Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Buy it now price for DT300 flash drive from ebayer rc33333 too low

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The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 300 flash drive pictured in this private ebay listing from rc33333 is too cheap to be genuine. This ebayer must have bought them from a fraudulent supplier. The use of a private listing makes us wonder whether rc33333 actually beleives what is said in the listing, or whether this is a deliberate cover-up:

Notes: This product is ORIGINAL. This is not a copy with one lasted life of 3 to 6 months. You have a 5 year warranty. Also, it’s not a copy that will take only 2, 3 or 5 GB of actual capacity..! Our USB Flash Driver has a real capacity to 256 GB. WARRANTY and TESTED up to 225 GB and then I made a perfectly successful defragmentation.

We think this simply has to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. In the unlikely event that we are mistaken buyers will be able to verify with Kingston that their flash drive is genuine using the unique serial number that each genuine one should have.

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: It seems that this seller has now been suspended by ebay – no surprise there, then! Never buy flash memory items in private ebay auctions – they are pretty certain to be fake.

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