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Archive for December 12th, 2009

64GB Kingston on ebay Australia is counterfeit and fake capacity

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Ebay seller ausie_hot_bargan_shop has obviously been shopping in fake flash land. There is no 64GB Kingston that looks like this as the seller would soon learn by looking at Kingston’s web site. Unfortunately ausie_hot_bargan_shop bought from a fraudulent supplier. The seller may have no idea that these are fakes that will trash people’s files.

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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Another ebay seller who has been shopping in fakeflashland

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Oh dear, oh dear! UK seller yid2610 has not done his or her homework and fails the sensible seller test. A quick look at the Kingston web site would have revealed that these supposedly 256 USB flash drives are fake fake fakity fake! This seller bought from a fraudulent supplier and these fakes will destroy data.

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.

A dodgy looking UK ebay seller with fake flash memory

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This 8GB USB flash drive sold by uk-direct is bound to be fake; USB flash drives in this packaging always are.

We previously reported suspicions about this seller’s flash memory items on November the 7th.

At that point we thought this seller might just have a bad supplier and could be innocent of any dodgy dealing.

A development since then has made us suspect that the seller may know full well that the items being sold are fake capacity.

Fake capacity flash memory will destroy data once the true capacity is exceeded.

What makes us think this seller may be aware they selling fakes?

The pictures below for one thing!

If you look carefully you will see that something has been airbrushed out.

Now why would anyone do that?
We can only think of one reason why anyone would airbrush out something on a USB flash drive.

With the old saying about a picture being worth a thousand words in mind we present a photo taken by a member of our team of one of their flash drives:

We leave you, dear reader, to draw your own conclusions about what we think. 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 12, 2009 at 7:12 PM

We don’t think this 64GB Kingston DT150 is genuine

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We think the buy it now price for this Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drive listed by sarivane09 is too low for it to be genuine. If we are wrong then Kingston will be able to verify the serial numbers.

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.

This 32GB Kingston is counterfeit and fake capacity

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This is the wrong coulour to be a genuine 32GB Kingston therefore it must be counterfeits and counterfeits are fake capacity and trash users’ files. Seller many-things07621 may not be aware they are fake.

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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

32GB USB flash drives in private 1 day auctions – highly suspect!

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Seller garysin2008 is using private one day ebay auctions to sell what we are certain are fake capacity flash drives that will trash users’ files after a while. This is a devious tactic used by fraudsters to hide their crimes!

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.
UPDATE
Seller garysin2008 has now been suspended by ebay as a result of the negative feedback from buyers.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 12, 2009 at 11:32 AM

64GB Kingston DataTravelers on ebay too cheap to be genuine

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The buy it now price in this listing by h3nd12y is too low for these 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drives to be genuine. It seems this seller has been shopping in fake flash land. Genuine DT150 drives have individual serial numbers that can be verified by Kingston. We don’t think they will verify these. Counterfeits are fake capacity and destroy data.

UPDATE 16/10/09

Since we first posted about h3nd12y this UK ebay seller has also listed massively fake capacity 500GB USB flash drives for sale.

This confirms our suspicion that this seller bought from a fraudulent supplier. However, like many others h3nd12y may not realise he or she is selling fakes.

It seems that h3nd12y has fallen into the trap of thinking that looking at the drive properties constitutes testing it!

Looking at the properties does not test a drive at all and what you see in properties is absolutely meaningless!

Screenshots like the one on the left don’t tell you anything.

Fakes fool the operating system – you just see what the fraudsters who assembled the drives want you to see, not the truth!!

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 in to SOSFakeFlash if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.