Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Seller in New Zealand selling fake 64GB Kingston DT 150 drives

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Although pictures in both this listing and one in which seller russianznz is auctioning one of these rather than using buy it now clearly show a 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 drive no mention of the names Kingston or DataTraveler are given in the listings.

This is because the seller is well aware that they are counterfeit (flash drives made to look like Kingston but not genuine Kingston drives). Although we know that counterfeit flash drives are always fake capacity russianznz claims in the auction listing that these are 64GB in an answer to a question from a buyer:

Q: Can you guarantee this drive will show close to 64gb if tested with h2testw recommended at sosfakeflash and fighting flash fraud websites? Will the serial number be genuine if verified online with Kingston? Is the activity light on the drive blue? When selecting properties on the drive, does the drive show as Kingston? Is the metal section of the drive engraved with data? I have to ask as there seem to be a lot of counterfeits about. Copy and paste this to address bar at very top of your page to check if drive is genuine. Many sellers have been unknowingly sold counterfeits and ended up with negative feedbacks or suspension as a result. Better safe than sorry.

A: Hi. I have test it and drive show 63992Mb. It is not Kingston drive but tested ok to work. Kingston drive cost much more.

We don’t think the seller actually tested the drive – we think russianznz simply looked at the properties. This only reports what the control chip is programmed to tell the operating system – fraudsters program these chips to show false capacities. We are certain that this is the case here.

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 26, 2009 at 11:50 PM

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