Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

Archive for August 2010

are 128GB DT200 flash drives from ebayer greatstuffsforsell genuine?

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When we saw this ebay listing from greatstuffsforsell this ebayer had four ebay 3 day auctions with a 99 cent start price for 128GB Kingston Data Traveler 200 flash drives with rather heavy shipping charges! Do we think that these are genuine? We think there is about as much chance of you finding a hen’s tooth under your pillow.

This seller simply has to have purchase fake capacity counterfeits from a fraudulent supplier – no one could afford to risk the possibility of selling a number of items (even taking the huge shipping cost into account) at less than they cost wholesale. We conclude that these simply have to be fakes from China. We are pretty certain that what buyers will get is a fake capacity flash drive that corrupts files.

In the extremely unlikely event that we are mistaken buyers will be able to verify the serial number with Kingston – but somehow, we don’t think so!

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.

Buy now price for 256GB DT310 from ebayer republic_express too low!

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The buy it now price in this ebay listing from republic_express is too low for this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive to be genuine. In the extremely unlikely event that republic_express is a rich philanthropist offering a genuine DT310 at less than wholesale cost the buyer will be able to confirm this by verifying the serial number with Kingston. Somehow, we don’t think so! We think 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.

If 256GB DT310 flash drive is genuine ebayer star875010 may make a loss

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If this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive in this ebay listing is genuine seller star875010 may make a loss on the sale. The buyer can check whether or not it is genuine by verifying the serial number with Kingston. If the serial number cannot be verified 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 08/09/2010
The 256GB DT300 flash drives from star875010 are definitely counterfeits – the seller has a buy it now listing at far too low a price for them to be genuine.

esyed07 takes risk by auctioning DT310 flash drive on ebay

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If the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive in this ebay auction is genuine then seller esyed07 is likely to make a loss on the sale. The buyer can check whether it is genuine or not by verifying the serial number with Kingston. If there is no serial number, or it cannot be verified by Kingston, 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.

hiflyer23 reselling fake flash drive bought on ebay in private listing

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Investigation shows that this obvious fake flash drive from hiflyer23 was purchased on ebay from suspended seller flower139710. There is no such thing as a genuine Sony Vaio flash drive and every leather and steel type we tested was a a fake capacity USB flash drive that corrupts files. If anyone is foolish enough to buy this they might as well go flush their money down the toilet!

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.

texelect817817 lists counterfeit 256GB DT310 flash drives on ebay

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The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives listed on ebay by texelect817817 are too cheap to be anything other than fake capacity counterfeits purchased from a fraudulent wholesale outlet. A fake capacity flash drive corrupts files once the real capacity (often less than 1GB and seldom if ever over 4GB) has been filled. If these were genuine buyers would be able to verify serial numbers with Kingston – but there is a snowball in hell’s chance of Kingston verifying these.

However: reading this listing (ebay item number 250689262210) it seems it would be bad Karma for seller texelect817817 to rip you off. Therefore if Kingston can not verify the serial number of your flash drive we can expect this seller will refund you immediately, don’t you think?

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 64GB Kingston DT150 flash drives in ebay auctions are genuine savingsu10 may make a loss

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If the 64GB flash drives from ebay seller savingsu10 are genuine then this seller risks making a loss by auctioning them. Buyers can check whether they are genuine or not using Kingston’s serial number verification system. If the serial number cannot be verified then savingsu10 made the mistake of buying fake capacity counterfeits from a fraudulent wholesaler. A fake capacity flash drive 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.