Fake USB flash drives on trademe (run by ebay?) in New Zealand

Posted on September 7, 2009 by


A victim of fake flash memory in New Zealand alerted the frankenflash project to the fraud being perpetrated on a site we think is run by ebay. The site is www.trademe.co.nz

A quick look at this site a few days ago revealed a number of fraudulent listings:

seller jerrylee1 has a lot of listings for Transcend USB flash drives – here are two of them
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/External-storage/USB-memory-keys/auction-239948849.htm 4GB transcend flash drive

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/External-storage/USB-memory-keys/auction-239949035.htm 8GB transcend flash drive

In both listings by jerrylee1 the picture shows the blue 1GB model not the green 4GB or the lavender 8GB. I have a blue counterfeit Transcend sold as 16GB (16GB is pink) in my fakes collection. This is either a lazy seller using any old stock photo or there is some fishy business here!

Seller justlaptops has a very dodgy picture – shows both the blue and green transcend as 4GB:

This listing by nzvixen looks like a familiar fake flash drive sold by a lot of fraudsters in China (either wholesale or on ebay)

This flash drive listed by jack134988 are certainly fake:

This flash drive from jack134988 also looks likely to be a fake:

These, from justfurniture, are definately fake:


The frankenflash project simply does not have the peoplepower (not manpower because the most dedicated project members are mostly women!) to tackle this sort of fraud everywhere. Maybe someone in New Zealand would like to start a blog about fraud on this site??