Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for August 23rd, 2010

256GB DT310 flash drives from ebayer dharris101 a bit too cheap

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The buy it now price in this ebay listing from dharris101 seems a bit too low for genuine 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives so we think this seller bought fake capacity counterfeits from a fraudulent supplier. If we are wrong and they are genuine buyers will be able to confirm this by verifying the serial number of their flash drive with Kingston. If the serial number can not be verified by Kingston then the USB flash drive is indeed 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.

Did ioffer_deals make a loss on ebay auction for DT310 flash drive?

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If the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive sold in this ebay listing from ioffer_deals was genuine then it would seem that the seller made a loss on the sale. The buyer can check whether it is genuine by verifying the serial number with Kingston. If the serial number cannot be verified then the USB flash drive is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. We suspect (as the seller had another auction for one of these) that they are fakes 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.

If 256GB DT310 flash drive is genuine ebayer dealstoday10 risks loss

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If this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive listed at auction on ebay by dealstoday10 is genuine this seller risks making a loss on the sale. The buyer will be able to check whether or not it is genuine by verifying the serial number with Kingston. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then the 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.

UPDATE 02/10/10
Four of these flash drives have now been sold by dealstoday10 (ebay item numbers 170532913955, 170534773504, 170535863660 and 170543052542) at prices that would have meant the seller would have made a massive loss on sales so far. As the seller is still selling these at auction we conclude that they simply have to be fake capacity counterfeits from a fraudulent supplier.

Fake Kingston pictured in ebay auction from twistedincenseonline

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The supposedly 256GB flash drives pictured in this ebay auction from twistedincenseonline are very obvious counterfeit Kingston flash drives. The model pictured is not made in this capacity!! What the buyer will get is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. As the flash drive in this auction is such an obvious counterfeit we think it extremely likely that all the Kingston flash drives listed on ebay by twistedincenseonline are fakes that will corrupt filses.

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.

Buyer reports Kingston flash drive from ebayer robbieking901 has no serial number

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A buyer reports that this 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive sold on ebay by robbieking901 does not have a serial number and failed testing with h2testw. All genuine Kingston DT200 flash drives have serial numbers that can be verified with Kingston so the buyer’s findings indicate that this is a fake capacity counterfeit that 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.

counterfeit 256GB DT310 flash drives on ebay from starreach10

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The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 USB flash drives in this ebay listing from starreach10 are certain to be fake capacity counterfeits. This seller obviously bought them from a fraudulent supplier and anyone who bought one will find it corrupts their files after a while. Genuine DT 310 flash drives have unique serial numbers which can be verified with Kingston to check that the drive is genuine – but buyers will not be able to verify these flash drives.

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 flash drive in ebay auction from foster07au genuine?

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If what seller foster07au says in this ebay auction is true and this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive then someone may get a marvellous bargain at the seller’s expense as a result of this ebayer setting the bid start price so low. Here is what the seller tells us:

New USB stick for sale.
Out of packaging but never used or formatted.
Am selling as I won a 320gb portable and I don’t need this one.

We are rather dubious about what this seller says and suspect this may be a bit of flannel to offload a fake capacity counterfeit USB flash drive that corrupts files. Why do we think this?

Well, for one thing, there is no sign in the picture of the engraving found on the USB connector of all genuine Kingston USB flash drives. This engraving can even be clearly seen on the (now discontinued) tiny 512 megabyte Kingston flash drives that one of our team members has had for years!

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.