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Consumer Alert Aldi Stores Australia Fission 8GB USB stick – Less Than 1 GB Actual Capacity

Posted by KittyFireFlash on June 14, 2011

Buyers in Australia wonder why their Aldi 8 GB Fission usb sticks don’t work properly – it’s the oldest reason, upgraded flash memory storage chips. Five units have been tested with h2testw, four report a real capacity less than 1 GB storage, one almost impossible to test. Buyers contacted Aldi stores about the fake capacity Fission 8GB USB sticks and received promises the retail chain would look into the problem. Read the rest of this entry »

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eBay. Why Do People Bid And Buy 256GB USB Leather Pen Thumb Memory Flash Stick Drives With Free Shipping? The Scam For 16 32 64 128 256 GB Fake Capacity.

Posted by DragonDakel on March 28, 2011

USB leather flash drives, eBay members bid and buy, bid and buy. Sadly anyone who buys it at an advertised capacity of more than 4GB is asking for trouble. Fraud is waiting. False capacity is waiting – hacked memory. Yet, despite many warnings from FrankenFlash Project sites, members on eBay rush to buy one, often several at a time.

Can anyone tell us why?

BidOn256GBLeatherPenThumbMemoryStick

Even FakeFlashNews recently issued a warning:

Danger! Do Not Buy USB Leather Pen Thumb Memory Flash Stick Drives On eBay! Fake Capacity Sold 16GB 32GB 64GB 128GB 256GB.

Still, people rush to buy them.

One of us has a glass jar filled with these hacked leather usb flash drives. A reminder of a stupid mistake made years ago on eBay. It’s a good motivator to keep pounding on the keyboard.

Did you bid for one on eBay? If you did and so far not paid for it, cancel the sale and transaction immediately. Report the seller to eBay.

If you want to see what they really look like inside read this:

Proving A Fake USB Flash Memory Pen Drive Stick Pen To Be False Capacity – A Visual Example – Guide Made Easy

If you paid and tested the capacity, or opened it up to decode the flash memory storage chip, make sure you file a dispute to get your money back. Warn other people too.

At FakeMemorySentinel we are issuing warnings on any eBay seller who lists them at advertised capacity of more than 8 GB. They do exist at 16GB at internet sites outside of eBay. However, they are sold by reputable companies, they “Logo” them – emboss with your companies name or promotion and they are not cheap.

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Safe2Star eBay Fake Memory PowerSeller With FeedBack Score 52569 Bites The Dust! Suspended After Two Year Effort By eBay Victims! Almost 1000 Negative And Neutrals Before eBay Acts. Buyer Protection For Flash Memory Does Not Exist On eBay – You Have Been Warned By SOSFakeFlash!

Posted by KittyFireFlash on February 20, 2011

So you were thinking of buying a memory card, an MP Player or a usb flash drive on eBay? Beware! You are most likely going to become a flash memory victim! Surprised? Don’t be. One of the most successful fake flash memory sellers, was Safe2Star. How many victims does SOSFakeFlash have on file? 207! A lot of victims are shy about reporting to SOSFakeFlash, they shouldn’t be. It is the only way to fight back against a fake flash memory seller.

The victims of Safe2Star, fought long and hard. The real problem was Safe2Star using private auctions and also the size of his feedback score. eBay tried to ignore the victims. Read the rest of this entry »

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foxtreesoftware Ebay Fake Flash Memory Seller Alert – United States. Denial And Ignorance. 128GB and 128MB Are The Same.

Posted by KittyFireFlash on April 8, 2010

foxtreesoftware is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake – false capacity memory) Flash USB drives. Registered in the United States, foxtreesoftware sold fake 128GB usb flash drives.  The FakeFlashSentinel site published: foxtreesoftware eBay Flash Memory Seller USA – Test Immediately!

A victim of foxtreesoftware tried to communicate with the seller and was eventually refunded. foxtreesoftware however continued to sell the 128GB false capacity flash sticks.

The victim did his duty on behalf of the eBay buyer community and left negative feedback.

The seller in retaliation, accused the victim of selling the same items at amazon and uBid.

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Not true according to the victim. SOSFaKeFlash believes the victim. What buyer would be so stupid as to expose himself to the buying community by screaming fake at a seller when he/she also sells fakes? Genuine fake flash memory sellers are not so foolish.

foxtreesoftware explained the victim was upset because he, foxtreesoftware was selling them cheaper. foxtreesoftware is not a newbie seller, but has been on eBay since Dec-07-01 and knows the tricks to strike back since sellers are no longer able to leave negative feedback for buyers, it is called a positive negative:

foxtreesoftware-feedbackForBuyer2

With an eBay name such as foxtreesoftware one would assume the seller understood technology. Unfortunately many eBay sellers, particularily in the United States do not. Read: Beware USA eBay Sellers – 32GB 64GB 128GB 256GB 500GB 512GB USB FLASH DRIVE USB 2.0 PEN STICK MEMORY Fakes. Sellers Ignorant Of Flash Memory Technology And Prices.

