Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for June 28th, 2010

128GB Kingston DT200 from ebayer takb not faulty but fake

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The flash drive in this ebay listing from takb is not faulty. It is a deliberately created fake capacity counterfeit manufactured by fraudsters in China which corrupts files. If you buy a USB flash drive listed on ebay as faulty what you will get is not a faulty item but a fake. Most fake flash drives (whatever the capacity they were sold as) have a maximum storage capacity of 4GB. After that is full everything starts to be lost and corrupted.

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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Obvious fake 64GB flash drive sold on ebay by nyor1 – beware of this seller

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Here is an interesting case of a fake flash drive sold on ebay. The supposedly 64GB USB flash drive on the left was sold on ebay at auction by nyor1 for 33 euros with 4 euros postage charge – it seems that someone doctored the picture used in the listing to remove an obvious pointer to the fact that it was fake capacity flash drive that corrupts files!

What do we think was removed from the picture in photoshop or some other image editing program? Why the Words Sony and Vaio of course!! If you are interested in checking what we’ve said you should be able to find the original listing for the next three or four weeks by searching for item number 220623415179 on ebay and can compare the listing picture there with other listings we have reported as Sony Vaio fakes of this type.

Our conclusions? We suspect the picture was probably doctored by nyor1 rather than whoever the drive was purchased from. If we are right, then this seller may be “testing the water” to see what he or she can get away with. If so, the seller is worth watching for future fraudulent activity. So far there is only one victim – but that’s where it alway starts!

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 flash drives from ebayer termo1985 too cheap to be genuine

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We are pretty certain that the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives in this ebay listing from termo1985 were purchased from a fraudulent supplier in China. If we are right then this USB flash drive is counterfeit and fake capacity. A fake capacity flash drive corrupts files. In the unlikely event that we are mistaken buyers will be able to verify the serial number of their flash drive 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.

If 128GB DT200 from ebayer maxinature is genuine seller risks loss

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If this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler being auctioned on ebay by maxinature is genuine then this seller risks making a loss on the sale by auctioning the drive. If it is genuine the buyer will be able to verify the serial number with Kingston. If the serial number cannot be verified then this flash drive will be a fake capacity counterfeit that 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.

256GB flash drive sold on ebay by pearlmehra likely to be a fake

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We think this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler sold on ebay by pearlmehra is unlikely to be genuine. In the unlikely case that we are wrong and it is actually genuine the buyer got a real bargain and will be able to confirm the drive is genuine by verifying the serial number with Kingston. If we are right then this USB flash drive is a fake capacity counterfeit that 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 18/09/2010
It seems that the buyer of the flash drive sold in the listing above on June 24th (ebay number 170503546673) did not notice anything wrong with the flash drive, though we are certain that it is a fake capacity counterfeit that will corrupt the buyer’s files eventually.

We think that the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive (ebay item number 170540461599) sold on September 17th is also a fake capacity counterfeit:

Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted after a while.

fake Sony flash drives on ebay from 5ganjuebucuo will corrupt files

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The supposedly 32GB flash drive in this ebay listing from 5ganjuebucuo may have the Sony name on it but it has absolutely nothing to do with Sony and has a capacity very much smaller than the advertised 32GB. This fake capacity and counterfeit USB flash drive.

The flash drive was manufactured by fraudsters in China who program USB flash drives with a small capacity (usually no more than 4GB) to display a false capacity. Once the real capacity is full files are lost and corrupted because there is nowhere for them to go.

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.

64GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives from ebayer 0penal likely fakes

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We think it very unlikely that this USB flash drive being auctioned on ebay by 0penal is a genuine 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive. We suspect it is a counterfeit and fake capacity USB flash drive that corrupts files purchased from a fraudulent supplier in China. In the unlikely event that we are wrong about this 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.