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Archive for May 20th, 2009

Another ebayer in the United States lists suspect Kingston

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villajacarandas-corp

We think that villajacarandas-corp (registered in the US) is selling fake 64GB Kingston drives on ebay. It didn’t take long for counterfeiters in China to start making copies of Kingston’s latest offering – also their highest capacity drive. Some of the counterfeits produced by fraudsters didn’t even have a flash chip in them!

However (sadly, as at least the user doesn’t lose any files if there is no chip!) most of the time the fraudsters do remember to put a chip in – seems it is usually 4GB.

Fakes with 4GB chips are very dangerous as it takes a long time for victims to realise something is wrong. You can store quite a lot on a 4GB chip so you are unlikely to find your files are lost or corrupted for some time. It’s only really if you use a drive for large video files that you would notice quickly in normal use.

The top picture is the the seller’s the bottom one is a genuine drive. There are two differences – we have pointed out one of them. Can you spot the other? If you bought one check that there is engraving on the metal part – if not then we are pretty sure it is not the genuine article.

Test it with h2testw to establish the true capacity of the drive.

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

Suspect 32GB Kingston listed by US ebayer

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pacho692007

Could you afford to list a genuine 32GB Kingston flash drive with a start price way below the wholesale price and no reserve? We don’t think pacho692007 can either. We think this is a Counterfeit flash drive made by fraudsters in China which will cause users to lose their files. If you bought one of these test immediately with h2testw and report in with your results.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 20, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Power seller in China joins the fake flash gravy train?

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sicilydreamermulti

Powerseller sicilydreamer, a member since 05-Aug-05 in Hong Kong has recently added a huge range of 8GB flash drives (some of which are shown above) to the repetoire of items being sold on ebay. This seller does not have the knock-down prices of most other sellers based in China. None of the drives listed has a start price under £17.

We were beginning to wonder whether we had finally found a genuine seller in China. Until we spotted the model on the right, that is. This is being sold on buy it now for £17.32 with free P&P. Not cheap for a genuine flash drive but not particularly dear either. However, we are certain this one is a fake – in which case it is an expensive way of losing your files. You can lose 7GB of files much more cheaply by buying from fraudsters with lower prices!

sicilydreamer

If you bought one of these test immediately with h2testw and report in with your results.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 20, 2009 at 11:50 AM