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

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sosfakeflashdrive@gmail.com or leave a comment for the readers to answer.

We are part of the FrankenFlash Project and to do the work being invisible is important. More information will be coming but the urgency for counterfeit flash awareness matters more. It is the priority.

Many people have lost money, some a lot. But….

It does not matter what price paid for the drive – who can put a price on data copied to it? Documents. Photos. Memories? If the source data has been deleted – these files are gone forever. The loss will mean different things to different people.

We are unable to reveal exactly what the data loss can mean or where it has occurred. A lot has to remain confidential. People’s jobs are at stake. Some could face court martials. There is no reason to make people victims a second time – the experience was traumatic enough.

It is frightening to learn just who has been a victim of counterfeit flash drives. Causal users to the most savvy about technology, together they tumble in the fake flash pit. Quiet a few have been rescued by the fake flash angels. No, we can’t elaborate on what that means – only almost all are victims of fake flash drives. It is not just buyers of fake flash on the warpath, sellers are too. Both are working together. Why? If you are a victim of Fake Flash it would be easy understand. If you have not been a victim, think of how you would feel if someone took a hammer to your hard disk or shredded or snapped all your data cd’s, dvds and old floppies – how would you feel about the loss?

See The post What is This Fake Flash All About?

What keeps us going?

“Never doubt that a small group
of thoughtful, committed people
can change the world.
Indeed, it’s the only thing
that ever has.”
-Margaret Mead



   

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180 Responses to “Contact”

  1. Hi There,

    I am an eBay trader with 16GB USB Flash drives, I have tested all my 53 pieces and have found that they are all real memory. Would You mind if I mentioned this website in the listing along with a screenshot of the test so I can prove to other poeple and eBay that they are genuine 16GB USB Flash drives?

    Kind Regards

    Jamie

  2. KittyFireFlash said

    Hi Jamie,

    The most important thing is that you tested with H2testw. If you did, please put that in your listing. You have tested with H2testw and certify with a guarantee of 16GB. Make sure you also mention that formatted it will be a bit smaller, in formatting there is an overhead for the FAT (file allocation table). It is normal.

    Do not show a screen capture of what the operating system shows, operating systems are fooled by fakes.

    Your best option is to certify that you tested and that you stand behind the advertised capacity.

    You may reference SOSFakeFlash as a source for information on fakes being sold on eBay, especially our fake flash seller lists.

    https://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/category/fake-flash-memory/ebaysellers/negative-fb-tool/

    don’t reference a particular list by date as they are removed when new ones are issued.

    If you are interested in becoming a steady seller for usb flash drives you may ask your satisfied customers to nominate you buy writing into SOSFakeFlash (ebay id, item number). We are more than happy to write an article on the internet to promote an honest eBay seller of flash memory! It helps promote an honest sellers sales and give them the spotlight they need to stand out against the fraudulent sellers!

    Those who sell true capacity flash memory need all the help they can get. SOSFakeFlash is willing to help and we don’t accept any money to help honest eBay sellers.

  3. Rex Jones said

    Stupidly ordered a usb thumb drive then found this within 1 hour of ordering. have requested a cancel of order and paypal refund.
    https://fightflashfraud.wordpress.com/2010/12/24/pianyifangshipin-sells-counterfeit-flash-memory-items-on-ebay/

  4. Rex Jones said

    Stupidly ordered one of these and found this site an hour later. have asked to cancel order and paypal refund. Didnt see this name on your list.

    https://fightflashfraud.wordpress.com/2010/12/24/pianyifangshipin-sells-counterfeit-flash-memory-items-on-ebay/

  5. ians12 said

    It might be worth trying Sky News:-

    “Sky Investigates is a two-way portal. We will keep you updated with some of the stories we are chasing. We will give you more detail about how we carried out an investigation once it has been broadcast, but we will also ask for your help. If you want to put us on the scent of a story you can email us at investigations@skynews.com. ”

    http://blogs.news.sky.com/skyinvestigates/Post:8abacfd2-b95a-4f38-bc1c-acf1ffd83286

  6. Jennifer said

    Well, my husband just got ripped off on a fake Sandisk 32GB MicroSD Card. We are getting our money back. But to do so we have to send the card back to the seller. Even with documentation from SanDisk!!! Even though Ebay admits its a fake!!!

    so I’ve taken it upon myself to email everyone else that has bought from this guy. So far only one has replied back and his is bogus too.

