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

opdoam Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert – China

Posted by KittyFireFlash on May 31, 2009

opdoam is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake) Flash USB drives. opdoam has also sold mp players. Based in China opdoam has just been suspended from eBay after selling more than 800+ items. There are many victims out there! opdoam tried to offer brides to those who found him out and even offered to let them keep the fakes. Please test immediately and rush to file your claim with paypal. Do NOT delay!

Important Reading:

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

To see opdoam’s negative feedback Please Click Here

May 28th, 2009 – we have 6 eBay listings confirmed fake.

The models sold under the eBay seller opdoam 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 items from opdoam, you should test immediately with the software H2testw 1.4 . Do not store any important information until you can confirm you have the advertised capacity (minus formatting overhead).

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Not yet inviestigated:




Should your device not report the true advertised capacity:

  1. Immediately attempt to move any data you have stored on it 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 opdoam
  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:

on your correspondence.


33 Responses to “opdoam Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert – China”

  1. Gordon Ellis said

    I wish I knew about opdoam’s offer before I accepted the full refund. I would have happily taken the “BRIDES”! It would have lightened the work load for my wife.

  2. kittyfireflash said

    Oh Oh…it was a typo.

    We have been so busy trying to write up all the posts and alerts. I am still in stitches at this one. It was supposed to be Bribes. It is kind funny though, I am still laughing. I think we will keep the BRIDES in and not correct it.

    Do think people might race to buy fake flash devices, if the sellers did offer BRIDES though to those who found them out? 😉

  3. Gordon Ellis said

    It appears that I was quite lucky in getting an immediate, no questions asked, refund. It took me less than 24 hours to be refunded. I did word my complaint quite strongly, making it very clear that I had reported the matter to Ebay, Paypal and was contacting Kingston directly. I also told opdoam I was going to see about contacting his local authorities to have him dealt with. I was not prepared to return usb drive unless I got full refund and extra for postage and packaging as I was keeping the drive back as evidence.

    As for the offer of “brides”, they probably have been fakes too! I would have ended up with a ladyboy!

  4. Bo said

    Darn……….Brides ….. Flash ……I thought that this was a …………..

    never mind ……

    I’ll search for another dating/S&M site.


  5. InspectorTech said

    Ah FightFlashFraud…it is called Trench humour. It is how many months now we have been fighting this issue? To get to sleep at night, I don’t count sheep. Instead it’s fake usb flash drives jumping over the fence.

    It is because of despairing buyers…we keep at it. Month after month. KittyFireFlash is driven by the issue of data loss. Bet people want to know why. I hear number crunching is going on, there should be some interesting things coming out soon…

    Victims, keep fighting back. We were victims just like you, once. We stayed to help others. Unless we all fight back against these fraudsters they will just keep on selling.

    Bravo to the team that took on opdoam! He’d still be selling right now if buyers did nothing….

  6. Gordon Ellis said

    I never knew how widespread this was, and the sheer scale of fraud going on until I came to this site. It really opens your eyes. It seems that anything that can be hacked to appear to have more memory , has been. I’m chasing up on customers from haifter now I am finished with opdoam. I am also watching taoline2 at moment. I was delighted today to get a reply from another previous buyer from opdoam. The buyer is Spanish, and made the effort to get back to me and thank me for pointing out opdoam was a crook. It makes the effort worthwhile as I know one more person is not going to lose valuable data as a result. Yes the money matters, and there is the priciple of it all, but the most important part of all is the loss of data, photos, etc., that may never be recovered.

  7. Gordon Ellis said

    I was not too sure about taoline2, so I thought it may be a good idea to give the benefit of the doubt and “ask a question about the item” on Ebay. If seller is genuine, then they won’t mind. If not, we’ll soon find out! The following was my question on one of their 16gb usb drives presently for sale.

    Dear taoline2,

    Are these drives really 16gb? If so, then get in contact with “sosfakeflash” (google it) and prove so by using the H2testw 1.4 results from your usb drives to show you are an honest seller. It could greatly benefit your sales if you could provide customer proof that your drives are real. Unfortunately, there are too many fraudulent sellers on Ebay selling these drives at this present time. In the meantime it might be a good idea to add a link to the H2testw programme in your adverts and encourage previous customers to send in follow-up feedback on results of tests on their drives. This helps put the potential buyer’s mind at ease and hopefully increase sales. A happy customer will come back.

  8. TechChips said

    To Everyone

    Contacting sellers is a good idea. I have a folder full of sellers who did not answer me. Guess where they ended up?

    About half did reply. A few had to be wrestled with, but almost all did the testing and listings vanished. Kapoof! Not one who tested so far was able to tell me they had the real deal.

    I got a lot of thank you, THANK YOU’s too. Some even contacted buyers and gave them refunds and warned them. Guess where they ended up? Here! They put in time to build the project. One now sits in the “high court” guiding even handed judgements.

