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dhgate.com adrian886 Flash Memory Seller – Warning Test Immediately! 128GB USB Thumb Drives Under $15 US

Posted by flashchiptutor on September 6, 2010

If you bought a flash memory item from dhgate.com seller adrian886 seller you are advised to test item(s) immediately for advertised capacity. Read: H2testw 1.4 – Gold Standard In Detecting USB Counterfeit Drives

If your memory item fails testing post a comment on SOSFakeFlash’s Report A Fake Tab and here. You can also document by sending information to SOSFakeFlashDrive@gmail.com. Addressing Information is important!

Never use any flash memory item without testing for capacity. If you purchased a fake you could lose your files and data. Please read: Why Is Fake Flash Memory So Dangerous?

Please see Validation Memory links for brand names and flash nand memory chip decoding. Reminder, Gb is Gigabits, not Gigabytes. 8 bits is 1 byte. You must divide by 8, if manufacturer lists size as Gb. Exercise care in disassembly of your item to decode.

For a catalogue of common fakes, please see FlashDriveFacts . Scroll down on the left menu bar to see the categories.

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

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

Posted by flashchiptutor on May 3, 2010

256GB Kingston DataTraveler usb flash drives in the classic leather metal combination have been found on Asian Internet wholesale sites.

Beware Kingston DataTraveler of any 256GB usb pen stick with the packaging and appearance below. It is a counterfeit of a brand name and also false capacity in size. Kingston did not produce these. They are the most common and popular fake sold on the internet.

Do not buy this usb flash drive in the packaging shown, you risk data loss. Do not sell this usb flash drive! Avoid being frauded or scammed. If you are a reseller please avoid.

On eBay many sellers, this flash drive model destroyed their hard earned reputation. They did not do their homework. If you see this item for sell anywhere, in Kingston packaging or in any other packaging do not import it. According to SOSFakeFlash, this item is not manufactured above 16GB and on eBay so far, not one tested had a capacity greater than 4GB. The most common reported size is only 2GB.

For Kingston Flash memory usb drives you should read this new guide: 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. if you suspect you purchased a counterfeit or false capacity Kingston USB Flash drive.

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Two of the most popular sites to acquire this leather flash drive are at dhgate . com and ioffer . com. If you see it at sizes above 16GB expect to receive a fake. It could destroy your business. Unlike other usb flash drives, this one is easy to disassemble and inspect for the usb controller chip and the flash memory storage chip. See this article: Proving A Fake USB Flash Memory Pen Drive Stick Pen To Be False Capacity – A Visual Example – Guide Made Easy

A lot of people are searching for new business opportunities. Too many, not understanding the real costs of flash memory chips, see importing flash memory usb flash drives from Asia as a wonderful opportunity. Buying at $15 US and reselling at $30 ~ $100 US. An extreme profit. The dream becomes a nightmare once buyers report sellers for these false capacity leather usb flash drives.

In some countries the seller will face criminal prosecution. On eBay they will be suspended, once buyers report them to SOSFakeFlash and an internet alert is issued. SOSFakeFlash has a zero tolerance policy – consumer protection. All sites in the project are committed to ending data loss, the end result when flash memory chips are digitally altered to lie about their genuine capacity.

This leather metal model has harmed in almost every country in the world. It it has destroyed sellers who did not understand their product or take the time to do careful research. Do you know many sellers still refuse to believe this model can be a false capacity item and stubbornly claim it is faulty? Besides testing with H2testw, disassembly by victims has always proven what software testing reveal – a fake.

The model tends to be genuine when purchased from a reputable internet site specializing in embossing company brand logos. You can easily recognize such a site as they will proudly display the companies they have done work for – famous companies. You won’t find it currently at a capacity higher than 16GB. It certainly will not come in Kingston Technologies packaging.

The leather metal fake comes in many colors. It is the oldest fake sold on eBay – dating back eight years in many false sizes, from 4GB to 512GB. The smallest actual size found? 256MB. One of the most common eBay selling regions for this model is in Singapore. New eBay id’s appear week after week for this model. See the Memory Singapore category. You can also review the sellers caught for Singapore at SOSFakeFlash, Fake Flash Singapore.

