Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Archive for May 17th, 2010

128GB Kingston DT200 from ebayer mariadelcarmen-2010 likely fakes

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We think it highly unlikely that the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives being auctioned by mariadelcarmen-2010 are genuine. If they are genuine the seller made a big loss on this auction and stands to lose an awful lot more in the remaining auctons. Buyers will be able to verify the serial numbers with Kingston if the drives are genuine, but we think this is highly unlikely.

We think they are counterfeits purchased from a fraudulent supplier. Counterfeit flash drives always have a fake capacity and a fake capacity 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.

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128GB DT200 flash drives sold on ebay by tivilorio are counterfeit

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This 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive sold on ebay by tivilorio is counterfeit and fake capacity, which corrupts files. This ebayer obviously bought from one of the fraudulent wholesale outlets supplying fake 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.

UPDATE 27/05/10
We suggest that visitors to this post who bought one of these ignore the comments from Franz and check the serial number of their flash drive with Kingston. If the 128GB flash drives from tivilorio are (as Franz suggests) genuine, then Kingston will be able to verify your serial number.

We don’t think so!!

If they are genuine then tivilorio lost a huge amount of money on the sales – probably running into a couple of thousand euros. We doubt that anyone would continue selling at such a loss and are wondering if Franz and tivilorio might not be one and the same person!!

If Kingston say they can’t verify the serial number of your flash drive then it is pretty certain that you have a fake. Testing with h2testw will reveal the true capacity of your drive – which we suspect is 4GB or less.

Counterfeit DT200 flash drive from ebayer ehardy33vv will trash files

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These 128GB Kingston DataTravler 200 USB flash drives listed on ebay by ehardy33vv are certain to be counterfeit and fake capacity flash drives bought from a fraudulent supplier in China. A counterfeit, fake capacity USB flash drive corrupts files. If these were genuine (and at this price they simply can’t be) each would have an individual serial number that could be verified with Kingston.

This seller has also listed a model of Kingston flash drive (the DataTraveler 120, shown on the left) that has never even been made in 128GB capacity.

Any of these that you see for sale as 128GB are fakes made by fraudsters in China that will trash your files as is the leather and steel model that has never been offered by Kingston.

If ehardy33vv had thought to check the Kingston web site for what is actually available then the seller would have known the supplier was selling 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 your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

probable counterfeit DT200 flash drive listed by ebayer miguelon850

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We think it unlikely that the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive in this ebay listing from miguelon850 is genuine. We think this USB flash drive is probably counterfeit, fake capacity, and corrupts files. If we are wrong then 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.

32GB USB flash drive from ebayer jorgepc2000 likely to be fake

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We think it unlikely that this 32GB USB flash drive being auctioned on ebay by jorgepc2000 is genuine – if we are wrong, and it is in fact genuine, then the seller is taking a risk by listing at auction and could make a loss on the sale.

We suspect that it is counterfeit, fake capacity and corrupts files. We couldn’t find this model among Transcend’s current offerings so it could (as many fake flash drives are) be a copy of a discontinued model.

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.

128GB Corsair flash drives from ebayer kaltms are fakes

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What is shown in this ebay listing from kaltms is not a genuine 128GB Corsair flash drive but a fake manufactured by fraudsters in China. Seller kaltms obviously bought from a fraudulent supplier. This USB flash drive is 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.

128GB DT200 flash drive from ebayer nm69-89b sure to be fake

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We are pretty sure that this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drive being auctioned on ebay by nm69-89b will turn out to be counterfeit and fake capacity, which corrupts files. In the unlikely event that 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.