Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

What is a counterfeit?

with 4 comments

A counterfeit is something marked with a brand name which is not genuinely produced by that company or designer. Counterfeit  designer jeans, designer shoes or a handbag may be perfectly serviceable items. The same cannot be said of counterfeit flash.

Unlike counterfeiters of designer goods the counterfeiters of flash memory do not just defraud people out of money and make a dent in the designer’s and manufacturer’s profits. They cause people data loss by programming the flash to report itself as a higher capacity than it really is.

Common targets for counterfeiters of flash include Sony Sandisk and Kingston. If you buy a counterfeit drive you should contact the police and the manufacturer as well as the parties involved in the sale. If you purchased the drive on ebay the parties involved  include the seller, Ebay, Paypal and (if you paid with your credit card) your credit card company.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 24, 2008 at 3:02 PM

4 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Hi Dean,

    We have hoped for a long time to compile a list of good sellers – but every time we find any they end up throwing in the towel because buyers are too stupid and greedy to pay a decent price for a genuine product and gamble on buying cheap cr4p instead!


    January 9, 2011 at 3:52 PM

  2. Should we have a list for good sellers??
    This may lead to spamming??
    I am happy when I find a good flash-seller on Amazon or EBay now……do I need therapy?

    Dean Stewart

    January 9, 2011 at 3:21 PM

  3. Hi Craig,
    You didn’t say where you got this so there is not much we can do without more info – can’t even give you any advice! For what it’s worth:

    Looks like a 2GB flash chip programmed to fool the operating system into seeing it as 16GB.

    Please send the information we need to the email address shown on this page – we gather evidence about this sort of fraud in a database, and sosfakeflash will issue an internet alert on your seller once invesigations are complete.

    In the meantime, if you bought on ebay, you can leave a comment here saying you bought a fake from xyz – but search first – there may be a post about the seller. If there is it’s better to leave a comment on the post about the seller.


    November 2, 2009 at 8:09 PM

  4. Can someone tell me what the data below is telling me as I have ran this on a new flash drive & I don’t know what it means. This is a repost as I didn’t tick the email box on the first one. Sorry if this causes an issue & thanks for your help

    The media is likely to be defective.
    1.9 GByte OK (4073344 sectors)
    14.0 GByte DATA LOST (29454464 sectors)
    Details:14.0 GByte overwritten (29454464 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    0 KByte corrupted (0 sectors)
    1 MByte aliased memory (2048 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0×000000007c4f0000
    Expected: 0×000000007c4f0000
    Found: 0×00000003ff2a0000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 3.62 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 10.8 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4


    November 2, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: