Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

We doubt that these 64GB Kingston flash drives are genuine

with 6 comments

We doubt that the 64GB Kingston flash drives listed at auction on ebay by UK seller nrostaie02 are genuine. If we are wrong then Kingston will be able to verify the serial numbers. If we are right these flash drives will corrupt files.

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.

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  1. Obviously the seller did have a clue as he or she was warned they were fake. The buyer should open a paypal dispute and claim a refund immediately. We doubt that the buyer is too late to do this.

    If the buyer paid using a credit card then a chargeback (taking the money out of paypal’s account) may be possible – Paypal will soon recover their money from the seller!


    January 26, 2010 at 6:17 PM

  2. Latest news from the notified buyer:
    “Sadly the advice is too late” (I hate this happening we do our best but ebay’s insistence on its so called security, prevents us doing more)
    “I had troubles formatting the disk, eventually succeeded, copied data to it and couldn’t read it”
    “I downloaded the program you mentioned” (H2testw)
    “googled to find the ebay fraud notice”
    “Yes its fake, I don’t think the seller has a clue”
    “I’ve mailed him and hopefully will get a refund”
    (See previous comment about communications with seller)
    “Thanks for the warning, ebay should put a notice up and email each sell in that category”
    (So they should too, but that would kill their profit)
    “Best regards, signed Sxxxxx

    “Buyers comments” (My comments)


    January 26, 2010 at 5:03 PM

  3. Seller has received the first feedback for sales, so has not taken notice of the advice given. This buyer has been advised by a member to test with h2testw.


    January 26, 2010 at 4:10 PM

  4. There is a simple answer to the question posed by nrostaie02 “How do you know these are fake?” – because we know the cost of real ones!

    If the seller (or the buyers) get in touch with Kingston they will say that they cannot verify the serial number (if one is given) – this is because fake Kingston drives do not have the individual, verifiable, serial numbers that genuine ones (at least the higher capacity types) do!


    January 19, 2010 at 5:29 PM

  5. Answer “How do you know these are fake ? ”
    Seller was advised by a member the price of the flash chips in a genuine device was far greater than the start price in his auction. Seller was also advised by a member to visit sosfakeflash and nandinium blogs where he would see samples of similar fakes with test results.
    One item sold 16:22 19 Jan 2010 price £28.00


    January 19, 2010 at 4:28 PM

  6. Seller was sent advice to check with h2testw.


    January 19, 2010 at 9:16 AM

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