Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

DT200 flash drives in ebay auctions by slawek118 may be fakes

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We think the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives being auctioned on ebay by slawek118 are likely to have come from a fraudulent supplier. If we are wrong then buyers will be able to verify the serial numbers of their drives with Kingston. If we are right then what buyers will end up with is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files.

If they are counterfeits then the most they are likely to be able to store before files become lost and corrupted is likely to be just under 4GB. Do not be fooled by what the operating system shows when you plug a flash drive into a computer. The capacity shown is whatever the control chip has been programmed to show and fraudsters program them to show a false capacity.

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 07/07/2010
As this seller has 128GB Kingston listed at a buy it now price of 60 Euros they are certain to be fake capacity counterfeits that will corrupt files.

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