Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

UK ebay seller lists fake 128GB Kingston flash drive

with 10 comments

themarron

We don’t know where themarron purchased these flash drives but we can say without doubt that they are fake. The DataTraveler 100 is not made in 128GB capacity.

All high capacity flash drives from Kingston have individual serial numbers which can be checked with the company. We know what Kingston will say about this flash drive.

Seller themarron refused to beleive an ebay member who warned this seller that Kingston do not make this model in 128GB and claimed they had been tested. We think all the seller did was look at the properties – which the seller provides a screenshot of in the listing. This only shows what the control chip in the flash drive is programmed to tell the computer – fraudsters can program these to show any capacity they like.

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 your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 30, 2009 at 9:57 PM

10 Responses

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  1. ebay take responsibility? Woo hoo – what a laugh. You will probably have to fight tooth and nail to get a refund. If they took responsibility they would not allow obvious fakes to be listed in the first place or would remove them within 24 hours at latest.

    After all – if we can keep an eye out for fakes (and we are just ordinary ebayers) surely ebay could do it as well if they really wanted to? Instead they wait until the complaints roll in – by which time of course they have earned fees from those selling fakes. Call us cynical if you like, but …

    fightflashfraud

    June 10, 2010 at 5:40 PM

  2. i buy 2 of this fake i think ebay will take responsiblity of this

    abdelrzgali

    June 10, 2010 at 5:24 PM

  3. Hi TriggerHappy,

    Oh dear, looks like you probably landed with fakes then – you didn’t say who the seller was etc. Let us know how you get on.

    fightflashfraud

    April 7, 2010 at 7:12 AM

  4. Sadly I’m the fool who bought them. I contacted both the seller and ebay. Seller says he guarantees they’re not fake. Nothing from ebay as usual.

    TriggerHappy

    April 7, 2010 at 5:02 AM

  5. Hi TriggerHappy,

    Seems ebay has removed both these items so it is very likely that they were fakes – were they listed by the seller mentioned in this post?

    fightflashfraud

    April 6, 2010 at 3:34 PM

  6. ebay has ALWAYS removed them eventually – generally, after they’ve been sold!! The evidence is gone but the victims got their fakes. The fakes are still being listed.

    fightflashfraud

    March 13, 2010 at 7:54 AM

  7. Since March 11 Ebay has removed the selling of all fake Kingston USB sticks

    Peter Nilson

    March 13, 2010 at 1:17 AM

  8. its now feb 2010,and you guessed it,fakes all over ebay,and ebay doing nothing about it.

    alan

    February 24, 2010 at 1:21 AM

  9. The seller , after being advised the drives were definite counterfeits, simply added as many as possible, as quickly as possible.

    Thanks to pressure being applied by Kingston, ebay was forced to remove the 18 counterfeits listed by this fraudster.

    Traveler

    October 1, 2009 at 11:00 AM


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