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Archive for December 17th, 2009

128GB DT200 flash drives on ebay are too cheap to be genuine

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The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives listed by ukbay are a tad too cheap to be genuine. We think this seller bought from one of the many fraudulent suppliers selling counterfeit and fake capacity items. Genuine DT200 drives all have individual serial numbers that can be verified with Kingston – we don’t think Kingston will verify these. If we are right about these being counterfeit they will corrupt files after a while.

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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Another USA ebay seller lists a well known fake USB flash drive

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This 32GB USB flash drive will no doubt (like all the leather and steel type drives tested by our team) prove to be fake capacity and will trash users’ files after a while. Seller jahhili.com no doubt got these from one of the fraudulent wholesalers supplying these fakes and may have no idea they are likely to be fake capacity.

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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December 17, 2009 at 9:46 PM

Seller in Ireland lists obvious fake 64GB USB flash drive on ebay

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The flash drive shown on the left has been listed for sale on ebay by seller zionbiz. This is a well known fake which will trash users’ files after a while.

This seller has also listed the same model in 120GB capacity – a capacity that does not exist for USB flash drives! The seller obviously does not know a lot about this technology and may be unaware that these are fakes.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 17, 2009 at 7:14 PM

ebayer in USA lists a suspicious number of used Sandisk flash drives

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Seller codyhannum_2390 has listed a number of used 16GB and 32GB Sandisk USB flash drives on ebay USA. These sales look very dodgy to us – the start price in this seller’s auctions is very low and the seller says that they are only used in the sense that the packaging has been opened. This rings alarm bells with us. We suspect these are counterfeit items. If so they will be fake capacity items that destroy data after a while.

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.

Suspect ebay listing for 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200

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gremlin2sWe don’t think this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive listed by yalcin4141. We think this is another ebay gremlin selling counterfeit and fake capacity flash memory. 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 17, 2009 at 1:12 PM

MP3 players sold on ebay look dodgy to us

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We suspect that the MP3 players sold by ftaway2009 will turn out to be fake capacity – they seem too cheap to be genuine. However they are probably useable if you don’t save anything to the player itself and just use a genuine SD card in them to save your music to.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 17, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Seller in Malaysia shipping fake flash sold on ebay from Singapore

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Seller apiszarshavin sold the model of flash drive shown on the left in the 8GB version with the item location shown as Malaysia. Only one seems to have sold – for the princely sum of 18p with free post and packing.

This ebay member also sold a number of 2GB swivel type drives for 18p – so the seller is down by quite a sum even if (as we strongly suspect) the drives are all fakes.

The seller then moved to buy it now listings for the model on the left in the 32GB with a price of $15 and free P&P – not possible if they were genuine!

We think every single flash drive sold by apiszarshavin will turn out to be a fake that destroys 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.