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Portrait Of An American eBay Fake Flash Memory Seller – ClickToBlue. Buying Cheap Fake Flash Memory – Viruses As The Bonus. Damage To Laptops and PCs.

Posted by flashchiptutor on June 23, 2010

Is flash memory fraud only coming from eBay sellers in Asia? No. Many eBay members believe you can avoid being scammed by buying from local eBay sellers based in their home country. Unfortunately this is not true. You can just as easily buy a false capacity usb flash drive, mp player or memory card from a local eBay seller.

ClickToBlue was an eBay seller registered in the United States. He sold 16GB fake usb flash drives. FakeFlashNews tried to warn eBay members in April 2009.

Did You Buy A 16GB USB Flash Drive From eBay Seller clicktoblue? Fabulous Prices And Below Cost – Cheap. Debate between SOSFakeFlash and TechReporters At FakeFlashNews

He sold these 16 GB usb flash drives for only $19.95 US! Of course they were fakes but he exploited the fact he was a USA seller. People afraid of buying a fake, thought he was safe. A lot of sellers will try to promote themselves by including their country in image listings. It gives a false sense of security.

Later in September 2009, five months later, SOSFakeFlash was able to issue an official alert: clicktoblue Ebay Fake Flash Seller – United States

Did that stop clicktoblue from frauding people in the United States? No.

Instead he escalated in advertised size to 32GB.

So in October 2009, SOSFakeflash issued: American Fake Flash Memory Seller Returns For Another Round Of Fraud On eBay. Accomplished In Claiming Defective, Rude To Buyers – clicktoblue.

Awareness started to increase on the internet about this American fake flash memory seller clicktoblue. At last negative feedback started to pour in. Finally he was suspended by eBay.

clicktoblue-final fb

It took 10 months until eBay members woke up and applied enough pressure to have him removed.

Will he be back?

You can bet he will try once his suspension is over. He does have a high feedback number and fake flash memory sellers are reluctant to surrender ids like that.

Still the efforts of the FrankenFlash project have made the global public aware of this id. If he does try to come back and sell fake flash memory he won’t have as long an opportunity. He will be discovered by frauded buyers.

The sad part about the victims of clicktoblue? Most buyers lost their money. As recorded in feedback, eBay ignored the pleas of members. clicktoblue refused to answer email or refund. Most fake flash member sellers do, once they are discovered.

One buyer reported receiving viruses, not uncommon with reprogrammed usb flash drives. In fact this is very common.

The reprogramming frequently is done on infected machines. In a lot of cases, the infected flash drive is used as a master. This master is used in a unit which clones many usb flash drives simultaneously.

Having to spend an additional $200 to repair a personal computer damaged by a fake usb pen stick must have really hurt. A lot of buyers who purchase cheap usb flash drive fakes, end up with viruses and repairs to their machines. It’s not an unusual and it happens a lot. It’s a terrible experience for people who buy on eBay and the financial consequences a hard lesson.

eBay is not the place to buy usb flash drives. It is just too dangerous. It really does not matter if the eBay seller is based in Asia or in your own country – if you buy them on eBay you place yourself at risk.

Price is usually the strongest indicator that you are about to purchase a fake, but not always. SOSFakeFlash reports many fraudulent sellers, aware of the FrankenFlash Projects work to expose sellers, have started to raise prices so they will not be spotted or obvious.

American eBay seller ClickToBlue is a perfect example of how you can buy a fake outside of Asia. It makes it clearn fake flash memory is not exclusive to eBay sellers in Asia.

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Attempt To Steal FakeFlashSentinel Content Site Scraper www. brokencontrollers . com

Posted by flashchiptutor on June 15, 2010

The Subject of fake flash memory chips and reprogramming them to lie about their real size is not a popular subject with a lot of people. Others try to jump on the band wagon to boost their site ratings.

FakeFlashNews has caught brokencontrollers . com stealing content and trying to boost their ratings on google again.

Read about it in:

Beware Avoid brokencontrollers . com Warning! Is NOT FakeMemorySentinel! The Official site is http://fakememorysentinel.wordpress.com/

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Selling Kingston Technologies USB Flash Drives On eBay? Watch Out! eBay Is Suspending Sellers.

Posted by flashchiptutor on June 12, 2010

Are you selling 64GB 128GB 256GB Kingston DataTraveler USB Flash Drives On eBay? Becareful! If you bought your inventory from a wholesaler on the internet, especially one based in Asia, you could be in big trouble.

If the seller is not authorized by Kingston, the probability of you buying a counterfeit false capacity usb flash drive is extremely high. Especially if you paid very low prices. There is a very low profit margin on selling usb flash drives. Did you know that? 80% of the cost is the usb flash drive storage chip.

There is only one sure way to verify that you did not buy a fake. Kingston etches serial numbers on the usb connector. Read this guide to learn more : 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.

You should also test the usb flash drives you buy with a software called H2testw. It is free. To learn more about how to use it and why read: H2testw 1.4 – Gold Standard In Detecting USB Counterfeit Drives

eBay is suspending sellers who offer Kingston Technologies usb flash drives at unrealistic prices according to SOSFakeFlash. Kingston is increasing pressure on eBay.

Don’t lose your hard earned reputation. Open some of your inventory, check for serial numbers and test the real capacity of the usb flash drives!

Additional Reading:

Crises on Ebay For Fake Flash Memory Products Sold In 32GB 64GB 128GB 256GB – SOSFakeFlash Reports

Kingston DT310/256 Counterfeits Sold On eBay!

256GB Kingston DataTraveler Leather USB 2.0 256 GB – The Most Famous Counterfeit Fake Sold

Kingston Technologies Under Attack From Fake Flash Memory Seller Piranhas In The Orient. DT200 Counterfeits 8GB 16GB 32GB Flood Global Market.

Current Prices For Genuine Kingston DataTraveler 200 128GB USB2.0 Flash Drives DT200/128GB And For Fakes – A Guide

Buying A Kingston DataTraveler DT200 128GB Flash Drive On eBay? What You See Might Not Be What You Receive. Have a look.

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