Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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64GB DataTraveler listed in private auction on ebay

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The use of a private auction for this item makes us suspect that this 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 listed by astra-1990 may be counterfeit. There are many fraudulent wholesalers selling counterfeit flash drives and we think the seller may have bought from one of these. We advise astra-1990 to check the serial numbers with Kingston to find out whether or not they are genuine.

UPDATE 08 August 2009

A member of the frankenflash project spotted the listing shown below on another auction site – is this the same seller? We suspect so!!

Seems like some suspect sellers are running from ebay and listing their items elsewhere.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 6, 2009 at 3:44 PM

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  1. Kingston were happy enough again to have this counterfeit seller’s listings removed.

    Ebay should remove this seller for persistently trying to relist counterfeit goods. Is fraud acceptable as long as ebay and paypal get their cut?

    The seller initially made out that the drives were directly from Kingston when it was suggested they could be counterfeit. As Kingston had them removed, this was clearly an attempt at deception by the seller.

    With having the same counterfeits removed twice, this seller cannot plead ignorance.


    September 2, 2009 at 4:21 PM

  2. Seller is back again with their fakes.


    August 30, 2009 at 2:35 AM

  3. This seller has had their counterfeit drives removed. Obviously not bought from Kingston at all, as Kingston has forced ebay to remove them.

    If you have bought a drive from this seller get your claim in immediately to ebay and paypal.Also,could you please test and send in your results to the email address given at Your input is welcomed and valued by the team here at fightflashfraud. The more evidence gathered on these sellers, the better. This is your chance to help fight against the injustice we all suffer as a result of this ongoing fraud.


    August 7, 2009 at 12:38 PM

  4. In response to a well meaning ebay member pointing out to the seller that the drives were quite possibly counterfeit, the seller claimed he had bought the drives directly from Kingston themselves.

    We can only presume that if the drives are indeed genuine as the seller claims, the seller is quite happy to lose money on every single drive.

    This is highly unlikely and only reinforces the theory of these drives being most likely to be counterfeit.


    August 6, 2009 at 8:38 PM

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