Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Yet another 128GB Kingston sold at below cost on ebay

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You may be wondering how it is that ebay sellers like sales.cookiesplus manage to sell 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives so much cheaper than approved Kingston outlets. The reason is that they are counterfeit and fake capacity items that will corrupt users’ files.

Genuine DT 200 flash drives have individual serial numbers that can be verified with Kingston. The vast majority sold on ebay will not be verifiable because they are fakes – not made by Kingston and not 128GB!

There are numerous wholesale outlets supplying counterfeits that contain small capacity memory chips programmed to fool the operating sysem into reporting the drive as having 128GB capacity. Such drives corrupt users’ data.

Many ebayers buy from these fraudulent wholesalers without realising that what they will be selling is fake. This is because most people don’t realise the true cost of flash memory. Often they are paying the wholesaler less than it would cost to manufacture the memory chips alone, let alone the other components of a flash drive. This was probably the case with sales.cookiesplus.

This is not the case when it comes to the vast majority of ebay sellers from China – they know full well that what they are selling is fake. They work in organised gangs and when one ID is suspended by ebay for this fraud they simply pop up with a different one!

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.

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