    We aren’t exactly tar and feather folks – but restrained. Difficult when you see so many people hurt. What do you say to a person who lost all their design drawing, their photo’s from a wedding or business documents? We even had students accused of telling tale tales when they could not present in class because their presentations were gone. Yes we write long letters to explain to teachers that the youngsters are not fibbing!

    I’d like to get back to technical things, but…

    H2testw is a good software to check your mp players, memory cards and usb flash drives. For sellers claiming or showing that their items passed with…. Let me just pass on that one please. The idea of having them add a link to the german site so people could test what they bought from them is a good idea. And putting in a 100% satisfaction guarantee for true capacity as well. No if’s buts or maybe’s.

    One last thing, I have been checking some forums on MP Players. It seems that a lot of people are confused. For MP Players like any other device there are two chips, one is the controller and that one gets the “firmware program” and the other is the storage chip. It is the storage chip that is messed with. I have not had time yet and InspectorTech hasn’t either to investage more – but it seems that they are doing strange partitioning on the storage chip. We don’t know if the controller chip is involved. But in fixing the storage chip you will not wreck the controller chip with the “firmware for the mp player” – think of the controller chip as similar to a PC or Laptop bios. The flash chip is like your hard disk – that is what they fiddled with to change the real capacity to lie.

    To Everyone

    Contact sellers! Get them to test. If they ignore you, please contact sosfakeflashdrive@gmail quickly! To ignore you means they are selling fakes…my folders on contacting sellers proves it!

  9. Gordon Ellis said

    Surprise, surprise. I have it on good authority that opdoam has been contacting those who left negatives, to take the negatives back.
    I have contacted haifter and taoline2 to invite them to prove they are honest sellers. No reply yet. I have had one report so far on a haifter usb being dodgy.

  10. Gordon Ellis said


    Taoline2 did eventually get back to me after first contact and thanked me for advice on possibility of drives being fake. They obviously decided to ignore said advice.

    They are just going to carry on selling their fakes. The 16gb uk supplied one in purple (looks black to me) selling at £18.49 has been reported to me as coming up at under 2gb real capacity according to H2testw 1.4.

    Haifter wanted to know why I was saying bad things about their goods.

    It needed no explanation really but I did explain at length that they had no morals or scruples and were just out to exploit the buyers, bringing shame to their people and country. I did suggest they start selling their mp3 players as the 1.8gb capacity they really hold as it could give the extortionate ipod shuffle a run for its money. They have not got back to me on that yet!

  11. Gordon Ellis said

    My apologies for stating the 16gb taoline2 fake capacity drive as under 2gb. The results for the drive were as follows:

    The media is likely to be defective.
    7.2 GByte OK (15193351 sectors)
    8.5 GByte DATA LOST (17869561 sectors)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
    4 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 8 sectors)
    8.5 GByte corrupted (17869553 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x000000002dffb000
    Expected: 0x000000002dffb000
    Found: 0x000000002dff3000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 2.82 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 5.63 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    So, for your £18.49, free postage, and posted from UK, you get a better quality, higher capacity 16gb fake than you would from haifter. My apologies, once again, to taoline2 for understating capacity of their fakes!

  12. Dave said

    ok i’ve just possibly bought a fake from haifter. 16GB model for £9.25 at end of bidding. can someone confirm that H2testw 1.4 will work on mac osx platform?

  13. InspectorTech said

    To Dave,

    It has been reported to be a problem on mac’s. Much may depend on the OS version. Since the program is just an exe and does not install anything (it is a stand alone file) you don’t have a lot to lose by in trying it out. Just make sure to choose the usb flash drive as the source for the testing.

    Let us know if it works for you and what version of OS you are using on the mac.

  14. Dave said

    thanks guys. i’ve a pc at work so will try it on that.i’ve sent a mail to our friend challenging the authenticity of the capacities he has advertised. we have radio silence 🙂 . i asked that he mutually withdraw the sale and still no reply.

  15. Dave said

    ok i got a reply from haifter offering to mutually cancel the order along with refund. i’ve opened a case for a refund with paypal will let you know how it goes.

  16. Bart said

    This was probably not a good idea Dave as you don’t really have a basis for a case at the moment.

  17. Dave said

    not so, i got a response from seller telling me refund has been made so i checked my paypal account to confirm this. i will say i was very stern with seller in my email so maybe that worked? i guess lessons learn here is that if you do fall foul of fake/counterfeit items contact seller immediately and report to paypal.

  18. Bo (Atomic) said

    Sorry Oh high & mighty Fightflash. My sense of humour got the best of me on such a serious subject as this. Yea verily, I apologiseth. I hangeth my head in shame. May my botty be smacked a thousandfold by the sweet angels of the FFF site for my misdemeanour’s.


    Now I’m going to get on my soap box ……..

