16GB Fake Flash USB Tidal Waves Continue On eBay – Victims of False Capacity Devices Pour Into SOSFakeFlash For Help

Posted on January 12, 2009 by


Fake 16GB Flash Memory USB drives are being dumped on eBay and there is no sign of it stopping. On December 6th, 2008 SOSFakeflash issued a warning to the global community about buying 16GB Flash drives on eBay that was published by FakeFlashNews. See:

16GB Flash Memory Thumb Pen Stick eBay Bargains SOSFakeFlash Issues Warning

Observed since November 2008, eBay Sellers of fake flash devices have unloaded these items in astonishing quantities. It is not unusual for these sellers to list more than 2000+ in a period of three weeks. What the FrankenFlash project feared, an increase in the number of victims is now reality.

eBay members are hunting the internet for information as to why their flash drives are not working, why they are losing precious files. They are now discovering the horrible truth – victims of a fake flash purchase on eBay. The traffic to the sites run by the FrankenFlash Project is increasing. SOSFakeFlash is doing it’s best to cope with the increased need for assistance.

There is currently a delay of up to three days in responding to requests. Everyone is asked for patience as we struggle with the load. Please use the opportunity to comment on posts at SOSFakeFlash to assist each other. This is a community effort. Not only are eBayers testing drives they have just received, they are also testing earlier eBay Flash drive acquisitions as well – the mysteries of why the earlier drives lost files is being revealed.

Everyone’s help is needed. The 16GB advertised capacity is the preferred fake flash size to offer on eBay. Please assist in tracking new seller ID’s for investigation. Sellers are being shut down, but they are also popping up again. Many have sleeper id’s they keep in reserve. These id’s often do not show a recent registration date but can be as old as two years. Report sellers to sosfakeflashdrive@gmail.com so that we can begin the investigation on what they have sold. While they may not yet be found out it is critical to capture the information as soon as possible. When caught they run or are forced to by eBayers on the War Path.

The most recent trend? To offer 16GB Flash drives for silly prices – generally in the $2 range and even lower. The difference is made up in the shipping and handling charges often as high as $30 or more. By using this strategy eBay is also losing money in commission. Beware of this tactic. Oh, they will “refund” you the drive purchase but will definitly evade any attempt on your part to recover the shipping costs. Clever is it not?

There is currently intermittent issues with the negative and neutral feedback tool on the fake flash sellers list. You can guess who is responsible for this. It is being looked at by those who support that tool. Fixing the issue could be challenging. It is not the first time they have faced obstacles. If you found the tool useful, give the people behind it a helping hand – donate to their efforts. The core team is not impacted by the issues.

Continue to leave negative feedback for an eBay Seller if you confirm you have been sold a false capacity drive. Do not wait until you receive a refund. Help other victims. Also put:


in your feedback to light the way for victims of your seller. If you left positive, you can still add follow up feedback revealing the truth about your purchase.

Be on the lookout for wacky drive sizes for brand names. Sony Micro Vault fakes are showing up on eBay. See: Fake Sony 32GB 64GB 120GB 360GB 500GB Micro Vault USB Flash Drives Available on eBay!

It is a good guide. There is help with an email address to write to at Sony. Also Sony’s position on fake flash usb drives being sold under their name. They even updated their guide on eBay. Yes, Sony had to put a guide there.

Kingston is also being targeted. Watch out! Always go to the manufacturers site to see what they offer in usb flash drives before considering an eBay Purchase. For Kingston the colour coding matters. For brand name drives – they are normally sealed so that you have a serious scissor war to get to your new flash drive. Any snap packing should be a warning to you.

The most alarming thing about this 16GB Fake Flash USB drive Tidal wave hitting eBay? The prices for genuine 16GB drives are dropping in many countries as the 32GB and 64GB’s are coming off the assembly line. For about 25% more many victims could have bought a genuine drive and been spared their current ordeal.

These are possible alternative shopping sites. However they are local to the region they serve.

In the USA


In Canada


In UK we had a good report from one person at:




Stay away from any flash device purchase on eBay. It is just too risky. We estimate that for every genuine drive sold – 10,000 fakes are sold, perhaps more. It is a sad situation. But until eBay gets out the vacuum cleaner and cleans up the mess you will be better off shopping some where else.

If you are a victim in this 16GB Fake Flash Tidal wave on eBay, claim. Fight back. Help other members in trouble as much as you can. Share your experiences on the posts. If you have a fake flash drive fix, not covered at the http://fixfakeflash.wordpress.com/ site, send it in to help others.