Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

UK ebay member sells suspect 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150

with 5 comments


This 64GB flash drive seems to have sold rather too cheaply for the seller to make anything except a loss. Seller r_s_s_80 is now offering them for £50 on buy it now – still too cheap so we think they are counterfeit.

Buyers should check their serial numbers with Kingston – we don’t think the company will verify these as genuine. If we are correct in thinking they are counterfeit they will also be fake capacity and cause files to be lost and corrupted.

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.

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  1. Thank you very much for the support, I have already contacted all of the buyers and refunded half of them by now. I will also file a dispute over paypal to see if can at least get the money back.


    September 8, 2009 at 10:34 PM

  2. Hi r_s_s_80,

    The site you bought from is notorious for fraudulent wholesalers and many ebay sellers (like you) purchase flash memory here to re-sell on ebay.

    Several members of the frankenflash project were themselves ebay sellers who fell victim to fraudulent suppliers so we sympathise with your plight.

    You should contact all those who bought from you, explain that the items you sold turned out to be fakes and refund them.

    In the curent economic climate this is, we know, a hard thing to ask – but all of us who unknowingly sold fakes bit the bullet and took the financial loss.

    Although most could ill afford the financial loss they did this to save customers from losing valuable files (among other things we have come across buyers whose businesses were almost ruined by fake flash) and in order to have clear conciences and be able to sleep at night!


    September 8, 2009 at 4:31 PM

  3. Just one more thing if you go to ebay you will see people selling cheaper USB flash drives cheaper than I was so they are probably fake and unaware of this as I was, if can just tell them that.


    September 8, 2009 at 3:29 PM

  4. I am the seller of the product and was also a victim of this, as I didn’t know that they were a fraud. I have canceled all the flash drives that I was selling. I have already contacted Kingston Technologies and informed my supplier to them. I bought them in a wholesale chinese website called dhgate and the product is:
    As you can see it seens exactly as the original Kingston one and as Kingston has a factory in Taiwan and China I thought they were an oficial product.
    If anyone you bought any USB from me please contact me by ebay.
    I apologise once again and would like to know whatelse I can do to help you.


    September 8, 2009 at 3:00 PM

  5. To test whether or not you’re Kingston products are actually 100% Authentic and have not been registered by somebody else please visit the Kingston website:

    Fill in the details and you can select any: Country/Region as this doesn’t matter. Also the Customer Information section is optional and is not needed to get an answer!

    It worked for me mine is already registered by another user!!!

    If you bought it from eBay and paid with PayPal then you can make a claim stating it is a fake but first you might want to contact the seller as maybe, just maybe they are unaware of this.

    I’ll be doing that right now.

    If you need any other information on these just reply using this comment section.


    September 8, 2009 at 9:16 AM

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