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Archive for June 8th, 2009

UK seller’s response to a question about an obvious fake

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gregory_devonAn ebay member spotted this obvious fake capacity item (advertised as a 64GB drive – lol) and looked at the seller’s other items. Seemed there were a few more likely fakes. The ebayer decided to send a message to warn the seller that this item was fake and that others might be too.

Dear gregory_devon,
This is a well known fake – documented on blogs like sosfakeflash, fightflashfraud etc. Kingston do not make this model in 64GB – give them a ring – they will tell you it is fake – it’s got a much smaller capacity than 64GB. By the looks of it the other Kingston is fake too and the ones in the blue packaging look dodgy too. You can check the capacity of flash drives with a free program created by a German computer magazine – it’s called h2testw.

Seems you have been defrauded – did they come from a wholesaler in the far east?

The response from the seller was as follows:
THANKS FOR THE WARNING I GOT THEM FROM SINGAPORE I HAVE RUN THE PROGRAM YOU SAID AND THE CAPACITY IS CORRECT AND I HAVE LOADED THAT AMOUNT ON TO EACH ONE IVE NOT LISTED THEM AS KINGSTON IN CASE THEY ARE NOT AND AS USED

UPDATE
It turns out that he may well be an innocent seller. The drives he tested first seem to have been ones he had not yet listed from what the ebay member who got in touch with him says. Apparently he didn’t test this one in time to end the listing but presumably he will get in touch with the buyer. He ended the listing for the whoppingly false 128GB one early having realised it was fake.

He has said he will refund everyone – bravo gregory_devon! We salute all sellers who find they sold fakes and act honestly by removing listings and refund buyers. This is ebay as it should be!! Seems there may be upcoming listings from this seller for genuine tested drives! Watch this space..

Written by fightflashfraud

June 8, 2009 at 11:57 PM

Suspected fake 64GB DataTraveler 150 listed by US ebayer

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mtnvalleypcwv

The picture of the 64GB DataTraveler 150 sold by mtnvalleypcwv does not have engraving on the USB connector. As this is missing we think this is a counterfeit and fake capacity item. If you bought one of these from any seller on ebay test it immediately with h2testw as it is very likely to be a fake.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 8, 2009 at 3:31 PM