This model at most is sold at a capacity of 16GB, generally 8GB and usually 1-4 GB by internet sites that do custom logos. Never on record is one at 128GB capacity for:

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SOSFakeFlash challenges anyone to prove it. Following:Proving A Fake USB Flash Memory Pen Drive Stick Pen To Be False Capacity – A Visual Example – Guide Made Easy

The most intriguing about this listing?

foxtreesoftware-Description Size

Foxtreesoftware is unable to distinguish MegaBytes from Gigabytes.

In first QTR 1 2010, there will be no such thing as a 128 GB flash drive selling at $54 US or even a $100 US. With the shortage of flash memory chips and current pressures, do not expect prices like this! If you do, welcome to fake flash memory acquisition!

If you are buying in the United States please use a reputable internet site such as newegg.com to gauge the current prices for 128 GB flash drives.

The victim of foxtreesoftware is not a trouble maker, but an unsung hero in the fight against the selling of fake memory on eBay. If the problem is to stop, more buyers need to take a stand and do what is right for everyone’s sake.

foxtreesoftware demonstrates the worst attributes in an eBay seller and probably has the fake flash sellers in the Orient laughing at him – they at least know exactly what they are selling, while foxtreesoftware did not.

Read: Global Report – eBay Fake Memory 2008 – 2009

Buyers of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB advertised capacity, please read these three articles immediately!

Questions? Please read this report: Fake Flash Memory On Ebay Escalates. SOSFakeFlash Status Report 20091031. Fake Memory Cards, MP3 MP4 Players, USB Flash Drive PenSticks. How To Fight Against Fraud.

First time victim? Please read this article, see what fake flash memory sellers do when not enough buyers fight back: international-distributing Ebay Flash Memory Seller – An Experiment In Selling True Capacity? The History Behind international-distributing ID On eBay. A Very Dark Past. Also read: If You left Positive Feed Back For A Fake Flash Memory Seller. Can You Change It?

Please read and vote: How Do You Alter Flash Memory Chips To Lie About Their Real Capacity – Do You Want To Know More? Your input as a victim is required.

eBay Buyer Protection – Call To All USA eBay Members Who Are Victims Of Fake Flash Memory Purchased On eBay

Please test your device to ensure you have the advertised capacity with H2testw to ensure you have the advertised capacity. Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

FakeFlashSellers01 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.
Do a good deed. Warn other eBay buyers of fake flash. Save another person from a a fake flash nightmare and potential data loss. Read: How Contacting eBay Buyers OF Fake Memory Purchases Saves Others – A Victim’s Thank You!

How To Warn Others On eBay As A Fake Flash Angel – Fight Back Against Fake MP Players, Memory Cards, USB Flash Drives – A Guide

SnoopyRescue

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desrothwell Ebay Fake Flash Memory Seller Alert Devious – Ireland. Buyer Made To Feel Guilty – Victimized A Second Time By eBay Buying Experience.

Posted by KittyFireFlash on February 18, 2010

desrothwell is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake – false capacity memory) Flash USB drives registered in Ireland.

A Victim of desrothwell , nom de plume – BlueShiver reported:

After a long fight I finally got a refund on Friday 29/01/2010. Paypal had already closed the case because they claimed the information I sent of proof of postage and proof of delivery was invalid although it was via a tracking number with the Royal Mail and was on their web site as having been delivered on the 05/01/2010.

This item cost me in 40 Euros and was bought on the 06/12/2009. It was proved to be a fake and yet I was made to feel as if I was the guilty party.

The seller tried to say the item wasn’t returned but once I told Paypal I had contacted Royal Mail and they were intending to carry out an investigation with their Irish equivalent and if it was proved it was delivered then I would be seeking legal action they decided to pay out.

I was caused a lot of stress over this and endured almost eight weeks of wrangling to try to recover my money. I also had to foot the bill of returning the item. This included the packaging, insurance and payment to receive signature on delivery. This totaled £4.90 and I have been told it is non refundable. I also noticed this posted on Ebay for the same seller:- Note: The user you are contacting is registered on another eBay site and may speak a different language. Your message will be sent exactly as typed below.

BlueShiver’s experience is not unusual, over the years many eBay members have suffered similar agonies. It is one of the reasons the SOSFakeFlash internet site exists – to help people share their stories and document their experiences. So much for the buying experience on eBay…

So you thought only sellers in the Orient lie? Wrong. Two places where eBay fake memory sellers lie a lot: United Kingdom, Canada. It also occurs in the United States, but not to the same degree. For the EU, we have not had many reports, but desrothwell is a sober reminder where there is fraud, anything goes.

BlueShiver lost £4.90, but had he not spent the money for insurance and proof of delivery signature, he would have lost everything. Paypal would have sided with the seller.

desrothwell earns the classification of devious for lying.

Read: Global Report – eBay Fake Memory 2008 – 2009

Buyers of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB advertised capacity, please read these three articles immediately!

Questions? Please read this report: Fake Flash Memory On Ebay Escalates. SOSFakeFlash Status Report 20091031. Fake Memory Cards, MP3 MP4 Players, USB Flash Drive PenSticks. How To Fight Against Fraud.

