Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for September 2010

If 256GB Kingston DT310 is genuine 10beethoven12 could make loss

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If this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive listed at auction is genuine 10beethoven12 could well make a loss on the sale. Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 30, 2010 at 10:39 PM

if 64GB DT200 from ebayer kirillpis is genuine seller may make loss

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If this 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive listed on ebay by kirillpis is genuine the seller could well make a loss by auctioning it. Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 30, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Test memory cards and flash drives from dspe2650 with h2testw

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We wondered whether the Corsair flash drives being sold in private auctions on ebay by dspe2650 were genuine so we decided to watch and check the seller out a bit. We think that if the seller broke even on this one then it was a skin of the teeth job.

Further investigation indicates the 32GB SDHC Kingston memory cards sold at auction by this seller all sold at a loss if they are genuine. This makes us think that the flash memory items from this seller are likely to have come from a fraudulent supplier – in which case they will be fake capacity counterfeits and fake capacity flash memory 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.

beware ebay seller beulahy: another ebay fake flash fraudster

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Seller beulahy is yet another ebay fake flash fraudster in China selling counterfeit fake capacity Kingston flash drives on ebay that we can gaurantee will corrupt users’ files. The buy it now price in this ebay listing is well below the cost to Kingston of manufacturing the 128GB DataTraveler 200.

The price doesn’t come anywhere near covering the cost of manufacturing the flash memory chips – the expensive part of a flash drive. However, it is enough to build a look-alike housing (the cheap part) and put in a circuit board in with a low capacity reject memory chip and a control chip (programmed to report a false capacity) on the circuit board.

Voila! Foolish buyers who are either greedy for a bargain and leave common sense behind (or those who have absolutely no idea about the real cost of flash memory) are fooled for just long enough for the fraudsters to run away with the cash!

Don’t be an idiot, like those of us who started this and the other blogs and web sites about fake flash! We fell into the trap of buying fake flash memory – please learn from our bitter experience!! Do your research before you buy flash memory items anywhere!

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 07/10/10
Needless to say fake flash fraudster beulahy has now been suspended by ebay.

waytoogood-1010 sells counterfeit Kingston in private ebay listing

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The 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives in this private ebay listing from Singapore seller waytoogood-1010 are certain to be fake capacity counterfeits – and 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.

if 32GB Sandisk is genuine sultan.maree risks loss by auctioning it

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If this 32GB Sandisk flash drive is genuine then seller sultan.maree risks making a loss by auctioning it on ebay. 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

September 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Sony Vaio flash drives on ebay from qazmjhh corrupt files

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There is no such thing as a genuine Sony Vaio flash drive – all are fakes manufactured by fraudsters in China. Anyone who buys one on ebay from qazmjhh – or anywhere else for that matter, will find it corrupts files because it is fake 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.