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Archive for May 5th, 2009

New UK seller lists a fake 32GB Kingston USB Flash drive

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emparodesign Brand new UK ebayer emparodesign seems to have been on an Internet shopping trip and bought fake flash drives from a fraudulent Chinese wholesaler to re-sell on ebyay. This is not a genuine 32GB flash drive and anyone who uses it will eventually lose all their files.

The seller has set a buy it now price of £29.99 – too cheap for a 32GB flash drive but very expensive for what it seems to have started life as; a 2GB model. The seller states in the listing:
32gb USB Memory Stick Flash Drive, Brand New & Sealed
RRP £49.99, FREE 1st CLASS RECORDED DELIVERY

We wonder how much the seller paid for this trash. Shame the seller didn’t look at what Kingston advertise on their site before falling for “bargain” flash drives from China! Maybe someone reading this might like to warn the seller before the poor guy or gal finds they have been kicked off ebay for selling fakes! If you bought one you should test immediately with h2testw.

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

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Written by fightflashfraud

May 5, 2009 at 11:38 PM

Fake 32GB Sony USB flash drive listed for sale by UK ebayer

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ruku1270 UK seller ruku1270 has listed a fake 32GB Sony USB flash drive we haven’t seen on ebay for a little while. Sony do not make this, it is a fake. Perhaps someone might like to inform the seller in case he or she is not aware of this.

For anyone who thinks that the fact that a flash drive was not made by the manufacturer it supposedly came from does not necessarily mean there is a problem (and we have come across ignorant sellers who say that it is not a problem because the properties show the full capacity!) – we say no!! This is not like buying a fake Gucci handbag!!

These are not just fake (in the sense of a counterfeit item not produced by the company the sellers claim they were produced by) – they are also fake capacity – usually 4GB or less programmed to lie to the operating system!! Users eventually lose all their files.

If you bought one you should test immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 5, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Yet another fake 32GB Kingston USB flash drive listed on ebay.

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This fake 32GB Kingston USB flash drive has been listed by seller muriel041 who may not be aware it is a fake. If you bought one you should test immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 5, 2009 at 2:34 PM

An obvious fake capacity Kingston flash drive turns up in Belgium

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darkcloud98This flash drive is an obvious fake being sold by darkcloud98 in Belgium. This model of Kingston flash drive is not made in 64GB – they are only made up to 16GB and are colour coded – green means 2GB. If you bought one of these test immediately with h2testw – do not trust this item with your files!!!

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 5, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Fake 32GB Kingston USB flash drive listed by new UK seller

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cgiuniversal2009 This fake Kingston flash drive has been listed by a new ebay seller in the UK. The seller cgiuniversal2009 probably bought this from fraudulent Chinese wholesalers without researching Kingston drives first. If the seller looks at the Kingston site he or she will soon discover that Kingston do not make this model in this capacity – the largest drive in this range is only 16GB.

We urge anyone planning to sell flash drives on ebay to research what genuine drives are available and the costs involved thoroughly before buying flash drives to re-sell. If they don’t they risk landing in the brown sticky stuff – angry buyers, de-registration from ebay and possibly even arrest and prosection. If you bought one you should test immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 5, 2009 at 9:30 AM

UK ebayer life.goes.on.2008 selling 8GB flash in private auction

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We suspect that the 8GB flash drive currently listed by UK ebay seller life.goes.on.2008 may be a fake. The use of private auctions when selling flash drives is generally an indication of fraud. Feedback indicates that the seller may previously have sold bootleg DVDs in private auctions so we don’t think this is likely to be a trustworthy seller. If you bought one you should test immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 5, 2009 at 1:30 AM