    I’ve emailed the details in but in case anyone else needs it.

    Here is the info though….
    Fake Micro SDHC 32GB Report
    1. Ebay Item # 180589095278
    2. Ebay Seller ID: Aroma1234
    3. Ebay BuyerID : 97TacoSR5
    4.Test Results from H2testw 1.4
    Test 1 – stopped part of the way through
    Warning: Only 919 of 31991 MByte tested.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    89.4 MByte OK (183103 sectors)
    829.5 MByte DATA LOST (1699009 sectors)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    829.5 MByte corrupted (1699009 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x0000000005967e00
    Expected: 0x0000000005967e00
    Found: 0x0000000000000000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Reading speed: 7.95 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Test 2 – this one didn't finish either
    Warning: Only 713 of 31991 MByte tested.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    0 KByte OK (0 sectors)
    713 MByte DATA LOST (1460224 sectors)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    713 MByte corrupted (1460224 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x0000000000000008
    Expected: 0x0000000000000011
    Found: 0x0000000000000000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Reading speed: 7.53 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    5. Ebay Item Description : SanDisk 32GB Micro SDHC memory card + SD Adapter
    6. Seller Address:
    Krunalkumar Patel

  7. ITGuy said

    Jenifer, you should not have to send the article back..

    Look at this post

    https://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/2010/10/15/paypal-refunds-counterfeit-items-policy-change-nov-01-2010-what-does-this-mean-for-fake-flash-memory-mp-players-usb-flash-drives-mp-players-hacked-memory-awareness-growing/

    extracted from this article.
    If you lose a Significantly Not as Described Claim because the item you sold is counterfeit, you you will not receive the item back (it will be destroyed).

    will be required to provide a full refund to the buyer and you will
    not receive the item back (it will be destroyed).”

    If you lose a Significantly
    Not as Described Claim because the item you sold is counterfeit, you
    will be required to provide a full refund to the buyer and you will
    not receive the item back (it will be destroyed).”

  8. Dylan Hall said

    where is the best place to report a real retailer selling fake flash and not just an ebay retailer as I believe I may have reported in wrong section of this site, tried alerting retailer to the problem who referred me to the supplier who denied fake and said mine must be faulty, I want to know best way to expose this to help unsuspecting victims

  9. KittyFireFlash said

    @Dylan Hall

    Sorry for a late reply. We have been very busy. Day jobs and other projects…

    See these sites in Austalia:

    http://www.overclockers.com.au/wiki/Fake_Memory_Cards

    http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1384015

    If you do a write up, your story, your facts, you could send Dylan, to SOSFakeFlashDrive@gmail.com. Attention for FakeFlashNews (http://fakeflashnews.wordpress.com/). This site has very good traction on the internet for stories.

    May sure to research your “Title”, Keywords. Keywords are important for search engines such as Google.

    They have been contacted and are willing to publish a story for you. Have a look at the site, and the features.

    The story of retailer pointing to supplier who then says…no such thing as a fake is not unusual. It is the old story of what we call in North America – “Passing the Buck”.

    See this comment by The_Flash:

    https://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/2009/08/12/sinceritytrading-ebay-fake-flash-seller-alert-hong-kong/#comment-12661

    No one has explained the issue and the pain for buyers, in two very powerful, direct paragraphs.

    https://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/2009/08/12/sinceritytrading-ebay-fake-flash-seller-alert-hong-kong/#comment-12661

    The_Flash’s statement has been added to the https://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/about/ page. The_Flash has joined Margaret Mead for making such a clear statement!

    Dylan, so many victims of fake flash memory cool, it is a sad but important fact. If you still feel strongly, then use your creativity and become an author. Write up your story and send it in to the email address above. You can also include images. We’ve spoken to them and you story will get 1st priority.