    On a MORE serious note …. this guy ‘taoline2’, NEEDS bringing down. I’ve just got an email from a despondent eBay user that totally naffed his computer up by using one of this sellers flash memories. His email actually brought a lump to my throat. I could actually imagine this poor buyers despair.
    By the way – there was an article in this weeks ‘Computer Active’ that ebay are going to be a lot more proactive on fake electronics sellers. *cough, splutter, cough*

    On a slight up-note, I’ve managed to get about 16 scam sellers removed from ebay this week. They were all selling non existent Hi Fi & DJ equipment. So I’m a happy puppy on that score. I’ve saved some bidders a few thousand quid AND a lot of greif.

    My next gripe is ‘Shill Bidding’

    ‘canon_uk1’ …. this guy shill bids hundreds of his items. I’m sick to death of reporting his auctions, but Ebay (Shill bids r us), still does nothing. Now that bidders ID’s are hidden, it makes it impossible to spot shills, or warn other users of, i.e. – fake flash drives or …. even try to help yourself. I’ve been scam hunting for about 6+ years now. But now …. with ebays new rules ….. I’m totally blinded. I’m just using ‘gut’ instinct.

    To anyone reading these hallowed pages …. PLEASE be warned, from an ebay ‘old timer’ …. be VERY VERY wary of ebay. If it ‘looks too good to be true’ ….. it probably is. I could go on for tens of thousands of words telling you the scams that I have seen. Ebay is just a scammers paradise.

    Just for you to get an idea, read this …..

    and for fake flashes …….

    Don’t forget to vote at the end!

    Finally ……………..

    About that smacked botty?

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  19. Bo (Atomic) said

    the first of my links went wrong …………. it was supposed to be ……………

  20. Gordon Ellis said


    Do not despair. Taoline2 is definitely next on list as soon as haifter goes down. I have fired a few warning shots across taoline2 bows. Only a matter of time now before he gets my undivided attention. Unfortunately too late for downed PC.

    “ebay are going to be a lot more proactive on fake electronics sellers” Does that mean they are going to look in their Junk-mail folder, oh sorry, “report an item” folder for a change. If they ever genuinely read the reports I sent in about the fake kingstons, I would have either been arrested or taken away in a straitjacket by now! It did not matter what I said. Absolutely no human response.

    Ebay policing ebay will never work. They have proven that already.

    Sosfakeflash policing ebay would bring this global marketplace back to what it was originally meant to be, a safe and fair trading place.

  21. Gordon Ellis said


    I’m not sure if it is just temporary but I do not see any usb flash drives being advertised by taoline2 at the moment. Such a shame. Where will people get the 8gb fake 16gb drives now? At least I could vouch for these fake 16gb drives having near 8gb and for only £20.49!

  22. KittyFireFlash said

    TAOLINE2’s fake flash menu is about to be prepared for public inspection. It is quiet dazzeling.

  23. Gordon Ellis said


    I have yet to get one person reporting back a taoline2 16gb as being genuine. It will be real nice to be dazzled!

  24. Gordon Ellis said


    I see there is a dramatic change in the listings by haifter too. Was it something we said?

  25. kittyfireflash said

    Enjoy! We hope it does not break anybody’s bandwith.

    Now that TAOLINE2 has his very own alert in fake flash infamy, feel free folks to comment there….

  26. kittyfireflash said

    He knows we are on to him and that his days are numbered. His fake flash menu is currently bubbling on the stove and will be out shortly. HAIFTER’s listings are decreasing as he is retracting into his fake flash shell to hide. This seller is not new to us, but has an amazing ability to reincarnate.

    A cat is said to have 9 lives, but haifter seems to be in his 10th.

    Keep beating the bushes Gordon, who knows what will crawl out next…

  27. TechChips said

    A suprise is coming…see the post that will be after HAIFTER’s. All will be revealed.

  28. Gordon Ellis said

    Haifter, taoline2 and zhongel are all fading fast. Maybe too busy paying back the customers they robbed to re-stock.

    By the way Kitty, lovely spread on taoline2. It’s so bright and cheery it makes me want to send all taoline2 customers there.

  29. Bo said

    On the good news front, I’ve just had 5 people confirm that they have received refunds from Pay dirt concerning purchases from opdoam.

    Excellent stuff on toerag ….. sorry taoline2 Kitty.

    My fake flash warning is doing really good on ebay. Getting 7 to 800 hits per week. Lots & lots of messages thanking you all for your SUPERB work.

    And STILL I have not been suspended! 🙂

    Just recently, I’ve had a few worrying messages. I’m starting to get a few reports (seeking advice) about virus scanners going potty when a Chinese flash drive is plugged in for the first time. Luckily, all these users do not have autoplay/autorun enabled. (I’m just in the middle of writing a new guide page on ebay, about this).

