Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for June 19th, 2010

Counterfeit Kingston flash drive seller tnhhg suspended by ebay

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Seller tnhhg, based in Korea, who listed counterfeit 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 USB flash drives on ebay has been suspended and listings have been removed. Anyone who bought one of the counterfeit and fake capacity Kingston flash drives will find that the item has vanished from their won list. The flash drives from this seller 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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64GB flash drives sold by fnasserg on ebay sure to corrupt files

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Seller fnasserg had already sold four of these supposedly 64GB flash drives when we noticed this ebay listing. The seller is aware that they are not genuine Kingston but seems to be under the misapprehention that they will actually store 64GB of Data – they won’t!

The flash memory chips in these fake capacity counterfeits are unlikely to be able to store as much as 4GB of Data and as a result we can state without a shadow of a doubt that this USB flash drive corrupts files once the real capacity has been filled.

This seller has fallen into the trap of thinking what is shown in drive properties is true – it is not. Fake capacity flash drives (which all counterfeits are) are programmed to show a fake capacity – proper testing is the only way to find out the truth.

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.

benimkizi auctioning job lot of “faulty” USB flash drives on ebay

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The supposed 256GB USB flash drives in this ebay listing from benimkizi are not, as the seller supposes, faulty but deliberately created fakes which have a lot less real memory than advertised. They were programmed by fraudsters in China to display a fake capacity to the operating system.

It is this fraudulent programming that leads to problems like files vanishing and being corrupted once the true capacity of the flash chip is reached. Do not buy flash drives on ebay listed as faulty – they will trash your data.

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.

ldss_sales lists obvious fake 128GB USB flash drive on ebay

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The supposedly 128GB USB flash drive in this ebay listing from ldss_sales is a very familiar fake – it has been sold on ebay in every fake capacity imaginablele for several years. A fake capacity flash drive corrupts files. As well as three of this obvious fake model this seller is also auctioning a probabable counterfeit 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drive.

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.

Kingston flash drives from ebayer tshirt_kompany likely fakes

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It seems that ebay seller tshirt_kompany (registered in Malaysia) has a dropshipping arrangement with a supplier in Hong Kong. This means they are sent directly from the supplier rather than by the ebay member who has listed them for sale – always a bad idea when it comes to flash memory items!

This seller has listed all three capacity of Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives for sale. We are pretty certain that they will turn out to be fake capacity counterfeits 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.

128GB DT200 flash drives from ebayer lairdsloot1010 are too cheap

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The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives in this ebay listing from lairdsloot1010 are too cheap to be genuine. They are therefore pretty certain to be fake capacity counterfeits – no doubt purchased from a fraudulent wholesale outlet in China. A fake capacity 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.

Flash drives sold on ebay by uktrader10 certain to corrupt files

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We think that seller uktrader10 is probably aware that the supposedly 64GB USB flash drive in this ebay listing is fake as the seller states that the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 in ebay listing number 280522738040 and the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 in ebay listing number 280522736615 are fakes. This USB flash drive is fake capacity and corrups files once the real capacity (probably less than 4GB) has been filled.

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 24/06/10
This seller has now been suspended by ebay so if you bought from uktrader10 the item will have vanished from your won list.