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

Stephen And eBay Fake Memory Seller Hjstore – A Short Conversation

Posted by KittyFireFlash on September 12, 2009

eBay sellers who sell false capacity usb flash drives, try to play innocent. Will you fall for their stories? A victim of Hjstore did not.

Stephen’s eBay Buying Experience:

This has really turned me off from eBay. I use to purchase a lot of electronic odds and ends from there and now I just want to stay away.

I found out about this site a few days ago after looking for some flash memory and seeing an auction claiming fake flash chips, so I tested an 32GB SD card I got around April that I had not used yet. It was fake and died in the verifying process… Yesterday when I got a thumb drive I purchased a few months back I tested it. FAKE…

I sent an email to the seller and filed a cliam through Paypal. Here are the transcripts.

Stephen To Hjstore

I purchased a “16 GB USB Thumb Drive” as described in the auction.

I received the drive today, when i tried to load the drive with data and retrieve it, the data was shown to be corrupt.

I ran a test using “H2testw 1.4” which fills the drive with data and checks to see that is actually exists on the drive. The test has shown that the drive is significantly less in capacity than described. (Results are available).

I have read and experienced (in a previous SD Card purchase) that there is a large amount of fake or “hacked” flash chips on the market. I strongly feel that this is one of those items.

Here are the results from the test. Observe that the “DATA LOST” is 13.6 GB and that the “OK” data is 1.9 GB.

The media is likely to be defective.
1.9 GByte OK (4109958 sectors)
13.6 GByte DATA LOST (28623226 sectors)

Details:12.9 GByte overwritten (27262758 sectors)
26.5 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 53 sectors)
664.2 MByte corrupted (1360415 sectors)
64 KByte aliased memory (128 sectors)
First error at offset: 0x0000000000000000
Expected: 0x0000000000000000
Found: 0x00000003e6e50000
Writing speed: 2.61 MByte/s
Reading speed: 4.80 MByte/s
H2testw v1.4

Thank you very much.

HJStore To Stephen

Dear friend,

I’m sorry for the inconvenience.

But we perform very strict QC procedure and we are sure the item works fine.

I don’t know why the problem happens.

Shall I send a 70% refund and you keep this item?

Or could you please return it for a full refund?

Please accept my sincere apologies.

Best Regards


Stephen To HJStore

I would like a full refund as the drive is not what was advertised.

Paypal to Stephen

A Refund was issued.

Stephen, performed the testing we ask of buyers. He then reported in using the Report A Fake Tab .

He had the addressing information for HJStore. Little did Stephen know just how important this information would be! The addresses were checked in SOSFakeFlash’s database. We were able to confirm another eBay id belonging to two counterfeit rings operating on eBay.

Read: eBay Fraud – Heng Fung House – Home To eBay Counterfeit Ring – Lei Sio Hong. Connected To The Don Of Fake Flash In the Orient – 3ToTrade. SOSFakeFlash Investigation.

HJStore’s Testing

But we perform very strict QC procedure and we are sure the item works fine.

Is not unusual for a fake flash seller to say this to a buyer. The strict “QC” HJStore is talking about, is testing to see that the fake will show up as 16GB to an operating system. Flash drive chips are digitally altered to lie about their real size to operating systems.

Do not fall for any tall tales HJStore might tell.

Stephen learned about SOSFakeFlash because someone on eBay tipped him off with a listing. eBay listings about fake pen drives, mp players and memory cards are important. The message must be where the fakes are being sold. It warns people. It teaches them to be careful – to become smart consumers. Most people do not know memory chips can be altered. They do not expect to find this on eBay.

The listing on eBay interested Stephen to test a memory card he bought on eBay but never got around to using. It died during the testing. When his pen stick arrived, he was already prepared to test it for true capacity. It failed. Stephen went to battle with HJStore and won. His report to SOSFakeFlash helped add another eBay id to two very sinister counterfeit rings that operate together on eBay. Read: Urgent – Hjstore eBay Seller. Did You Buy A 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Memory 16G Pen Stick Thumb Drive From This Seller?

Never underestimate the value of a warning listing on eBay.


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