of my Cool picture Digitally by Email, upon payment and positive feedback!
I will then leave you GAURANTEED 100% positive feedback in return.
which is sent as soon as I check my feedback, usually within 12-24hrs
The starting bid of 1p is well worth it!
Please dont take the bids to high then its not worth it for you!
check my other items, more will be added as some finish.
Please be assured that this is a private listing so details of the auction title etc can not be seen in your feedback listing!
Please note we only accept PayPal
Please do not bid if your not going to pay!
You are buying a copy of my picture here Not the feedback!!
I will send you a copy of my cool picture as soon as I see the payment.
Warning !! Please wait 8 days after purchasing before purchasing again.

“You are buying a copy of my picture here Not the feedback!! “
Oh really? Hmm… do you think that Victor’s thoughts could apply equally to this statement?

Surely not … naturally, there is obviously absolutely no self-interest (such as positive feedback for buyers of such listings) by pod-electronics here, is there?? The seller is just a very kind person helping out ebay newbies (who sometimes suffer the problem of not being able to buy things because they have no feedback) isn’t he (or she) – of course!

Well folks, it’s up to you – want to risk buying a flash drive from this seller??? Upon your own head be 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.

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.

Unbeleivable ebay listing from werner123450_1 for 128GB flash drive

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We could hardly credit what we saw when we looked at this ebay listing from werner123450_1. Incredible. Surely no one will be foolish enough to bid on this item?? Or are we overestimating the intelligence of the general public??

We wonder – could this be the suspected counterfeit 128GB Corsair sold by dowi2777 on April 27th as defective (ebay item number 170475697308) on 27th April with the rubberised covering stripped away? Whether or not this listing is for that particular item anyone who bids on this needs their head examining!

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 29, 2010 at 11:24 AM

fastflashstore sells bulk lots of fake 32GB memory cards on ebay

We have suspected for a long time that fastflashstore was a fraudulent seller on ebay. This seller has now advertised bulk lots of 32GB memory cards on ebay that simply have to be fake capacity – at this buy it now price they simply couldn’t be anything else. A fake capacity flash memory item always corrupts files.

We have had a number of comments about computer memory (ram modules) from this seller being faulty and the lack of response to complaints. We wouldn’t touch any memory item from this ebay seller with a bargepole!! The use of private listings for such items is very suspicious – usually this is an indicator of deliberate fraud.

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 21, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Suspect ebay listing by stephan8er69 for 256GB DT310 flash drive

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Axel expressed some doubts about this ebay listing by stephan8er69 so we had a look – we find this listing rather suspect too, but for a more concrete reason than the riskily low starting bid price. We think this DataTraveler 310 is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. The seller states in this listing:

Hey every body I have here a brand new Kingston data traveler 310 2.0 256 gb flash drive. It’s the largest flash drive you can purches out on the market, I have just revived this for Christmas to use for my drafting course in school but turns out I bought a brand new computer instead. Now if you looking at this right now you already know the value of this (1000$) I’m selling it for much cheaper just because time are tough and I could use the money to get by. This is brand new never opened. Any questions please feel free to email me.

Thank you and remember Serious buyers only please!!!!!!!

Strange… we are sure that the Kingston DataTraveler 310 was not available in December 2009; in fact it wasn’t announced until February 18th – so did Christmas come somewhat later in Florida than everywhere else??

We think that the picture on the left illustrates our view of this sales pitch from stephan8er69. 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.

ebayer straughan.123 seems less than honest about this flash drive

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We think that ebay seller straughan.123 is being somewhat less than honest in this listing for a 16GB USB flash drive. The seller says:

Unwanted Birthday Present – 16GB Generic Flash Disk USB 2.0 Device (with swivel cap).
I have purchased an external hard drive, so I do not require a 16GB Mass Storage Device.
File System of device is FAT32, so the device can be used on all computers.
This product will be posted from the U.K. & not Asia as shown on most storage devices for sale on Ebay.
Free Postage:-)
Happy Bidding, Pick up a bargain!