It appears many usb controller chip families can be manipulated to report the wrong capacity to an operating system, with the right software tools. Most operating systems do not really verify size for a usb flash drive. If they did, it would take forever to mount and use them. Operating systems trust in the information the usb flash drive reports to them. It is why no one should ever use a usb flash drive without performing a full capacity test for first use.

Kingston Technologies appears to be the most targeted brand name for counterfeiting. Now the oldest fake of all can be found in packaging that appears to come from Kingston.

Additional Reading:

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

If you want to review all the counterfeits found on eBay you can visit three sites. Just type in the word Kingston in the search box to see what is currently documented:

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An interesting article from CBC News

Posted by fightflashfraud on December 5, 2009

The frankenflash project has been warning people about counterfeit and/or fake flash memory sold on ebay for a long time. Selling counterfeit, fake and faulty items on the Internet is much easier than selling them on a market or in a shop. Buyers only have a picture and a description to go on.

We think this article on the CBC News website makes it fairly clear how widespread fraud on the internet is:

http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2009/12/03/counterfeiting-online-selling.html

The fact is that when buying flash memory items the rule is TRUST NO-ONE! Even reputable high street stores, computer magazines and respected internet sellers have found themselves supplying customers with fake or faulty flash items.

Anyone who buys flash memory items (memory cards, MP players, USB flash drives etc) is advised to test with the free program h2testw.

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eBay Seller jiejie5544 Violates International Postal Laws Selling Fake 32GB Memory Cards On eBay

Posted by flashchiptutor on August 31, 2009

eBay insists that listings and transactions comply with the laws of the countries where both the seller and the high bidder reside. Confirmed fake flash seller jiejie5544, violated international law by marking his fake 32GB memory cards as a gift on the CN 22 customs declaration form.

Reference: Ebay & International Law – Listings And Transactions – Postal System For Counterfeit Fake USB Flash Drives, MP Players, Memory Cards

Shipping envelope back:

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FakeFlashNews just confirmed that jiejie5544 is part of a counterfeit ring:

eBay Fraud – 32GB Memory Cards New Counterfeit Ring Lee Kin Ming Discovered By SOSFakeFlash

Notice the poor quality of this 32GB flash card:

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It you are a potential seller for 32GB memory cards, be careful. 32GB capacity is not cheap and any self respecting manufacturer will not offer such a sloppy presentation with stickers attached willy nilly. There is pride in manufacturing genuine capacity memory cards. For sellers of fake and false capacity memory cards, it is another matter. Who cares? It isn’t real capacity anyway. You should not violate international postal laws marking the items you sell as gifts, you could face prosecution in your country. Resist any pressure from potential customers, obey the law and sell safe.

If you bought a memory card like this on eBay or at any internet site, test it immediately for genuine capacity!

For eBay buyers of this memory card read SOSFakeFlash’s alerts:

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How eBay Fake Flash Sellers Continue To Sell Fake MP Players, Memory Cards, Usb Flash Drive Pen Sticks – The Case of wholeselling-auctions

Posted by flashchiptutor on May 17, 2009

You might think that eBay will shut down fake flash sellers of MP Players, usb flash drives and Memory cards as soon as they are reported by ebay members. Not so. In some cases they can continue for years. At the very most eBay suspends them for a few months. One perfect example is ebay seller wholeselling-auctions. This seller has continued to sell for over one year. Selling generic usb flash drives, MP Players and memory cards,wholeselling-auctions rules eBay.

Sadly people searching for bargains in our global recession continue to expect low unrealistic prices. eBay seller wholeselling-auctions leverages buyer desires to unload false capacity devices. SOSFakeFlash recently issued an internet alert on this seller. FlashDriveFacts is republishing it to educate the public. Examine the items wholeselling-auctions has offered. So long as people wish to pay unrealistic prices, sellers such as wholeselling-auctions will make a lot of profit. Buyers will suffer the consequences.

