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Kafka-esque experiences with ebay and paypal

December 17, 2009

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Did you find that Paypal and ebay sent you round in circles when you complained about a fake flash item? They do the same to sellers who had false negatives left by non paying buyers. They do it to those who had their ebay and Paypal accounts hijacked – see dear-ebay to read the experience […]

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

September 7, 2009

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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:

A chance to vote for more ebay fraud??

July 10, 2009

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We expect all ebay members in Europe have received a message from ebay recently entitled: Demand an end to unfair trade practices It seems to us that signing the petition mentioned in this email would be voting for more fraud on ebay!! Here is the text of the message in question – decide for yourselves […]

We may have found a genuine 128GB Kingston on ebay Australia

July 10, 2009

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This could possibly be the real thing. The seller states in the listing for this: Most items take 1-2 days to deliver depending on location. This is however, not a stocked item so please allow 5-7 days deliver. This statement along with the fact that the price is not wildly below the RRP (so may […]

Two more 128GB USB flash drive models now available

July 6, 2009

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The launch of the first 128GB USB flash drive by Kingston has been quickly followed by the launch of 128GB drives by two other manufacturers. Edge tech now offers a 128GB DiskGo model (below left) at $390 and Patriot offers the Magnum (below right) – the price for this drive has not yet been announced.

Contrefaçon possible 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150

June 13, 2009

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Nous pensons que cette commande instantanée énumérée par nadin357 est probablement la capacité fausse – personne ne pourrait se permettre de risquer le listinh quelque chose cette des coûts plus de 60 euros en gros avec un prix de début de 1 euro ! Examinez toute la mémoire Flash avec h2testw Rapportez dedans au flash […]

Is this Kingston Datatraveler 150 on ebay France counterfeit?

June 12, 2009

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We think this is a counterfeit 64GB DataTraveler 150 – if it is genuine Kingston will be able to confirm this as each one has an individual serial number. Perhaps seller tralinon should get on the phone and check with Kingston. We can’t see how ebayers could possibly afford to list real ones at auction […]

Did your Kingston DataTraveler 150 corrupt and lose files??

June 11, 2009

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Over the last couple of months huge numbers of counterfeit 32GB and 64GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives have been advertised on the Internet. These mimic the appearance of the real ones but there are some clues that can help you identify a counterfeit even before you buy. The first one is that the fakes seem […]

Flash fraud is a big profit business in China

June 10, 2009

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The sale of counterfeit USB flash drives (which are also fake capacity), generic fake capacity USB flash drive, fake capacity Media players, memory cards etc is big business in China both on ebay and elsewhere. An example on ebay is seller beyboosry – in the 90 days prior to the seller’s feedback score plunging to […]

Suspect listings for 32GB Kingston on ebay Italy

June 8, 2009

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The pictures used by ebay seller 3343871181 (registered in Italy) are not of genuine 32GB drives so we think this seller has listed fake capacity drives. Testing with h2testw is likely to reveal that they have a very small capacity. Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

32GB media player from Hong Kong reported as fake capacity

June 8, 2009

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An ebay member has told us that he bought this player from cybertown_network and found it’s real capacity was only 4GB. If you bought anything that used flash memory from cybertown_network test it immediately with the free program h2testw. Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Should we laugh or cry when we see ebay listings like this?

June 7, 2009

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An ebay member in the United States has listed a flash drive (supposedly a “64GB” Kingston flash drive) he was given by a friend. We have seen a number of listings where someone lists a flash drive a “friend” gave them. Funnily enough it was often for helping the “friend” with a computer problem. If […]

L’azionamento falso della penna di 32GB Kingston ha venduto sull’Italia ebay

June 5, 2009

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Questa falsificazione evidente 32GB Kingston è stata elencata quma_trading, un venditore ebay basato in Italia. Quattro membri ebay già hanno lasciato le risposte positive per questa falsificazione – forse un membro ebay in Italia potrebbe avvertire che loro l’articolo sono capienza falsa. Chiunque che usando uno di questi finalmente troverà che le lime sono perse […]

Fake 32GB Kingston flash drive on ebay France

June 5, 2009

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The seller fenua0 may not know these are fake. One has already been sold. We suggest the buyer test with h2testw immediately and gets in touch with the seller.

Just where is this 64GB Kingston – China or Australia??

June 4, 2009

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We think this flash drive listed by *austrade* on ebay Australia may be a dropshipping item from China and is probably fake capacity and counterfeit. If you bought a 64GB Kingston on ebay from any seller it is very likely to be a fake that will cause data loss. Test immediately with h2testw. Report in […]

Seller of fantastic fakes on ebay Australia

June 4, 2009

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  Seller ilimco (based in Australia) is obviously not familiar with the Kingston web site, otherwise ilimco would be well aware that Kingston do not make the drive shown above in 64GB. Worse still they don’t do ANY 128GB flash drives – nobody does! Fake fake fakity fake. Test with h2testw to find out just […]

Is this recently regisered seller offering genuine 16GB flash drives?

June 3, 2009

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Is zybkodim68568 (an ebay seller recently registered in China) selling genuine 16GB flash drives? The fact that buyer IDs are hidden suggests not. Usually when people selling flash drives on ebay hide buyer IDs this is a sign of deliberate fraud. We could be wrong in suspecting that hidden IDs (and the fact that the […]

Suspect 32GB Kingston flash drive listing on ebay from UK seller

June 3, 2009

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We think UK seller ytrend_co_uk may well be selling fake capacity Kingston. For one thing the buy it now price is too low, for another the model shown in the picture is not made in 32GB and thirdly buyer IDs are hidden. If you bought from ytrend_co_uk test your drive immediately with h2testw. Report in […]

Fake 64GB Kingston flash drives sold by ebayer in Australia.

