Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Suspect 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 on ebay UK

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We suggest that UK seller lui321 checks the serial numbers of these 64GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives with Kingston – we think these are counterfeits from a fraudulent supplier which could land the seller in hot water. Counterfeits are fake capacity and trash users’ files.

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.

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  1. Hi Tom,

    Sadly a lot of sellers get caught out by fraudulent suppliers – we wish people would do their research properly before buying flash memory to sell on ebay!!


    November 7, 2009 at 5:16 PM

  2. I would have done as you requested but I have just packaged up the item to be returned.
    I contacted the seller to let them know the item was a fake and included for their information some basic things to look out for.
    On a closer look the stick was missing any sort of printed model number, that usually appears on the metal connector; there was also a definite inferior quality to the device.
    I requested a full refund from eBay seller lui321 and got the following reply:
    I am so sorry, we changed our supplier and are begining to realise we’ve made a dreadful mistake. We have already removed the items from listings. We will most definitely refund your money if you could pop it in the post along with the packaging as I’m sending the shipment back to my wholesaler. Many thanks and once again we send our apologies. lui321
    I can confirm that no more USB devices are listed by this seller so it could be an honest mistake.
    A big thank you to FightFlashFraud for the very informative guides located here, they have been a help.

    Tom Bone

    November 7, 2009 at 4:44 PM

  3. Hi Tom,
    Seems like a very low quality chip – test just something more than the first 4GB – say 6000mb. Testing a fake 64GB drive fully can take over two days but (as most are 4GB or less) testing 6000mb will show it fails, and at what point.

    A genuine 4GB flash drive takes less than 20 minutes to test, if I remember rightly – so if testing the first 6000mb takes more than half an hour expect to get a fail! Save your test results and submit them to sosfakeflash as advised on all our posts.


    November 6, 2009 at 8:21 PM

  4. Can confirm that these are fake.
    Unable to complete H2testw test as it writes to device at 413 KByte/s so estimated finish time on 64gb was over 44 hours.
    Couldn’t be bother to wait that long :0(

    Tom Bone

    November 6, 2009 at 6:37 PM

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