Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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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.

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