Oh yes? Then why does feedback show that an identical looking 16GB flash drive was purchased on ebay from areema_design? And feedback from buyers suggests that the USB flash drives from areema_design are likely to be 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

May 5, 2010 at 4:44 PM

USB flash drives from ebayer 647voc – test immediately with h2testw

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The USB flash drive shown in this listing is notorious; it has always proved to be fake capacity and corrupts files as a result. We urge anyone who bought flash memory items on ebay from 647voc to test immediately with h2testw as we think all this seller’s flash memory items are likely to be fakes 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.

shenyun-china ebay seller of flash memory de-registered

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If you bought a flash memory item from shenyun-china you will probably find it has vanished from your won list as this seller is no longer a registered ebay user.

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 27, 2010 at 12:22 AM

ebay seller cry2503 charges more for postage than for flash drive!

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Seller cry2503 (registered on ebay Spain) is charging more for postage than for the 32GB flash drive in this listing. This makes us wonder whether or not these flash drives actually have the advertised 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

April 17, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Beware of MP players from ukpluseuro – suspect seller in the UK

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We have a feeling that the MP players listed on ebay UK by ukpluseuro will not have the advertised storage capacity. We think they are cheap fakes purchased from a wholesaler in China and that this seller knows it! This seller advertises this as a stock clearance – we don’t think so!!

Investigations by the fightflashfraud team suggest that this seller is connected to another UK seller who sold fake capacity flash drives until exposed by fightflashfraud and is probably still selling other dodgy flash memory items!

This member changed ebay ID three times in just over twelve months – now why would you do that??

The UK member we see connections with also changed ID several times. Do we have a little ebay fraud ring developing here?

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 23, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Private ebay auction from seller in Spain for 128GB Kingston

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Why is seller parasito10 using a private auction to sell this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive on ebay? Could it be that this seller is aware that this (ebay item number 260568224802) is fake? The seller shows a screenshot of the drive properties in the listing in an effort to demonstrate that it is genuine.

Such screenshots are totally meaningless – the properties shown are those the drive is programmed to show and have no relationship to the real capacity of flash memory. We are sure that this is a counterfeit fake capacity flash drive that corrupts files.

In the extremely unlikely case that we are wrong then the serial number can be verified with Kingston – we are certain that we already know what Kingston will say!

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.

Seems USA seller mope4370 sold this counterfeit DT200 knowingly

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As this seller apparently previously told a buyer of one of these counterfeit flash drives that he or she was a victim of the supplier when the buyer complained about it being fake one would have expected any honest seller to cease listing these and refund customers. Did mope4370 do so? NO! This flash drive is fake capacity and 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.

Would you trust ebay seller brianchan1288? – we don’t!!

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We notice that ebay seller brianchan1288 massively loaded postage costs in this and other listings on ebay. We consider anyone who does this highly suspect. For one thing it means the seller is evading ebay listing fees. Not exactly the mark of someone trustworthy. We would not trust this seller as far as we can spit.

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 11, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Do we think this Sony flash drive on ebay is genuine? No we don’t!

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We think that the 32GB Sony flash drives listed on ebay UK by passionatebutdisciplined are very likely to be counterfeit and fake capacity. For one thing they are a little too cheap and for another the cardboard insert in the package is not shown – we see this as highly suspect!! We also find the use of private listings suspicious. If our suspicions prove correct then the USB flash drives from this seller will corrupt files because they are 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.

UPDATE 16/03/2010

An ebay member who contacted a buyer to warn that the item purchased might be fake had a reply which suggests that this seller’s flash memory items were indeed fake. Here is what the buyer apparently said in response to the ebay member’s warning:

yes unfortunately when after putting some photos on the stick I took it to another computer and it said the files were corrupted. I thought that price was too good to be true! I also gave good feedback too so the seller gets away scott free! I was wondering what happens next (if anything) regarding this purchase or indeed the seller’s status?

The first thing anyone who buys flash memory items (USB flash drives/pen sticks, memory cards, MP players etc) – whether on ebay or elsewhere – should do is to test them with h2testw as soon as they arrive. If an item fails the test it is either fake of faulty – make sure you get a refund from the seller!

