Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for August 22nd, 2010

Bought a flash drive from danielleon25? It’s sure to be fake.

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Seller danielleon25 managed to sell several 32GB and 64GB Kingston USB flash drives at auction on ebay recently with out any picture whatsoever. We suspected that these were fake capacity counterfeits but it was difficult to be absolutely sure without a picture. However, a little digging revealed this obvious fake 128GB Kingston flash drive sold earlier in the month:

This discontinued model of flash drive was not made in 128GB capacity. What was sold in this ebay listing by danielleon25 was a fake capacity counterfeit. We conclude that the Kingston flash drives sold more recently in listings without any picture were also fakes.

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.

counterfeit 64GB DT200 flash drives from ebayer pc-user01

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The 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives listed on ebay by pc-user01 are too cheap to be genuine. This seller obviously bought from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers selling fake capacity and counterfeit USB flash drives. Anyone buying one of these will find it 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.

robtag1013 lists notorious fake 128GB leather flash drives on ebay

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The capacity of the USB flash drives listed on ebay by robtag1013 will be nowhere near the advertised 128GB – this leather and steel type of flash drive is always fake capacity and corrupts files. This seller obviously bought from a fraudulent supplier.

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.

128GB DT200 flash drives from ebayer patrick_anderson too cheap

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The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives listed on ebay by patrick_anderson are too cheap to be genuine so this ebay seller obviously bought fake capacity counterfeits from a fraudulent wholesale outlet. A fake capacity flash drive always 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.

128GB Kingston DT200 sold on ebay by jolcia88869 sure to be fake

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This 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive sold yesterday for £46 and another for £51. We notice that jolcia88869 has another five of these listed at auction. If these are genuine then jolcia88869 has already made a big loss – will the seller pull the auctions to avoid making further losses?

Probably not as it is very likely that the seller bought these at a low price from a fraudulent supplier and (though little if any profit has probably been made so far) the seller probably hasn’t actually made a loss. If we are right the USB flash drives are fake capacity counterfeits which will corrupt files. In the unlikely event that they are genuine the buyers will be able to confirm this by verifying the serial number of their flash drive with Kingston.

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.

counterfeit 64GB Kingston flash drives from sing01112 on ebay

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The 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives in this ebay listing from sing01112 are too cheap to be anything other than fake capacity counterfeits. Anyone who buys one of these will find it corrrupts 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.

256GB Kingston DT310 flash drives from ebayer paradise_island2009

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The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives in this ebay listing from paradise_island2009 are a bit too cheap so we suspect this seller bought them from one of the fraudulent wholesale outlets supplying fake capacity counterfeits.

If we are right then anyone who buys one of these will find it corrupts their files after a while. If we are mistaken and they are genuine then buyers will be able to confirm this by verifying the serial number with Kingston.

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.