Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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We think this 16GB USB flash drive on ebay is fake capacity.

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Ebay member leo19600_0 (based in Belgium) was warned by an ebay member that this flash drive was likely to be a fake and advised to test with h2testw. This seller bought flash drives on ebay from fraudsters we are keeping an eye on. The response from leo19600_0 was that the flash drive works fine – we think not!!

Either seller leo19600_0 failed to understand or doesn’t care about selling fakes. Please ebayers – if someone suggests you have bought or listed for sale an item that is likely to be fake and suggests you test with h2test, take it seriously! Fake flash memory corrupts files – many people have lost data that no amount of money could replace due to using fake 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 your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Another ebay gremlin with the fraudster’s favourite flash drive

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gremlin2sThis 32GB flash drive from hujh8403 is fake fake fakity fake and will trash 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

December 16, 2009 at 11:08 AM

another ebay fraudster selling fake USB flash drives

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Seller ivan.101sg is part of a fraud ring we have been watching for some time. This gang has a habit of claiming the fakes they sell are made in Japan so fightflashfraud christened them the singjapan gang. Most of the feedback for ivan.101sg is fake – left by other members of this fraud gang. This 64GB USB flash drive is a fake that will trash users’ 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 testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 14, 2009 at 8:16 PM

We don’t think this USB flash drive on ebay was made by Sony

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We don’t think these flash drives listed on ebay by achun16888 (a seller in China) were made by Sony – we think they are counterfeit as we can find no trace of them on Sony’s web site.

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 14, 2009 at 5:33 PM

32GB USB flash drives in private 1 day auctions – highly suspect!

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Seller garysin2008 is using private one day ebay auctions to sell what we are certain are fake capacity flash drives that will trash users’ files after a while. This is a devious tactic used by fraudsters to hide their crimes!

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
Seller garysin2008 has now been suspended by ebay as a result of the negative feedback from buyers.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 12, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Another member of a Singapore based ebay fraud ring

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Seller madz-sales2009 is part of a fraud ring that has sprung up in Singapore over the last couple of months. We suspect that action against Hong Kong based fraud rings has been stepped up by the police there and that the fraudsters are moving their operations to Singapore. This leather-look flash drive is a well known fake sold on ebay by fraud gangs for years – it corrupts users’ 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.

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December 7, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Another fraudster with a Christmas gift for your worst enemy!!

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gremlin2sIs there someone you really hate? Would you like to see all their computer files trashed? – here is the answer – buy your enemy a “Nice gift for Christmas” from lihinglung168!! Your enemy will eventually lose everything they saved to the flash drive you bought for them from this ebay gremlin.

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 6, 2009 at 7:45 AM

Member in Australia re-sells fake flash bought on ebay

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Seller dgbr09 listed this fake USB flash drive for sale. This item was purchased from known fraudster mamaseller2009 on November 19th for five dollars less than the start price in this auction. The seller seems to be buying up fakes and re-selling them. The seller may not have realised that what he or she is selling here is a fake that will corrupt 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 5, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Fake 64GB USB flash drive listed on ebay by seller in Taiwan

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It costs more to manufacture a genuine 64GB USB flash drive than wen9082 is charging for these. This leads us to the inevitable conclusion that they are fakes that will trash 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

December 5, 2009 at 7:32 AM

Get your fake USB flash drives and fake gold jewellery here

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Seller shuibin2009 sells gold rings that, according to feedback, are not real gold – we’d have fainted if they were real given the prices they sell at! We think the USB flash drives are equally fake – programmed to show 16GB but with a much lower real capacity. This inevitably leads to files being lost or corrupted. This fraudster is using private sales for some items to hide who bought what.

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 4, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Yet another ebay fake flash fraudster in China here

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We think that the ebay ID metoo-2009 is yet another ID set up by fraudsters in China. This supposedly 32GB flash drive on ebay probably has a capacity of 2GB or less and will trash users’ files once the real capacity is exceeded.

This USB flash drive is a favourite model with fraudsters – easily programmed to display any fake capacity they choose to sell it as! Do not beleive what your operating system shows when you look at the properties of a memory card, USB flash drive, media player or other item that uses flash memory. Test it 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 4, 2009 at 12:24 AM

Another seller in China loading delivery charges

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dslr_com

Here we have another ebay seller in china loading costs on the delivery charges in auctions for USB flash drives. This is a way of evading ebay fees and ensuring the seller does not make a loss. This does not seem very honest to us so we wonder if any other dishonesty is involved here – such as supplying fakes that will trash users’ data? We’d be very cautious about buying flash memory from dslr_com!!

