Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Kingston DataTraveler flash drives on ebay likely to be counterfeit

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UK seller mbenaron claims these 63GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives are genuine. We very much doubt this. One of the fightflashfraud team is in contact with a buyer who says (as we expected) that these are fake. Buyers can check serial numbers with Kingston – we think we know the answer they will get.

It is likely that Kingston will make ebay remove this item from ebay next week – so buyers are likely to find it has vanished from their won list. If this happens it is certain to be counterfeit and buyers should claim a refund through the dispute console.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 20, 2009 at 9:00 AM

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  1. A prospective customer for one of these drives has been in touch after getting the surprising reply below after asking the seller to check before purchase. They felt that other buyers from this seller had a right to know.

    These are the seller’s own words:

    “After running these checks, I have found that in fact the 1 remaining item I do have in stock is in fact counterfeit.

    However, it does work 100% OK and at the speeds that the Kingston ones work at too, so hardware specification wise, there are no differences.

    If you are still interested in purchasing the item, despite it is counterfiet, please contact me.

    I will now be contacting the supplier of this item to ask them what is going on and demand a refund.”

    In a case like this, I would expect the seller to have contacted all the other buyers to immediately inform them. I would have also expected the seller to have ended the remaining listing instead of asking if the potential buyer still wanted to buy it.

    These drives, despite what the seller claims, have obviously not been tested with h2testw.

    If you have bought a drive from this seller and do receive it, please test with h2testw before leaving feedback. You are entitled to a guaranteed refund on the grounds of these drives being counterfeit anyway.

    If the seller wishes you to return the counterfeit drives, don’t, you would be breaking the law in doing so.

    Do you want to risk prosecution for the sake of a seller who was previously advised to test and still posted counterfeit goods to you?

    I have absolutely no sympathy for sellers who lose money in this way.

    I really do hope I am wrong and the seller does not post out the drives and is decent enough to let the buyers know.

    Time will tell.


    September 20, 2009 at 10:37 PM

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