Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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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.

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  1. Bought one of his flash drives, tested fake with h2testw.
    Refunds me and I return item and neg feedback.


    Barnaby N

    October 1, 2010 at 6:51 AM

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