Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Is this 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 on ebay genuine?

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We have our doubts about this 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 being genuine. There are a number of reasons for this. This ebay member has no feedback as a seller and is using a private listing to sell these – often a sign of fraud when selling flash memory.

If deals_4_u_2009 was an authorised re-seller then this seller would have got them directly from Kingston. In that case (as Kingston has stringent quality control procedures) why would the seller feel the need to open the package to check they are working? The seller states in the listing:

This Item has been opened for testing purposes to make sure it’s fully working.

Obviously deals_4_u_2009 is not an authorised re-seller supplied directly by Kingston, then. So how is it that deals_4_u_2009 can offer these at a lower price than any authorised re-seller we can find? We can only think of one answer. We expect you can all guess what we think!

Buyers should be able to check the serial number with Kingston (unless of course there isn’t one) to ensure that high capacity Kingston flash drives are genuine. We have a feeling…

The words not, touch and bargepole seem to be in my mind at this moment – but of course the team could be wrong. We do have unfounded suspicions once in a blue moon – but these cases have always turned out to be old stock with out of date software, which can’t be the case here.

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

September 4, 2009 at 8:45 PM

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