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edarmen69 auctioning Kingston DT200 flash drives on ebay

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Seller edarmen69 has listed a number of 64GB and 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives at auction on ebay. We think the seller may have purchased them 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.

256GB Kingston flash drives in ebay auctions from purple-palacexx

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We think it unlikely that the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives being auctioned on ebay by purple-palacexx are genuine. 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.

In this case there may be no packaging so verifying the serial number may not be possible – the alternative is to test the flash drive with the free program h2testw.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

dayu8571, dahu65198 and xingxing9967 sell fake flash drives on ebay

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Althought the flash drive pictured in ebay listings from dayu8571, dahu65198 and xingxing9967 shows the name Sony it has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Sony who have never sold flash drives anything like this one. The flash drive they are selling is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. It looks very much as though these three ebay IDs belong to the same fraud gang in China.

Seller xingxing9967 has been suspended by ebay for selling fakes – by the time you read this dayu8571 and dahu65198 may well have been suspended too. If you do not want to be scammed by fake flash memory fraudsters in China you need to engage your brain!

You cannot buy a genuine 64GB USB flash drive at the prices these fraudsters offer them at, period.
If the deal on flash memory items (anywhere, not just ebay) seems too good to be true it is likely that you are looking at 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.

Eid Mubakak to our muslim friends, please ignore Pastor Jones!!

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Normally we don’t say anything on this blog other than reporting fake flash memory items on ebay.

However the big blow-up over Pastor Jones threatening to burn the Koran tomorrow (on the aniversary of the twin towers) if plans for a mosque were not withdrawn and the vastly overblown media attention at Eid to this man seems to us to be a threat to friendly relationships between different communities.

Please folks – give Pastor Jones the attention he deserves: Absolutely NONE!!

I am not a muslim (in fact I don’t think there are any muslims on our team) but I do live in a largely muslim area. I have hardly been able to do a thing today because of my muslim neighbours greeting me and bringing me food because today is Eid. Surely this is how it should be in the world – love and warmth irrespective of race, religion, sex age and so on?

It looks to us as though pastor Jones is a nasty bit of work who chose his time very carefully to cause maximum upset to everyone and succeeded in getting massive publicity. Please everyone, whatever your age, sex, race, religion or whatever – engage your brains – think about things before you act! The news seems to indicate there have even been deaths thanks to silly Pastor Jones. Incredible.

Peace be with you all, whoever you are.

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September 10, 2010 at 7:25 PM

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256GB DT310 from ebayer 4lifeortizrivera too cheap to be genuine

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The buy it now price for this 256GB Kingston DT310 USB flash drives is a bit too low so we suspect it will turn out to be 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.

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 from ebayer bordertrader10 are fake

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The 256GB Kingston flash drives in this ebay listing from bordertrader10 are very obvious fakes. The Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive is only made in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB NOT 256GB. This model of flash drive is colour coded according to capacity and there are only three colours to match the three available capacities – not four.

When you see a listing that includes this type of flash drive in pink you know you are looking at fake capacity counterfeits manufactured by fraudsters in China that will corrupt your files. The seller may not realise these are fakes from a fraudulent supplier – a lot of sellers don’t research what is available properly before buying flash memory to re-sell on ebay. The 32GB and 128GB DT200 flash drives from this seller will also be 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.

if 256GB Kingston DT310 is genuine ebayer mcf6555 risks loss

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If this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives listed at auction are genuine then ebayer mcf6555 risks making a big loss on the sale by auctioning them. You can can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive you bought 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.

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 128GB DT200 flash drive from ebayer gml3303 is genuine seller risks loss

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If this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive from gml3303 is genuine this seller risks making a loss by auctioning it on ebay. The buyer 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.

256GB Kingston flash drives from ebayer bijanjoonam seem fake

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Seller bijanjoonam tells us in this ebay listing:

THIS is the **REAL** 256GB Kingston Flash memory drive USB 2 – NEW – NEVER OPENED

Please be careful with fake ones out there.

I have included screen shots that I took MYSELF.

Local pickups available and I will happily show it to you on my laptop.

I am using one myself and I am very happy with it. I am a photographer and graphic designer and it’s a great tool to transfer your files from computer to computer or even keep as backup. it can store up to 365 CDs, 45 DVDs and 10000’s of high resolution images.

Frys electronic sells it for $899.00
http://www.frys.com/product/6197469

These are not the generic images everyone uses. I took these myself and watermarked them.

Funnily enough (given the seller’s mention of fakes) the large picture above from the seller’s listing seems to show that the flash drive is, in fact, a fake! If it was a genuine Kingston the USB connector would have engraving on it!

We are certain that the USB flash drives in this ebay listing are fake capacity counterfeits and that anyone who buys one will find it corrupts their files after a while. If we are wrong buyers will be able to verify serial numbers with Kingston – somehow we don’t think so!!

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 it now price for 256GB DT310 from ebayer kodakeroz too low

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The buy it now price in this ebay listing is too low for the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive from kodakeroz to be genuine. This seller actually sold this flash drive for the lower price of $60 this morning! We are sure it will turn out to be 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.

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.

Test USB flash drives from ebayer lifenovice with h2testw

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We have a feeling that ebayer lifenovice bought the USB flash drives being sold on ebay from one of the fraudulent wholesale outlets in China. If we are right all three models of USB flash drive from this seller will be fake capacity, which 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.

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September 10, 2010 at 7:00 AM

64GB Kingston DT200 flash drive in ebay auction from lcemethod

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We think it is extremely unlikely that this 64GB Kingston DT200 flash drive being auctioned by lcemethod is genuine. You can can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive you bought 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.

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.

flash drives on ebay from topselectgmbh likely to corrupt files

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We are pretty sure that the 32GB flash drives listed on ebay by topselectgmbh are fakes purchased from a fraudulent wholesale outlet. Every flash drive that our team tested which had one of the shiny little stickers you see in the listing above turned out to be fake capacity, which 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 10, 2010 at 12:15 AM