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 3, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Seller in France lists obvious fake USB flash drive on ebay

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Seems that tosh5962 went shopping in fakeflashland and came back with the fraudsters’ favourite sold by almost every fraudulent wholesaler. This type of flash drive corrupts users’ files after a while. The seller may be unaware that these are 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 30, 2009 at 3:21 PM

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

We think it unlikely that this 4GB flash drive on ebay is genuine

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jie2059

We think it is highly unlikely that the 4GB USB flash drives in the listing above by jie2059 (an ebay member registered in China) is genuine. For one thing, we have never come across one of these that had the capacity claimed by the seller. All were fakes that trash users’ files. For another thing we wouldn’t trust a seller who is prepared to commit customs fraud, as indicated by this statement in the listing:

Item will be shipped by air mail and mark as “Gifts” with a lower value declaration

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 27, 2009 at 9:29 AM

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

16GB Kingston flash drives from Thailand seem a bit too cheap

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We think these 16GB Kingston flash drives listed on ebay by 2009thaiproduct could be counterfeits as they seem rather on the cheap side.

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.

This is not a genuine 128GB Corsair flash drive

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This flash drive listed by matrixreloaded3 is not a genuine 128GB Corsair – it is the wrong model!! This seller obviously went shopping in fake flash land and came back with these. The seller may not realise that these are 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.

Looks like another fraudster from China selling on ebay

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wuzhua8

This familiar 64GB USB flash drive listed on ebay by wuzhua8 is bound as usual to be fake capacity – 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 24, 2009 at 11:28 PM

If these Kingston flash drives are genuine seller may make a loss

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If the 16GB Kingston DataTraveler 100 USB flash drives listed on ebay Australia by seller jamesw4827 are genuine the seller is at risk of making a large loss. We wonder if the reason the seller feels able to afford to list with such a low start price is that they are cheap copies from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers out there. If this is the case then these will corrupt users’ files.

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.

Patently counterfeit Kingston DT200 drives on ebay Canada

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This listing on ebay Canada is for patently counterfeit Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives. This drive is not made in 16GB so must have come from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers. The use of a private auction makes us think that perhaps seller sinacoltd is aware these are fakes that will corrupt users’ data.

If This seller is not aware of the fact that they are fake we suggest that sinacoltd checks the Kingston website then it will be clear that they must be counterfeit. Any other flash drives from the same supplier will be 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 23, 2009 at 8:08 PM

We think these 8GB USB flash drives on ebay UK may be fake

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Two pictures on a listing by seller ktwtradingltd lead us to suspect that this seller purchased the 8GB USB flash drives listed on ebay UK from a fraudulent supplier.

The one on the left shows a little sticker with the drive capacity – we have only ever seen such stickers on fake capacity drives, never on genuine flash drives. Another picture shows packaging that we have seen on quite a few fakes during the last year.

Seller ktwtradingltd may have no idea there is likely to be a problem with these. Few sellers test their drives properly – at most they look at the drive properties and assume that what they see there is the truth. Far from it – fakes are programmed to fool the operating system. When the real capacity (usually 2GB at most) is exceeded users’ files begin to be lost and corrupted.

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

November 23, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Another fake flash gremlin from china discovered on ebay USA

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d1g5r31

Seller d1g5r31 is yet another gremlin from China who seems to have been suspended by ebay for selling fake flash drives which corrupt users’ 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 22, 2009 at 3:33 PM

fake 64GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives sold on ebay USA

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These 64GB Kingston USB flash drives sold by aplussalesforyou on ebay USA are fake fake fakity fake and will trash users’ data. Kingston never made this model in 64GB capacity – this seller obviously purchased from a fraudulent wholesaler without checking the Kingston website first to see if this model actually existed in 64GB.

SELLERS – PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE BUYING FLASH MEMORY TO SELL ON EBAY!!

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.

