Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

Fake 128GB DataTraveler 200 withdrawn from sale on ebay

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Just who did the seller that listed this item as a 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 think he was fooling? Certainly not the team at fightflashfraud.

The Kingston DatatTraveler 200 was only announced on June 15th and already someone tried to cash in. The DT200 looks nothing like this picture. An ebay member asked the seller a question about the fact that it looked nothing like a DT200 and got this answer:

This was actually a prototype design release, that’s why it looks like a quite generic Kingston design. It’s actually horrendously rare and you will probably never see one again that looks like this. Despite what I have just said that is purely the design, the technical features and memory remain exactly the same.

So it’s an experimental model is it? Is this person claiming to be a Kingston insider? If he is a Kingston employee we think he will quickly be out of a job! Is our Australian friend telling us that he walked into the Kingston labs and pocketed an experimental drive without being challenged? Wait a minute… that doesn’t add up with what was said in the body of the listing! In the body of the listing it said:

“Brand new and packaged this device is ready to go from a trusted Australian Seller.”

Ahem! Companies do not package their experimental models and sell them off! We are glad the seller had the good sense to remove the item from sale before he landed himself in some very hot water indeed. The seller was right about one thing – the rarity of such an item being listed on ebay! Rarely are people quite so stupid or bold as to list such an outrageously obvious fake!

Ebay sellers – please don’t think you can get away with listing outrageous fakes like this. Members of our team are watching you. Ebay and Paypal’s ability (or more likely, willingness) to spot fakes and try to protect buyers from fraud may be non-existent but ours isn’t.

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 19, 2009 at 12:26 PM

6 Responses

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  1. Hi Golacki,

    It would probably have been quite useful if you had got in touch at the time.

    You may not be aware of this but the frankenflash project (of which the blogs are a part) was set up by a mixture of sellers like yourself who found themselves advertising fakes and end buyers.

    One of the things we try to do if we get information from sellers who, like you, land with counterfeits is try to track back to the original source of the fakes so that this information can be passed to the police.


    December 2, 2009 at 8:27 AM

  2. A particular potential buyer (which I wont name) after confirming with me that it was indeed counterfeit (at that point I closed the listing) indicated that I should send a report to this particular blog. However I disregarded the suggestion as I didn’t think it was particularly of anyone’s interest.

    The only reason I’m responding now (late as it is) is because out of chance my google search found this particular article. I never actually got told by this eBay user that he submitted the story for me.

    I just wanted to clear this up. If you have any other questions or queries just ask.


    December 2, 2009 at 6:46 AM

  3. If you were indeed the seller you could have saved yourself and everyone else a lot of headaches by doing a little research (like we did!) first. Nevertheless, thanks for acknowledging our efforts and the usefulness of h2tesw. Please warn any other sellers you see with suspect items.

    It seems someone attempted to warn you, if you are indeed the person who listed this. We do wonder, however, why you are commenting so late in the day as whoever told you about h2testw would no doubt have directed you to one of the frankenflash project blogs.


    December 2, 2009 at 2:48 AM

  4. Its nice to see such a dedicated community against flash counterfeit products on eBay. I myself have been a victim many times as I purchase a lot of products for resale.

    This being one of them. Initially when I purchased this item internationally I thought I was a winner. Sadly once I used the very reliable and recommended freeware flash scanner: H2testw. I discovered that this is indeed a fake.

    The listing for auction was canceled immediately and all bids were canceled. I managed to organize a investigation with eBay Trust & Safety against the seller who I originally purchased this item from.

    All was corrected eventually and no one was left out of pocket…except the scammer of course đŸ™‚


    December 2, 2009 at 12:50 AM

  5. Under the carpet with the fraudsters of course!


    June 20, 2009 at 10:26 AM

  6. Where is ebay? LOL!


    June 20, 2009 at 5:47 AM

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