First time victim? Please read this article, see what fake flash memory sellers do when not enough buyers fight back: international-distributing Ebay Flash Memory Seller – An Experiment In Selling True Capacity? The History Behind international-distributing ID On eBay. A Very Dark Past. Also read: If You left Positive Feed Back For A Fake Flash Memory Seller. Can You Change It?

Please read and vote: How Do You Alter Flash Memory Chips To Lie About Their Real Capacity – Do You Want To Know More? Your input as a victim is required.

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Read: Kingston USB Flash Drives. How To Check You Have A Genuine One And Not A Counterfeit – Easy Guide. Kingston Technologies Fighting To Protect Consumers And Itself From Counterfeits.

Please test your device to ensure you have the advertised capacity with H2testw to ensure you have the advertised capacity. Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

FakeFlashSellers01 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.
Do a good deed. Warn other eBay buyers of fake flash. Save another person from a a fake flash nightmare and potential data loss. Read: How Contacting eBay Buyers OF Fake Memory Purchases Saves Others – A Victim’s Thank You!

How To Warn Others On eBay As A Fake Flash Angel – Fight Back Against Fake MP Players, Memory Cards, USB Flash Drives – A Guide

SnoopyRescue

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NobelDefender – Victim of eBay Fake Flash Memory Seller wholesalestore09. How The Internet Helped To Find Out The Truth. Observations,Testing.

Posted by KittyFireFlash on October 10, 2009

NobelDefender is a victim of eBay fake flash memory seller, wholesalestore09. On October 7, 2009 SOSFakeFlash published: wholesalestore09 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert Devious – China

On the same day, NobelDefender wrote to SOSFakeFlash to share his story:

Hi there

Thanks for putting up such a fantastic site, wish I knew of it before I bought and became a victim of a fake flash drive!! The details you require for putting up this sellers information is here:

Your output from H2testw 1.4: The media is likely to be defective.
105.9 MByte OK (216960 sectors)
5.3 GByte DATA LOST (11280512 sectors)
Details:5.3 GByte overwritten (11280512 sectors)
0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
0 KByte corrupted (0 sectors)
64 KByte aliased memory (128 sectors)
First error at offset: 0x00000000069f0000
Expected: 0x00000000069f0000
Found: 0x00000007ee300000
H2testw version 1.4

Item is still listed. The description says 32 GB Brand New 32Gb USB 2.0 flash drive A588
Seller’s address (as on the shipping package):

bj/Ebay Airmail Department

1. ESSE Flat 25-26 2/F Block B,
FOCAL IND CTR,
21 Main Lok St.,
HOM,
Hong Kong

I buy quite some stuff on Ebay and up until now I have had only pleasant experiences. Even with sellers who do end up selling fake batteries I end up getting a refund or a replacement.

This time I went about buying a flash drive, the price seemed too attaractive so I bought it. The seller at that time had no negative feedback so it all seemed ok. The item arrived quite late and I thought I would do a battery of tests before I leave any feedback. The drive looked sleek and nice.

I checked on my Mac at first tried copying a file that was 225mb, nothing big for a drive that claims to be 32 GB! Well at about 104 mb my mac would stop copying the file and be ‘stuck’! This got me suspicious and I formatted it on my laptop running Windows PC it showed 32 gb alright it even “copied” big files, but when I tried to access these files nothing happened! They wouldn’t open.

Obviously I got suspicious and “googled’ and discovered your site and H2Testw. Ran the test for a complete 3 hours and then when the verifying process started it just gave me 105.9 mb ok!!! No wonder the mac stopped copying at 104 MB!!! Imagine my shock, 32 GB and 105 MB! What a joke not even 1/4th of its advertised capacity!

I quickly logged on to check the feedback of the seller, and what do I find? He has made it “Private” there were 7 negatives and in another day 9! Obviously the other buyers have figured out that they have also received fake drives! And now by making it Private I can’t read their feedback. After going through your site I have registered a complaint with Paypal for a full claim.

Of course the seller is in denial and says his drives are 32 gb if I don’t like it I can return it! But he is not willing to pay for the return mail.

My stand is that since this is not a damaged or spoilt drive in fact is a fake drive, why should I pay for the return?? They have deliberately sent me a fake drive when they knew it full well its fake. I am still waiting for the decission from Paypal.

But in the meanwhile I thought it would be wise to submit this information to your site, so that more people don’t get fooled. If there are so many cases on Ebay, then Ebay should do something about this! Make a policy decission to either make the seller pay more as guarantee for the drives or some other way to protect the buyer.

Hope this helps someone.

Thanks

NobelDefender

SOSFakeFlash, part of the FrankenFlash Project has been battling against sellers of false capacity flash memory products for over 22 months. The problem still continues on eBay, the evidence continues to grow against fake flash sellers operating on eBay and also on eBay itself for refusing to address the problems. The issue is over five years old. It is said that over 90% of all flash memory products sold on eBay are false capacity. NobelDefender call for eBay to DO SOMETHING! is not new, all victims on eBay say exactly the same thing. So far, eBay does little except suspend sellers when enough people complain. This unfortunately leads to listing information disappearing – SOSFakeFlash does it’s best to preserve information for victims.

