Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Bought a 64GB Kingston from ebayer yingdog? Test with h2testw!

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A worried buyer left a comment on fightflashfraud a few days ago asking for help with identifying whether or not the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drives sold by yingdog on ebay were genuine or not as this buyer was awaiting delivery of one. We then investigated sales by yingdog and think they are probably counterfeit and fake capacity flash drives.

If we are right then the USB flash drive pictured in this listing corrupts files. If we are wrong then buyers will be able to verify the serial numbers of their flash drives with Kingston. If serial numbers can not be verified with Kingston then they will be counterfeits.

With some counterfeits there is a visual clue – genuine Kingston DT150 flash drives always have engraving on the USB connector, if there is none they are definately fakes. However some counterfeiters are a bit more crafty than others and include the engraving, so the presence of engraving is no gaurentee. If it seems to be a fake then testing with h2testw will reveal the true capacity of the flash memory – usually no more than 4GB, often a lot less!

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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