If you bought a flash memory item on ebay, left positive feedback and then found a problem which the seller did not resolve by sending you a working replacement you should warn other buyers by leaving a follow up comment along the lines of:

fake, corrupts files, google h2testw fightflashfraud to get free test program

Written by fightflashfraud

March 10, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Are this USA ebay seller’s flash memory items genuine?

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USA ebay seller weasel_spit has sold a large number of flash memory items in auctions, all of which seem to have come without packaging. The seller’s explanation for this somehow does not ring true to us so we wonder if the items might be counterfeits. If they are counterfeit they will be fake capacity and fake capacity flash 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.

Private auctions used by USA ebayer to sell obvious fake flash drives

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Seller 777blagoshop (an ebay member in the USA) used private auctons to sell fake capacity 128GB and 64GB leather and steel type flash drives that corrupt files. The use of private auctions makes us wonder whether this is a case of deliberate fraud rather than a case of a seller inadvertantly buying 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.

bid with absolute confidence on this 128GB flash drive on ebay UK!

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You can bid with absolute confidence that ebay item number 200444006172 from UK seller pay4les$ is a fake capacity flash drive that corrupts files. It comes as no surprise that pay4les$ is using a private auction in an attempt to hide the fact that this item is 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.

UPDATE 05/04/2010
This seller is now listing these as faulty in private ebay auctions with a 1p start price and says:

Please note I selling item as a faulty and no returns are accepted
The problem is I was unable to play some movies on the Flash drive.
There was no problem opening Microsoft office document and pictures.
Also when you try to copy files with more than a gigabyte at the same time errors sometimes occur.
When I checked the drive windows shows exactly the capacity it has and to be honest I do not know what the exact fault is.

WE CAN TELL THIS SELLER IT IS NOT A FAULT – THE PROBLEM IS THAT IT IS FAKE CAPACITY – A DIGITALLY MANIPULATED DRIVE DESIGNED TO FOOL THE USER INTO THINKING IT IS HIGHER CAPACITY THAN IT IS BY REPORTING A FALSE CAPACITY TO THE OPERATING SYSTEM.

Would you trust this ebay seller? We certainly wouldn’t!

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UK selller evals69 has sold a large number of “used” 4GB Kingston flash drives in bulk lots (and a smaller number of 8GB ones both in bulk lots and individually) on ebay.

The seller’s pictures of the two drives in question are shown on the left. The top one is the 8GB model and the bottom one is the 4GB model. We got a strange smell coming from this seller’s listings so we investigated a bit – here’s what we found:

The first sale made seems to have been for a job lot – 20 of the 4GB flash drives. The seller’s explanation for a bulk listing of 20 used 4GB would seem plausible at first glance, but read on to learn more.
Read the rest of this entry »

Written by fightflashfraud

February 25, 2010 at 1:44 AM

“used” 128GB Kingston DT200 USB flash drives on ebay Australia

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Do we think the “used” 128GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives in this ebay listing from 7jtrentt on ebay Australia are genuine? Do we heck as like! We think they will turn out to be counterfeit and fake capacity.
A counterfeit fake capacity flash drive always 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.

Massive fake USB flash drive in private listing on ebay UK

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Seller leedavidjames offers a 500GB Sony USB flash drive in ebay listing number 260548142771. 500GB is a capacity that does not and will never exist in flash drives. Sony do not make flash drives of higher capacity than 32GB and 500GB is a capacity only used for hard drives, not flash drives. This USB flash drive is a fake that corrupts files. Read the rest of this entry »

UK ebayer sells fake 64GB USB flash drives in private listings

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These swivel type 64GB USB flash drives listed by muzz1979 are too cheap to be real – we think they are fake capacity items bought from a fraudulent supplier. The use of private listings by seller muzz1979 looks a tad suspect to us. This is usually a sign that the seller is aware they are selling fakes. This seller has two models on offer, the swivel type in this listing and the favourite fake on ebay – the leather and steel type. These USB flash drives corrupt 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.

