If you buy usb flash drives, MP Players or memory cards from eBay sellers with low feedback scores or feedback currently recorded as (0) you are at serious risk of acquiring fake flash devices. As SOSFakeFlash, FakeMemorySentinel and the FrankenFlash Project increases the pressure to stop the sale of fake capacity flash memory on eBay, fraudulent sellers are fighting back. How do they fight back? They open new children ids, they don’t dare to risk their main id! eBay can track this practice, but you the buyer can not. Do not be naive enough to assume eBay will contact you for a fake flash memory seller or cancel your purchase and refund you. Instead they will remove the child id, suspend it and leave you and your purchase winging in the wind. Their hope is that you will not discover the truth and will even give up on filing a claim to get your money back.
FlashChipTutor provides excellent information on fakes, that site has a very good reference catalogue, available to both buyers and potential resellers.
FlashDriveFacts published this warning:
Changing Trends In The Sale Of Fake Memory On eBay For USB Flash Drives, Memory Cards And MP Players. SOSFakeFlash Advises Do Not Buy From eBay Sellers With Low FeedBack Scores. Avoid Sellers with Scores Under 300+ To Protect Yourself From Potential Fraud. Learn Why.
Eight months later, it is clear that eBay buyers have not understood the warning issued by FlashChipTutor. Instead people continue to race to bid and buy on listings from eBay sellers with low feedback scores.
Our site, FakeMemorySentinel does it’s best to issue warning on these new ids. The problem we and frauded buyers face? eBay reads the information we publish to suspend sellers and erase the evidence. This leads to a cover up for the scam…. Or does it? Recently SOSFakeFlash was contacted by a seller who was upset by the warnings we issued at our site. This naive seller explained how he had a main id and also children ids. The children ids sold fake flash memory and FakeMemorySentinel issued warnings. He pleaded for their removal. FakeMemorySentinel issues warnings, it captures eBay listings. If we capture an listing, it becomes internet history. If eBay removes the listing, we have it. Just like SOSFakeFlash, we don’t remove a listing or a capture just because a seller does not like it, especially when they are annoyed that we actually captured proof of what they listed. FakeMemorySentinel is not the real site eBay sellers have to worry about, it is SOSFakeFlash. If a seller is recorded here, the seller is confirmed for fraud, for selling fake flash memory. That record is permanent. The seller will end up on the lists. The fraudulent eBay seller will have an investigation raised. The fraudulent seller will have the items sold catalogued and exposed for a permanent internet record.
Our team can not stress enough how important it is to report your fake using the Report A Fake Tab to SOSFakeFlash. Unless you do, no investigation will be raised.
For seller id’s on eBay with low feedback scores, this is extremely important, the seller addressing information is especially necessary as it helps to detect the main parent eBay seller id. It appears in the interest of eBay victims, SOSFakeFlash will be far more aggressive in their alerts, more eBay sellers registered in countries outside of Asia are going to have their addressing information published. We at FakeMemorySentinel agree with this action. The best interest of frauded eBay buyers comes first. It is the only interest that matters. eBay has had many years to end the fraud, but they choose not to. Should an eBay seller be unhappy at being exposed or being made visible on the internet, they should not complain to the FrankenFlash projects, they should complain to eBay for not making very strick rules for listing usb flash drives, mp players or memory cards. If this had been done, they would not have been permitted to list the fraudulent items in the first place.
The responsibility remains on eBay’s shoulders. eBay is the first party to be held accountable.
FakeMemorySentinel will continue to serve as a warning site to alert buyers about suspect flash memory listings being sold on eBay. We will continue to support the efforts of SOSFakeFlash, if it was not for this site, we would have never learned the truth about the items we purchased on eBay, nor would we have been able to fight back for our refunds.
FakeMemorySentinel asks all eBay members to stay away from sellers who have low feedback scores for flash memory, most of these sellers are id’s trying to break through the wall we are building to protect buyers from becoming victims of fraud.
If you bought a flash memory item from any of these eBay sellers: berthabk42t – bemusd4agm – ar6amu567jt – maratarthur – jturner252011 – maggiekwanchen – dezscloset you are advised to test item(s) immediately for advertised capacity. Read: H2testw 1.4 – Gold Standard In Detecting USB Counterfeit Drives. You may have purchased a fake flash memory product.
If your memory item fails testing report immediately to SOSFakeFlash . If your eBay seller is deregistered from eBay, it is urgent you report in to SOSFakeFlash. If you do not, they will not be able to investigate and to record in their database to publish an offical alert listing all items sold. eBay is suspending fake flash memory sellers to avoid buyers leaving feedback or recording the truth.
Never use any flash memory item without testing for capacity. If you purchased a fake you could lose your files and data. Read: Why Is Fake Flash Memory So Dangerous?
Please see Validation Memory links for brand names and flash nand memory chip decoding. Reminder, Gb is Gigabits, not Gigabytes. 8 bits is 1 byte. You must divide by 8, if manufacturer lists size as Gb. Exercise care in disassembly of your item to decode.
If you need help and information on eBay read:
Check your eBay Sellers feedback, type in the id: http://toolhaus.org/cgi-bin/negs
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