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Archive for August 9th, 2010

128GB DT200 flash drives from ebayer lucilleannsutton counterfeit?

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It looks to us as thought the 64GB and 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives from ebay seller lucilleannsutton are being drop-shipped from China. If we are right these USB flash drives will be fake capacity counterfeits as the suppliers who drop ship these from China all seem to be fraudulent.

We advise ebayers never to enter into drop-shipping arrangements with suppliers in China for flash memory items as you are pretty certain to find yourself selling fakes – but you won’t know until your customers complain as you will never see the merchandise.

In the extremely unlikely event that we are mistaken buyers will be able to verify the serial numbers of their flash drives with Kingston if these are genuine. However we think there is a snowball in hell’s chance of Kingston verifying these.

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.

storeforall04 lists obvious fake 256GB Kingston flash drives on ebay

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The Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive is not made in 256GB capacity – the USB flash drive in this ebay auction from storeforall04 is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. This seller has several listings for these fakes and obviously bought from a fraudulent supplier. This leads us to the conclusion that the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives previously sold by storeforall04 are pretty certain to be counterfeits as well.

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.

lanshuihu28810 sells counterfeit 128GB DT200 flash drives on ebay

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The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives in this ebay listing from lanshuihu28810 are fake capacity counterfeits. A fake capacity flash drive corrupts files after a while.

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.

Are 16GB flash drives from ebayer carmel30-2008 genuine?

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We feel these 16GB flash drives from ebay seller carmel30-2008 seem a little on the cheap side given the cost of first class postage, ebay fees and paypal fees. Unless they were bought in massive bulk (which is of course possible as 30 had already been sold when we captured this listing) it would be well nigh impossible to sell even generic 16GB flash drives on ebay at this price.

If they are genuine then this seller’s profit margin is very narrow indeed. As carmel30-2008 does not have a history of selling this type of item we do wonder if this seller may have made the mistake of buying from a fraudulent supplier. If this is the case then the flash drives will be fake capacity, which corrupts files.

How can you tell if a flash drive has the advertised capacity?

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw which provides a report if there is a problem and gives you the all clear if the memory is genuine and has no faults. We advise everyone to use this program irrespective of where flash memory items were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

We will be delighted if the flash drives sold on ebay by carmel30-2008 will pass the test with flying colours. If not, we hope the seller will live up to the refund promise given in the listing.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 9, 2010 at 6:58 PM

32GB flash drives from ebayer guide2cash likely to be fake capacity

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We are pretty certain that this supposedly 32GB USB flash drive listed at auction on ebay by guide2cash will prove to be fake capacity, which 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 9, 2010 at 5:33 PM

fake 256GB DT200 flash drive listed on ebay by amazing_anderson

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The 256GB Kingston flash drive pictured in this ebay listing from amazing_anderson is a very obvious fake. The Kingston DT200 is not made in 256GB capacity and it is not made in this colour. The USB flash drives in this ebay listing are fake capacity counterfeits and a fake capacity flash drive corrupts files.

We reported back on August 1st that we suspected amazing_anderson bought flash drives from a fraudulent supplier. This listing proves it beyond the shadow of a doubt.

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.

Are Kingston flash drives in ebay auctions from wearjoop2009 genuine?

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Seller wearjoop2009 has several ebay auctions for 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives and one for a 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 200. If these are genuine this seller risks making quite a loss on sales. Kingston flash drives have individual serial numbers which can be used to verify with Kingston that the flash drive is genuine. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number the 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.

lakersfeb auctions well known fake 64GB USB flash drive on ebay

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Seller lakersfeb tells us that this fake 64GB USB flash drive was: 

OBTAINED FROM A LOCAL LIQUIDATION CENTER.
AS-IS INVENTORY SALVAGE CONDITION

That’s strange – the picture at the top looks like a familiar one from a fraudulent wholesale outlet in China.

Now how would lakersfeb have happened across this picture if the flash drives were purchased from a local liquidation centre we wonder?

It’s been a long while since we came across this particular model of fake flash drive on ebay but we can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that the capacity is nowhere near 64GB. Although the packaging in one of the seller’s pictures shows the name Sony, this flash drive has absolutely nothing to do with Sony – it is a counterfeit.

This fake capacity counterfeit USB flash drive (like all fakes) has been programmed to report a false capacity to the operating system – so just plugging it into your computer would not show the real capacity – to find that out you have to test it properly. A fake capacity USB flash drive like this inevitably corrupts files once the real capacity has been filled.

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.

Is 128GB DT200 in ebay auction from customer1st2010 genuine?

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Is this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 listed at auction by new ebay member customer1st2010 (registered on 8th August) genuine? We doubt it. If it is genuine the buyer will be able to confirm this by verifying the serial number with Kingston. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number 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.

leixinghu4610 sells fake 64GB Sony Vaio flash drives on ebay

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Axel drew our attention to seller leixinghu4610 who is yet another selling so called Sony Vaio flash drives. The only Sony Vaio flash drives are the fakes manufactured by fraudsters. This USB flash drive has absolutely nothing to do with Sony and does not have a capacity anywhere near the claimed 64GB, it 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: Two hours after this post was published ebay suspended this seller.

clumsy attempt by dahongha to pretend fake Sony in Ireland

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The USB flash drive in this ebay listing from dahongha is nothing to do with Sony – they do not sell any flash drives that look anything like this. This supposedly 64GB USB flash drive is as fake as the location given – it is not in Ireland and does not have a capacity anywhere near 64GB. This is a fake capacity counterfeit flash drive that corrupts files. This fake flash seller has been suspended by ebay so anyone who bought will find that the item has vanished from their won list.

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.

no picture of counterfeit DataTraveler in ebay listing from tsdmwnj

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Seems that fake flash seller tsdmwnj decided it wasn’t worth the bother of uploading a picture to go with this ebay listing for counterfeit 128GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives. The seller is probably right as ebay will probably have suspended tsdmwnj by the time you read this post.

If you were foolish enough to buy one of these fake capacity counterfeit flash drives from tsdmwnj and actually receive it then you will find it corrupts your files after a while.

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.