Looks like another UK ebay member who sold fake DT200

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If this 64GB Kingston DataTraveler (item number 120519897241) sold by UK registered ebay member jackson3327 was genuine then snoopy will fall off his doghouse in a dead faint.

We agree with snoopy – who would sell a real one with a start price of under £10? Oh of course – we forgot the explanation given by the seller:

64 GB USB 2.0 data stick drive, Bought for office use but selling due to office closure, only selling as I have no use for item. Brand new in unopened packaging. Please note that this stick was bought from Hong Kong, Iam currently using one which works fine (Massive storage for little money!!!). Bids to start at £9.99 with no reserve. Grab a bargain, “happy bidding and good luck.”

Our comment is visually represented on the right! 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.

UK seller cwmwitch2009 gets away with fake flash sales on ebay

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We now suspect that UK seller cwmwitch2009 is a cunning fraudster. We first posted about this seller on December the 10th 2009. Despite selling the obvious fake USB flash drive shown in our original short article (and other items we are sure are fake) this seller still has 100% positive feedback!! Why??

We think it is because this seller gives immediate refunds to anyone who complains, so that the buyers don’t leave negative feedback. Because sales are private no one can tell what a comment is about as you cannot see the item the comment refers to.

Very few buyers test flash memory items properly and are fooled by what the operating system shows. If something goes wrong and the seller refunds them they never realise they bought a fake! This seller seems to be taking advantage of buyers’ ignorance by apologising and giving refunds to the few who notice something is wrong.

Very clever – the buyer thinks the seller is honest and leaves positive feedback, often without even indicating there was anything wrong! Here are a selection of positive comments that we are fairly sure are from buyers who were sold fakes by cwmwitch2009:

• Compatability issues with my PC and USBs but full refund given immediately. Thks
• recieved refund thank you
• strange device, full refund
• Compatability issues with my PC and USBs but full refund given immediately. Thks
• Great eBayer, very helpful and honest all round A++++++++++++++++++++
• Item was faulty, however received full refund, so overall service was good.
• OK but doesn’t work perfect with APPLE.
• Item was faulty but the seller was excellent, tried to help and gave full refund
• Item not working. Refund given without quibble, thanks

The seller also has two neutral comments:
• Ordered 2 and both were faulty, but full refund given without any problem
• Item did not appear to be original copy but full refund received.

Never buy flash memory items in private sales!! YOU ARE ALMOST CERTAIN TO GET A 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

January 24, 2010 at 11:51 PM

If these 8GB USB flash drives are genuine why is ebay listing private?

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If the 8GB USB flash drives malcolmpencraig is selling are genuine then why is this seller using a private listing?

This made us wonder if these USB flash drives could be fakes that will corrupt files as this is the usual reason that sellers make flash memory sales private.

We looked at the seller’s history and found the picture on the left used for one sale. This adds to our suspicion that these are file corrupting fakes as all flash drives in this packaging prove to 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.

A dodgy looking ebay listing for 1GB swivel type USB flash drives

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We think that a listing for 1GB flash drives by UK seller suebaker1 looks rather dodgy. This seller says in the listing:

I have a number for sale, they were bought as promotional items for our company that was recently closed and they have not been used. I have gently removed the logo from them and you can’t really tell, but just in case I will say that there may be a small scratch visible on the silver swivel bit – I have managed to do it with virtually no mark though. This is no way affects the use of the drives, they are USB 2.0, just plug them into your computer and it will automatically detect the drive, then just save your photos/presentation etc to it.

Ok – so now we have a couple of questions!!

Why did seller suebaker1 feel the need to scrub the logos off? Many small capacity flash drives that were surplus promotion items have been sold complete with logos. Who cares about a logo if you bought a genuine flash drive at a good price?

Who was the mystery employer who went out of business? and – more to the point (see pictures below) – if these are genuine, then why do we see one of the suspicious little capacity stickers we have circled in the picture on the right?? Every single USB flash drive with one of these capacity stickers that we have tested proved to be a fake USB flash drive that corrupts files.