June 2, 2009

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These 64GB Kingston flash drives sold by chriscon12 are fake capacity and will cause data loss. If you bought one test it immediately with h2testw. Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Fake 64GB Sony listed on ebay Australia

June 2, 2009

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Suspect packaging on 8GB flash drive from Hong Kong

June 2, 2009

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The packaging used for this 8GB USB flash drive sold on ebay by sicilydreamer (based in Hong Kong) is notorious. It has been used by fraud gangs for packing fake capacity flash drives for a very long time. As we have never come across a genuine flash drive in this packaging we are inclined to […]

Suspected fake capacity 8GB flash drives from Hong Kong

June 2, 2009

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Feedback indicates that these two models of 8GB flash drive are fake capacity. If you bought a flash drive from Hong Kong based ebay seller world_max_store test it immediately with h2testw. Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

L’azionamento falso dell’istantaneo 64GB ha elencato dal venditore ebay in Italia

June 1, 2009

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Gli azionamenti dell’istantaneo in questo che impacca sono risultato sempre essere capienza falsa. Pensiamo che questo sia capienza falsa anche. Il venditore non può sapere – forse qualcuno dovrebbe suggerire le prove vitooooo2 esso con h2testw.

Suspected fraudster in China pretends items are in the UK

June 1, 2009

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In this listing on ebay Poland a suspected fraudster in China is pretending the item is in the UK to fool buyers into thinking it is safe to bid. We don’t think it is safe to bid on items from taoline2. We think the seller’s flash drives are very likely to be fake capacity. If […]

UK seller lists fake 64GB flash drives as “faulty”

May 30, 2009

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These are fake capacity flash drives not, as seller streetfiction claims, faulty ones. The seller chose to ignore a warning that these were fake not faulty. Here is what the seller says in the listing: These USB’s are sold as faulty, some do not like being formatted; I don’t know what the problem is but […]

Suspected seller of fake flash drives on ebay registered in China

May 29, 2009

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closet10248 an ebay member since 20-Mar-09 in China sells flash drives which we suspect may be fake capacity. The seller’s first flash drive was sold on 30th April total including postage was £10.98 (bid of 99p with the remainder charged on post and packing) for a “16GB” drive but no feedback for this item had […]

Another ebay ID set up by Hong Kong/Chinese fraudsters?

May 28, 2009

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The drive being sold here by yongli84 (a new ebay ID registered in Hong Kong that we suspect was set up by one of the well known fraud gangs) is one that is very commonly sold in fake capacities. Investigation by an ebay member into an ambiguous neutral comment by a buyer resulted in a […]

32GB Kingston from seller in United States proves to be fake

May 27, 2009

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This item has been reported as fake capacity with test results and all information required for the item to be entered in the sosfakeflash database. If you bought a flash drive from this seller we suggest you test it immediately with h2testw. Fake capacity flash drives inevitably cause file loss and corruption of data. Sellers […]

Obvious fake 32GB Kingston drives listed by US ebayer

May 27, 2009

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Kingston do not sell a 32GB flash drive in this model – the highest capacity is 16GB. These have to be a fake capacity drives, probably purchased from fraudsters in China. Perhaps someone in the United states could tell wholesale_expert2009 that these drives are fake and advise the seller to test with h2testw. Buyers of […]

L’azionamento falso dell’istantaneo di 32GB Kingston ha elencato dal membro ebay in Italia

May 26, 2009

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Questa falsificazione evidente 32GB Kingston è stata elencata quma_trading, un venditore ebay basato in Italia. Chiunque che usando uno di questi finalmente troverà che le lime sono perse o corrotte poichè la capienza reale è molto di meno che 32GB. Gli azionamenti dell’istantaneo come questo sono programmati per visualizzare una capienza falsa al sistema operativo. […]

Job lot of 18 fake 64GB Kingston listed on ebay Australia!!

May 25, 2009

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What can we say about this other than FAKE FAKE FAKITY FAKE!!! Apart from the fact that the model shown is not made in capacities above 16GB (model shown appears to be 2GB – these are colour coded) You would pay more than this per unit for 64GB drives if you were buying wholesale! We […]

An ebay member in Australia auctions suspect Kingston

May 24, 2009

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An ebay member registed in Australia has listed very suspect looking 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives in auctions. Nobody can afford to risk losing hundreds of dollars by listing high capacity flash drives by auctioning them with start prices below wholesale cost! The use of auctions and the risk being run by the seller […]

UK seller list fake 64GB Sony flash drive on ebay

May 23, 2009

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This 64GB flash drive listed by UK seller royal_bider has to be fake – Micro Vault is a Sony trade mark and they don’t make 64GB flash drives. Anyone buying one will lose files – buyers should test with h2testw. Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Fake 64GB Corsair flash drive listed on ebay??

May 22, 2009

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<p Corsair, like Kingston, Sony and other well known brands have fallen victim to fraudsters producing counterfeits or re-programming drives to false capacities. The fact that this listing is in auction format with a start price lower than wholesale makes us wonder whether victorl_69 is selling fake corsair drives. Please let us know. If you […]

Is this a fake 64GB Sandisk flash drive?

May 21, 2009

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Can ebayer yshopretail (regisered in Australia) really afford to risk selling a genuine 64GB Sandisk flash drive on ebay at a quarter of the retail price?? We don’t think so. Profit margins on USB flash drives are generally much too narrow for this to be possible. Some of those involved in the frankenflash project have […]