    The fakeflashnews site is probably the best place to get the internet exposure. Make sure the retailer and country are in the title. You can do a follow up later by visiting sites in your country and posting the url address to the article they publish.

    It is probably the best way you can help unsuspecting victims.

    Last but not least, Dylan, thank you for caring about others. You earn the title “Citizen of the World”! Welt Mensch, a title my great uncle gave me as youngster, wear it proudly. It is one of the most noble titles a person can have.

    He lived BTW to be 100 and three days. A citizen of a great country that fell into disrupt, he had ideals that changed over time as he learned about human nature.

    People who have contributed to this site and the others in the project have one amazing feature, a most outstanding attribute….

    They don’t just care about themselves, they care about OTHERS.

    Dylan, it the caring that is so important. So write something up and send it in to be published!

    PS Please make it easy for TechReporters, they also help us out and the other sites, we are all drafted to help each other out…..

  10. The_Flash said

    Wow, Kitty. I wasn’t expecting my comment to be added there! That’s a big surprise, and an honour. Thankyou. 🙂

    I should note that I’m not a former fake-flash victim, though – with many thanks to the efforts of folks like you guys, I never have been. I just find the injustice of it all to be disgusting, which is why I take every opportunity I can to warn people about it and point this place out.

    Keep fighting, guys.

  11. KittyFireFlash said

    Addresses. We NEED address information on sellers you verify! Please do your best to send in any information you have. It is important. We are working on detecting the counterfeit rings. You help is needed!

  12. OVINO51 said

    HI, I am that seller ovino51 on ebay, the USB driver I am sell is 100% real , I test them with h2testw also I do a manual test by put files on USB drive. you can buy one from me if you found its fake just let ebay shut down my store.

    the owner http://fightflashfraud.wordpress.com of this website, please do not just judge My USB drive by only looking at the product. and please removoe this page http://fightflashfraud.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/beware-usb-flash-drives-from-ebay-seller-ovino51-likely-fakes/, before have any proof that MY usb is fake. Ithank you.

  13. KittyFireFlash said

    @OVINO51,

    Contact the fightflashfraud site. You have not been reported or investigated by our site.

  14. paul said

    ebay fake item says it was a mistake item 150605391973 16gig micro sd car from user starfones2010 is a fake here are the test results
    Error writing file ‘G:\1.h2w’, offset 0x34000000.
    It is still possible to verify the test data written up to this point.
    (Data error (cyclic redundancy check). Code 23)
    Warning: Only 29259 of 31780 MByte tested.
    Writing speed: 2.44 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4
    sent me a 32gb micro sd should have only been 16gb anyway.
    He says if i return it to him he will refund me in full but i think he will sell it to someone else so what is my next move?
    Paul

  15. Adam said

    Don’t forget promotional flash drives. I’ve been given two different ones that turned out to be fake as well. If some company or institution gives you a flash drive, copy the contents (if any) to someplace else, then test it rigorously too.

  16. Sherry Burdette said

    I did not receive a spy pen that I won & payed for on Ebay from bigbigworld2010. Is this a devious seller?
    thanks,
    Sherry Burdette

  17. Rishi Kumar said

    Trying to source a good reliable manufacturer from China… for USB drives.

    After asking for ONLY grade A products from 4 manufacturers… two lots have tested ok, and two just completely off the mark.. well in my eyes, but the manufacture has other ideas that just have completely thrown me…

    My email to the manufacture with feedback of the samples we received:

    Hi,

    To be honest, we are dissapointed. We don’t understand why from such a small sample, we find faulty, grade B drives?

    I will show you:

    9 of the USB srives worked ok with messages like the following:

    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 3.94 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 17.4 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    5 of the devices showed this messages simlair to this:

    The media is likely to be defective.
    15.6 GByte OK (32899071 sectors)
    0.5 KByte DATA LOST (1 sector)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
    0.5 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 1 sector)
    0 KByte corrupted (0 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x000000016fb50630
    Expected: 0xcb841a92fa7fd330
    Found: 0xcb841a12fa7fd330
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 3.71 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 17.4 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    I don't understand how that much of drive defective?

    and the remaining 6 devices shows messages like this:

    The media is likely to be defective.
    13.8 GByte OK (28995584 sectors)
    1.7 GByte DATA LOST (3739648 sectors)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    1.7 GByte corrupted (3739648 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x0000000373c59c00
    Expected: 0x0000000373c59c00
    Found: 0x0000000000000000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 4.69 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 11.6 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    This is exactly the reason for us to change manufactuer in the first place. We did make clear that we wanted ONLY grade A products serveral times. from this sample your defect rate is 11/20 peices, is it work us working with you?