Looking at the seller’s picture and reading the text of the listing gave us a feeling that something is up here. Can you guess what we think?

We have a suspicion that we saw a dodgy looking listing under this ID some months back but didn’t write about it then.

Seller suebaker1 is welcome to respond to our questions.

Maybe one of our investigative team will buy one and check it out. If someone in the team does buy one you can expect a follow-up report!!

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 22, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Suspect ebay seller in Germany with 64GB Kingston DT150 drive

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We are pretty certain that this 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drive listed at auction by seller 7586sergej is a counterfeit and fake capacity item. This seller lists occasional fake flash drives – single items at irregular intervals, so it seems this seller is not buying (as many ebay sellers do) in bulk from a fraudulent wholesale outlet.

We suspect that this seller has more than one ID and is buying fakes on ebay under one ID and re-selling them under another. This suggests to us that 7586sergej is well aware that the items are fakes that will 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.

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January 13, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Very strange listings from an ebay member in Germany

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An ebay member in Germany guenstig-007 has very strange listings for the item shown on the left. The picture shows the most obvious type of fake USB flash drive possible. There are three things that indicate this is fake:

1) The packaging
2) The model – every one that looks like this which we tested with h2tesw proved to be fake
3) The shiny little capacity sticker

Seller guenstig-007 appears to claim in listings that these passed testing with h2testw and have a capacity of 32GB – somehow we don’t think so! This leads us to suspect that this is likely to be a case of deliberate fraud. Anyone who bought one should test it with h2tesw – we are sure it won’t pass the test!! We are pretty certain the USB flash drives sold by guenstig-007 will corrupt files.

The seller listed a number at auction and has one longer-running buy it now listing, item number 260535323646 – we think that guenstig-007 is heading for the fraudster database!

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.

Looks like fake 128 GB USB flash drives on ebay USA

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We have little doubt that these 128GB USB flash drives listed by sammaxcy will prove to be fake capacity and will 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.

UPDATE 19/01/10
Seller sammaxcy ignored the advice of ebay members and continued with sales of fake flash drives. As well as the very obvious fake shown above this ebay member also sold counterfeit Kingston flash drives. All USB flash drives from this seller will undoubtedly corrupt files.

Seems 32GB memory cards from this ebay seller are counterfeit

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We previously posted about fake Kingston flash drives from greenhound53 – seems from feedback that the seller’s memory cards are equally 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.

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January 6, 2010 at 10:44 PM

A very dodgy private auction for a 4GB USB flash on ebay Belgium

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We think that romeoarti has been buying fake flash drives on ebay and is re-selling them in private auctions.

Feedback suggests that this seller previously sold at least two 16GB flash drives – one of which was certainly the same model – sold by just about every fraudster selling fake flash on ebay.

The use of private auctions suggests to us that this seller is well aware that what is being sold here is a fake that will corrupt users’ files.

We consider such behaviour absolutely despicable.

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.

Another fraudster shipping out of Singapore claims fake flash is made in Japan

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Here we have another fraudulent seller of flash memory claiming that these flash drive is made in Japan. The seller seems to be yet another with fake feedback as well as fake flash drives. We have absolutely no doubt that this 64GB swivel type USB flash drive listed on ebay by big.sales25 will prove to be fake capacity and will destroy data.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 26, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Seems like an ebay gremlin selling fake flash drives to us!

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gremlin2sWe think that both these 16GB wristband type USB flash drives and the 32GB ones listed on ebay by Hong Kong based seller gkitshop are fakes that will destroy data.

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

We advise everyone to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

UK ebay seller ignores warning that flash drives are fake

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Despite being warned that the 64GB leather and steel flash drives shown in the listing above are fake capacity and will trash users’ files UK seller adamjk100 has not ended listings. The seller is carrying on regardless. Either the seller did not beleive the ebay member who sent the warning or this seller couldn’t care less about the buyers of these fakes ending up with corrupted files.

Sellers – if you get a message from an ebay member telling you that your flash memory items are likely to be fake or counterfeit pay attention!! These ebayers know what they are taking about.