Another gremlin with the fraudsters’ favourite on ebay

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shuenfeng_u58

This flash drive from shuenfeng_u58 is fake fake fakity fake – the longest running data-masher sold on ebay by a huge number of IDs registered to fraudsters. Use one and you can kiss goodbye to your 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 testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 22, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Seller on ebay Spain lists classic fake USB flash drive

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jcmargarit

This leather look 32GB USB flash drive is a classic fake which always corrupts users’ files once the true capacity (usually less than 4GB) is exceeded.

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 21, 2009 at 12:29 PM

We think these 16GB USB flash drives on ebay USA are fake

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stealdeal213We think the 16GB flash drives listed on ebay by stealdeal213 will prove to be fakes that trash users’ files. The seller may be unaware that there could be a problem with these.

They no doubt came from a fraudulent wholesaler – we are sure of this because stealdeal213 listed an obvious fake 120GB (which seems to be the same model) in very familiar packaging.

As there is no such thing as a 120GB USB flash drive there is absolutely no doubt about it being 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 20, 2009 at 1:20 PM

This 32GB flash drive listed on ebay Belgium is a fake

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schat1966This flash drive is the classic fake sold by almost every fraudulent wholesaler in the far east and almost all the fraud gangs in the far east that operate on ebay.

Not only is this model always fake capacity (which corrupts files) so is any other model of flash drive with a shiny sticker like the one shown here and any flash drive (what ever it looks like) that comes in the packaging shown here. The seller may be unaware that these are 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.

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November 20, 2009 at 11:16 AM

A perfect Christmas present for your worst enemy!

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powersky268

If your worst enemy is a student or someone with a job that involves carrying valuable computer files with them then powersky268 has the perfect Christmas gift with which to take revenge on your enemy – just buy a flash drive (there are several models available) from this seller and it will trash your enemy’s files nicely.

If, on the other hand, your enemy is a video or photography buff then a memory card from powersky268 would be ideal. Bye bye to your enemy’s wedding video, graduation photos or other record of personal or family occasions – what better vengance could there be?

We have evidence that this seller’s memory cards are fake and an alert was issued at sosfakeflash on November 9th – if you bought from this seller test your item immediately and report in.

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

November 19, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Looks like another oriental fraudster on ebay to us!

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jonyyang2000

We think these 32GB USB flash drives from jonyyang2000 are fake fake fakity fake and will corrupt files.
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

November 18, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Suspect job lot of 8GB Sandisk USB flash drives on ebay USA

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swords4sale

We think these 8GB Sandisk flash drives listed by swords4sale are counterfeits that will corrupt 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.

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

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cymemory

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

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

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

Written by fightflashfraud

November 16, 2009 at 10:49 PM

Suspect auctions for 16GB Kingston DataTraveler on ebay UK

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cliveglen2007

UK seller cliveglen2007 sold one of these 16GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives at auction on Ocober 2nd for £14.01 plus £1.50 P&P. The seller then sold another at auction on 10th October for £10.50 plus £1.50 P&P. If the flash drives are genuine then we think the seller must be making a loss on sales.

If you were cliveglen2007, having made a loss on these two sales, would you list another at auction and risk making further losses? We wouldn’t! This makes us wonder if they are counterfeits purchased from a fraudulent supplier – in which case the seller would not be making a loss. This seems the only logical explanation. We suggest cliveglen2007 tests this 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.

Seller in Holland re-sells fake flash drives bought on ebay

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profmodhenk

Seller profmodhenk bought the flash drive in the listing above and a number of others from fraudsters in China and is now re-selling them. At best this seller didn’t realise the flash drives were fake and thought he or she could make a profit by buying up cheap drives and auctioning them with a start price close to the price paid.

At worst the seller is aware they are fakes and is just trying to dump them on other ebay members. We don’t know which at the moment, but what we do know is that you cannot buy genuine flash drives on ebay dirt cheap and make a profit re-selling them. Cheap flash drives on ebay are fakes that 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.

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November 13, 2009 at 9:20 PM

Seller lists fraudsters’ favourite fake USB flash drive on ebay USA

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sl018

This 8GB flash drive is the fraudsters’ favourite and always turns out to be fake capacity. Fake capacity flash drives trash users’ files. Seller sl018 may be unaware that it is a fake. We suspect other flash drives listed by this seller may prove to 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 13, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Seller in Holland lists fraudsters’ favourite flash drive on ebay

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barrebeest

Seller barrebeest seems to have been shopping in fake flash land and come back with the fraudsters’ favourite USB flash drive. Many ebay sellers have bought fake capacity flash drives from fraudulent wholesalers without realising it. We think this is probably the case with this seller.

