Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Another 128GB Kingston DT200 that was too cheap on ebay

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If this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive sold on ebay by henryford2298 was genuine then there must be flocks of pigs traversing our skies. The reason there are so many cheap flash drives on ebay is that they are fakes.

Fraudsters in China are busy programming small memory chips to show much larger capacites to the operating system and selling them on wholesale sites where ebay members buy them to re-sell on ebay, often with no idea that what they are selling is fake flash memory that will corrupt users’ data. This is probably the case with seller henryford2298.

There are also many sellers based in China selling fakes directly on ebay – they often sell at prices that are considerably less than it would cost to make a flash drive of the capacity advertised. Do not buy flash memory on ebay – you are 95% certain to end up with a fake.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

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  1. I bought a kingston 128GB on eBay, from a seller in the USA, its fake. Looks the same as the orginal but if I check on Kingston’s webpage, there is no information of any kind on the usb connector.


    May 1, 2011 at 8:43 PM

  2. I just bought a fake Kingston USB on QXL in Denmark. 128GB Data200 like Kin200.

    I intend to go all the way with this one – police and kingston legal department. These guys have to feel the consequences.

    (e-mail-address is real)

    Michael Andersen

    March 4, 2010 at 11:48 AM

  3. Please be aware that if (like king200) you don’t leave a genuine email address we can’t contact you with any advice we may have relating to your particular situation.

    We don’t mind if you leave a fake email address but please remember that we don’t disclose your email adress to anyone outside our team.

    We are also likely to consider comments left by those who use fake email addresses suspect.


    November 21, 2009 at 8:37 PM

  4. Sadly (due to the huge number of fraudulent wholesalers) counterfeit Kingston, Sony, Transcend and other brand name USB flash drives, memory cards etc are now appearing all over the Internet, as well as lots of fake generic flash memory. The problem is massive – even high street retail stores are finding themselves with fakes.

    The only solution we can see is for everyone to test all flash memory items with h2tesw as soon as they arrive.


    November 21, 2009 at 6:41 PM

  5. I bought a kingston 128GB on tradera in sweden, its fake. Looks the same as the orginal but if i check on kingstons webpage, a missing do on the usb connector is the only difference and no size is engraved on the usb connector.

    after a 24 hour test hwtest 1.4 gives this:

    Warning: Only 129165 of 129968 MByte tested.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    344.7 MByte OK (706057 sectors)
    125.8 GByte DATA LOST (263823863 sectors)
    Details:26.3 GByte overwritten (55195081 sectors)
    3.5 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 7 sectors)
    99.4 GByte corrupted (208628775 sectors)
    64 KByte aliased memory (128 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x00000000158b0000
    Expected: 0x00000000158b0000
    Found: 0x0000001f88cf0000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 1.66 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 2.94 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4


    November 21, 2009 at 6:03 PM

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