Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for June 20th, 2010

amotbot8 sells counterfeit 128GB Kingston flash drives on ebay

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The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive sold in this ebay listing by amotbot8 is a fake capacity counterfeit which corrupts files. Genuine flash drives of this type can be verified with Kingston using the individual serial number, but Kingston will not verify flash drives from this seller.

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 Kingston DT200 from ebayer betterprices too cheap to be genuine

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We don’t think that the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives in this ebay listing from betterprices are genuine. They are just too cheap to be the real thing. What buyers will get is a fake capacity counterfeit USB flash drive which corrupts files.

If these flash drives were genuine they would all have individual serial numbers that could be used to verify with Kingston that the flash drive is genuine – but as they are certain to be fakes then (even if they appear to have serial numbers) Kingston won’t verify them. This ebayer obviously made the mistake of buying from a fraudulent supplier in China.

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.

newshoponthebloc resells fake flash drives bought on ebay

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The flash drive in the ebay listing shown above from seller newshoponthebloc is for an extremly obvious fake flash drive – there is no such thing as a genuine Sony Vaio flash drive: they are fakes that will corrupt files. Examination of this seller’s listings and past purchases reveals that this ebayer has been buying up fake flash drives (many from sellers previously reported here) and re-selling them. Any USB flash drive from newshoponthebloc 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.

hiroghj5252 suspended by ebay for selling fake Kingston flash drives

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Seller hiroghj5252 (registered in Japan) gives this obvous fake’s location as the USA in the ebay listing above. This USB flash drive has nothing to do with Kingston and does not really have a capacity of 256GB; it is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. This seller has been suspended and listings have been removed – if you bought one of these from hiroghj5252 it will have vanished from your won list

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.

fake 256GB Kingston USB flash drives listed on ebay by latino180

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The USB flash drive in this ebay listing from latino180 is an obvious fake capacity counterfeit which corrupts files. This is not a genuine 256GB Kingston flash drive – this discontinued model was never made in this capacity! We can ony assume that latino180 bought from one of the fraudulent suppliers in China.

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.

256GB DT310 flash drive from ebayer naruai786 surely counterfeit

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We think it extremely unlikely that this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive listed at auction on ebay by naruai786 is a geniune Kingston – we are sure that this is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. Who would list something brand new that is worth over £300 in an ebay auction with a start price of £20 if it is genuine?

Only a complete innocent or a fool would do this – and we don’t think that naruai786 is either an innocent or anyone’s fool.

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 flash drives from ebayer sohinder2009 are notorious fakes

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The USB flash drive pictured in this ebay listing from sohinder2009 is a notorious model – sold on ebay in every imaginable fake capacity for several years. This USB flash drive corrupts files as a result of the fraudulent programming used to fool the operating system (and thus the user) into seeing the advertised capacity.

The truth is that the actual capacity of the flash memory in these flash drives is likely to be 4GB at most and once the true capacity has been filled files begin to be lost and corrupted. The flash chips used are also low quality and prone to failure.

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.