This particular flash drive is always a fake that corrupts users’ files. Whatever capacity the fraudulent suppliers claim it is never really over 4GB, although the operating system will show what the supplier said.

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 12, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Seller in Korea lists fake flash drives on ebay

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bingbing2009bingbing

Seller bingbing2009bingbing who registered on ebay on 3rd November 2009 has listed several models of 32Gb and 16GB USB flash drives on ebay. We think every single one will be a fake that trashes users’ files after a while. 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

November 12, 2009 at 7:33 AM

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

We don’t think any flash drives from this ebayer are genunine

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roomformom

We think all the flash drives sold by roomformom on ebay USA are probably fakes that will trash buyers’ files. We are fairly sure that this seller visited fakeflashland and bought from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers in the orient. Whether or not roomformom is aware that he or she has been selling fakes remains to be seen.

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

November 2, 2009 at 10:32 PM

Seems this ebay seller went shopping in fake flash land

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jean6kids

We are fairly certain that this 32GB Hello Kitty USB flash drives listed by a UK seller will prove to be fakes that trash user’s files. Every flash drive tested by the fightflashfraud team that had a little shiny sticker (like the one in the picture showing the drive’s supposed capacity) turned out to be fake. Read the rest of this entry »

Fake 64GB USB flash drives sold on ebay USA

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themustang15541 US seller themustang15541 has sold quite a few of the fake flash drive shown on the left. The seller is currently listing a heart shaped model that we are fairly certain is also fake. Fakes trash users’ files. We have no idea whether themustang15541 is aware the drives are fake 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

October 31, 2009 at 7:48 PM

If this Sony flash drive is genuine then why use a private auction?

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sharky1378 If this 16GB Sony USB flash drive and the 8GB one listed for sale by sharky1378 are genuine we wonder why the seller is using private auctions. This makes us suspect that these may be counterfeit and fake capacity items that 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

October 31, 2009 at 5:52 AM

Looks like more counterfeit DT200 flash drives on ebay USA

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allthingsgood09

No one could afford to list genuine 128GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives at auction with a start price well below what they would cost wholesale. This leads us to conclude that allthingsgood09, like many other ebayers, got these from a fraudulent wholesaler. The serial numbers of genuine DT120 drives can be verified with Kingston. We are certain they won’t verify these.

If we are right these flash drives will corrupt users’ data after a while because the capacity is fake. 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

October 28, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Another seller on ebay USA with 120GB flash drives.

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snoopybangs“Unbeleivable” was Snoopy’s only comment as he lay banging his paw on the ground in frustration after he saw listings by US ebay seller oo-store. Poor old Snoopy.

What he sees on ebay these days is driving him to the point of a nervous breakdown.

Snoopy knows a lot about flash drives. He knows what capacities they are made in and roughly what they cost to make. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 27, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Buyers fail to notice they bought fake USB flash drives on ebay

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memoryking_comUK seller memoryking_com is one of many who have been selling the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive shown on the left for months without anyone who bought one realising they are fake.

This seller doesn’t sell these at the huge capacities that fraudsters in the far east do. The ones from memoryking_com are only advertised at 16GB capacity (rather than the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities adverised by some sellers) but they are fake capacity none the less.

This suggests to us that people buying flash drives advertised as 8GB and over on ebay really have no need of such high capacity drives. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 27, 2009 at 12:31 AM

seller in Germany lists obvious fake USB flash drive on ebay

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liebhaber22These 16GB USB flash drives listed by liebhaber22 are very obvious fakes.

Anything you see in this packaging or with the shiny capacity stickers on these will be fake fake fakity fake and will trash your files.

The seller no doubt purchased these from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers selling fake capacity flash drives and may be unaware that they are fakes.

This particular model (whether or not it comes in this package or has a shiny capacity sticker) has always proved to be fake – it is the fraudsters’ favourite!

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.

