Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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If 256GB DT300 from malliapaul is genuine this ebayer may make a loss

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If this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 300 flash drive is genuine then ebay seller malliapaul risks making a big loss on the sale by auctioning it. 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 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 22/09/2010
It appears that seller malliapaul must be (as we suspected) selling fake capacity counterfeits from a fraudulent supplier as this seller would have made a massive loss (running into several thousands of dollars) on the folowing item numbers sold on ebay if they were genuine:
120622333987, 120620685229, 120623131141, 120623130497, 120621142932, 120621506517, 120619552165, 120618818317, 120618818789, 120618818789, 120617383542, 120616922452, 120616929602, 120614852792

We may have missed a couple of sales – but it is clear that malliapaul would have made a loss on every sale (if they were genuine) so we conclude that we were right = they must be fakes from a fraudulent supplier in China as no seller in their right mind would keep selling things at a huge loss on each sale!

So far it appears that no buyer has tested with h2testw or taken other steps to check these as all five buyers who had left feedback have given positives. 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.

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