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.

Fraudster in China with private sales pretends items in the UK

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gremlin2sDevious gremlin siyo-global-trading spent some time building up feedback with other items before launching into the sale of fake flash in private listings.

As well as the devious ploy of using private listings to hide what any negative comment about fakes (which this seller will inevitably get) siyo-global-trading tries to seem to be in the UK to inspire confidence among buyers.

Never bid on flash memory where the item location and seller location don’t match or where private sales are used as you are pretty certain to land up with a fake. In fact we’d advise against buying flash memory items on ebay full stop – it’s just too risky.

We advise everyone to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Flash memory items in private listings – something seems odd here

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Seller kbayga states these 1GB Sandisk flash drives are in the UK, yet the seller who registered on December 8th is in the USA. That seems suspicious for a start, as does the use of private listings. This seller has listed a number of Sandisk flash memory items for sale – flash drives and memory cards. The mismatch between item location and seller location along with the private listings makes us wonder if they are counterfeits.

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

Seller in Malaysia shipping fake flash sold on ebay from Singapore

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Seller apiszarshavin sold the model of flash drive shown on the left in the 8GB version with the item location shown as Malaysia. Only one seems to have sold – for the princely sum of 18p with free post and packing.

This ebay member also sold a number of 2GB swivel type drives for 18p – so the seller is down by quite a sum even if (as we strongly suspect) the drives are all fakes.

The seller then moved to buy it now listings for the model on the left in the 32GB with a price of $15 and free P&P – not possible if they were genuine!

We think every single flash drive sold by apiszarshavin will turn out to be a fake that destroys data.

We advise everyone to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Another Singapore gremlin on ebay with fraudsters’ favourite

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gremlin2sThis flash drive from goodseller_231 is fake fake fakity fake. This seller is part of a ring of fraudulent sellers who leave each other fake feedback to make it look as though they are genuine.

We advise everyone to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

December 15, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Another member of a Singapore based ebay fraud ring

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Seller wwj_sam42 seems to be yet another ID belonging to the devious singjapan fraud ring based in Singapore. Anyone who bought flash memory from this seller is almost certain to have received a fake that will trash their files.

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 14, 2009 at 5:48 AM

A dodgy looking UK ebay seller with fake flash memory

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This 8GB USB flash drive sold by uk-direct is bound to be fake; USB flash drives in this packaging always are.

We previously reported suspicions about this seller’s flash memory items on November the 7th.

At that point we thought this seller might just have a bad supplier and could be innocent of any dodgy dealing.

A development since then has made us suspect that the seller may know full well that the items being sold are fake capacity.

Fake capacity flash memory will destroy data once the true capacity is exceeded.

What makes us think this seller may be aware they selling fakes?

The pictures below for one thing!

If you look carefully you will see that something has been airbrushed out.

Now why would anyone do that?
We can only think of one reason why anyone would airbrush out something on a USB flash drive.

With the old saying about a picture being worth a thousand words in mind we present a photo taken by a member of our team of one of their flash drives:

We leave you, dear reader, to draw your own conclusions about what we think. 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

December 12, 2009 at 7:12 PM

If this Hong Kong ebay seller’s 128GB DT200 drives are genuine why use a private listing??

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Unlike most sellers on ebay sky-digi (registered in Hong Kong) is selling Kingston 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives at a price closer to what we would expect for a genuine item than most sellers on ebay. So why the private listing?? Usually private listings are used where fraud is involved if the items being sold are USB flash drives or other flash memory items.

We advise buyers to check serial numbers with Kingston – if Kingston verifies your drive please let us know!! If not, test the first 16GB with h2testw – fakes are unlikely to have a capacity higher than this. Usually they fail the test and show a much lower real 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

December 9, 2009 at 4:24 PM

HP flash drives in private ebay sales

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The use of private sales by dc1909 made us suspect that these flash drives might not be genuine so we checked on the HP webstite. We could not find any USB flash drives there that matched the appearance of this so we think these could well be 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.

flash drive worth £40 in ebay auctions with a 99p start price?