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October 25, 2009 at 5:25 AM

Yet another ebay gremlin with the fraudsters’ favourite

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perfect1230

The flash drive listed by perfect1230 is the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive – easy to program to any fake capacity they like. You cannot buy genuine 64GB flash drives for this price – all you will get is a fake that 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

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October 23, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Seller in Malaysia lists fraudsters’ favourite on ebay

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shoppingmall77

This flash drive listed by shoppingmall77 is a favourite for reprogramming to fake capacities. Seems that this seller purchased them from one of the many fraudulent suppliers. These drives corrupt users’ files. The seller may be unaware of the fact that they are fakes.

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.

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October 22, 2009 at 11:46 AM

UK ebay member sells fake 64GB Kingston flash drive

UK seller memory_*_man listed a 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 101 flash drive on ebay. It is a counterfeit, fake capacity drive as this model is not made in 64GB capacity.
memory_man_close We decided to zoom in and capture a bit more detail of the picture of this drive as we were curious about what it would show. Sure enough, it is marked as 64GB although this model was never produced in this capacity.

Item number 150380738258 seems to be the only one of these listed by memory_*_man and the seller may not be aware it is not genuine.

However, this seller lists a lot of Sony PRO DUO memory cards – so if memory_*_man was unaware this was fake he may be unaware that the memory cards could well be fakes too.

We strongly suggest that memory_*_man tests all flash memory with h2testw.

The seller could well end up with angry customers if he has sold counterfeit and fake capacity items which corrupt users’ files. At least if he tests he can keep his good name by contacting buyers and offering them refunds if their items turn out to be fakes.

A fake capacity flash memory item eventually corrupts users’ data when the true capacity is exceeded as there is nowhere for the data to go. 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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October 20, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Flash drives in private ebay listings by Hong Kong seller

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mml122005

If these 8GB flash drives listed by mml122005 are genuine we wonder why the seller is using a private 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 in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

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October 19, 2009 at 11:46 PM

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Seller on ebay Spain with fraudsters’ favourite flash drive

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traza-2 Despite two negative comments about these fake capacity flash drives it seems that it has not occurred to seller traza-2 to test the drives. If the seller did this he or she would discover they are fake capacity and will trash users’ files after a while.

They were obviously purchased from one of the fraudulent wholesale outlets in the far east. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

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October 16, 2009 at 10:42 PM

Obvious fake flash drives sold on ebay Spain

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zaratamo35

These flash drives listed on ebay by zaratamo35 are fakes which will corrupt users’ files. The seller may not realise this, but every flash drive in this packaging we tested was 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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October 16, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Job lots of counterfeit flash drives listed by ebayer in Turkey

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asaran25

Seller asaran25 listed a number of job lots of counterfeit Kingston flash drives. Some listings were apparently removed by ebay (no doubt at Kingston’s request) and it is likely that this one will be removed too. The seller also offers Sony memory cards – these are probably fakes too. Fake flash memory trashes your 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 your testing confirms you have purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

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October 10, 2009 at 1:41 PM

128GB DT 200 auction on ebay Australia

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superstarzeng2009

Is this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drive offered at auction on ebay Australia by superstarzeng2009 genuine or counterfeit? The buyer can check the serial number with Kingston to find out.

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 22, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Hong Kong powerseller uses private sales on ebay

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kjcollection

If the flash drives sold on ebay by kjcollection are genuine we wonder why the seller is hiding what has been sold by using private 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.

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September 20, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Another fraudster claiming fraudsters’ favourite made in Japan

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fast.shipping.2009

Seller fast.shipping.2009 claimed this 64GB flash drive was made in Japan – this ID seem to be connected to some other fraudsters based in Singapore making the same “made in Japan” claim. We have decided to christen this the singjapan gang! Seems appropriate as they are all singing from the same “made in Japan” hymn sheet and are all based in Singapore!

We don’t think these flash drives were made in Japan and we don’t think they are really 64GB. This model of flash drive is the fraudsters’ favourite for reprogramming to any old fake capacity they like.

We have never come across one that really had more than 4GB. The seller is no longer a registered user – if you bought flash memory from fast.shipping.2009 test your item with the free program h2testw. Whop in your refund claim through the dispute console as soon as you have established that it is indeed a fake capacity flash drive.

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

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September 18, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Bold young gremlin lists fake 64GB USB flash drive on ebay

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songxuan16889898

gremlin2sThis flash drive listed by songxuan16889898 is the fraudsters’ favourite for programming to any fake capacity that takes their fancy – in this case 64GB. In truth it is unlikely to be able to store more than 3.7GB of data before files become lost/corrupted.

