Escalation In False Capacity USB Fake Memory eBay! SOSFakeFlash News July 3rd, 2009
Posted by KittyFireFlash on July 3, 2009
Warning to all eBayer members. There is a serious escalation in fake flash usb drives being offered by eBay sellers in the Orient.
SOSFakeFlash with your assistance managed to have many sellers suspended. Their sentence in eBay fake flash prison ended, they are back with a vengeance.
New seller id’s have appeared. Old sellers, having recently been shut down are using their stock of id’s prepared long in advance.
Everywhere we turn, we are finding new sellers. The objective of the fraudsters is simply this, Hit and Run. Massive listings over a very short period of time. Typical preparation is to sell cheap items for less than $1 us or £1. Often it is a stylus, earphones or an MP Player sock. They will sell these to build positive feedback and also to compensate for any negative feedback from frauded buyers. This strategy is used by small sellers and powersellers. The game of numbers.
We need your help! There are just too many of them. The major target is 16GB capacity. The period they will list has decreased. It can be as short as 5 days, with massive volume or 3 days on followed by 3 days off. We need you to patrol your eBay country regions. Look for suspect usb flash drives in 16GB. Please leave your comments and reports on this post to assist us. How can you make a difference?
Alerts will resume soon. There is a lot of investigative work involved. This site does not make idle claims.
It is easy to spot 16GB fakes. It is not possible to offer genuine usb flash drives at $20 US or less, if the seller wishes to make a profit. $20 US is the rock bottom price for an 8GB flash drive, quality possibly only at grade B. You can read up on usb flash drive chip prices at: http://flashdrivefacts.wordpress.com/
We are announcing zero tolerance. Only 1 single confirmation is needed for an eBay seller to be put on the eBay fake flash sellers list. The escalation and the fact that eBay will not introduce a policy on the selling of Flash based technology requires a more aggressive approach. After 18 months of experience, we know that it only takes one. Data supports this over and over again. Only about 1 in 10,000 false capacity devices is reported. Does this shock you? The only way the number of victims can be reduced is by early detection. Fraudsters need to be shut down quickly before they can accumulate false positive feedback from buyers who do not test properly. Otherwise they are able to build a feedback wall that protects them and allows them to continue with their fraud.
Can you help patrol? If you did not like being frauded on eBay, this is your opportunity to do something positive:
1. Look for any usb flash drive 16GB capacity listings on your eBay home site. Fraudsters target different countries at different times. They rotate eBay regions. For example, a seller may not show up on ebay.com but will in the UK or in Europe exclusively. A few weeks later they will switch and if frauded buyers check in their area they will think the seller has stopped – not so. If the items are below $25 US report the seller id’s on this post to assist us to examine them.
2. If you see any seller offering “free shipping” and a low bid price, report on this post.
3. Select 16GB listings at low prices. Write to the seller and ask if they can guarantee the advertised capacity. Corner them. Did they test with H2testw? If they refuse to answer your question, report here, we know that when a seller refused to respond there was only one outcome, they eventually appeared on the list!
4. If any seller offers listings with “Buyer Id Kept Private ” – this is a 99.9999% sign of a fake flash seller. Please do the following:
a) Report here.
b) Ask the seller why they are using a private auction. Send any communications to firstname.lastname@example.org or paste them in here.
c) Go the bottom of the listing and report it to eBay. It is against the intent of ebay Private Listings for items at this price. It is used on purpose to hide the fraud.
5. Use the tool http://toolhaus.org/cgi-bin/negs
Type in the sellers name. Look for any signs of fake usb flash drives. Contact people who bought these items and complained. Ask them to contact sosfakeflashdrive@gmail with their story. Remember, we only need 1 confirmation. This action is a proactive approach. The sooner a seller is detected, the sooner the research can begin and the seller added to the list. It also allows for internet alerts that will assist other buyers to find us, the truth and to fight back. We feel this could help to shorten their fake flash careers on eBay.
6. Contact buyers who left positive feedback for a seller and ask them to test, immediately. If they have a fake, ask them to send the information to us. See http://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/report-a-fake/ They risk data loss if they purchased a false capacity usb flash drive. The consequences can be devastating.
Note: You can send only 5 messages a day to eBay members. To sellers you can send about 15 inquiries.
The SOSFakeFlash team needs your help. The message quota is the most serious obstacle against warning people to test. More people are needed to use their id’s to send out the messages. This is the only way that people can be warned.
Most of us received such a message long ago in our inbox. We took the warning seriously. We tested and many of us avoided data loss. Some were not so lucky but at least understood why the data was lost. We fought the fake flash sellers, eBay and Paypal and stayed to address the issue. We set up these websites to help you. Can you help as we have?