    I hope to hear from you soon regarding how this has happened?

    Best Regards

    And their reply is as follows:

    Thank you for your reply very much

    You know the Monolithic Power of chip is wafer,plz see the file ,it is round

    You can see it is nearer to the middle of the round ,then the capacity is approach to 16gb

    And it is farer from the middle of the round ,the capacity is less than 16gb

    It means that the usb capacity has a range ,and the normal range is :13.85gb-15.85gb

    We analysed your testing result
    The 11pcs testing capacity is between 13.8GB-15.6GB,so it belongs to be normal

    It is not products quality problem

    Hope you can understand what's we explained

    Waiting for your reply

    Maybe i should know my product more, but is there any truth to what they are saying?

    Using the H2testw is my only knowledge of knowing whether a device is true capacity and grade A…

  18. ITGuy said

    Based on the high percentage of drives that failed H2testw testing and the nonsensical response (location of chip on wafer does not affect chip capacity) from the supplier I would recommend that you not purchase anything from that supplier.

    Based on that fact a large number the usb drives failed H2Testw it would be reasonable to assume the following
    -the memory chips are of inferior quality
    -the manufacture of the usb drives does not check the chips for errors (specifically bad blocks).
    -the firmware may also be of inferior quality – bad blocks should be detected and not reused.

    There is no truth in what they are saying. High quality chips do not exhibit the type of errors you have seen and or the range of effective sizes. The effective sizes should be in a small range not the large range you have seen.

  19. TechChips said

    @ITGuy ,

    You are dead on! T

    he source is playing technobabble nonsense. Buyers need to stay away from suppliers who try to explain capacity differences based on the wafers. You don’t get the discepancies or fluctuations in size described by this supplier as QC would lead to discards and rejects.

    One of the reasons for the cost, is the quality control process. It is to ensure that all chips deliver the capacity, if they don’t they get discarded.

    http://flashdrivefacts.wordpress.com/2009/03/22/genuine-verses-fake-counterfeit-usb-flash-drives-a-guide-usb-flash-chips-used-in-usb-flash-drives-grades-a-b-c-d/

  20. Bhootanand said

    Hi Every One

    Greetings

    I got one Kingston 256GB Data Traveler 200 Flash Drive. It did not perform as expected. Probably a fake.

    I downloaded H2testw 1.4 and used to test he Flash Drive. It did prove that the Flash Drive was FAKE but it also did something totally unexpected – The software H2testw 1.4 created a directory VIRTUAL ROOT and Created two virtual drives and it wrote one of the virtual drives with 1MB files thus taking all the space on drive C: in total 155 GB. C dive reported no space.

    Is it normal for H2testw 1.4 to do this ?

    Can some one explain this behavior of H2testw 1.4 to me and how to avoid this in future.

    Thanking you all

  21. ITGuy said

    To Bhootanand

    The version of H2Testw 1.4 that is recommend by this site does not behave as you indicated in your post.

    https://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/2008/09/02/h2testw-14-gold-standard-in-detecting-usb-counterfeit-drives/

    I suspect there are other programs available for download with the same name but perform differently, and could possibly host a virus or other malware.

  22. G8Chip said

    @Bhootanand,

    Ditto ITGuy. Download H2Testw 1.4 only from their official site.

    Read-> https://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/2008/09/02/h2testw-14-gold-standard-in-detecting-usb-counterfeit-drives/ and use the links.

