Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

UK seller with dubious listings for 128 Kingston USB flash drive

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Seller oceans12345 has two listings for these 128GB Kingston DT200 flash drives.

Both listings show buy it now prices lower than we would expect for the genuine article and this one shows a price less than we think it costs to manufacure one. We conclude that these must be yet more counterfeits purchased from a fraudulent supplier.

There are many fraudulent wholesale outlets in the far east supplying counterfeits. Counterfeit flash drives do not have the capacity claimed. They appear to have the capacity stated when you plug them into their computer because fraudulent programming of the control chip fools the operating system.


We strongly suggest oceans12345 check the serial numbers with Kingston – if we are wrong (highly unlikely) then Kingston will be able to confirm that they are genuine. We advise everyone 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

October 26, 2009 at 8:00 AM

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