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Archive for May 6th, 2009

Suspect 64GB Kingston USB flash drive from USA

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sariba818

This listing by ebay member sariba818 smells of rat to fightflashfraud – it’s the right colour but we suspect it is counterfeit. If anyone has bought a 64GB USB flash drive from sariba818 please test it with h2testw and report in to sosfakeflash with your test results, your id, seller ID and item number.

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

UPDATE:
Seems our suspicions were founded – it appears that sariba818 sold 9 fake Kingston (seven 64GB and two 32GB) before ebay removed listings and suspended the seller.

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May 6, 2009 at 11:30 PM

Is this yet another fake 32GB Kingston USB flash drive??

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Members of the frankenflash project have become aware that Chinese fraudsters have raised their fake flash game. Wholesalers in China are now selling counterfeit Kingston flash drives of 32GB and 64GB capacities that (cosmetically) seem exactly like the real thing. You cannot tell the difference between a fake and a real one by looking at a photo. It is only when you either test with the program h2testw (the quickest and safest way) or try to fill it with files (the slower and more dangerous way) that the truth is revealed – unless of course the fraudsters forgot to put a flash chip in the device at all! We wonder whether the item shown below is an example of this. 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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A listing for a fake 64GB Kingston flash drive from Italy

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lucax81

Hmm – Where would you like to buy your fake capacity 64GB Kingston DataTraveler from? The UK, Spain, Italy, Belgium? China? Plenty of choice about where to purchase something to destroy all your data with! Does lucax81 know that this is fake capacity and will cause users to 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.

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May 6, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Fake 16GB Kingston DataTraveler USB thumb pen flash drive

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opdoamscrn
This seems to be one of the favourite fakes among sellers again. This seller is a new ID (but old fraudster if we are not mistaken) in China. Is opdoam an old wolf in new sheep’s clothing?? Whether this is one of our “old friends” or a new fraudster the item is undoubtedly fake and will cause anyone using it to lose all their files eventually.

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May 6, 2009 at 6:11 PM

ebayer in Spain lists fake 64GB Kingston USB flash drive

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espanya2009 Did new seller espanya2009, based in Spain think no one would spot this as a fake if a very small picture was used? We have news for the seller – ebayers are onto you! Are Spanish Jails nice? 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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May 6, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Suspected fraudster beyboosry lists 64GB flash drives in France.

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A Hong Kong based seller suspected of being a fraudster, beyboosry, listed many fake 64GB flash drives in the UK but alert ebayers there spotted him and it looks like the seller ran away! France is this seller’s favourite hunting ground at present, but there are listings for these elsewhere in the world. French ebayers take note – we suspect an avalanche of fake flash is being launched in your country by this seller! If you bought one you should test immediately with h2testw.

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

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Written by fightflashfraud

May 6, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Yet another seller listing fake 64GB Kingston DataTraveler drives

This listing  showed an item that would have been an expensive way of buyers losing all their files. The seller did not know that this flash drive was fake and that soon there could be angry buyers reporting this to ebay, paypal, Kingston and the police. Having ben told the item was fake The seller has apologised and removed the listing so we have removed identifying informaton from this post. This seller bought from Chinese fraudsters – which after a little investigation he realised and provided the person who warned him with details of where the drive was purchased.

Sellers should test their items before listing to avoid  the fate that awaits those who sell items like this – negative feedback, deregistration from ebay and even the posibility of jail as selling an item like this is a criminal offence. This drive was not 64GB – it was probably 2GB fraudulently programmed to fool the operating system into seeing it as 64GB.

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May 6, 2009 at 1:00 PM