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

Alert – nrwdy1 – Ebay Fake Flash Seller – USA

Posted by KittyFireFlash on October 18, 2008

nrwdy1 has been identified as an eBay seller of Counterfeit flash drives. Currently suspended from eBay this US based seller sold about 40+ 8GB Fake Flash drives. If you purchased the 8GB drive from this seller you are at risk of data loss. Are you curious to know who made the money on this fake flash selling?

This seller was neutralized by FlashRanger. A small seller, nrwdy1 still did damage to eBayers. It is likely he did not understand what he was selling and did not bother to test his merchandise. SOSFakeFlash has seen a lot of little sellers involved with fake flash. We patrol eBay. We also engage in outreaches to sellers that have a clean history – that is, prior to selling the flash product line.

If you are a victim of fake flash you will find it hard to identify with sellers – but they can be victims too, just like you. So we try to reach those with good records (no shady feedback past) and get them to test their merchandise. The actions of an honest seller can be seen as to whether they stop listing fakes and or if they try to contact their buyers. Some ignore us – they want to reclaim the money spent on the drives regardless of the consequences to buyers. Others are just plain stubborn and not interested in knowning anything about what they are selling – these sellers are more dangerous then those who knowingly sell fakes and are the most difficult to deal with.

Recently SOSFakeFlash received comments from readers as to why eBay and PayPal do not react quickly to remove fake flash sellers. We hear such comments all the time from those rescued by members of the three groups fighting against fake flash. They all say that eBay and PayPal are not on the side of the buyer or the seller, only on the side of their profits. To demonstrate this, here is the 90 day breakdown for nrwdy1:

Total Value Sold: $512.80
Total Value Shipping: $82.06
Total Value Not Sold: $171.21
Sold Item Fees: $32.00
Unsold Item Fees: $92.00

To earn $306 US, nrwdy1 damaged 40+ people. From this amount nrwdy1, still has to substract what he paid for the drives. Note some of the items in this total were for a few items not flash drives.

So how much did eBay earn on the seller nrwdy1’s efforts? $124 US. We think it pretty clear that this little example of a tiny fake flash seller speaks volumes and explains why little has been done by eBay over the last 3 years to put an end to fake flash selling on eBay.

You should also be aware that big powersellers, don’t pay such wild fees. They pay a great deal less. We will be revealing just HOW MUCH LESS in later posts to come.

October 17th, 2008 – we have 1 eBay listings confirmed fake.

This is the model sold under the eBay seller nrwdy1 It is 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 nrwdy1, 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 advertised capacity (minus formatting overhead).

Here is the 8GB Model sold by nrwdy1.

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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 nrwdy1
  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.

To see nrwdy1’s negative feedback Please Click Here

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