Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Is this UK seller offering genuine flash drives or fakes?

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Are the 16GB USB flash drives sold by megan_a69 genuinely 16gb or are they fake capacity drives bought from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers in the far east? At the moment we don’t know. The seller claims that they are fully tested – we hope this is true. If they are genuinely 16GB then this seller is managing to supply 16GB USB flash drives cheaper than anyone else we have come across.

As usual 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.

UPDATE 17/10/10
Seller megan_a69 has now listed 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives at less than half the price they are being sold at elsewhere:

Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted after a while.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 19, 2009 at 9:36 PM

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  1. An ebay member asked if the seller tested the drives with h2testw and got this response from megan_a69:

    hi there, thanks for your help. my friend who sells lots on ebay also recommended that program to me, so i use it before i send the flash drives out, it is very good

    many thanks


    We hope this is true but have a nagging suspicion that it may not be. Time will tell.


    August 23, 2009 at 5:18 PM

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