    The trouble is …. 99.9% of computer users HAVE autoplay enabled.

    They just would not even know that their computer was infected.

    It’s a worrying thought.

    Take care y’all

    From a sunny & hot UK.

  30. Bo said

    “fightflashfraud said
    June 10, 2009 at 22:04

    OK Bo – I have a flea in my ear! I was just worried about anxious people not understanding – already had a lecture from Kate!”

    Hey …. folk out there HAVE to see that we are human. Probably not you and Kitty though. With the amount of hours (read ‘days/weeks/months’) that sosfakeflash and fightflashfraud put into all of this – you are all probably burned out zombies.

    I just think that you are ALL blooming amazing. If it was up to me, you’d all be Knighted.

    Just so you know –

    It’s 3.30 am. I’m sat here with a pint in one hand. A cig in the other. And typing with my nose.

    I’m about to sneeze ……

    ljhygdxzbvbbhhyfdsgvhbjklkk,k,,m – Choo!

  31. DAN said

    I HAVE A KINGSTON DTA 200 64 GB FLash DR. It copies up to 4 dvd movies then it will stop. Called Kingston and was told to check the silver end of the flash drive that goes into the USB port. Kingston has letters and numbers on the end of the good flash drives. My flash drive has nothing, was told it is a counterfeit.
    I have a Mac Book laptop OS X 10.4 system and a G5 Mac.
    How do I formate this Kingston DTA 200 64 GB? What tool do I use for a Mac?

  32. Hi Dan,

    A Mac! The best machines. Unfortunately, H2testw does not work on them. If you have a recent Mac, that has the intel chip, you might be able to set up your machine to run windows programs.

    We generally advise Mac owners to find a friend or colleague who has a windows machine to run the software for testing. The same applies to running a low level software tool to try and restore the flash drive to it’s real capacity.

    I suggest you visit the fixfakeflash site and begin with the FAQ at the top menu to get started.

    As volenteers, we earn zip for working on the FrankenFlash project. The Mac is an exposure to helping people. I, myself have started to save for a Mac. I Have given up on Windoz myself, there are just too many security issues, viruses and exposures. With the new intel chips, Snow Leopard and Parallels software, people can have a full windows environment within the Mac world (of course they need the OS for windows, but I am told that the parallels software can actually import a persons existing PC!).

    At some point we hope to have solutions for diagnosing on a Mac, but at the moment we don’t. So the best option is finding someone with a windows OS who is willing to help you. The low level formatting tools needed to fix fakes are usually based on the windows operating system, mostly they run on XP, there can be problems with Vista the Beasta and potentally on Windows 7. For Windows 7 you can’t have an XP emulation or virtual machine until the OS was at the high end (not likely with most consumer end user purchases for a PC or laptop and under an OEM).

    Dan, your best option is to find someone with a Microsoft windows environment to help you try and fix your fake. Once it has been fixed, the usb flash drive needs to be formatted as FAT32. A mac should be able to understand FAT32, but I do not know about options under the OS to chose this file system. Perhaps other mac users can shed some light on this.

    Kingston Fakes and counterfeits are everywhere. It is really hard on Kingston Technologies and not fair. No one should think of buying any Kingston Flash based technology on eBay – it is just too risky!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are really taking a pounding on eBay and the Kingston brand name is being exploited by every fake flash seller weevle there is on eBay. It’s sick.

    Hope the info helps you Dan. Good Luck and hope you succeed!

  33. The_Flash said

    “A mac should be able to understand FAT32, but I do not know about options under the OS to chose this file system. Perhaps other mac users can shed some light on this.”

    I’m a Mac user (as well as a Linux user), so I can answer this. 🙂 (I’ll write this as thoroughly as I can, just in case anyone who is not very familiar with Mac OS X needs to know this.)

    To format a disk as FAT32 on a Mac, first you must open Mac OS X’s Disk Utility. If you open Finder and on your keyboard press Command (that’s the key with either “cmd” printed on it, or on slightly older machines, an Apple logo instead), Shift, and the letter U at the same time, it will bring up the system’s Utilities folder (if you prefer to navigate to it manually, Utilities can be found in the Applications folder). Disk Utility is located here.

    Double-click on the Disk Utility icon, and you will be greeted with a large window that shows what disk drives and optical discs as connected to the system (at the left), and “Select a disk, volume, or image” (at the right).

    In the left-hand pane, click on the listing for the flash-drive (the name this has will vary – be careful to pick the right one!). Then, on the right-hand side, click on “Erase”. You should see a drop-down menu here that will let you choose the disk format that you wish to use – you’ll want to choose “MS-DOS File System” (some versions of Mac OS X write this as “MS-DOS (FAT)” instead). After that, click on the “Erase” button and simply wait – when it’s finished, you should have a FAT32-formatted drive.

    I hope I’ve understood properly and this is useful! 🙂

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