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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.

counterfeit 256GB Kingston flash drives from ebayer kanomila

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The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives sold on ebay by kanomila are too cheap to be anything other than fake capacity counterfeits which corrupt files. This seller obviously bought from a fraudulent supplier. If they were genuine buyers would be able to verify serial numbers with Kingston – but we think there is more chance of finding snowballs in hell than there is 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.

appl6 sells Sony Vaio flash drives on ebay that will corrupt files

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The real capacity of the flash drives sold by appl6 will be a lot less than the advertised 32GB though they will appear to be 32GB flash drives when you look at the drive properties. This is because they are fake capacity flash drives programmed to report a false size to the operating system. There is no such thing as a genuine Sony Vaio flash drive – these are manufactured by fraudsters in China. Anyone using 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.

Is 256GB DT310 from ebay seller stevesjerseys2010 genuine?

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Seller stevesjerseys2010 says in this ebay auction for a 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive:

DataTraveler 310 – GOT AS A GIFT WOULD RATHER HAVE THE MONEY ITS WORTH

Hmm – if stevesjerseys2010 wants the money it is worth we wonder why the seller is auctioning it on ebay in a 3 day listing with a start price of $40. Would it not have been much more sensible to list it using a 10 day buy it now at a price rather closer to the real value (for example, the bargain price of $620) with a best offer option, just in case no one was prepared to pay that much?

We think that we have adequatedly commented regarding our thoughts about what this seller has said.

We have an eerie feeling that the buyer may not be very happy with this USB flash drive a few months down the line, once it is too late to do anything about it!

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: SURPRISE, SURPRISE, (we don’t think) this seller is no longer a registered ebay user – at least under this ebay ID, anyway.

Seller anhui0910 fails to sell notorious fake flash drives on ebay

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The leather and steel type of flash drive in this ebay listing from anhui0910 is a notorious fake. This devious seller gave the item location as USA rather than China but that does not seemed to have assisted this fraudster’s sales – seems that this fraudster failed to sell a single one. We wonder if we’ll see more fraudulent listings from anhui0910 in future, though.

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August 23, 2010 at 8:34 AM

256GB Kingston flash drives in ebay auctions from healthyboy1980

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If the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives listed at auction by healthyboy1980 are genuine then this seller risks making a big loss on sales by auctioning these rather than using a buy it now listing.

Buyers can check whether or not these are genuine by attempting to verify the unique serial number (which each of these Kingston flash drives should have) with Kingston. If the serial number is not present or can not be verified with Kingston 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.

Very dodgy looking 128GB flash drives on ebay from wickeddevil_1

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Anyone who knows their flash drives would spot that the 128GB flash drives sold in this ebay listing from wickeddevil_1 look very dodgy indeed! We are certain these are fake capacity USB flash drives and that anyone who buys one will find it 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.

If 256GB DT210 is genuine ebayer iancccc may make a loss on sale

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If this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive being auctioned on ebay by iancccc is genuine this seller could well make a loss by auctioning it. The buyer can check whether or not it is genuine 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 23, 2010 at 12:10 AM