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

taoline2 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert – China

Posted by KittyFireFlash on June 13, 2009

taoline2 is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake) Flash USB drives. Based in China taoline2 offered one of the largest fake flash usb pen drive menu’s on record. He sold an advertised capacity of 8GB and 16GB. 16GB usb flash drives have been confirmed. taoline2 has been cornered by eBay fake flash victims and has currently halted his fake flash assembly line.

Anyone who bought a usb memory stick from taoline2 is urged to test it immediately for true capacity – you are at risk of data loss. If you confirm you purchased a counterfeit from him leave immediate negative feedback. If you have already left positive feedback, please do a follow up feedback.

People have worked hard to stop taoline2 from listing more but you can be sure he will start up again if he thinks the coast is clear. Act and do your part. He needs to be sent to eBay fake flash prison – suspended. File your PayPal Claim as soon as you have left your feedback.

We are showing all the usb flash drives he offered for sale!

Important Reading:

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

Don’t forget to leave the calling card of “SOSFakeFlash” and “H2testw” in your feedback to help others. Do not change your feedback to get a refund – you will only create more victims.

Sold by taoline2:



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To see taoline2’s negative feedback Please Click Here

June 12th, 2009 – we have 2 eBay listings confirmed fake.

The models sold under the eBay seller taoline2 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 taoline2, 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).

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 taoline2
  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.

    8 Responses to “taoline2 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert – China”

    1. Gordon Ellis said

      Would it not be a good idea to contact local schools , colleges and universities with many students looking forward to starting their courses after the summer, and warn them about fake flash drives in advance. Think how many students never mind tutors depend on these devices.

    2. Hugh said

      As a tutor who made the mistake of bidding on fake flash drives on ebay (but fortunately came across sosfakeflash before my fakes arrived) I have been warning all my students and colleagues about this issue.

      I think you have a very good point here – the problem is how to disseminate the information widely among educators. None of my colleagues were aware that there was such a thing as fake flash before I told them about my experience.

      Maybe the TES (Times educational supplement) which is read by many schoolteachers and further education tutors would be interested in publishing an article. Don’t know that I have time to write one at the moment though – tutors are very busy with preparing students for exams, assessing and marking course work, and marking exam papers at this time of year!

    3. Gordon Ellis said

      I have left e-mails for the three secondary schools in my area. I suggested they might run an article in their school magazines as well as making all their staff aware. Coursework is such an integral part of the exam system nowadays.

      I will be contacting the local college and work my way out geographically. I will probably send reminders at beginning of next term to be on safe side as things tend to be winding down now for pupils but mounting up for staff.

    4. InspectorTech said

      Gordon, this is an excellent idea!

      We all learned the hard way and never thought anyone would do something like this. Students do not have a lot of money and eBay is the place they will go to buy these cheap flash drives.

      SOSFakeFlash has received emails from students in the past who copied their presentations onto these fakes to present their projects at school. Only when it came time to present, nothing was there! One was accused of never having completed his assignments. Fortuanately we were able to back him up. Still he lost all of his work because he did a “move” instead of a “copy” to the flash drive.

      There have been other cases as well. A teacher who bought a lot of these drives to hand out to needy students for their assignments. Luckily this person was contacted by a fake flash angel roaming ebay and managed to test in time. Imagine how this teacher felt!

      It’s not just students or casual computer users who are caught in this scam. Everyone would be surprised to learn that seasoned IT Professionals have landed in the same situation. Becoming a fake flash victim has nothing to do with just how computer savvy you are.

      It is a subject that has been kept under wraps for a long time. A few mentions here and there over the years in forums and occasional posts. It was this discovery that led us to believe that forums were not the answer or effective to tackle this issue – On eBay or elsewhere. As a result the sites in the FrankenFlash project were created.

      eBay does not have the will to tackle the issue head on. They do however have the will to remove sellers under suspensions to quickly remove all traces of information on what was sold by a seller. Deregister permits this. As a result the problem continues and is/was hidden from public scrutiny. It is unfortunately why we are now forced to delay alerts on sellers some times, so we can gather the evidence first and preserve it. There is no choice as eBay will try to sweep the evidence quickly under the rug.

      To understand more on the history read:

      eBay is not the only place where you will find these fakes. The most annoying right now is:

      This seller is showing up with advertisements in a lot of blogs too that use googles adsense or are subsidized with google ads. Unbelievable but true!

      Perhaps Gordon, one of the most important things is to have people learn the true prices of nand flash memory chips. It is not like buying last years fashion sweater. The prices are controlled to some degree. It has to do with the cost in manufacturing them and the high quality standards needed to have reliable storage chips. The scape should have been disposed – unfortunately it is going out the back door of Fabs, instead of the furnace. These low quality chips are turned into those fakes. See

      this information is not commonly known to people outside of the industry.

      Those chips are in the fakes most of the time in the fakes that people buy on eBay. They are then digitally altered through the controller chip to lie about their real size. The methods and programmes used to perform this digital altering vary and depends on whether it is a memory card, a usb flash drive or mp player.

      I’ve tried to help people restore them to their real size and I have restored most of mine, but I would never trust them fully. Flash chips are low level formatted once at Fabs, they do not react well to repeated low level formatting attempts with software programmes. This is very different in principal from hard disk drives.

      Lastly, In Oceana, Australia in particular people have been quietly contacting news letters, schools and so on to promote awareness on the issue. eBay in particular. Australia is a country very hard hit by fake usb flash drives.

      Feel free to use some of this information in your emails.

    5. Gordon Ellis said


      Is this taoline2 in France?

    6. lol said

      haogooding( 15)
      Feedback: 94.1 % Positive
      selling 2gb drives first then will sell fake 16gb flash drives.

    7. […] documented 38 different models and published this alert: taoline2 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert – China on June 13 2009. Little information exists on taoline2. If you have any addressing information […]

    8. InspectorTech said

      taoline2 back – suspension ended!

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