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eBay Sellers Can Be Victims – How Does This Happen?

Posted by KittyFireFlash on August 29, 2008

How eBay Sellers Become Victims Of Fake Flash

eBay buyers of fake flash often forget that it is possible for a seller to be a victim.  Some might find this hard to believe but it is true.

Sellers sell what is “hot” – what moves.  USB flash drives are very popular and sell.  In recent months a number of very established eBay sellers with untarnished scores have expanded their product line to include USB Flash drives. New sellers on eBay just starting have chosen to sell USB pendrives too.

Unfortunately many do not know that the drives they have acquired wholesale are fakes. “Yeah, right…”  you might say.

Well consider this:

  1. Did you think when you bid on a drive that it would be a fake?
  2. That a controller chip on the drive could be reprogrammed – to lie to the operating system?
  3. Didn’t you see the advertised size showing up correctly?
  4. You were able to copy lots of files and they looked as if they were all there an the drive, right?

Well what you did, these sellers did too. It looked like the drives were fine, so they sold them. It was only when eBay buyers started contacting them, they realized that something might be wrong with the drives. But, like many buyers, they just thought it was a defect. Most victim sellers are no different than buyers – they don’t know the techno details on File Allocation Tables, Sectors, controller chips or even on what a flash drive chip is (similar to the RAM chips in your computer).

Just as you probably didn’t know there was an excellent program called H2testw 1.4 out there, neither did they.  When these sellers do find out about the program and test their drives, they are in shock! Just like you…only their problem is more serious:

  1. How to inform buyers that they bought fakes?
  2. How to get the money back from the Wholesaler?

Some will just stop listing and hide – hoping Buyers will not find out in time.

Other seller victims, bite the bullet and contact their buyers. They will ask for the flash drives to be returned so they can get a refund. Those that contact buyers often have to convince the buyer that they own a fake.  These sellers report they are living a  nightmare.

So far, almost all eBay Seller victims of fake flash are in the United States.  We have only one documented case In Canada.

Where do Sellers Get Fake Flash Drives In North America?

The biggest source we have discovered so far for fake USB Drives coming into Ebay in the United States is through a wholesaler web site called

If you think you had problems with a refund in eBay or PayPal – consider what it must be like for these sellers! If you search the internet about  you will find a lot of bad press from people who were frauded.  We haven’t seen anyone singing their praises.  Sound familiar? Frauded!

This wholesaler site, apparently is recommended by eBay or aleast this is what sellers say. You can even dig through eBay guides to find reports by sellers describing their woes.

Right now, sellers caught with fake flash on eBay in North America are looking for other sellers who bought from

If you are an eBay seller caught with fake flash drives and you bought them on please contact 

Please be patient with us – all involved in the various branches of the FrankenFlash Project are Volenteers.


One Response to “eBay Sellers Can Be Victims – How Does This Happen?”

  1. mad teacher said

    An ebayer that I have been corresponding with sent me the following American Government website address which should be useful to both victim sellers and victim buyers in the United states. They might even be doing things internationally:

    This is the address of the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) which is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) – they seem to deal with almost every flavour of technology-related crime!

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