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We are a bit suspicious about the ebay listings by sanguid for these flash drives. The Integral 8GB Ag47 with 256 bit Military Level AES Encyption is worth about £40 but the seller has them in auctions with a 99p start price. Would you risk loosing money like this? We wouldn’t!

The seller says they were bought for a government project that was cancelled. Hmm – as some members of the fightflashfraud team have worked for the British Government and have contacts who still work for government we know how things operate. As a result of what we know we are disinclined to beleive this.

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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December 8, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Another suspect seller in China using private ebay sales

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Seller shallyou_lee uses private sales for USB flash drives and memory cards. Negative feedback indicates that the memory cards are fake and corrupt data and we think the same applies to the flash drives. If you bought from a seller using private sales be sure to leave the item number and the words fake flash or corrupts files in feedback to warn other buyers. Including the item number means other buyers can look at the item by doing a search on the item number.

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.

Seller in Malaysia lists fake flash drive in private ebay sales

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This 64GB flash drive is bound to be a fake – if it wasn’t then the seller would have mentioned the Kingston brand. The fact that the seller is using private sales as well as omitting the Kingston name suggests the seller is well aware it is fake. Fakes trash 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.

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December 1, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Five 128GB Kingston USB flash drives on ebay for this price??

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The start price for this job lot of 5 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives listed on ebay by qinjing34 (registered in France) is less than one would expect to pay for a single genuine one. This leads us to the conclusion that these simply have to be counterfeit and fake capacity. This seller has also listed what we think is a fake 64GB Kingston. The flash drives are in private auctions but other items are not.

The fact that this seller is using a private auctions leads us to think that the seller may know they are counterfeit. If this is the case then it is nothing less than deliberate fraud. Genuine Kingston flash drives of these capacities all have individual serial numbers which can be used to verify the drives with Kingston. We don’t think Kingston will verify any from this seller. Fake flash trashes data after a while.

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.

Hmm – this UK seller’s ebay listings look a bit suspect!

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UK seller uk.proskill has sold a number of 16GB Integral USB flash drives on ebay. In all the listings the seller warns against cheap imports:

16GB Integral Courier USB 2.0 High Speed Flash Drive/Memory Stick – 2 Year Warranty

This is a quality product from top UK Brand Integral – Beware of cheap fake imports.

The listings also always say the flash drives have been used a few times:

Perfect for Work, College, School or Home.

used only few times – perfect working condition.

How many people do you know who had at least SIX genuine 16GB USB flash drives that they used a few times and no longer need?? Few people (other than those involved in film or animation) would really have the need for flash drives of 16GB or over.

Unless the seller is someone who ran a small business in the creative industries that went bust we can’t see why uk.proskill would be selling used 16GB Integral flash drives. We suspect they may turn out to be fakes and advise anyone who bought from this seller to test the 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

We wouldn’t give this UK ebay seller top rating!!

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Ebay may give UK seller ijtdirectltd top rated seller status but we certainly wouldn’t!! Buyer feedback indicates that all the items shown above were either fake or faulty. We first quetioned whether memory cards from this seller might be fake back at the beginning of September – since then there has been a lot more negative and neutral feedback.

This feedback not only suggests that flash memory items (memory cards and flash drives) may either be fake or faulty (causing data loss) but that the seller’s claims about fast dispatch are not lived up to and that the seller lists items when they are out of stock. It also seems that the seller is sometimes less than responsive to buyer complaints.

We think it is very unwise to buy memory cards, media players and USB flash drives on ebay – there are very few (if any) reliable sellers with genuine items who list on a regular basis. The fact that ebay gives a seller top rated status just seems to mean the seller rakes in profit for them – not that the seller will give you good service!

Several notorious fraudsters in China have top rated seller status!!

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 28, 2009 at 5:57 PM

The buyer of ebay item 250534970970 may have a nasty shock!

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We have suspected for some time that UK selller rdalot has been sellling fake capacity flash drives. Item 250534970970 sold on November 24th is probably a fake that will corrupt the buyer’s files. The picture shows a little shiny sticker that we have seen on many fakes but never on a genuine flash drive.