SOSFakeFlash can not publish an alert on a seller without evidence. As a victim reported in on wholesalestore09 we were able to investigate and issue an alert on the internet.

Members like NobelDefender realizing something is wrong, search the internet for information, and find us. If you suspect you have purchased a false capacity flash memory item on eBay, please test it and if you discover you have a fake, report in, using the Report A Fake Tab.

Your information is important to warn others about bad sellers on eBay. NobelDefender’s observations on wholesalestore09 demonstrates why. wholesalestore09 has changed his feedback to private so people can not see what buyers have to say. Even worse, no one can see who bought from wholesalestore09 to warn them to test. NobelDefender’s testing makes that very clear. Buyers of wholesalestore09 are at risk of loosing their data – there are over 750 victims out there.

The issue of fake 32GB and 64GB usb flash drives on eBay continues to be serious. wholesalestore09 was one of these sellers. See: Warning! eBay 32GB 64GB Fake Flash Memory Outbreak – USB Pen Drives. Please patrol eBay for suspect listings and warn buyers to test. You could save someone from serious data loss and help remove fraudulent sellers of these fake capacity usb flash drives that are so dangerous to a persons data.

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Yogi’s Fake 32GB MP Player From kinhome88 eBay Fake Flash Memory Seller – Charger Blows Up

Posted by KittyFireFlash on October 3, 2009

Buying a false capacity MP3 MP4 Player on eBay happens all the time. SOSFakeFlash is also receiving reports that these items often have a dangerous wall charger too – they “blow up” and can lead to electrical fires!

On June 25, 2009 SOSFakeFlash Published: kinhome88 Ebay Fake Flash Seller Alert – China

You should read the email from the kinhome88 in that alert! It may explain why he has been able to continue frauding through the summer of 2009 and continues unchallenged in the Fall of 2009. kinhome88 now also offers those fake usb memory flash pen drives SOSFakeFlash has seen a few too many times.

eBay buyer victim “Yogi” bought this 32GB Touch Screen MP3 MP4 Player from kinhome88:

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Yogi provided the following listing description from kinhome88:

PACKAGE INCLUDED
———————————

32GB Touch Screen MP3 MP4 Player
USB Data & Power Supply Cable
High Quality Earphone
USB Wall Charger (Free Gift!!!)

Yogi said:

Received a Wall Charger which BLEW up !See picture

kinhome88 ChargerBlewUp

Yogi Observed:

High Quality Earphone….it’s subjective….

The 32GB player with 2,8 inch screen….After putting more than 2 GB on the memory the problems start to arise. corupt files etc.
Because of the site.. I decided to open the MP4 player. It has a Samsung memory chip :

SAMSUNG Flash
K4S281632C-TC1L

The Hardware chip is:
ANYKA AK3631LQ14402
FS01F9

SOSFakeFlash had a lot of difficultly trying to find this the memory chip at Samsung: K4S281632C-TC1L when found, the serial was for SDRAM and was an EOL product (end of life). Very confusing. The investigators have no idea what to make of this. An SDRAM flash memory chip being used in an MP Player? Or was it a counterfeit nand memory chip, using a legal serial number from Samsung? Or was this chip “converted” to be used in low quality MP Players because it was an EOL memory chip? At the moment no one really knows.

Yogi on testing the capacity:

Output of H2Test 1.4.. after completing the writing of the 32 GB and the verify starts it complained about errors and it/… crashed.
Because the writing of 32 Gb takes so very long I didn’t do the test again.

Yogi has filed a claim with paypal as do many eBay victims.

Yogi’s false capacity MP Player, reveals two additional facts buyers need to be aware of:

1) Wrong storage memory chips being used, possibility of counterfeit knock offs or recycled chips that should not be used in MP Players.

2) Wall chargers that are an electrical hazard. Yogi’s MP Player was damaged as a result. Wall chargers that are sub standard and not properly certified could damage your electrical outlet, MP Player and possibly start a fire in your home.

In hunting for unrealistic bargains on eBay you could end up with much more than a false capacity memory item.

Meanwhile kinhome88 continues to fraud and SOSFakeFlash sees little evidence of buyers attempting to contact and warn others who bought from this seller. As a result, kinhome88 will to earn and to sell fake memory items to unsuspecting eBay members.

If you feel this is wrong, lend a helping hand, warn buyers of kinhome88.

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SharpEdge’s Communications With mememao9898 eBay Fake Flash Memory USB Penstick Seller

Posted by KittyFireFlash on September 30, 2009

SharpEdge is a victim of eBay fake flash seller, mememao9898 now known as 123456wowo123456 . You will find the communications between victim and fraudulent seller interesting. While mememao9898 stated that he would take up the issue with the supplier, mememao9898 continues to offer the items for sale. Read SharpEdge’s story to gain insight on dealing with your seller.

Hello

I thought I would let you know as I wanted it entered into the database as evidence and so that you can post an alert.
Also, I have had feedback from other user’s with similar issues and who I have advised about you’re website.

