Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

We think 128GB Kingston flash drive from ebayer gary121942 is fake

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Seller gary121942 tells us in this ebay listing:

I have heard that many are fake counterfits.. This is a real Flash Drive and has been taken down to be tested and it is working GREAT!! I have 2 myself and they work GREAT!

We think that either gary121942 is rather naïve and just plugged the drives in and looked at the properties (which naturally show what you would expect due to fraudulent programming of the control chip) or that his pants are on fire.

It appears gary121942 bought three 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives (ebay item number 260615777209, removed by ebay) in June from suspended fake flash seller star88909. Two plus one makes three! You’d think that gary121942 might have twigged there could be a problem with these when ebay removed the listing and suspended the seller wouldn’t you?

We conclude that the USB flash drive in this ebay listing is probably a fake capacity counterfeit Kingston purchased on ebay from fraudulent seller star88909.

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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