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Archive for May 27th, 2009

Are these flash drives from a USA ebay seller genuine?

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redkoi888 An ebay member registered in the USA, redkoi888 is listing 64GB Corsair and Kingston flash drives at auction with start prices below wholesale. If the drives are genuine this would be a risky strategy as the seller could well lose hundreds of dollars. The fact that buyer IDs are hidden at auction end suggests that the seller has something to hide. If you bought flash memory from this seller we suggest you 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 27, 2009 at 11:51 PM

“Generic” 32GB flash drive listed by ebay member in Australia

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secondhandoz

Generic? Then why is a Kingston drive pictured? We also wonder why buyer IDs are hidden by seller secondhandoz. We think we know the answer. If you bought a flash drive from this seller test it immediately with h2testw – we strongly suspect you are in danger of ending up with lost or corrupted files.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 27, 2009 at 9:44 PM

Seller in Netherlands lists suspect 32GB Kingston flash drive

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philippe99000Netherlands based ebay seller philippe99000 has listed a 32GB Kingston flash drive that we think is almost certain to be fake.  This seller has a history of buying items on ebay from documented fraudsters (some of whom use private auctions) – almost all these fraudsters are listed in the sosfakeflash database. This ebayer then re-sells these fakes. We think he may be aware he is selling fakes because buyer IDs are hidden – usually a sign of deliberate fraud.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 27, 2009 at 6:57 PM

L’azionamento falso dell’istantaneo di 64GB Sony ha venduto nelle aste riservate sull’Italia ebay

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Gli azionamenti di questo istantaneo di 64GB Sony hanno elencato dal membro che ebay acciaio2009 (registrato in Italia) è falsificazione. Sony non fa gli azionamenti dell’istantaneo 64GB. Gli utenti concluderanno le lime in su di perdita. Se compraste uno di questi provilo con h2testw. Se compraste un azionamento istantaneo su ebay che viene a mancare prego questa prova segnali dentro a sosfakeflash.

acciaio2009

 Il venditore acciaio2009 ha fornito uno screenshot delle proprietà dell’azionamento a ” prove” it’ capienza di s. Ciò non dimostra niente salvo che l’azionamento istantaneo è stato programmato per visualizzarsi come 64GB al sistema operativo. Questi informazioni sono false – la verità può essere scoperta con h2testw.

Segnali dentro a SOSFakeFlash se la vostra prova lo conferma ha un dispositivo falso di capienza.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 27, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Obvious fake 32GB Kingston listed by ebayer in Australia

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icemanpeterepeteThis obvious fake 32GB Kingston has been listed by ebay member icemanpeterepete registered on ebay Australia. The seller may not be aware that the Kingston drives listed are fake – perhaps a kind ebayer will let the seller know.

If the seller tests with h2testw he will find out the horrible truth – the capacity of this drive is nowhere near 32GB – most likely only 2GB. Anyone using one of these eventually suffers file corruption and file loss.

UPDATE 28/06/09
Seller icemanpeterpete apparently also sold the more recent counterfeit 64GB Kingston as well as this very obvious old fake shown above. 16 fake Kingston were sold by this person but only 5 buyers seem to have noticed they were diddled by this seller.

If you are a buyer who got a supposedly 32GB or 64GB Kingston from this seller and you get in touch with Kingston they will confirm these are fake. You should immediately claim a refund from the seller by opening a paypal dispute.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 27, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Hong Kong based ebay seller lists suspect 64GB Kingston

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aabbcc147

We think that aabbcc147 (registered in Hong Kong ) 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 27, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Is this a genuine 64GB flash drive listed on ebay UK?

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tinytim123456 We think that this flash drive is probably not a genuine 64GB one as we have never come across any high capacity drives of this model. If you bought a flash drive that looks like this test it with h2testw to establish whether or not it is genuine. We are certain you will find that any USB flash drive that looks like thisis a fake that corrupts files.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 27, 2009 at 11:11 AM