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

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

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September 15, 2009 at 4:36 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

Are the USB flash drives from this UK ebayer genuine?

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dealbestsales

If the Sandisk and Integral USB flash drives listed on ebay by seller dealbestsales are genuine then they are bargains. We hope that dealbestsales did not buy these from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers supplying counterfeit and fake capacity flash memory.

We also hope this seller has checked serial numbers and tested a sample of the drives thoroughly to ensure they are not counterfeits. 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 14, 2009 at 9:00 PM

This looks like an ebay gremlin seller in Hong Kong to us

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gremlin2sWe think that online-trade-centre is yet another ebay gremlin seller – a term we have adopted for deliberate purveyors of fake flash memory in China/Hong Kong/Shanghai whose ebay ID we think belongs to a known fraud gang.

We fully expect that this item and all other flash memory sold by online-trade-centre will prove to be fake capacity, causing data corruption and loss for users of such items.

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 12, 2009 at 8:50 AM

Gremlin with private sale of fraudsters’ favourite USB flash drive

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gremlin2sSeems the recently registered gremlin ID wanwtanzdh is another disposable one set up by our fraudster friends in China to sell as many of the fraudsters’ favourite fake 16GB USB flash drives as possible before being suspended.

The seller is using private sales to delay the inevitable suspension for fraud as long as possible. 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 11, 2009 at 4:16 PM

8GB Sandisk flash drives on ebay are either a bargain or fake

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kitkit85Either the 8GB flash drives sold by kitkit85, a seller registered in Malaysia are a snip at this price or they are dangerous fakes that will cause file loss and corruption.

Without one of the team buying one we can’t tell for sure until buyers report in.That said we do find the packaging a bit suspect.

Genuine Sandisk flash drives usually come in sealed packaging that is destroyed by opening it.

This looks like the pop-open packaging commonly used by fraudsters to us. Also we wonder why the capacity of the drive on the packaging has been airbrushed out.

If you bought one of these from kitkit85 test the available space with h2testw.

You won’t be able to test the whole drive capacity if U3 is present as claimed because this and the file management system take up some of the space. However, if it is genuine the test will run without any errors and you can simply delete the test files.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

September 10, 2009 at 6:24 PM

USA seller with range of suspect USB flash drives on ebay

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goldenpalmusb

Seller goldenpalmusb is right in describing this model of flash drive as classic – however the seller left off the other word that goes with classic; fake. This leather flash drive is the classic fake sold by hundreds of fraudsters on ebay. We have never come across one that was genuinely the capacity claimed and we don’t think these will be genuine either.

This leads us to think that the other flash drives offered by goldenpalmusb are likely to be fake capacity as well. 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 9, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Ebay seller in Singapore selling suspect leather flash drive

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quality.services

This model of flash drive offered by quality.services in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB looks to be the fraudsters’ favourite. Genuine flash drives could not be sold at these capacities at the buy it now price advertised by quality.services. In the listings quality.services states that these were made in Japan. However in our experience this model of flash drive always comes out of China and is always 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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September 9, 2009 at 11:07 AM

“Used” 64GB Sony flash drives are fake fake fakity fake

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atomicrooster44b

Who has used 64GB flash drives they don’t need anymore? UK ebay seller atomicrooster44 apparently. This ebayer is currently listing the one above and has already sold the one shown below. These are fake – not made by Sony and not 64GB.

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 3, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Gremlin lists favourite fake flash drive on ebay

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xinxinxiangrong988
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The flash drive in this listing is a notorious fake – it is not 64GB or anything like. This seller is offering one other model at the moment, it will no doubt be fake too. The highest genuine capacity found for this model is 4GB.

There is something slightly odd about this gremlin – the ID was registered over a year ago but it has absolutely no feedback!

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 3, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Ebay member has counterfeit Kingston listings removed.

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An ebay member who listed a large number of high capacity USB flash drives on ebay, firstpowersell786, has had most of the flash memory items listed removed by ebay. This seller listed a range of USB flash drives which members of the frankeflash project considered counterfeit including:

32GB Kingston DataTraveler 150
64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150
32GB Kingston DataTraveler HyperX
32GB Kingston DataTraveler HyperX
32GB Corsair Voyager

The Kingston items were at the request of the company. Kingston (like a number of other companies) are increasingly putting pressure on ebay about the issue of counterfeits on ebay. The frankenflash has been working with Kingston and other companies to have counterfeit flash memory items removed for some time, but progress was slow at first.