  23. Maz Zam said

    I have come across a lot of suspect fake usb sticks with high volume & because of my friend who bought one which was fake a Sony Vaio 512GB I have searched ebay for possible scammers. The following I found are what I suspect to be suspicious.
    harreietbailey SONY VAIO & KINGSTON. ekbyz, CORSAIR & KINGSTON. cuneytkaya2829 KINGSTON, buddy33311, non branded 512GB and sony vaio 512gb. ssj.uk, CORSAIR. londonelectronix CORSAIR. elly7878 CORSAIR. yaathu2011 KINGSTON. heronbeck KINGSTON shadows123jonathan CORSAIR. spau9 CORSAIR. steven-rowe0790 512GB KINGSTON. box_uk KINGSTON. etradecomputersextra KINGSTON 256GB. ukonestoppcshop KINGSTON 256GB. gouldie30 NON BRANDED 64GB. zoobatech KINGSTON 256GB. thelord786 NON BRANDED 43 AVAILABLE. fred491960 SOLD SONY VAIO to my friend.

  24. James Blunt said

    Hello there, I don’t really know if this is the right way of reporting a potential fake scam, well really I know that this item a Sony Vaio 512GB flash drive. I bought one of these off Ebay & only discovered quite by chance that Sony don’t make USB drives with the Vaio name brand. Although I didn’t buy mine off this seller, this seller has 3 for sale as of today 19th October 2011. The seller is harreietbailey & the item numbers are 110759546652, 110759545362, 110759543309, Another seller is buddy33311 with the item number of 280754736019, also a Sony Vaio 512GB.

  25. James Blunt said

    The following paragraph is a more in-depth description as to how easy it is to be conned with fake merchandise.

    Hello all at sosfakeflash, James Blunt here. I wrote yesterday about my near miss with a rogue seller who sold us a dodgy Sony Vaio, At the time we thought that Sony & Vaio go hand in hand but it was a surprise for me. On buying it my wife decided to look up what the cost would have been to purchase it from a retailer like Pc-world but a lot of warnings about fakes flooding the market & you were one of the sites in the list. He was all to keen to reimburse the cost & initial posting, not the return postage, – Shame on him. He as good as said that when refunded leave feedback to say that all was sorted (with the refund). The answers given were words spelt incorrectly with what looked like broken English. Well, following this it was time to leave a negative, which we did, only we weren’t expecting threats to not only our Ebay account, but 300 members or associates all over the UK who would buy from us & purposely leave negatives with misleading negative/positives. The following day my wife sold a board game under a name we hadn’t dealt with before. As soon as my wife sells anything she always checks where it is being posted to pack & label. Guess what, same address, different account name. Eventually after being on the phone for over an hour, things got sorted. Initially Ebay told us not to send the item. We found out of Ebay that his household have multiple accounts writing false feedback for one another & practising SHILLBIDDING – this term is used when a bidder is pushing up the bids with other accounts in the same household, It was only by comparing feedback & delivery details my wife discovered that this was the case. They told us that they would deal with the payment return etc, – they didn’t & then a case was opened for non delivery by the fraudulent buyer, we refunded them but that case will show on our account – I am somewhat annoyed as they can’t or won’t remove it.

    This situation has made us to be more aware that there are many many con artists out there ready & willing to rip customers of whether in a Ebay shop or Ebay private account. I just hope that someone reading this will be made aware of the foul sellers around. Had we not been put in this situation then there we probably wouldn’t have even checked online & as my wife said to me, you see Sony, you trust Sony, would I have checked & to be quite honest I wouldn’t have. Many buyers out there will use it for a few pictures, documents & even a Divx movie & won’t know possibly for months that they were duped. We got a real mini flash drive from PC-world & it was £38 & a true flash drive by LEXER with 32GIG of space. I have filled it with 30+ Divx movies along with 2GB of pictures & 4 albums & still have some free space.

    I urge anyone out there to test their drive if they have recently bought one no matter where they got it from, with files up to the apparent capacity, Make sure you copy not cut & paste because if you delete following the paste & your files on the drive are corrupted you will lose them forever. I back up every week to DVD & monthly to an external HDD. One hour of time is nothing if a fake has been sold on & been found out. I view portable storage in a different way following our unpleasant episode.

