Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Hong Kong seller lists apparently fake 64GB Kingston flash drive

with 2 comments

In May we published this about Hong Kong seller mr.sixty7_onlineshop:


Hong Kong based ebay seller mr.sixty7_onlineshop (an ebay member for the past month) is selling a 64GB Kingston flash drive that we think is fake capacity and counterfeit – the picture used by the seller has two tell-tale signs. One of them is that there is no engraving on the metal part in the seller’s picture, while the real ones do have engraving. Can you spot the other difference between the two drives pictured?

If you bought a 64GB Kingston on ebay check that the metal part is engraved. If not, then it isn’t the real deal.

mr.sixty7_onlineshopHaving got away with fake flash sales before the seller is now back after a three month absence with the the same counterfeit 64GB DataTraveler 150 (but a new picture).

There is also a listing for counterfeit 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 drives and for the 8GB flash drive shown on the left. All of these will be fake capacity causing file corruption and data loss for users.

The Kingston drives should have individual serial numbers that can be used to verify genuine drives with Kingston. If there are serial numbers on these Kingston will be unable to verify the drives (fraudsters often get hold of one genuine drive and use the same serial number on all their counterfeits).

The 8GB one can be tested with h2testw reasonably quickly – it is likely to have a true capacity of less than 2GB.

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

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

Written by fightflashfraud

August 28, 2009 at 7:52 PM

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  1. This suspected fake seller is back again. The seller has a couple of Kingston DT150’s and this other poor excuse of a usb flash drive. (Link below)

    It is a claimed 8gb (little shiny sticker on the drive stating capacity) in the packaging that has become recognisable as a standard for fake capacity usb flash drives.

    I would strongly advise against buying anything from this seller.


    August 28, 2009 at 1:33 AM

  2. Hi, I also bought two 16GB Sony Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark 2, Magic Gate memory sticks, from eBay. via Paypal for £48.75, they turned out to be fake. They crash while taking video, amounst other errors. They show up as “unsupported” when you view the information, while in video mode on the PSP, where it should show Magic Gate “supported”.
    I was lucky ebay have remburesed the money.
    Take care out there its a jungle!

    Gregory Heath

    June 6, 2009 at 3:22 PM

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