SharpEdge said:

I asked for a replacement (tested BEFORE shipping) .

My email to seller:

Dear mememao9898,

Received item – thanks.
However, copied 9Gb of data but upon retrieving -corrupted.
Verified data as good ,re-copied but again, upon retrieval – corrupted.
Seems that after 4Gb – corrupts.
Checked with a recommended usb testing tool which verified that it’s only 3.8Gb storage capacity.
I would like to return the item for replacement.
Please supply full address for return and confirmation of you’re return policy.
Could you check the replacement and verify that it is 16Gb BEFORE sending.

Regards

– SharpEdge

Seller’s response:

Dear SharpEdge,

Dear friend,
We apologize to you for the quality of our product, we are checking it with the factory which signed the contract with us, and would investigate their responsibility.

We would take all the responsibility anyway!

So, in this case, we will refund your full money within 48HR, please check your paypal account. and we have left the positive feedback for you! Would you please ship the item back to us? So we can further investigate the problems of this item.

We will fully refund you the postage costs (as our goods with little profit,hope you choose don’t expensive shipping way,so we can afford it), please remark your Ebay ID with the item, so we can handle it ASAP.
There is ship address:

YONGQIANG LIU
26B Jinghuige.Jingxin Grarden,
No.2002 Lianhua Road, Futian
ShenZhen Guangdong
518034
China

Anytime you have questions, please contact us. we would do our best for you to satisfy you! Thank you for your kind understanding and support!
Best Regards!

– mememao9898

SharpEdge observed:

As you can see , no option but refund even though I asked for REPLACEMENT rather than refund.

My email to seller:

I see that the refund transaction is already progress.
I did not really want a refund but a replacement.
Anyway ….thanks .
I have been to the Post Office and the cheapest shipping/postage option available is at £6.19 (this is more than half of the cost of the device !!!).
Please let me know if you are willing to reimburse/credit and then I will send/ship the faulty/fake device.
Also, how will this be paid to me when you receive it ?
Please advise and I will send you authentication of post/shipping and tracking of the parcel.
Or better still, please send another replacement (checked and verified that it is definitely 16Gb and I will pay immediately – see my profile).

– SharpEdge

Sellers response:

Dear SharpEdge,

Dear friend,

Thanks for your reply and your checking with the post office.

The postage cost in your palce is still too high to us.

If we get it back, lessing the post cost and our human resource cost, we could not get much back.

And we have got one other device which got the same problem as yours back already.

So, in this case, please keep it.

Thanks

– mememao9898

SharpEdge Action:

OUTCOME : REFUNDED and item smashed and disposed due to faulty and fake.

SharpEdge suspicions:

Also, I think the seller is trading under another ID : lingwawa98982009 as the picture and website profile display are similar – see item descriptions : 280392433245 & 280392433028.

Regards
SharpEdge

The alert issued for 123456wowo123456 aka mememao9898: mememao9898 Ebay Fake Flash Seller Alert – China

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DGM Refunded – Victim of dingdingstore11 eBay Fake Memory Seller. Warned By Fellow eBay Member.

Posted by KittyFireFlash on September 21, 2009

DGM a victim of dingdingstore11 left positive feedback for this fake flash seller. He was warned by another eBay member.

DGM wrote to SOSFakeFlash:

Hello,

I purchased a 16gb flash card in august from dingdingstore11 on ebay.
Sure enough, the card was fake – I was alerted to the fact by another
person on ebay, who mentioned your website.

I already had left positive feedback, so the seller never responded.

I went straight to my bank and filed a credit card dispute. In the
reason I wrote that “I received the wrong merchandise” and “I am unable
to contact the seller for an exchange”.

My bank asked me to provide all the data from paypal etc, which I did
and I also explained that I got sent a 1.7gb card instead of a 16gb
card, that I bought.

Two weeks later after filing the dispute etc, my bank reversed the
transaction. Paypal did not put my account into negative either.

Regards,
DGM

DGM was rescued, because someone took the time to send him a warning message. On June 23, 2009, SOSFakeFlash issued: dingdingstore11 Ebay Fake Flash Seller Alert – China

DGM tested and began his battle to get a refund, his contribution to the fight against this fraud. Everyone who persists to be refunded is helping the cause. Anyone who takes the time to warn other eBay members for “known Fake Flash Sellers” helps to fight the issue, potentially saves people from data loss, awakens them to the fraud and empowers them to join the fight by pursuing a refund!

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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

HJ^

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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How Contacting eBay Buyers OF Fake Memory Purchases Saves Others – A Victim’s Thank You!

Posted by KittyFireFlash on September 11, 2009

SOSFakeFlash has been asking eBay members who have been victims of fake flash sellers to become more active and aggressive to fight the issue on the home territory – eBay.

Fraudulent sellers get away with selling false capacity usb flash drives, MP Players and memory cards because few test the capacity properly. A quick inspection to see what the operating system reports. Fakes are digitally altered to “fool” operating systems! So buyers leave positive feedback, only to discover the awful truth later. Meanwhile, more members fall into the net, trusting the feedback of previous buyers.