    Today I have scrolled through many items on Ebay quoting high storage USB pen drives & have reported every day the same items that I know are too good to be true for 4 days now but they are still there being sold to unsuspecting customers. I am appalled that Ebay are taking no notice of these USB’s that are obviously fakes. The ones that are definately fake are Sony Vaio USB pen drives with 512GB of space selling for around £100 but there are many others that are fake but I haven’t got the time to find & report all of them & I am unsure whether the one I think are fake are actually fake. I hope someone reads this article & if only 1 person benefits then it has been worth it.

  26. @James Blunt,

    Welcome to our world. It can be a very rude awakening.

    Some might think we HATE eBay – nothing could be further from the truth. Many of us are old eBay members, we remember what eBay used to be like. What we HATE is what has happened to eBay.

    They forgot who made them, why people chose to buy on their site. They have sold their soul in the interest of profit and fees. They chose to squeeze the bottom line, introduce technology that has escaped their ability to control or understand – introducing mindless email template robots, it is important for people to understand that when they might be fortuante or unfortunate enough to receive a communication from eBay, the signed name is an alias. Is it a real person? Doubtful. It is probably whoever is sitting in front of the terminal receiving information in their daily queue.

    Threats are not uncommon James.

    Sellers tend to use them a lot. They even file unpaid item disputes against eBay members who have received refunds. They have tried it countless times with this site and the other ones in the FrankenFlash Project. The fact that not one article published has ever been retracted – speaks about the truth.

    Your discovery on recent listings…..

    As a new party, you are unbiased. Yet you have seen with clear eyes.

    EBay Ordered to Pay $61 Million in Sale of Counterfeit Goods

    eBay is on record:

    EBay now says it has over 2,000 people worldwide to tackle counterfeiting and that 95 percent of fraudulent listings are removed before the auction ends.

    Where are these mysterious 2,000 people? A little known fact is that since 2008, eBay has been busy down sizing – that includes people who were supposed to fight the fraud. It is an ugly truth few people know. As each day passes, they rely more and more on robotic templates and call center workers in countries where the daily wage would shock most peoples sensibilities.

    If only people could wake up and learn they are not communicating with people on eBay but computer programmes with almost zero intelligence.

    Does eBay actually have an IT staff? We doubt it. If they do, it is probably a skeleton crew that interacts with out sourcing companies. Probably the cheapest and the lowest on the IQ scale.

    James, have you had the opportunity to read:

    Can eBay Stop The Sale Of Fake And Counterfeit Memory? A Frauded Buyers Simple Insight To Solving The Problem For Fraudulent eBay Listings.

    What is your personal opinion? As a newcomer to the issue a fresh insight would be very welcomed. In fact, it matters a lot more than the views of people who have been fighting this problem for a long time.

  27. James Blunt said

    Well, where to start on my opinions of scammers on not just EBay or Amazon,  or even your regular high street store – who knows? When we started being on the Internet, in 2008, we were probably naive in respect of how low some people would sink to try & make a quick £1 or two. One of our first sales was a DVD player that was as good as new. We sold it because we had upgraded to a DVD-RW. We sent it & then the bid was retracted but as we paid via Paypal we got the money back. That was our 1st meeting with what can only be described as fraud. 

    The thing that is upsetting me the most is the fact that people are buying fake items worldwide in all categories whether it be clothes, perfume, DVDs or anything including the USB pen drives, the discussion on this site. A lot of people are happy to get their money back & say nothing because they have been refunded & leave a positive which really should be a negative. Many probably thousands of customers worldwide will unwittingly buy & then use for many months, then face a corruption problem once the true size of the card or USB is reached. By then they most likely will say that it is just one of those things that happen to computer hardware now & then & then buy a new one – hopefully from a trusted store with some legal form of guarantee. If only the conned could be easily contacted to warn them about what is a growing scam, the purpose of this site. 

