Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Seller on ebay Canada with supect 256GB DT200 flash drives

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We doubt very much that these 256GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives are genuine – we think they are counterfeits. It seems that the wholesaler who supplied clicnbuy09 may be one of the many fraudulent suppliers in the far east. If these are genunine (highly unlikely) the serial numbers can be verified with Kingston. We suggest the seller contacts Kingston to check them.

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

October 18, 2009 at 2:20 PM

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  1. here is another fake one. I reported it to Ebay and I asked the seller how he can sell such an expensive stick so cheaply. He reply was “I got a gret deal on a wholesale lot of brand new flash drives, and I’m passing along the savings.”

    $650.00 USD of Savings? I don’t think so. Anyway here is the listing.

    Listing is no longer available (edit by Mod)

    Peter Bowman

    May 7, 2011 at 2:19 AM

  2. I get one as a gift from a friend working in China. Properties told it was even 268GB. But storing things in it wasn’t that nice. Computer eject it all the time, telling you haven’t remove it the proper way. After formatting the stick it is now showing 8MB (n.b. MB not GB) and no Operative system want to touch it. Both Windows and OSX told it is corrupted and can’t be formatted, not as FAT32 not exFAT. Seems to be a useless stick.

    The lessons as always: if something is to good to be true. it is not true

    Charlie B

    December 21, 2010 at 8:13 AM

  3. A concerned ebay member has been in touch with this seller and expressed concerns. This was the response:

    “i sold over 754 units and all of them contain 256 gb of drive so , .They are not copy cause Kingston does not product DT 200 256 gb. We have a deal with a china company that they put the dt 300 technologie in the dt200 case . So thanks for your interest, and dont worry about our product , its not the cheap things of china like the other. Youve got a flash drive who contain 256 gb for the lowest price of 150 usd (depending of the auction).This is probably the best deal that you can find on ebay .
    thanks for your interest , and happy biddig .”

    In the seller’s own words, they are stating these drives are not indeed genuine Kingston. Another company is apparently squeezing the 300 technology into DT200 casings?

    Not physically possible as far as I can gather.

    A little hacked 2gb chip would have loads of room to rattle about in there though!

    Even if it was possible, and another company had the DT300 technology, why would they want to stick them in a competitor’s casing and face prosecution for producing counterfeits?

    From start to finish, the listing and seller’s explanation are all as fake as the drives themselves.


    October 18, 2009 at 9:27 PM

  4. Thank you for your correction to our careless post, Traveler!

    Fraudulent listings are coming at the team so thick and fast that we can’t keep up and do make the occasional error that favours the seller.

    This is because we throw up posts in such a hurry that we occasionaly forget such important points as the fact that there is ONLY ONE genuine 265GB USB flash drive!


    October 18, 2009 at 8:01 PM

  5. For a start, Kingston only make one 256gb drive. It is the DT300 and costs around £700.00.

    There is no such drive as a 256gb DT200, so these drives will definitely be fake capacity counterfeits.

    Listing a £700.00 drive with a £30.59 start bid gives an idea of how much the seller possibly bought these drives for.


    October 18, 2009 at 7:25 PM

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