One way to help is as a Fake Flash Angel. Contact people who bought from a fake flash seller and send them a warning message, to test!

An eBay member to be known as “Joe” received such a message from another eBay member.

“Joe” wrote to SOSFakeFlash: Read the rest of this entry »

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rickysell819 Ebay Fake Flash Seller – Canada – Case Of Ricky The Tricky

Posted by KittyFireFlash on September 6, 2009

rickysell819 is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake – false capacity) Flash USB drives. Registered in Canada, rickysell819 was the reincarnation of save_big4real. Same eBay region and later as victims discovered, same address. rickysell819 sold items he did under save_big4real (see previous article). Having a degree of ego, the leatherette usb flash drives were embrossed with his previous eBay seller id. Not bright.

He was spotted by fake flash angels. Buyers were contacted, the dots connected – the addressing information compared.

He earned the name “Ricky The Tricky“.

He manage to sell about 130 fake flash pen drives, before the Fake Flash Angels caught up with him. He was suspended by eBay. Consumer laws appear to be taken more seriously by eBay in Canada. The government over there has sharp teeth.

Victims did contact Ricky The Tricky. In fact some lived very close to him. In his second selling spree, he used a different name, same address with an apartment number. Odd, give the address was for a house.

“Ricky The Tricky” found himself in a lot of pain, similar to the pain he caused for others.

He had invested a great deal of money in those fake usb flash drives, refused to accept the financial loss or face the consequences of what he had done to others under save_big4real. Instead, he thought it was perfectly fine to continue to harm others under the id of rickysell819. He felt he deserved to get all of his money back. It did not matter what would happen to others.

He felt he was a victim and he came first.

rickysell819 – Ricky The Tricky reeled in shock. The id was suspended. He never dreamed people were watching him and patrolling. He thought he would get away with it. Ricky The Tricky, learned otherwise. He was painfully aware, many of his victims lived just a short drive away. He enjoyed the horror or pleasure of telephone calls and conversations from his victims.

The last news on Ricky The Tricky was that he was busy drowning himself in a puddle of beer.

SOSFakeFlash does not know what happened to him in the end. Some victims intended to report him to the RCMP, the national police in Canada.

The most interesting thing about the case of rickysell819 aka SaveBig4Real, is how eBay victims can organize and catch fake flash sellers. It reveals a dark side in people. How sellers who discover they were victims (purchased false capacity items), feel justified in continuing to sell to reclaim their costs. Victims have a very dim view of people who do this.

Hopefully in the the hereafter, they bake on very same fake flash nand chips from the devices they sold – down below.

It can be traumatic and a terrible discovery for an eBay seller to learn their items were not genuine capaicty, but they should not continue to sell these dangerous items to reclaim their costs. Instead they should focus their attention on the source of their volume purchase with the full force of law. Many victims sellers do. Many have received their money back. If the source is in their home country, there is a good chance at recovery of funds. It purchased abroad, it becomes a sad lesson instead.

rickysell819 sold:

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RescueEbayFakeFlashVictimsReport 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

Do a good deed, warn other eBay buyers of fake flash. Help rescue them. Check positive feedback for a fake flash seller and send messages to warn. Just state facts, ask them to test. You can only send up to 5 messages a day. Save another person from a fake flash nightmare.

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superseller5018 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert Devious – China Fake 32GB Memory Cards eBay – Ehong Xuxin

Posted by KittyFireFlash on September 3, 2009

superseller5018 is an eBay seller of Counterfeit false capacity memory cards. Registered in China, superseller5018 is busy unleashing a fake flash memory card plague on eBay members resulting in the lost of photos. supersellar5018 is trying to hide his fake flash selling using private auctions.

superseller5018 seller id belongs to the Ehong Xuxin counterfeit ring operating on eBay: Massive Ebay Fraud Memory Cards – Counterfeit Ring Ehong Xuxin China And Hong Kong – Sellers zjlee08 – fengfeng_joy2008

A victim of superseller5018 reports:

32gb SD cards this person supplies arrive in just a plastic SD card case and are unpackaged. Has negative feedback via one seller who stated his cards were fake.

His 32gb card’s under Windows display at 32gb, but I discovered the card had data wrap around after 3.9gb of data was copied onto the card, resulting in data corruption.

I immediately escalated my dispute to a claim, clearly stating via PayPal and EBay he was selling counterfeit goods and provided him with evidence of his activities via H2Testw output. He did not defend himself and just wrote an automated reply as can be seen below.

My refund arrived 10 minutes later. I assume he crapped his pants into thinking the Hong Kong police would bust him for selling fake goods. I hope he gets what he deserves and they visit him soon!

Here’s his reply this seller sent which takes the piss:-

Dear friend,
We are sorry to bring this trouble to you,we do not know what happened.
We have fully refunded for you.

God bless you for your understanding and kindness!

