Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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128GB DT200 drives in ebay auctions from sww09 likely to be fake

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We think it unlikely that the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives being auctioned on ebay by sww09 are genuine. If they are genuine then buyers will be able to confirm this by verifying the serial number with Kingston. If a buyer finds that their serial number cannot be verified then they have landed a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files.

Sellers in the far east usually know that what they are selling is “upgraded” memory (in other words programmed to show a false capacity) but a lot of the ebayers located elsewhere selling counterfeit and fake capacity memory items have no idea about the true cost and bought from fraudulent suppliers. This could well be the case with this seller.

ADVICE FOR EBAY SELLERS:

We strongly advise ebayers who plan to buy flash memory items from a wholesale outlet to research the true costs of flash memory items thoroughly before purchasing anything. You should avoid any wholesale outlet that is based in the far east (China, Singapore, Hong Kong etc) – especially for brand name items – as much (if not all) of the fake flash memory comes from that area.

If you want to become a reseller for brand names such as Kingston, Sony, Sandisk etc. approach the company directly for help with this rather than taking the risk of ending up with fakes.

Our advice to everyone, whether they are sellers or end users, is:
Test all flash memory items 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 29, 2010 at 10:27 AM

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