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Archive for September 6th, 2010

256GB Kingston flash drives from ebayer cute.beauty22 too cheap

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The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives in this ebay listing from cute.beauty22 are too cheap to be anything other than fake capacity counterfeits. The seller may not be aware they are fakes but we are not too sure as the seller seems to be registered in the USA but chose to list this item (and the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives in another listing) on ebay Australia instead, which seems a little odd.

Anyone who bought one of these will find it corrupts files after a while.

All genuine 256GB Kingston DT 310 flash drives have unique serial numbers which can be used to verify with Kingston that the flash drive is genuine. As these simply have to be fakes from China buyers will not be able to verify serial numbers with Kingston, even if one is shown – which they often aren’t on fakes. If there is one then the serial number will either be one copied from a genuine drive (which has probably already been registered) or one that was simply made up by the fraudsters who manufacture these.

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.

ebay fake flash fraudster panwenxian2010 pretends items in USA

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The supposedly 32GB USB flash drives being sold by ebay fake flash fraudster panwenxian2010 are no such thing – the real capacity is probably less than 4GB and after this has been filled the flash drive corrupts files. This scam artist pretends that items in USA – the location is as false as the flash drives. Both the fake flash drives and the seller are in China, home of fake flash memory.

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: hexin20102010 is yet another ebay fake flash fraudster

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The model of flash drive in this ebay listing from hexin20102010 may be marked with the name Sony but it has nothing whatsoever to do with Sony. Sony do not make any USB flash drive that looks remotely like this. This 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.

32GB flash drives from ebayer blokesquarters2010 certain to trash files

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Seller blokesquarters2010 has a number of ebay listings for these supposedly 32GB USB flash drive. We say supposedly because every single flash drive we have come across that had one of the shiny capacity stickers you see in the photograph proved to be fake capacity, which corrupts files. Seller blokesquarters2010 obviously bought from a fraudulent supplier.

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 6, 2010 at 6:35 PM

nwxublo selling counterfeit 128GB Kingston flash drives on ebay

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The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives in this ebay listing from nwxublo are too cheap to be anything other than fake capacity counterfeits. 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.

fake 64GB Kingston flash drives on ebay from luoyongkun2510

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The 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives in this ebay listing from luoyongkun2510 are too cheap to be anything other than 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.

rab529 auctions 32GB, 128GB and 256GB Kingston flash drives on ebay

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We doubted that the Kingston flash drives being auctioned on ebay by rab529 were genuine as soon as we clapped eyes on the listings but when we saw the one above we knew for sure that they were counterfeits from a fraudulent supplier. This flash drive is the wrong colour! As this is an obvious fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files the same will apply to all the Kingston flash drives from this seller.

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 flash drives in ebay auctions from sbb351

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Seller sbb351 has a number of auctions on ebay for 256GB Kingston DT300 and DT310 flash drives. We suspect they came from a fraudulent supplier as the seller would risk losing thousands of dollars in sales if they were genuine. In the highly unlikely event that they are genuine buyers will be able to confirm this by verifying the serial number of the drive with Kingston. If the serial number cannot be verified 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.

ebayer caduceus999 reselling notorious fake flash drives from mahenaw

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Seller caduceus999 bought a job lot of 5 of these notorious fake capacity leather and steel flash drives from suspended seller mahenaw. Ebay has removed the listing (item number 390229657220) for the flash drives bought by caduceus999 so it will have vanished from this ebayer’s won list.

You’d think caduceus999 might think this a little odd. However; as no feedback was left for mahenaw, perhaps caduceus999 is actually aware they are fakes. Anyone who uses one of these leather and steel type flash drives 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.

pure.animosity risks loss by auctioning 16GB Sony flash drives on ebay

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Seller pure.animosity has a number of ebay auctions for 16GB Sony MicroVault flash drives. If these are genuine this seller may well make a loss on sales.

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 6, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Is 128GB DT200 flash drive in ebay auction from billpeg07 genuine?

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If this 128GB USB flash drive from seller billpeg07 is genuine the buyer will be able to verify the serial number with Kingston to confirm this. If, however, there is no serial number on the back of the package or 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 6, 2010 at 6:51 AM

ebayer nmor6181 gives no gaurantee on this 256GB DT310 flash drive

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Seller nmor6181 says in this ebay listing:

This item is brand new but I have misplaced the box. As you can see the computer shows 255GB of storage capacity. I’m not really good with computers, so I don’t know if if is the real deal. I tried saving a couple of video clips on it and had no problem. It saved and read them perfectly. This item is sold AS-IS and no returns are accepted. I do not guarantee this item in any way. I will ship the item within 2 days of receiving payment. I will ship via USPS Priority Mail (2-3 days).

Well, nmor6181 may not know whether it is the real deal or not – but we do! This USB flash drive is a fake capacity counterfeit and if anyone buys this they will find that it corrupts their files. If it was a genuine Kingston it would, like all genuine Kingston flash drives, (even the tiny 512 megabyte ones from years ago that a member of the team uses regularly) have engraving on the USB connector giving details of the drive such as model and capacity.

As can be seen from zooming in on the seller’s picture (see below) this flash drive has no engraving:

No engraving on the USB connector of a Kingston flash drive means it is counterfeit and counterfeit flash drives never have the advertised capacity so any counterfeit flash drive corrupts files once the real (usually under 4GB) capacity has been filled.

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.