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

Alert – itchee98 – Ebay Fake Flash Seller

Posted by KittyFireFlash on October 3, 2008

itchee98 is an eBay seller of Counterfeit usb flash drives. He is still actively selling fake flash drives. 24 eBayers become fake flash victims each day. A powerseller who deals in volume, estimated to have sold thousands of fake flash items ranging from 8GB to 32GB going back to November 2007 he engages in hit and run behavior. SOSFakeFlash believes that this seller never sold a true capacity drive.

Update May 2nd, 2009: the id itchee98 is now itchee9888

Getting a refund from itchee98, is more than a challenge. This seller almost never refunds eBayers. He hides behind his powerseller status and he knows the weaknesses of PayPal and eBay down to a science. How else could a counterfeit flash drive seller survive for over a year selling fakes? itchee98 is smart. He will unload drives at lightening speed, one drive every hour of every day. When things get hot, he stops listing the fakes for a while, letting his score cool off – staying under eBay’s radar.

Later in this post we will present to you the recent fake models we have uncovered.

Recently one eBayer whom we will call HotFlashSands decided to teach itchee98 a lesson. HotFlashSands had become a victim of many fakes. He like many other eBayers dragged the sellers to the PayPal dispute console. The only seller who refused to refund when found out was Itchee98. So…

HotFlashSands contacted somebody. This person bid on quite a few drives. Then left negative feedback and did not pay. How? Well eBayer Buyers are not the only ones who know how the game can be played. Not exactly ethical. But a seller such as itchee98, doesn’t know what the word means. itchee98, got the message. He stopped listing the drives immediately. HotFlashSands had a good chuckle. The money itchee98 stole from him, was in turn stolen by another eBayer. itchee98 could sing, cry and wail for the money he lost in listing fees he was oblidged to pay eBay and PayPal.

SOSFakeFlash does not advise eBayers use this technique, however justified. Few eBayers know just what has to be done and how to carry out this out while not be found out. It is said, to catch a crook you need to think like one. This is beyond most Fake Flash victims, who are honest and unsuspecting of dirty deeds and dirty ways. There is a big difference in being a soldier and being a commando. So try to remain on the straight and narrow path. Most eBayers are not cut from commando cloth.

You would think that Itchee98, having been “tortured” as HotFlashSands put it, would have stopped for good. No, he just licked his wounds and hid. As soon as he thought the coast was clear and HotFlashSands had forgotten him, he came back to sell – with a vengence!

Itchee98 has sold drives ranging in advertised capacity from 8GB to 32GB. Inspection of his negative and neutrals reveals he never sold a true capacity drive. Remember it takes only one drive in a model to be tested to determine that the rest for the model are fakes too. SOSFakeFlash has only investigated the 32GB drive models.

  • October 18th, 2008 – we have 43 eBay listings confirmed fake.
  • October 5th, 2008 – we have 34 eBay listings confirmed fake.
  • October 2nd, 2008 – we have 21 eBay listings confirmed fake.

These are the models sold under the eBay seller Itchee98. All are confirmed as Counterfeit, recorded with eBayer ID and eBay Item Number – Standard Procedure. Presented as listed at auction. Counterfeit items tied to criminal activity enjoy no protection. If you bought one of these usb fake flash drives from itchee98, you should test immediately with the software H2testw 1.4 This also applies for any other model have not listed. Do not store any important data on the drive until you can confirm you have 32 GB (minus formatting overhead) for the 32 GB Models.

These are the 16 and 32 GB Models sold by Itchee98.

142

 

143

 

144

 

378

379

380

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:

PayPalComplaint

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 Itchee98
  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 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. Furthermore, it is a fact that PayPal and eBay are aware of cases pouring in. You are invited to copy:

sos-email

on your correspondence. This seller has sold thousands of counterfeit drives.

To Itchee98’s negative feedback click here

The negatives for the 32 GB models are only starting to come in – you can expect more shortly.

Check back to see if the Tally increases. If you are a victim of Itchee98 please follow the steps outlined above and do add your comments if you like.

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