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Archive for October 8th, 2009

Dodgy ebay listings for job lots of DT150 USB flash drives

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iidn

Seller iidn (based in Turkey) has listed job lots of DataTraveler flash drives on ebay – both 64GB DT150 and 128 DT200. We think these came from a fraudulent wholesaler and will be counterfeit and fake capacity. Serial numbers for genuine Kingston DT150 and DT200 drives can be checked with the company and verified.

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.

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Written by fightflashfraud

October 8, 2009 at 11:54 PM

Dodgy feedback on ebay about the fraudsters’ favourite!

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keepgoodme2009

Feedback from the apparent buyer of item number 170386410205 “sold” by keepgoodme2009 on 24th September said:

love the item, fast shipping, nice seller, A+++

As the feedback was left the same day as the “purchase” was made we can only think of three reasons:

    1) Seller keepgoodme2009 (registered in China) has a “beam me up Scottie” for instant delivery to the “buyer” who is registered in Canada.
    2) The buyer is suffering from a cognitive disorder of some sort, got mixed up and left feedback for the wrong item.
    3) There is a conspiracy going on (which we have seen many times) in which false feedback is being left to give buyers a false sense of confidence and act as a buffer against negative comments.

Whatever was going on here we can say that we have never found this model of flash drive to genuinely have the capacity stated by the seller. We don’t think those sold by keepgoodme2009 will be any different.

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

October 8, 2009 at 9:38 PM

This DataTravler on ebay seems a bit too cheap to be genuine

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ksopitan

These 32GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives seem a bit on the cheap side. This makes us wonder if seller ksopitan purchased them from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers. The serial numbers of genuine ones can be checked and verified with Kingston.

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

October 8, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Suspect DT150 flash drive on ebay Australia

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success_education

This 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drive listed by success_education on ebay Australia is very likely to be counterfeit and fake capacity. The seller may be unaware that there could be a problem. Serial numbers for these drives can be checked with Kingston.

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

October 8, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Looks like another ebay gremlin from Hong Kong

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funkyguard

Flash drives sold by funkyguard are too cheap to be genuine 16GB drives – you cannot buy genuine 16GB for £10. The fact that the seller has a start price of 1p and charges £9.99 for postage is a way of evading ebay fees – a tactic often adopted by fraudsters.

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

October 8, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Australian victim of flash fraud passes the problem on!

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An ebay member in Australia apparently bought fake flash drives from a fraudulent suppliers and is now re-selling them on ebay. This is what seller pickabargain09 says in a listing about the fake 16GB DataTraveler 100 flash drives he is palming off on other ebayers:

I bought these flash drives to use as promotional items for my business. When I ordered them I ordered a generic type that I could have a logo printed on, however when they arrived they came marked as Kingston Data Traveler, which I very much doubt they are, and it’s not what I ordered!!

I can’t use them for what they were intended, but the paperwork involved with sending them back through customs etc. is too time and energy consuming.

From my order I have given away some, and my family are using some. A couple of the ones I have given away have problems, but the 6 we are using in our family are fine.

Therefore, these items come with no guarantee – Purchaser buys as is – no refunds will be given.

These may suit other organisations who can use them as give aways, for market stalls or to resell if that’s your thing.

I have over one hundred of them. If you would like to buy in bulk, let me know and I can list as a buy it now for you.

Happy bidding

Great stuff pickabargain09!

Instead of challenging your supplier and reporting their fraud to the police you palm off the fakes you bought on ebay members! We notice that you only registered on ebay on October 1st – presumably for the purpose of dumping your fakes on others. To my mind this action is downright despicable.

I (for one) would never want to do business with you! By the way – eventually your family members will find that all their files get trashed if they continue using these fakes (unless of course this was a blatant lie??) – then you’ll be really popular at home.

Written by fightflashfraud

October 8, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Another member of the singjapan gang selling fraudsters’ favourite

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best.customer.service

Seems the singjapan gang (based in Singapore) have grabbed themselves a lot of IDs to continue their fraudulent sales of fake capacity USB flash drives. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by fightflashfraud

October 8, 2009 at 10:15 AM