Toward A Fake Flash Drive Free World – No More Counterfeits – No More Data Loss

Alert – epc*vauxhall – Ebay Fake Flash Seller – UK

Posted by KittyFireFlash on September 15, 2008

epc*vauxhall is a an ebay fake flash seller who targeted the United Kingdom and Continental Europe. Based in the UK, epc*vauxhall sold many 32GB fake flash drives in a very short period of time. The listings rolled off the assembly line by the hour. Current estimates are between 320 to 720 drives. SOSFakeFlash is unable to review the completed listings due to the clever use of an asterik in the sellers name. It confuses the eBay search engine. The seller is not currently listing. These auctions continued to churn off the assembly line after August 18th, 2008, – despite the warning issued by an eBayer (code name – Teacup ).

  • We have 3 documented Fakes as of September 13th, 2008.

Experience shows that it takes only one drive of a model to be confirmed fake to know that all are fake for a particular model. Further investigation only reaffirms this, over and over again. See the 3totrade case and also the mug short report to review our experience and claims.

You will unfortunately find little evidence of the fakes in the feedback. As usual eBayers were fooled.

Here is what Teacup reported to SOSFakeflash – Personal Identification information of the eBayer has been removed for posting:

Hi.. Here’s the info you need.. xxxxx XXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXX paid for on the 16th July 2008 from seller “epc*vauxhall”.

I recieved the stick on the 22nd July and immediately had problems, I sent an email to “epc*vauxhall” that same day asking for help but got no reply-thinking it was just me or my computer, I left positive feedback and left it at that until I saw your free guide……

I then sent this email….. “Hi,ebayer Teacup here,I won & paid for a 32GB memory stick (item No.xxxxxxxxxxxx) on the 16th. July 2008 ,the winning bid being £xx.xx with £1 postage. I sent you an email on the 22nd July 2008 stating that I was having problems with the memory stick- you did not reply. I have since found out that you have knowingly or unknowingly sold me a fake memory stick which is in fact only a 4GB stick (see free information guide, XXXXXXX XXXXX XXXXX). I have used the USB flash drive test which confirms that the stick is corrupt & only a 4GB stick. I still have all the original packaging and want a full refund. Please reply as I do not want to have to go through the process of opening an ebay buyers dispute ..Teacup..

Within the time it took me to make a cup of tea I got a reply….

“i have just send you a refund”.

I have been refunded in full only through a small bit of persistance and have got to keep the 4GB stick into the bargain, but I dare say others hav’nt been that fortunate. Judging by the speed of his reply & refund I got the impression that this sellers on the scam, the broken English reply goes against whoever it is as well. I checked the sellers feedback & there’s people who have bought 32GB stick and have given positive feedback, maybe they were just like me and gave up. Hope this can be of some small use to you, I have passed your free guide onto friends and congratulate you on a fine endevour…keep up the sterling work…Teacup.

One eBayer who reported a fake from this seller was a new eBayer. He deregistered from eBay. eBay appears to be in trouble with little growth. With fake flash sellers on the loose, it is not hard to see why eBay is finding it hard to get new members.

epc*vauxhall continued to sell the drives after Teacup warned him it was a fake. Therefore this seller’s guilt is obvious. epc*vauxhall saw what teacup saw. We are not going to reveal what that is. But it did speed a refund to one eBayer – quickly. epc*vauxhall, if an honest seller could easily have tested the drives he was selling. He did not. He continued to sell them with alarming speed.

As of September 13th, 2008 – we have 3 eBay listings confirmed fake.

epc*vauxhall sold a fake flash drive of 32GB.

This is the model sold under the eBay seller id of epc*vauxhall has been been confirmed as Counterfeit, recorded with eBayer ID and eBay Item Number – Standard Procedure. Presented as listed at auction. The packaging is clearly from the older fakes. It is a dead give away. If you see packaging like this – arrest your bidding fingers and stay clear! Counterfeit items tied to criminal activity enjoy no protection. If you bought this usb fake flash drive, you should test immediately with the software H2testw 1.4 . Do not store any important data on the drive until you can confirm you have the true advertised capacity, (minus formatting overhead).


Should your drive not report the true advertised capacity:

  1. Immediately attempt to move any data you have stored on the drive to another source. Be advised if you have stored more than the reported size from H2testw 1.4, you will not be able to recover it all – you can expect to see errors in the copy back.
  2. Immediately report to eBay and PayPal to add your voice against this seller.

If the eBay Item number has disappeared from your won list. Please go to PayPal and search through your transactions for the approximate time frame of your purchase. You will find the details of your transaction and ebay item number. PayPal keeps this information for a long time. Use the email address:


Please include:

  1. PayPal Transaction Number
  2. Ebay Item Number
  3. Date Of PayPal Transaction
  4. Date Of eBay Item Listing
  5. Your eBayer Id
  6. Cite eBay Seller epc*vauxhall
  7. The results from your testing with H2testw 1.4
  8. Any information concerning data loss and it’s value to you

You are to inform them you wish to have this seller investigated for all drives he sold to eBayers. They need to be warned and that you wish to be part of the investigation against this seller and are adding yourself to the evidence. You expect to be fully refunded for the purchase and shipping and if you can prove data loss compensation for it as well.

If you KNOW you have a fake please contact other eBayers for this seller immediately. HELP! The number of drives epc*vauxhall sold is alarming! Go to the sellers feedback and send messages to the eBayers who left positive feedback for this drive. Warn them to test! Also to file disputes without delay. It is your right as an eBayer to “Share” buying experiences. You can refer them to this page for additional information.

If you wish to submit your fake for epc*vauxhall into evidence you can write to:


You must include:

  • ebay item number
  • ebayer id
  • seller id
  • Results of testing from H2testw 1.4

Items that can no longer be viewed or examined at eBay can not be included (usually 60 days from auction). This information will be added to the database. It is used to produce the mugshot report and build the evidence – that this is not imaginary – the plague of fake flash on eBay is REAL!

You may also send a brief comment of your experience in dealing with this seller and or your eBay PayPal experience. Generally we advise you leave a comment on this page to share with everyone.

To see rauch36 aka epc*vauxhall’s Feedback Click Here

One Response to “Alert – epc*vauxhall – Ebay Fake Flash Seller – UK”

  1. Foxxy Lady said

    I bought three flash drives (8 gb) from three different sellers on eBay and EVERY ONE OF THEM HAS BEEN HACKED! The problem is that you often don’t realize that until you try to use the files that you think are safe on the drive. These people should be hung up by their genitals in the town square. These drives are often being used to backup critical files and give the buyer a false sense of security!

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