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Archive for June 18th, 2009

New ebay seller lists very suspect flash

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moutainpwk2009We strongly suspect that this 64GB flash drive from ebay seller moutainpwk2009 who registered in China on 27th February 2000 is fake capacity. Who could risk selling real 64GB USB flash drives at auction with a start price of 1 EURO? Nobody!

The seller is also auctioning 32GB SD cards with a 1 EURO start price – these are very likely to be false capacity too. Do not use flash memory items from this seller until you have checked the true capacity with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 18, 2009 at 11:53 PM

Fake capacity 32GB SD Card?

kchtcarlm_sd A feedback comment suggests that this 32GB SD memory card from seller kchtcarlm may be fake capacity. The low price at which the item was sold for tends to suggest it is very likely to be fake. If so it is likely that all flash memory items from this seller will prove to be fake capacity. Fake capacity flash memory causes file loss and corruption – do not save your photos or video files on this until you have tested to ensure it is the capacity stated.

If you bought one of these you should test it immediately it arrives with the free program h2testw

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

UPDATE 22/07/2010
We’ve noticed that there have been a lot of visitors to this very old post recently. This seller was proven to be selling fake memory cards (surprise, surprise!) about a month after this article was published (evidence of the seller’s fraud is now held in a database) and seller kchtcarlm has not been active on ebay for about a year now – suspended by ebay for fraud.

If you suspect that a memory card (or any other flash memory item) listed on ebay is fake then please let us know by leaving a comment here!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 18, 2009 at 8:57 PM

Fake 32GB Sony flash drive listed by UK ebay member

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75sprl

The description given in this listing does not match the picture – however we know the item has to be fake capacity as the largest capacity of Sony flash drive made is 16GB.

In the description the seller says:
The USB connector is safely housed inside the sleek case, so you don’t have to worry about losing a cap.
– oh no it doesn’t if the drive looks like the one in the picture!

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 18, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Are these 32GB Sandisk flash drives adverised on ebay genuine?

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beever1234

If the 32GB flash drives listed by beever1234 are genuine the seller is taking a huge risk by starting the bidding at 1p. If they are genuine and bids do not exceed the wholesale price plus postage, listing fees etc then the seller stands to lose a lot of money. The seller says:

NEVER OPENED !!! OFFICIAL DRIVE THIS IS NOT A CHEAP COPY , GARAUNTEED!! 300% MONEY BACK IF YOU RECIEVE AN UNOFFICIAL OR FAKE ITEM!!

This is a rather extravagant claim – 300%?? Did the seller do any maths at school we wonder? If not, maybe this explains the low start price! We do wonder a little why buyer IDs are being kept private if the seller’s items are genuine – after all buying a flash drive is nothing to be ashamed of. We might understand if the listing was for S&M gear – but flash drives??

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 18, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Whopping 128GB fake USB flash drive listed on ebay.

esraelonline

We can say with absolute certainty that this flash drive is fake capacity. Why? Because the very first USB flash drive of this capacity from any manfuacturer was only announced three days ago. Who won the race to be the first to produce a 128GB USB flash drive? – Kingston.

The packaging on this item would be a dead give-away that this is a fake capacity drive even if it was only claimed to have 16GB. This packaging has been used by fraudsters for a long time.

The seller obviously didn’t research what was available before buying these from a fraudulent supplier and knows very little about flash memory technology. In the listing esraelonline states:

Please note that testing on H2TESTW require formating the USB Flash drive. At this volume (128GB) the USB might be harmed if formated.

Again, remember that we are guaranting 128 GB capacity on this item along with 12 month warranty. Nevertheless, Warranty is void if the USB has been formated.

For storage and capacity assurance – please see the HD-Tach testing above.

A test with HD Tach and looking at the drive properties (shown in the listing) is not be enough to show whether a flash drive was genuine the capacity claimed by the supplier. The only valid test is h2testw which does not require formatting the drive!! – we don’t know where the seller got this idea!

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

June 18, 2009 at 8:30 AM

Kingston Technologies WebSite Feature To Verify Capacity Offered By Product Line

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Kingston Technologies has introduced a wonderful new feature for searching their consumer usb flash drive products. You can select the capacity and see which product lines offer the desired capacity. It is a great search consulting tool and part of Kingston’s effort to combat those who would like to sell cheap imitations (counterfeits) of their products or try to super boost older models to report false capacity to operating systems.

Almost all major brand names are currently under attack from counterfeiters and re-programmers. Two companies, Kingston and Sony are fighting back. Kingston is applying additional effort to aid consumers world wide. They have a serial verification site and now have improved their search feature to show what are the capacity sizes they manufactured for a particular product line.

If you wish to purchase a Kingston usb flash drive on the internet you should always visit a Kingston website to verify they really make the product in the capacity being advertised to you by a seller. Your first step to being a smart and well informed consumer. If you don’t see the capacity offered by Kingston, you can be 100% sure that it is a counterfeit which will report a false capacity.

Such flash drives are very dangerous to use as digitally altered flash drives lead to data loss – eventually ALL FILES are lost or corrupted. To check what is currently available from Kingston see:
http://www.kingston.com/flash/DataTravelers_consumer.asp

If you are a potential reseller stay away from importing any drives like the ones below from Chinese wholesale suppliers!!

64gbsonyasakingston

64GBlarge2They were never make by Kingston. You can not purchase 64GB USB flash drives wholesale (even generic ones, let alone a brand name) at the price shown above. There is no such thing as “Upgrading” a usb flash drive, as suggested in the advert above.

You can not make a 2GB flash memory chip magically grow to 4GB, 8GB 16GB or more with some sort of software upgrade. Translated UPGRADE means “trick the operating system” into believing the usb flash drive can hold more data than it can actually hold.

If you see any USB flash drives with a shiny little sticker for size like the one on the left or the green and yellow “quality control” sticker shown in both pictures, then you are looking at a fake.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS:
Kingston does not use sticky labels to indicate the size of USB flash drives.

Kingston produce quality USB flash drives and are not so miserly as to cut corners with a sticker for the size.

If you wish to be safe consult: http://www.kingston.com/wheretobuy/Regions.asp and find a retailer near you. These are difficult times, support your local sellers and help your own country’s economy.

Written by KittyFireFlash

June 18, 2009 at 5:48 AM