Best wishes

Watch out for eBay fake flash sellers who use “God” and “Blessings”. Those are fake flash calling cards.

superseller5018 shipping address:

Ehong

P.O. Box No. 97527
TSIM SHA TEUI POST OFFICE
Hong Kong

superseller5018 return address:

Ehong (Superseller Tianshuguang)—32

Room 2804
DingCheng
International
HuaquiangBei
Futian District
ShenZhen
P.R.China 518000

Urgently needed! People to contact anyone who left positive feedback for this seller. If you see an item number as private, it is hiding a fake memory card!

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

FakeFlashSellers01Don’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. See what we have on file.

Did You Leave Positive Feedback For A Fake Flash Seller Of MP Players, Memory Cards Or USB Flash Drives Purchased On eBay?

To understand about Fake Flash Sellers Read:

A Victim’s insight: ebidetrade001 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert Devious – Hong Kong

Victim consumer education on nand flash storage chips:

Important Reading:

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giesha2 Ebay Fake Flash Seller Alert Devious – EU – Counterfeit Kingston 32GB SDHC SD Secure Digital Memory Cards Found On eBay

Posted by KittyFireFlash on August 16, 2009

giesha2 is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake) Kingston 32GB SDHC SD Secure Digital Memory Cards. Registered in Lithuania, giesha2, continued to sell despite being advised his memory cards are fake. giesha2 used private auctions and that earns him the classification of devious.

Deity, a victim of giesha2 reported:

According to eBay’s feedback record, the seller has previous transactions with one now unregistered ebay seller selling lots of fake 32GB SDHC card:

beautyseals

http://feedback.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=beautyseals&ftab=AllFeedback

I have got a full refund from the seller giesha2 after notifying him that the card is a fake one, yet he is still selling (at the time of writing) his other cards on ebay: item number 250469301384 showing the same packaging as the fake one I received.

Thank you for the good work!

Some eBay sellers just do not want to listen. When they use private auctions for listings memory cards, mp players or usb flash drives, you can be sure the seller is up to no good. A seller who is confident in his product will shout it from the roof tops, not try to hide what he is selling. Never buy from a seller who hides eBayer id’s and then the ebay item numbers in feedback!

Private auctions are used to hide fraud on eBay – the only exception is for items that are extremely “personal“. Read: eBay Private Auction Listings – eBay Fake Flash Sellers Prefer – Victims Learn The Meaning The Hard Way – A Guide

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Did You Leave Positive Feedback For A Fake Flash Seller Of MP Players, Memory Cards Or USB Flash Drives Purchased On eBay?

To understand about Fake Flash Sellers Read:

A Victim’s insight: ebidetrade001 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert Devious – Hong Kong

Victim consumer education on nand flash storage chips:

Important Reading:

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

FakeFlashSellers01Don’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.

Read the rest of this entry »

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lion94388 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert – China – Counterfeit Transcend Memory Cards Continue To Flood eBay

Posted by KittyFireFlash on August 16, 2009

EbayPrisonlion94388 is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake) memory cards. Registered in China, lion94388 sold many fake and counterfeit 32GB memory cards. SOSFakeFlash continues to find counterfeit and false capacity Transcend Memory cards flooding eBay. You are advised NOT to bid or buy on any Transcend Memory cards for sale on eBay. Buy from an authorized Transcend reseller – spare yourself the nightmare that comes from trying to get a bargain at an unrealistic price. A fabulous price, is a fabulous fake! If your photos matter to you, spend the extra money, protect your memories, buy safe!

eBay has conspired with fake flash seller lion94388 to immediately remove all information on the sellers listings. If a brand name is involved, you can be sure that eBay will race to remove any trace, any hint of counterfeit selling with lightening speed. Lately the brand names have been turning up the heat and eBay is starting to feel it. lion94388 has received a suspension and is currently in eBay fake flash prison. Small comfort to eBay members who are victims of this seller.

Fake Flash Seller lion94388 Address From PayPal:

bolian tan room 506,xingchen mansion No.26-28
tianhe south 2 road tianhe district
guangzhou
guangdong province
510620
China

Seller phone number from eBay info – 13416408104

A victim reports:

I immediately knew this was counterfeit on receipt as it had no serial number, as Transcend memory has – Transcend also has a Web site on how to spot counterfeits at:

http://www.transcendusa.com/Support/SerialCheck.asp.

Card had extremely slow read/write speeds, and would not read at all in some devices. Filed a PayPal claim and escalated immediately – eBay had removed all references to the sale including on My eBay purchases, which I think is terrible. eBay had also removed all items from this seller, who had very strong feedback including on this item from prior sales. Info assembled from e-mails and PayPal history. It is also ludicrous to require senders to show proof of returning counterfeit goods to China before receiving a PayPal refund when eBay and PayPal (same company) know the goods are counterfeit. Will forward information to Hong Kong technology police.

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Did You Leave Positive Feedback For A Fake Flash Seller Of MP Players, Memory Cards Or USB Flash Drives Purchased On eBay?

To understand about Fake Flash Sellers Read:

A Victim’s insight: ebidetrade001 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert Devious – Hong Kong

Victim consumer education on nand flash storage chips:

Important Reading:

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

FakeFlashSellers01 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.

