What to do about fake memory products

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Fake sd/micro sd and usb stick memory

The last 3 memory products I bought on ebay were fraudulant, hacked directory types, 2 were sold as 32 gb micro sd cards (both from outside uk) so for some reason I assumed buying from a uk seller would solve the fake/hacked dir con tricks.  I brought a usb stick listed as 32 gb from a uk seller and it turned out to be yet another hacked directory type.
Firstly use a program called h2testw, this was designed to test (claimed) memory, in that it uses the devices internally stated size then writes blocks of data in seperate files untill files have been added to the memory of a total size to match the  stated total size. 
Then very simply the programs tests the data written, by reading it back.  Genuine size, no errors, however if the data stated internally is false, ie a dir hacked to read much higher memory than it actually contains, at the first attempt to read back data that is listed as saved in the dir but not actually saved (as its a hacked/fake card), then the errors comes up in a list.
If you allready have an sd card, micro sd card or usb stick that you know is not fake, (or maybe hope its not fake - since it takes some people a long time to find out something they saved is no longer on the memory) save the files to your hard drive, then run the program on it first to see that with genuine memory, you get no errors alerted by the program.
So many criminals are now using ebay to sell hacked memory, I strongly urge to not even consider buying memory on ebay unless your going to use that test program!
The basis they work on is to quickly refund those who discover something is wrong with the memory.  Most wont actually realise in enough time to make a claim or even in time to leave feedback warning others.
Many will assume it was just a chance happening that they got a broken memory product, without realising the directory has been hacked and they were sold something where the seller realised very well the customer would lose what could be extremely important documents or pictures of deceased loved ones etc.
Since the number of people that find out they have been conned in enough time to do something about it is small and the criminal happily refunds the few who notice in time to leave feedback or make a claim, countering feedback by stating, FAULTY item refunded or something equally missleading,  the seller makes a great deal of money from those who dont know what has happened.. in some cases we are talking about many thousands a year.
In some cases buyers will check feedback of a seller and all the pleased with product positive feedbacks are by people that have no idea they have been sold a fake, what they saved to it is listed in the directory as saved (and up to a small amount of memory use, they will have been saved and be able to be read back).
So, what to do about it?
Use that program, and when it exposes errors in memory, ie much less memory than sold as, leave an accurate feedback to warn others
Contact trading standards office, give them copies of your purchase details, from whom you bought the memory, their business address (if they give it), and a copy of the results of the test program of the memory showing that you were sold fake memory.   And it is fake memory if the actual size is less than the stated size, an sd card, micro sd card or usb memory stick does not just develope a fault where it shows the memory is suddenly much higher than it actually is, that requires a criminal act of fraud. (intentionally hacking the directory of the item).
Leave the feedback first, then open a case (resolution center).
Once you have received a refund, write to paypal at their registered uk address and give them the same info you gave to trading standards, not sure these days if you contact ebay if they will do anything... I notice the list of contents and subheadings in report items section of each advert does not include under fraud, items with a listing description that is a lie! (like they actually ignore the meaning of fraud!).
If you take things far enough... trading standards could well decide to raid a sellers business address (if they get a number of  complaints about the same person), take away samples to test themselves for example.  They might decide to buy some memory products themselves to see if raiding is justified.. They will then prosecute a fraudulant seller, police become involved, courts become involved.  Their bank is made aware of the customers fraudulent business practices... perhaps the premises owners who do not want the premises they rent out to be used for criminal purposes.
If paypal has ignored complaints/warnings from customers untill it gets to prosecutions then its also noticed that paypal etc have been happy to make money.
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