    Yesterday, 20th October 2011 I did my usual search for any 512GB pen drives & 3 came up for the Kingston 310 they are items numbers 260876699271, 260876699638, 260876700098. The seller is king3135 & he/she put these on last week, they were removed & now back on with a £5 start. I notice they were on a short 3 day listing – I wonder why? I have reported them but it seems that no one is looking who can remove them. I hope that all who are conned become wise to them & tell friends & friends of friends to at least go part way to fighting against such sellers. Good luck to all. James

  28. James Blunt said

    In my last correspondence I quoted 2 items that were on ebay as 512gb usb Kingston Pendrives, within a few hours they were removed thank goodness. The following Ebay item numbers are on as of 2pm 23/10/2011, but I think they are fakes as usual.
    260875678971
    220878395427
    160669366220
    180741446882
    180741447145
    180742308222
    260874153587
    320779974592
    280758929158
    320779771080
    140625480546
    140624875261
    320779659134
    290623225514
    260872855200
    180741979117
    280758758275
    260877883807
    220878806453
    320779933018

    It would be interesting for me to have the opinions of others to see if anyone buys one of these items & then at a later date visit this site when a corruption problem is encountered.

  29. @James Blunt,

    Amazing!

    Thank you for your effort and research.

    We are very busy in the launch of Phase IV against eBay and investigating sellers.

    Deadline Report Your eBay Fake Flash Memory Seller – SOSFakeFlash

    We need all the help we can get! Warning buyers on eBay is still our priority along with the FakeMemorySentinel site.

    The number of sellers involved increases daily. In the past it was easier to deal with as we fought against powerseller ids.

    As we exposed them, they changed tatics. Instead they open new ids with low feedback scores, frequenty several id’s at the same time.

    It has become very nasty and the id’s as the Spookie team often says:

    Dump and run!

    They do dump, they do run!

    eBay will continue to evade and of course to their level best to avoid having to refund buyers.

    We need as many people as possible to spot fraudulent sellers and to report them in comments. It remains the best weapon and is fast.

    Reader James Blunt has made an effort to help, have you?

  30. James Blunt said

    Thanks for the positivity regarding the fake flash drives even though I have only played a small part for trying to reduce the fake USB’s on Ebay. Although I haven’t searched yet today there are some items on that I would consider to be fake items. So below are the items I found last night.

    This item I think may be legit but how can we be sure?
    Kingston technology 256GB usb data traveler300
    Member ID josephalcock1181 | Feedback score of 181 | 98.4%
    item number 260872855200

    The items below I think are dubious

    THIS ONE ONLY HAS 22 HOURS TO RUN as of 12:42 on 25/10/2011
    512GB USB 2.0 Flash Memory Drive
    Member ID steven-rowe0790 | Feedback score of 9 | 100.0%
    item number 260874153587

    Kingston DataTraveler 310 512GB USB Flash Drive
    Member ID littlegift109 | Feedback score of 125 | 100.0%
    item number 140624875261

    Kingston 512 GB DataTraveler 310 USB 2.0
    Member ID pearl078155 | Feedback score of 255 | 100.0%
    item number 260877883807

    This one keeps being listed & pulled off before the listing ends ??? alarm bells

    256GB USB Pen memory stick
    Member ID cuneytkaya2829 | Feedback score of 227 | 100.0%
    item number 320781171464

    Kingston DT310 / 256GB DataTraveler 310 256GB USB Flash…
    Member ID techshop011 | Feedback score of 11 | 100.0%
    item number 290623225514

    Kingsgon DT310 256Gb USB Memory Stick
    Member ID satish123456 | Feedback score of 29 | 100.0%
    item number 320779659134

    Kingston DataTraveler 310 256GB USB 2.0 Memory stick NE…
    Member ID manicx100 | Feedback score of 137 | 98.6%
    item number 320779771080

    Kingston Data Traveler 310 – 256 GB USB Flash Drive Mem…
    Member ID jackiesmith79 | Feedback score of 33 | 100.0%
    item number 150682153752

    I have reported all of the above items & two extra items that were on have been pulled – they were 516gb models so I have faith that Ebay are policing the situation. The items that have been removed were probably removed because of many people reporting so I feel as a change is being made regarding these supposedly high capacity drives. Keep up the good work & I will be checking via search for 256gb & 512gb USB as I think that consumers should be protected. James

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