Things have speeded up with the removal of counterfeit Kingston due to the efforts of dedicated members in the counterfeit team at the fightflashfraud branch of the frankenflash project. If you bought a Kingston USB flash drive from firstpowersell786 it will have vanished from your won list.

If you have not yet paid for a Kingston flash drive sold by firstpowersell786 -DON’T pay – ebay know the items are counterfeit. If you did pay claim a refund through paypal (see refund advice at sosfakeflash) – there is no excuse not to give you a refund as the item is counterfeit and ebay knows it!!

You can learn more about why a Kingston flash drive or other item may have vanished from ebay here:
http://flashdrivefacts.wordpress.com/2009/09/03/counterfeit-kingston-flash-memory-items-removed-from-ebay/

At the time of writing the only suspected counterfeits listed by firstpowersell786 that have not been removed by ebay are the corsair voyager flash drives. We are convinced these are counterfeit as well.

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

September 2, 2009 at 11:55 PM

Seems we have a new ebay ID for a known fraudster here

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id1_pro

Beware of buying flash drives from seller id1_pro. Why? Because they will all be fake capacity as it seems that known fraudster ionedream has simply changed ID to try and continue defrauding ebayers. We warned about this seller on July 28th and sosfakeflash published an alert on July 29th. The seller immediately changed name from ionedream to id1_pro.

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September 1, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Devious gremlin in China selling fake flash on ebay

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123qazxc

Members of the frankenflash project finds a single picture can be worth a thousand words – above we see a current listing by 123qazxc – below we see an ended listing:

123qazxcold

What can we say after that two thousand words worth? Nothing other than that buyers of flash memory sold by 123qazxc will find themselves with fake capacity items. Such items cause data loss and corruption. 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 31, 2009 at 10:30 PM

This 16GB flash drive on ebay seems too cheap to be genuine

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parts-for-sale-london

This flash drive seems a bit too cheap to be genuine. This makes us wonder if parts-for-sale-london (like many other UK sellers) purchased these from a fraudulent wholesaler. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 29, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Seller in Singapore lists fraudsters’ favourite flash drive on ebay

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cool.stuff12053

This flash drive listed on ebay by seller cool.stuff12053 is not cool stuff – it is a dangerous fake which will cause users’ files to be lost or corrupted. The seller may be unaware of this – many ebayers have bought such drives from fraudulent wholesalers.

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.

UPDATE 18TH SEPT 2009

This seller is not currently listing anything for sale – investigation suggests that this may be a founding member of what we have christened the singjapan gang, from before they began singing from the same “made in Japan” hymn sheet!!

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August 29, 2009 at 2:26 PM

UK seller lists fraudsters’ favourite flash drive on ebay

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systechguy

UK seller systechguy may be unaware of the fact that the model of flash drive shown in this listing has never proved to have a true capacity over 4GB. Many ebayers buy flash drives to sell on ebay from fraudulent suppliers in China. It seems that systechguy is one of the many sellers who have done so. The other model offered by this seller is also very familiar to members of the frankenflash project.

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

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

Written by fightflashfraud

August 26, 2009 at 1:41 AM

Fantastically cheap 32GB flash drives from Hong Kong

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cheermagun

Want to loose all your valuable computer files? It seems you can do it very cheaply by buying a fake capacity 32GB flash drive from cheermagun, based in Hong Kong. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

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August 25, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Are this ebay member’s 4GB flash drives genuine?

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djc_scotland

We hope that all the models of 4GB flash drive shown above listed on buy it now by seller djc_scotland (registered on ebay on 02-Jun-09) are genuine and were not purchased from one of the many fraudelent suppliers who sell fakes. Two ebay members contacted this seller expressing concerns about the possibility that the flash drives might not be genuine.

The seller told both ebayers that he had been dealing with his supplier for 2½ years and that all customers were satisfied. However, as the seller only registered on ebay less than three months ago, and did not tell either of those who expressed concern who the “trusted supplier” is we have no way of verifying this claim.

