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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.

weiyeguoji2010 pretends fake flash drive in ebay listing is in USA

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The USB flash drives in this ebay listing from weiyeguoji2010 are certain to be fake capacity, which corrupts files. This fake flash seller pretends in this listing that the flash drives are in Florida, United States – they are not! The location given by weiyeguoji2010 is as fake as the seller’s flash drives which are (surprise, surprise!) with the seller in China.

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 e-sentialsltd seem a bit too cheap

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The 16GB flash drives in this ebay listing from e-sentialsltd seem a little too cheap to us which makes us wonder if this is yet another ebay seller who bought fake capacity flash drives from a fraudulent supplier. There are a lot of fraudulent wholesale outlets in China selling fake capacity flash memory that corrupts files and a lot of ebay sellers make the mistake of buying from these fraudulent suppliers.

This seller also has a listing for suspect 32GB flash drives – we have come across a number of fakes in the packaging shown and the flash drive seems to have one of the little shiny capacity stickers we have only ever seen on fakes.

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 8, 2010 at 10:25 AM

fake 64GB flash drive on ebay from shiyananshuji in China not USA

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The flash drive in this ebay listing from shiyananshuji is not in the USA (as stated in the listing) but in China along with the fraudster selling it. The capacity like the location is fake – nowhere near 64GB. This 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.

Beware: haiyuefengshangtesou is another fake flash seller on ebay

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The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives in this ebay listing from haiyuefengshangtesou are fake capacity counterfeits and anyone who bought one 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.

Buy flash memory items on ebay from yirenfenfang52 and trash your files!

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ebay fake flash fraudster yirenfenfang52 offers you a range of flash drives and memory cards with which to trash any data – either your own or someone else’s – by buying flash memory from this seller!! No one (except ebay and experienced fake flash hunters) will have any idea whatsoever about what you bought as this fraudster will keep your purchase secret by using private listings.

  • Know you’ll all want to forget that awful family get-together? Offer to take the photos using a memory card from yirenfenfang52 in your camera and everyone can forget it ever happened!
  • Don’t like your girlfriend’s choice of music? Buying her a memory card from yirenfenfang52 is the answer – you won’t have to hear more hated tracks coming out of her MP player.
  • Got college assignments you are supposed to re-submit? Vanish the evidence that you didn’t do the work with a flash drive 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.

ebayer joseph634 may not know what’s wrong with flash drives but we do!

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Seller joseph634 may not know what is wrong with the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives in this ebay listing but we certainly do. They are fake capacity counterfeits which the seller obviously bought from a fraudulent supplier in China. Anyone using one of these will find that the USB flash drive corrupts files after a while because they are programmed to display a false capacity and once the real capacity is full data loss starts to occur.

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.