Fake 16GB Kingston Data Traveller
What appear to be 2GB Kingston flash drives seem to have been re-programmed by fraudsters and sold on Ebay as 16GB drives by a number of sellers. Before you bid on flash drives where pictures show a brand name (especially if the brand is not mentioned in the listing title!) you should check the manufacturer’s web site to establish that the model shown is genuinely of the claimed capacity.
A case in point is the drive shown below. Note that the coloured part of the plasic casing in the photo is green – therefore it cannot possibly be a genuine 16GB Kingston Datatraveler drive. The label on the other side of the drive from the green plastic Kingston name is also wrong – it doesn’t match genuine Kingston labels!
The label colour almost matches the colour of the plastic in Kingston’s picture of this model of data traveler drives. Our seller’s picture shows green plastic and a mustard coloured label – hmm – feeling suspicious yet?
Here is the colour coding info for this type of drive from the Kingston site:
2GB USB flash drive (2.0) – Lime
4GB USB flash drive (2.0) – Purple
8GB USB flash drive (2.0) – Black
16GB USB flash drive (2.0) – Dark Red
Got the picture yet? It seems our friend is selling a fraudulently reprogrammed and re-labeled 2GB drives as 16GB PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE NO DRIVES ABOVE 16GB IN THIS RANGE!
If you see 32GB Kingston flash drives that look like these they are certainly fake. You should report the seller to ebay (for all the good it does) and if the seller is in the UK report them to the police, trading standards and anyone else you can think of too!
If you bought a drive like this on ebay test it with h2testw immediately and claim a refund.
Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.