Unfortunately most buyers just plug their flash drives into the computer, look at the properties and leave positive feedback without fully testing the drive – so we can’t assume that the 100% positive feedback for this seller at present is meaningful either. We will be very happy if we find that djc_scotland is supplying genuine flash drives. We are actively seeking genuine sellers but it seems the water is very muddy.

UPDATE 23rd October
We note that the seller is using private sales – if the flash drives being sold are genuine why hide buyer IDs?

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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August 23, 2009 at 11:17 PM

This 32GB Flash drive on ebay UK is too cheap to be genuine

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iwanttobuy_2007

We wouldn’t want to buy this flash drive from seller iwanttobuy_2007 – it is too cheap to be a real 32GB flash drive. We expect the real capacity will be very much less than 32GB. 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 16, 2009 at 3:20 PM

64GB flash drive in private listings on ebay France

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prigastore0645If the 64GB flash drive listed by prigastore0645 is genuine we wonder why the seller is using private listings. 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 16, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Obvious fake USB flash drives listed on ebay UK

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peter_pan1981B

UK ebay seller peter_pan1981 is listing obvious fake 8GB and 32GB flash drives – obvious because the Vaio name is shown and this name is only used for laptops! The seller previously sold the fraudsters’ favourite 16GB leather flash drive.

The seller has removed listings after being warned about the Vaio name so the seller may have been unaware that the drives were fake. We hope the seller will get in touch with anyone who already bought, provide them with a refund and warn them they are in danger of data loss if they use the drives.

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.

UPDATE 05 September 09
It seems that peter-pan1981 decided to start selling these self same fakes again – but this time has a more ambitous 64GB and the seller has made sure that the tell tale vaio name was no longer visible. We therefore conclude that this is deliberate fraud, rather than the seller being an innocent victim of a fraudulent supplier.

The seller has expanded the range of fakes on offer from this drive and the fraudsters’ favourite to include several Kingston models. Apparently none of this seller’s customers has actually tested their flash drives as the seller still has 100% positive feedback.

This seller is well aware of the existence of the frankenflash project and knows full well about h2testw, yet still lists known fakes. Perhaps buyers might like to test their drives and report this seller to the police as the sale of fraudulent and counterfeit items is a criminal offence.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 12, 2009 at 9:00 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.

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August 12, 2009 at 9:00 PM

Seems this UK ebayer has been shopping in fake flash land!

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griffontechnologyukbenWe can see no trace of this flash drive on the Kingston website so we are fairly certain that ebay member griffontechnologyukben has been on a shopping trip to fakeflashland. The seller may not be aware that these flash drives are probably counterfeit and fake capacity.

Sadly a lot of ebay sellers think they can buy flash drives cheap from China. They assume that when they buy from suppliers in China they are buying directly from the factory and get them at bargain prices because they cut out the middle man.

This is not the case!!!

Many suppliers in China are fraudulent.

Any seller who does not want to be suspended by ebay and face possible prosecution needs to research things properly before buying flash memory to sell on ebay. Some founder members of the frankenflash project learned this lesson to their cost – one of the reasons the blogs about fake flash items were founded!

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.

UPDATE 12 Aug 2009
It appears from information now received that we were mistaken in giving seller griffontechnologyukben the benefit of the doubt. Apparently this seller seems to be a determined fraudster with no care for the damage inflicted on others by the sale of dangerous fakes.

Having apparently already defrauded 7 buyers with fake USB drives this seller seems determined to defraud another three with this item:
griffonprom
Very interesting! Picture only shows in list view not in the actual item listing. We can say without a shadow of a doubt that no one can sell genuine new 16GB flash drives for under £10.

This seller is also offering (carefully invisible) memory cards:
griffonblock

DO NOT BUY ANY MEMORY ITEM FROM griffontechnologyukben!
IF YOU DO YOU ARE AT HIGH RISK OF DATA LOSS / CORRUPTION!!

We now wonder whether the car this seller has listed is safe to drive – or is that dodgy as well?

Written by fightflashfraud

August 10, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Are this Hong Kong seller’s flash drives genuine?

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mcpower168

At the time of writing seller mcpower168 has no feedback for flash drives having only recently started selling these. Previously the seller only offered other items all of which were sold at a loss – current feedback is only for these loss-making items. This suggests to us that this could be another carefully built ID set up for fraud.

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 8, 2009 at 1:30 PM