SOSFakeFlash said:

wholeselling-auctions is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake) Flash USB drives, MP Players and Memory Cards. Based in Hong Kong wholeselling-auctions is an old fake flash seller, now using private auction listings.

The first documented fake was in June 2008. wholeselling-auctions is very skilled and slippery in selling false capacity items. He knows exactly what he is selling. His dumps in volume. When the heat turns up, he will hide in his fake flash shell, quietly waiting for a new opportunity.

In the fall of 2008 wholeselling-auctions managed to elude SOSFakeFlash and victims by closing his fake flash shop. No alert was ever published, but he was added on the fake flash honour role – the list of eBay fake flash sellers.

Test anything you bought from this seller and make sure you leave immediate feedback! SOSFakeFlash is listing every fake model investigated and even those not yet confirmed. Just recently returned he has already sold more than 3000+ items. He needs to be removed from eBay permenently. Only eBayers can do that. eBay has done nothing for more than one year. Currently he has earned more than $60,000 US.

Please do not let him get away again!

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device. Every single item and count is needed. Make sure to raise a dispute with PayPal. If you funded with a credit card, you may wish to contact your credit card company to expidite a refund with a reversal. wholeselling-auctions demonstrates what is wrong with eBay and just how bold fake flash sellers are. Scroll through his feedback and contact positive feedback members – ask them to TEST. If you left positive and have discovered you were sold false capacity – do follow up feedback immediately to alert people to the truth!

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 and it will only allow a fake flash seller to continue, do you really want that?

wholeselling-auctions’s address:

ChiWa Wong

Room 718, Blk7. Sah Chuen Hse, Lek Yuen Est. Shatin N.T.
Hong Kong

To see wholeselling-auctions’s negative feedback Please Click Here – review the complete history to see how far back it goes!

May 14th, 2009 – we have 11 eBay listings confirmed fake .

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16GB Fake Counterfeit NoName Brand USB Flash Drives – A Classic Collection Found For Sale On The Internet

Posted by flashchiptutor on April 23, 2009

You can buy fake capacity usb flash drives cheap from internet wholesalers in the Orient. Price points to suit everyone. A classic collection of fakes in no name brand is being presented for your inspection. The FrankenFlash Project has studied the problem for one year. SOSFakeflash has battled fake flash sellers on eBay along with eBayers Against False Capacity Devices . The war on eBay against fake MP Players, USB Flash drives and memory cards rages on.

People know buying from an eBay seller in the Orient is risky for flash technology, but why do local eBay sellers get caught selling the same fake flash goods?

Local eBay sellers order from wholesaler sites in the orient, looking for low cost with high profit. Not realistic for flash based technology. Buy low, sell high. Using slogans such as “USA Seller”, “UK Seller ” they attract eBay members trying to avoid purchasing fake flash items. When buyers report problems these local sellers often claim “defective one”.

In outreach programs, many local sellers refused to test their merchandise. Others spouted techo babel about the items storing 32GB but you could only access 512MB at a time. Some tested and discovered in horror they had been selling fakes. These sellers removed listings immediately. In the United States and Oceana they would often contact buyers to refund and warn them. The concept of recall, refund is not as strong in Europe.

Knowingly or not, local eBay sellers are helping to unleash the 16GB usb flash plague that leads to data loss for buyers.

InspectorTech and FlashChipTutor did an review of internet sites and chose one sellers collection to present. It represents many of the fake usb penstick flash drives sold on eBay. As you review the prices, please note that the cost of a 16GB flash chip wholesale is over $29 US and is not expected to go lower in 2009. The wholesale cost for 8GB is approximately $13 US and you need two chips to have a total storage of 16GB. Not included in pricing is the rest that makes up a usb flash drive. Only the cost of the chips are given. Keeping this in mind, sellers need to make a profit, they don’t stay in business for long if they sell at a loss.

If you see any items advertising 16GB capacity that look like the items presented in this collection, stay clear. We ask everyone, given the prices for genuine flash chips, can this seller really deliver the promised capacity and stay in business? What are your thoughts and conclusions?

