Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for September 3rd, 2010

Bought flash memory on ebay from mikezhang10? Test with h2testw!

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As well as the obvious fake Sony Vaio flash drive in this ebay listing (all Sony Vaio flash drives are fake) seller mikezhang10 has been selling counterfeit 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives, the notorious leather and steel model of flash drive and memory cards. All memory items from this seller will corrupt files after a while because their capacity is fake.

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.

16GB flash drives from ebayer areema_connect seem a bit cheap

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The price of these 16GB flash drives from ebayer areema_connect seems a little low. This may simply be because they do not have top notch memory chips and were made using the cheaper lower grade ones.

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.

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September 3, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Check serial number for DT200 from ebayer attilam32 with Kingston

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As attilam32 has already sold one of these 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives at auction on ebay for a rather low price we would have expected the seller to switch to buy it now if these were genuine. Buyers should check the serial number of their flash drive using Kingston’s verification system. If there is no serial number on the back of the pack, or the number cannot be verified by 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.

64GB DT150 flash drive from ebayer riddlesticks123 a bit cheap

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The buy it now price for this 64GB Kingston DataTraveler is a bit low anyway and it seems that ebayer riddlesticks123 is prepared to accept a lower offer. This makes us suspect it may be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. Buyers can verify the serial numbers of genuine Kingston DT150 flash drives using Kingston’s verification system, if the serial number of the flash drive cannot be verified then it is fake.

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 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.