Feedback indicates that at least some rdalot buyers received a different (but probably equally fake) flash drive from this selller. We were not sure whether rdalot was a deliberate fraudster at first, but recent developments suggest this may well be the case. At any rate, we wouldn’t take the risk of buying flash memory from rdalot given the attitude the seller seems to have to buyer complaints!!

Given this seller’s responses to buyers we wouldn’t be at all surprised to receive threats of legal action against us from rdalot. However, we don’t think rdalot has a leg to stand on.

This seller would be better advised to refund everyone who bought flash drives. This would be far cheaper for rdalot than attempting to sue us (lawyers are very expensive) and better for everyone else, especially dissatisfied customers!

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 26, 2009 at 4:12 PM

UK ebay seller with counterfeit 64GB Kingston in private listing

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moranwallia

The fact that seller moranwallia is using a private listing (item number 150387097513) to sell these 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drives suggests that the seller may be aware they are counterfeit and fake capacity. Genuine DT 150 flash drives have individual serial numbers which can be verified with Kingston. We don’t think Kingston will verify these.

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.

Suspect ebay listing for 64GB DataTraveler USB flash drive

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aceelectricalwholesalerltd

Kingston has a top class reputation for memory products so if you were selling a genuinine Kingston DataTraveler flash drive wouldn’t you mention the Kingston name?? The fact that UK ebay seller aceelectricalwholesalerltd makes no mention of Kingston in the listing for item number 130323082887 makes us suspect that these may be counterfeit and fake capacity drives that will trash users’ files.

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.

Another fraudster on ebay selling fake flash by the look of it

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powerlee8816888

We are certain that the 32GB SD memory cards sold by powerlee8816888 will prove to be fake capacity as will the USB flash drives from this seller. Fakes trash files. This devious seller is now using private auctions to cover up fake flash sales. Never buy flash memory in private auctions – it is almost certain to 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

UK ebay member lists a range of fake USB flash drives for sale

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foster-clarke

We don’t know where foster-clarke got this fake or the others listed for sale on ebay but we can say without much doubt that most (and probably all) the flash drives listed by this seller are fakes that will corrupt data. 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.

Seller in Canada with very dodgy ebay listings for 128GB DT300

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anitanajaf604

We find this listings by anitanajaf604 for 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 300 flash drives highly suspect. We are certain these will be counterfeit and fake capacity. The serial numbers of genuine ones can be verified with Kingston – we don’t think they will verify the ones 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Counterfeit 64GB Kingston flash drive listed by UK ebay member

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speratusit

This fake 64GB Kingston USB flash drives in the listing above did not sell the first time seller speratusit listed them for sale. An ebay member warned this seller they were fake. So did speratusit look at the Kingston website as advised? Read the rest of this entry »

Seller in Germany lists another fake flash drive on ebay

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gizmo-sc

Having had positive feedback from the victim of the listing above (and another that ended the same day) seller gizmo-sc listed a third of these obvious fake 32GB USB flash drives. In the listing it states:

Dies ist eine Privatauktion,deshalb gibt es keine Garantie und Rücknahme!!!

– oh right then, so no gaurantee and return policy! Why does this not surprise us one little bit?

UPDATE 10/11/09
Seller gizmo-sc has listed a few more of these fakes now!

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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November 6, 2009 at 5:03 AM

Non-delivery of suspected counterfeit 16GB Transcend SD cards from ebay seller registered in Canada

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should19160

Seller should19160 (registered on ebay Canada) had a feedback score of -3 at the time of writing and was no longer listing anything for sale. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 5, 2009 at 8:22 PM

This model of Kingston USB flash drive is not made in 64GB

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onbeatoffers

This 64GB Kingston USB flash drive listed by onbeatoffers is a fake and will trash users’ files. Kingston do not make this type of drive in 64GB capacity, as a quick check on their website will confirm. The use of a private listing suggests the seller may know this is fake. We strongly advise against buying flash drives in private listings – it is usually a sign of deliberate fraud.

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.