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This is not the cheapest seller they found. You can find them at less than half of this sellers price. Naturally you can expect the nand flash drive chip used to be even smaller in real capacity in order to deliver the lower price.

Ebay sellers do your homework! Your dream of buying cheap and selling high will not lead to profit paradise, as your buyers find you out, a fake flash hell is waiting. Please test any merchandise you buy from a wholesaler in orient before you offer it for sale on eBay and elsewhere. It is not just about money, it is about the consequences to buyers when they lose data they can not replace – ever! Selling false capacity usb drives is data poison. Be a responsible seller. If you aren’t willing to research the merchandise you plan to sell, stay AWAY FROM FLASH TECHNOLOGY!

For people interested in buying usb flash drives, please do your research too. After one year of effort the FrankenFlash Project has one message for you from victims of fake flash:

Spend a little more and buy a usb flash drive from a local reputable dealer. All victims have one conclusion – they wished they had! Many feel foolish. Others suffer the pain of information they have lost forever, all because they tried to save money. It is something they regret, many bitterly. Learn from their mistakes and take their advice.

Important Reading:

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

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BEWARE of FAKE 8GB 16GB 32GB 64GB USB Flash Drives – The Most Famous And Oldest Fake Still Sold On eBay And Internet Sites

Posted by flashchiptutor on April 9, 2009

Would you like to see the oldest and still very popular fake usb flash drive sold on eBay and available at internet wholesaler sites in China? This drive normally doesn’t have a genuine flash drive capacity more than 2GB. It has been reprogrammed to false capacity sizes as high as 64GB!

Important Reading:

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

It has been sold for several years on eBay, by many fake flash sellers. If you see a drive like this being sold – make your bidding fingers run in the opposite direction! There is something special about this particular fake besides the fact that more eBayers have been stung by this one model then any other. This is the false capacity usb flash drive that started the war on fake flash selling. If you are reading articles at one of the FrankenFlash Project websites – you can thank this model.

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One of the good things about this fake is that it is easy to take a part to decode the flash chip and the controller chip. It usually has an icreate controller but the flash drive chips differ. It has been sold for very low prices and very high prices. Much depends on the size of the false capacity. For example if you want it to pretend to be 32GB this is a wholesale price being offered at a site in the orient for resellers.

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The seller says there are 8 4GB flash chips inside. Hmmm.

The circuit board is 2 inches long. So how could you get 8 4GB flash chips and the controller chip to fit even if you use both sides? Old flash drives generally have a flash drive chip 3/4 inch long. Even if they are 1/2 inch long each, there is no place for the controller chip. The icreate chip is 1/4 inch in length. Flash drive chips need a distance from each other for soldering. To make 8 chips seen as one, you need a very advanced controller and that would cost $

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It has been sold under so many descriptions and so many sizes. In the past, listings would boost about it being a Samsung flash drive. 50% of fake flash sellers on eBay still offer this ancient. It can be ordered wholesale in large quantities for as low as $2.5 Small wonder then that it continues to be present on eBay.

Use it at it’s false capacity and you will lose data.

Victims complain it stores files in Chinese. Please, nobody is kidding here but people unfamiliar with computers and technology have said this and not once either. No it does not store files in Chinese, but the swiggles and strange characters one often sees is the result of corruption once you exceed the true capacity. Not only that, you can not delete the files or folders. You have to reformat it in the operating system to begin another cycle of fake flash data loss.

The good news is that this is one of the easiest fakes to repair. And once repaired to it’s tiny real capacity it behaves.

This classic of classics will be around for a long time to come. It is very inexpensive for resellers, the temptation just too great. Mostly you will find it at 16GB these days. The higher false capacities are just too obvious to most and real 32GB and 64GB flash drives can be found under $150 these, with rebates from genuine brand, a lot less.

So if you see this drive advertised for more than 2GB in size stay clear. By the way, it comes in true capacities as low as 512MB…

If you want to review all the counterfeits found on eBay you can visit these two sites. Just type in the word Kingston in the search box to see what is currently documented:

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