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Archive for February 10th, 2010

32GB Sandisk Ultra backup drives sold a bit on the cheap side

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Seller alexpawl sold quite a number of 32GB Sandisk Ultra Backup USB flash drives in ebay auctions at a loss by the look of things if these are genuine. Sellers who find themselves making a loss in auctions usually switch to the buy it now format to avoid such losses but this seller did not. This makes us wonder if they are counterfeit and fake capacity items purchased from a fraudulent supplier. A counterfeit flash drive will inevitably 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.

Looks like a counterfeit 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 to us

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We are certain that the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drives sold by UK ebayer weromax in private auctions are counterfeit. Any counterfeit USB flash drive is also fake capacity and corrupts 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.

UPDATE: 13/-2/2010
Having run into problems this seller is now listing these as faulty – they are not faulty. They are counterfeit and fake capacity USB flash drives which corrupt files. The sale of such items is actually illegal.

UK ebay seller lists discontinued model of Kingston flash drive

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We thought this 16GB Kingston USB flash drive listed by asia22joanna on ebay seemed a little on the cheap side so we had a quick look at the Kingston website and found that the DT400 is a discontinued model so there are two possible explanations for the price. Either:
1) They have come from a wholesale outlet clearing out old stock, in which case they will be genuine.
2) They came from a fraudulent wholesaler and are fakes which will corrupt files.

All we can say is that these are either a genuine bargain or dangerous counterfeits. Having noticed the listing for 16GB Sony flash drives below from the same seller we are inclined to think that the answer is probably that they are counterfeits from a fraudulent supplier. If they are counterfeits the seller is probably unaware of this and the fact that a counterfeit USB flash drive always corrupts files after a while.

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.

Looks like this ebay seller bought from a fraudulent supplier

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We think that this 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive listed at auction on ebay by matthewstafford was purchased from a fraudulent wholesale outlet and will prove to be counterfeit and fake capacity. The seller is probably unaware of the fake flash problem but if we are right this USB flash drive corrupts 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.

These 64GB Kingston DataTraveler drives on ebay are too cheap

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The buy it now price on these 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drives listed by youworldbidder on ebay UK is too low for them to be genuine. We can only conclude that these are counterfeits purchased from one of the fraudulent outlets selling fake flash memory items. These USB flash drives corrupt files.

Seller youworldbidder may be totally unaware that the supplier was fraudulent and these are fake, but a quick check of serial numbers with kingston would undoubtedly confirm this.

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.

Is this seller’s choice of ebay ID significant we wonder?

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We think this 64GB USB flash drive on ebay is a counterfeit and fake capacity item that corrupts files. If we arre right and the seller is aware it is counterfeit then the choice of the ebay ID badass0191 was a good one. If we are wrong the buyer will be able to verify the serial number with Kingston.

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.

ebay seller of fake USB flash drives still has 100% feedback

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USA seller stealdeal213 has sold a number of the fake USB flash drives pictured on the left in 16GB, 120GB and 128GB capacities over the last three months.

Despite selling fakes this seller still has 100% positive feedback, though there are two comments indicating problems with them.

Why do sellers get away with this? Because most buyers do not test them with h2test when they arrive.

It can be months before you run into file loss and corruption with fake capacity Usb flash drives. By the time most people find out something is wrong it is too late to do anything.

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

February 10, 2010 at 10:38 AM