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Archive for July 11th, 2009

UK ebay seller ignores warnings that item is probably fake

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Ebay seller losengain was warned that this item was likely to be a couterfeit and fake capacity item. The seller was advised to check with Kingston. Instead of following this advice the seller seems to have simply looked at the properties shown in the operating system. The operating system is easily fooled. We are not. The seller added the following after the warnining message sent by an ebay member:

On 10-Jul-09 at 17:40:51 BST, seller added the following information:

Please Note
I had many emails saying that there are fake usb sticks selling around on ebay, hence I have opened the item to check whether it has 64GB on it. The item is genuine and it has got 64GB space.

We don’t think so!!

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July 11, 2009 at 9:25 PM

A 16GB flash drive for £10? We don’t think so!!

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Can you buy a genuine 16GB USB flash drive on ebay for £10 including postage from China as huhuanhuan26 would have you believe? We don’t think so. As always 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

July 11, 2009 at 8:06 PM

UK ebay member lists “faulty” Kingston DT 150 flash drive

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Seller mojo-trading says in the listing:

Please be aware that this product has failed quality control at the Kingston warehouse. So there are issues when transferring or editing data on the usb, information storage is very temperemental and for that reason item is being sold as seen and as faulty. Unfortuantely we are unable to accept any returns on this item.

We think Kingston would be very interested to know where the seller got this supposedly “faulty” item. Flash drives from reputable companies like Kingston which fail testing are destroyed before they even get packed. They do not get put in retail packaging and released for sale! We think these are counterfeit not faulty. The seller should remove these from sale immediately as they will cause data loss for anyone using them. We find it very suspicious that the seller is hiding buyer IDs – usually only fraudsters do this when selling flash memory items.