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Archive for September 21st, 2009

Counterfeit Kingston flash drives removed from ebay

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sharlcat

We din’t think these flash drives sold by sharlcat were genuine. Nobody could afford to risk selling a 32GB flash drive at this price as they would be making a loss. As the seller’s listings for these were removed by ebay at Kingston’s request we now know we were right.

Anyone who has received one from this seller should claim a refund through the dispute console – they should get a refund relatively easily as ebay knows they are counterfeit.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 21, 2009 at 11:38 PM

Are these 4GB Sandisk Cruzer flash drives on ebay genuine?

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jds-gold-numbers

If these 4GB Sandisk Cruzer flash drives are genuine then seller jds-gold-numbers seems to be selling these at a loss overall by auctioning them with such a low start price.

If I found myself making a loss on most of the flash drives I sold by auctioning I’d swap to buy it now and choose a price that gave me a small profit margin – wouldn’t you?

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 21, 2009 at 9:00 PM

If this DataTraveler flash drive on ebay is genuine why is the seller using a private sale?

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coptic11

We doubt very much that this 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drive being sold by coptic11 is genuine – we think it will turn out to be counterfeit and fake capacity. Two things make us suspicious about this (and the 32GB model from the same seller) – price and the use of private sales.

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 21, 2009 at 6:30 PM

32GB Kingston DT150 drive sold on ebay must be counterfeit

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marston20

We were sure that the 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drive above, sold by marston20, simply must be counterfeit at this price. The fact that the seller did not respond to questions about authenticity suggests the seller is probably aware they are not genuine.

Most of the seller’s Kingston flash drives were removed by ebay yesterday at Kingston’s request but one was apparently misssed. This shows that we were absolutely correct in thinking these were counterfeit. Let’s hope that takes the hint and doesn’t do what some people caught with counterfeits do and relist the drives despite having them removed.

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. Buyers should check serial numbers with Kingston.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

September 21, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Baby Gremlin sells counterfeit DataTraveler drives on ebay

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fuyang2009

gremlin2sSeems our fraudster friends consider the ebay ID fuyang2009 highly disposable – they know it won’t last too long selling counterfeit 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drives.

This is because Kingston will no doubt be on the case very soon and have the listing removed by ebay – they will probably already have done it when you read this!

If the drives were genuine (which they won’t be) buyers would be able to verify the serial numbers with Kingston. 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 21, 2009 at 2:30 PM

New gremlin ID selling fake flash drives on ebay

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hong1fen56

gremlin2sWe think the baby gremlin ID hong1fen56 belongs to a well known and very familiar fraud gang in China. This model is the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive – sold on ebay by fraud gangs for years. It is always fake capacity and causes file loss and corruption.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 21, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Are these leather clad flash drives on ebay genuine?

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hotdealsuk

We wonder whether these flash drives sold by UK powerseller hotdealsuk in 4GB and 8GB capacity are genuine. We know that these are often fake capacity as several members of the frankenflash project possess these in various fake capacities up to 32GB. We would like to hear from any buyers who have tested them with h2testw – did they pass the test or fail?

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 21, 2009 at 10:30 AM