Read the rest of this entry »

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mick1880 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert Devious – United Kingdom

Posted by KittyFireFlash on August 12, 2009

mick1880 is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake) Flash USB drives. Registered in the United Kingdom, mick1880 counterfeit and false capacity Kingston DataTraveler 100 – DT100/16GB usb flash drives. mick1880 also sold DataTraveler G2 usb flash drives and a generic model. This seller used multiple item listings and private auctions to hide what he was up to. Only usb pen sticks were sold under private auctions – a clear indication mick1880 knew EXACTLY what he was selling!

A Victim wrote:

Here is a definite confirmation of my fake capacity, counterfeit received today from seller mick1880.
From the outset I was pretty sure it was going to be fake. Price was too low and listing was private. I presumed the listing was private to hide the sales of the Kingstons. Perhaps not.

The packaging was not a proper blister pack, just a printed cardboard (same as picture in listing)with a plastic insert which was easily opened and closed again from the front, a bit like a processor plastic box from intel. There were no serial numbers for verifying with Kingston on the back of the package.

There was no address sent with the drive either, just a plain, large brown, standard (non-padded) envelope with 1st class “Large” stamp. The address was hand written in neat capital letters.
The post mark just says Nottingham as in the listing.

The only contact info is the e-mail for the seller which is mmann@hotmail.co.uk.

The drive was supplied with starview files on the drive with the option of choosing eurovox pre-purchase.

I opened up a dispute in Resolution Centre with the option of asking for refund from seller for the full purchase price.

I followed this up immediately by leaving a negative feedback for the seller, highlighting what was purchased for others to see.

Immediately after leaving the negative I checked my e-mails and found I had been refunded in full in less than 5 minutes total and case closed.

The seller followed up with the message below through ebay messaging system. I have no reason to reply as my feedback says all I need to say.

SOSFakeFlash:

The testing results from H2testw are not being published so victims may independently test and confirm their results. We can say it was one of the worst Kingston counterfeit false capacity usb flash drives on record that would actually hold ANY data at all.

Another Victim’s insight: ebidetrade001 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert Devious – Hong Kong

Victim consumer education on nand flash storage chips:

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Important Reading:

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

FakeFlashSellers01 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.

Read the rest of this entry »

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mike56888 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert Devious – China

Posted by KittyFireFlash on August 7, 2009

mike56888 is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake) Flash USB drives. Registered in China, mike56888 sold false capacity usb flash drives. This seller is trying to hide from eBay victims and has just recently made his feedback private.

A victim reports:

I am currently in discussion with seller trying to get a refund. The seller will not give me a refund without sending back the fake drive. He claims he needs to give it back to his supplier in order to get his money back also. He claims to be a victim as well. At this stage I think I will send it back. Here is the wording from the sellers last email to me

Dear friend
thanks for your letter very sorry for this, i’m also a victim,
i’m buy this item from other company, the company tell me the item is 16GB,
please understanding me, i agree return you all money.
your need return the item to me, because i need return this item to company,
and the company can return my money, your return fee i can pay half.
very sorry again!
thank you
best regard

– mike56888.

There is a problem with this seller SOSFakeFlash explained to the victim. eBay sellers who cry “I am a victim too!” do not race to change their feedback to private. In doing so they are avoiding their responsibilites as sellers.

mike56888 fake flash seller is trying to blame some one else. What effort is this seller making to contact his buyers, to warn them about pending data loss from using the dangerous usb drives he has sold? Is he refunding them?

In hiding his feedback, ebay seller mike56888 has earned the classification of “devious“, not the status of a victim seller. A true victim seller does not attempt to run from the damage he has done.

How do we know? The FrankenFlash project was co founded, by eBay victim sellers and eBay buyer members.

The victim’s final thoughts:

I contacted Ebay and they advise to talk to the local police and that is about all they can do. They mentioned that they have no responsibility for the integrity of items offered. If this is as wide spread as we now know it is surely they could post a warning in one of the promotion emails they send to members.

To understand about Fake Flash Sellers: fengfeng_joy2008 Fraud – Conversations between THH And Fake Flash Seller On Fake 32GB Memory Cards. Tale of Denial, Bribery And Violation Of eBay’s Feedback Policies

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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.

Read the rest of this entry »

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PayPal Refunds Victim Of Fake – False Capacity USB Flash Drives Purchased On Ebay. 8 Month Battle Leads To Success.

Posted by KittyFireFlash on July 20, 2009

Ebay victim finally refunded for fake false capacity usb pen flash drives! Known at SOSFakeFlash under the nom de plume, “SuperMan“, it took an 8 month battle to receive refunds. Some people refuse to be frauded.

As SOSFakeFlash has always said, if you are selected for the “special treatment” from PayPal, get out your boxing gloves and climb into the Ring! “No” from PayPal does not necessarily mean no. It means, time for another round in the ring. Some people just give up. Others will not. Is it for the money? Generally it is more about the principal. Superman’s story shows endurance and determination. You can learn a lot from his final report to SOSFakeFlash. Read the rest of this entry »

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