Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for September 8th, 2010

jerarl gets positive feedback for counterfeit Kingston sold on ebay

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We reported our suspicions about Kingston flash drives listed at auction by ebay seller jerarl back on 25th August but must have missed this listing for a very obvious fake. The Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive is not available in 16GB capacity. This counterfeit flash drive will corrupt files – the buyer (who paid $31 for this fake) left positive feedback so may have great difficulty in getting his or her money back.

Beware folks – most of the flash memory items sold on ebay are fake. Sometimes the seller has no idea that he or she is selling fakes bought from fraudulent suppliers in China, in other cases the seller is deliberately selling fakes. We can’t say one way or another whether jerarl knows the flash drives he or she is selling are fake but what we do know is that any USB flash drive sold by jerarl will corrupt the buyer’s 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.

oriental_pearl_1 sells counterfeit 256GB DT310 flash drives on ebay

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The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives being sold on ebay by oriental_pearl_1 are fake capacity counterfeits; apart from anything else they are too cheap to be genuine. Anyone who bought one of these will find it corrupts 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.

ebay fake flash fraudster wenchunxia2010 selling fake Kingston

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Seller wenchunxia2010 pretends in this ebay listing that this fake capacity counterfeit 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive is located in Ireland – nothing of the sort, it is in China. This is a common ploy by fake flash fraudsters in China. The capacity of this flash drive is as fake as the location with the result that anyone using one for a while will find it eventually corrupts all their 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 DT200 flash drives sold on ebay by anna220585 too cheap

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The 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives in this ebay listing from anna220585 seem a bit too cheap to us which makes us wonder if this seller bought fake capacity counterfeits from a fraudulent supplier. 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.

ymwhgaz lists counterfeit 128GB Kingston DT200 flash drives on ebay

The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives in this ebay listing from ymwhgaz are too cheap to be anything but fake capacity counterfeits and 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.

128GB Kingston DT200 flash drives from ebayer dlong18 likely fakes

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The 128GB Kingston DT200 flash drive in the ebay listing above was offered at auction with a low start price and a buy it now option at £50. It apparently sold on buy it now. We say apparently because we have seen many fake purchases on ebay. Whether or not this was a genuine sale the buy it now price was too low for this USB flash drive to be genuine. We are certain that it is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files.

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.

If you bought a second hand flash drive that does not have the packaging the only thing you can do other than checking for engraving is to test the drive. There is no need to test the whole drive – most counterfeits have a real capacity of 4GB or less so testing up to 8GB should be sufficient to determine whether it is genuine or not.

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.

chenchuan2010 sells notorious leather and steel flash drive on ebay

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These leather and steel flash drives sold on ebay by chenchuan2010 (and many other fake flash fraudsters) is notorious. This USB flash drive is always fake capacity and 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.