Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for August 25th, 2010

256GB DT310 flash drives from ebayer digitech-fl too cheap to be genuine

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The buy it now price in this ebay listing from digitech-fl is a bit too low for these 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives to be genuine. We are sure these are fake capacity counterfeits purchased from a fraudulent supplier. If we are right these USB flash drives will corrupt files. In the highly unlikely event that they are genuine the buyers can confirm this by verifying the serial numbers 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.

UPDATE 18/08/2010
Seller digitech-fl now has this listing for patently fake 256GB Kingston flash drives:

This model of Kingston flash drive neither comes in the pink colour nor in 256GB capacity!! These are without the shadow of a doubt fake capacity counterfeits and anyone who buys on will find it corrupts their files!!

Kingston flash drives in ebay auctions from jerarl likely to be fake

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We think it unlikely that the Kingston flash drives being auctioned on ebay by jerarl are genuine. Buyers can check the serial numbers with Kingston to find out for sure – if they are genuine Kingston will verify the serial numbers. If a serial number cannot be verified by Kingston then 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.

256GB DT310 in ebay charity listing from fsefse2006 surely fake

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Here we have another seller offering what we are certain is a counterfeit Kingston flash drives in an ebay charity listing. Funny how often we see fakes sold with a charity donation – but then of course ebay keeps telling us that a charity listing improves sales. These are just too cheap (especially once you take the 10% charity donation into consideration) for it to be likely that the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives being sold by fsefse2006 are genuine.

If they are genuine (and we don’t think so for a second) then buyers can confirm this by verifying the serial numbers with Kingston. If (as we expect) Kingston can not verify the serial number of the flash drive then 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.

gms069 lists obvious fake 256GB Kingston flash drives on ebay

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The flash drive pictured in this ebay listing from gms069 is an obvious fake. The seller clearly bought these fake capacity counterfeits from one of the many fraudulent suppliers selling fake flash memory items. Had seller gms069 thought to check the Kingston web site before buying flash drives to sell on ebay he or she would have known that the Kingston DataTraveler 200 is not made in 256GB capacity.

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.

edmundfitzgerald2010 auctions 256GB DT310 flash drives on ebay

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If the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives listed at auction on ebay by edmundfitzgerald2010 are genuine the seller is likely to make a loss. We think it is more likely that the seller bought fake capacity counterfeits from a fraudulent supplier. Buyers can check whether 256GB DT310 flash drives are genuine or not by trying to verify the serial numbers with Kingston. If a flash drive is genuine Kingston will be able to verify the serial number. If the serial number cannot be verified you have a fake capacity counterfet 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.

256GB Kingston DT310 flash drives on ebay from trent_83 likely fakes

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The 256GB DataTraveler 310 flash drive in the listing above sold for 130 Australian dollars – so if it was genuine the seller made a loss on this and the other DT310 sold so far. Would you keep on selling items at a loss in ebay auctions? No? Well the low prices they went for doesn’t seem to have put trent_83 listing another one at auction after selling the first two. We conclude that it is more than likely that these USB flash drives are fake capacity counterfeits purchased from one of the fraudulent wholesale outlets and that anyone who bought one will find that it corrupts their 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.

counterfeit 256GB Kingston DT310 flash drives from ebayer razamith3

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The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives in this ebay listing from razamith3 are far too cheap to be anything other than fake capacity counterfeits bought from a fraudulent supplier. Anyone who bought one of these will find it corrupts their 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.

piazza64 may make loss if DT310 flash drive in ebay auction is genuine

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If this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive is genuine then ebayer piazza64 is likely to make a loss on the sale by auctioning it. The buyer will be able to verify the serial number with Kingston if it is genuine. If the serial number cannot be verified 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.

UPDATE 21/09/2010:
This flash drive apparently sold for AU $114.50 with P&P of AU $7.00 on 26th August but no feedback has been left – looks a bit dodgy to say the least. Seller piazza64 would have made a big loss on this if the item was genuine.

We notice that piazza64 sold a used 32GB flash drive (ebay item number 200514349930) on 07 Sep for AU $32.00 with P&P of AU $5.00 and got fantastically positive feedback from the buyer:

FANTASTIC item, fast delivery, great service. Thankyou – Top Marks AAA+++

We think the buyer was a little hasty to say the least as this item is the notorious leather and steel model of fake flash drive that always corrupts files after a while – we should know, we have quite a few!!

The seller has two current listings for 256GB Kingston DT300 flash drives which end tomorrow – item numbers 200519913156 and 200519913283 – we think it highly unlikely that they are genuine, to say the least.

128GB DT200 flash drive in private ebay auction from goldengaines

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As the buy it now price for this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive being auctioned on ebay by goldengaines is a bit too low we think it very likely that this is yet another fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. In the unlikely event that it is genuine the buyer 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.

africanfamilycenter auctions 128GB Kingston DT200 flash drive on ebay

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If this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive being auctioned on ebay by africanfamilycenter is genuine this seller risks making a loss on the sale. If it is genuine the buyer will be able to confirm that it is genuine by verifying the serial number with Kingston. If the serial number cannot be verified 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.

Has ebay seller usbkings been shopping in fake flash land?

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The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive in the ebay listing shown above is just one of a range of Kingston flash memory items listed at auction by ebayer usbkings. This makes us think this seller has been shopping in fake flash land and come back with counterfeit Kingston USB flash drives and memory cards from one of the wholesale outlets in China selling fake flash memory items.

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 29/09/2010

Our suspicions that seller usbkings has been shopping in fake flash land have proved founded. We just spotted ebay item number 160486215517 a YELLOW 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive. This is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – if it was genuine it would be blue not yellow!

skybluetl, jasonv882 & mystkmoon auction 128GB DT200 flash drives on ebay.

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We think it unlikely that the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives listed at auction by sellers skybluetl, jasonv882 & mystkmoon are genuine. We think it much more likely that these are yet more sellers offering fake capacity counterfeits, probably bought from fraudulent wholesalers in China.

If we are right USB flash drives from these sellers will corrupt files. If we are wrong about any of these being counterfeits then buyers will be able to confirm that the flash drive they bought 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.

counterfeit 256GB DT310 flash drives from ebayer deerandwe

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The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives being sold on ebay by deerandwe are too cheap to be anything other than fake capacity counterfeits. This seller obviously bought from a fraudulent supplier and anyone buying these will find that the 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.

UPDATE 18/09/10:
A comment from Adam has connected this seller with a long standing fraud gang. It appears that deerandwe has a familiar adress as a number of other fraudulent sellers – sosfakeflash christened this lot the XU GANG – here is the address:

G/F,Block 26,428 Yuen
Kong Tsuen, Yuen Long
Hong Kong

The fraudulent sellers in China are well organised – if you bought from a seller with this address then the ebay ID belongs to this fraud ring.