Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Top rated US ebay seller lists suspect Kingston DT150 USB flash drives at auction with 99 cent start price

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A top rated US ebay seller, with 100% positive rating, listed these counterfeit Kingston flash drives on ebay. We fear that this seller could lose his or her good reputation by listing these.

We strongly suspect they are fakes that came from a fraudulent supplier. Seller deedan92 can check the serial numbers with Kingston – if we are mistaken and they are actually genuine then Kingston will be able to verify the drives. We doubt that this will prove to be the case.

We strongly advise all ebay sellers to check with the company who owns the brand that suppliers are authorised before buying brand name flash memory to re-sell on ebay. There are many fraudulent wholesalers who supply counterfeits. If you value your reputation – check first!

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.

UPDATE 03/11/09
An ebay member contacted the seller and suggested checking the drives. The seller did so and, finding they were counterfeit, has removed them from sale. We hope that deedan92 manages to get a full refund from the supplier. It’s good to find an honest seller who takes advice! Our thanks to the ebay member who warned this honest seller about the problem. Be careful, sellers – there are a lot of fraudulent wholesalers out there!

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  1. An ebay member contacted this seller after reading the article and advised the seller to test with h2testw as well as other precautionary checks.

    The seller’s investigation and testing of the drives revealed a lack of etching on the metal section of the drives, no blue activity light and Kingston online verification coming back as drives already registered. The h2testw results showed the drives to be poor read and write speeds and a 2gb capacity.

    The seller has discovered in time that the drives were indeed counterfeits. The seller has now removed all drives from auction and is taking the matter up with the supplier.

    The actions of the ebay member who contacted the seller has saved both seller and buyers from losing out.

    Maybe all flash drives should come with government health warnings!


    November 3, 2009 at 2:26 PM

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