Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for September 12th, 2010

Is 128GB flash drive from ebayer dennis_lewis01772 genuine?

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Is this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive from ebayer dennis_lewis01772 genuine?  The seller says:

Here we have a 128gb Memory pen RRP £547 (acording to buy.com) genuine and fully working

I Bought this recentley with the plan to use it for work but unfortunately and issue arose and i now can’t afford to pay the bill at the end of the month for it which is why it is up for sale.

It has been opened and used once to check it worked but i didnt get the chance to use it for anything other than testing it which is why im selling it as new.

Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions.

Thanks for looking

Not sure we buy that, especially as the seller reduced the buy it now price from £200 to £150. 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.

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oreade201 auctions 128GB Sony Vaio flash drive on ebay: FAKE

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There is no such thing as a genuine Sony Vaio flash drive – they are all fake capacity counterfeits. The buyer of this flash drive being auctioned on ebay by oreade201 will find this USB flash drive 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.

flash drives and memory cards from ebay seller pltaok are fake

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As well as this very obvious fake flash drive (all Sony Vaio flash drives are fake) seller pltaok is also selling fake capacity counterfeit Kingston flash drives, the notorious leather and steel flash drive that always corrupts files, Sandisk micro SD memory cards, Sony Pro Duo memory cards, Kingston SDHC memory cards and generic fake memory cards as well as MP3 MP4 players which are no doubt fakes as well.

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 Corsair flash drive from ebayer good-time-sellers seems to be fake

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The model of corsair flash drive only seems to come in capacities up to 64GB so we conclude that ebay seller good-time-sellers bought these from a fraudulent supplier. Like all counterfeits this 128GB Corsair Voyager will be fake capacity which corrupts files. This seller also has other obvious counterfeit flash drives for sale – 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 200, this is a model that is not made in 256GB capacity.

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.

bella1728 auctions notorious leather and steel flash drive on ebay

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The leather and steel model of flash drive being auctioned on ebay by bella1728 is a notorious fake capacity USB flash drive 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.

is ebayer omar1779 commiting deliberate fraud in listings for used flash drives?

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We wouldn’t touch a “used” Kingston flash drive from ebay seller omar1779 with a barge pole – we suspect what buyers will get is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. Do we think this seller is commiting deliberate fraud in listings for used Kingston flash drives? We leave you to draw your own conclusions. The seller says in this ebay listing:

Up for auction is for a used Kingston 64GB DataTraveler 200 USB 2.0.

THE FLASHDRIVE HAS BEEN FORMATTED AND TESTED, IT WORKS PERFECTLY. AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE PICTURE SOME OF THEM HAVE MARKINGS BUT OTHER THAN THE COSMETIC FLAWS THE DRIVES HAVE BEEN FULLY TESTED AND THEY WORK SEEMLESSLY. 100% FEEDBACK SO BID WITH CONFIDENCE. THE REASON THEY ARE TESTED IS CAUSE I DONT ACCEPT RETURNS CAUSE SOME HAVE TRIED TO RETURN THEIR PERSONAL DAMAGED FLASH DRIVES TO GET FULL REFUNDS

The photo in this listing from omar1779 is absolutely appaling – is this deliberate? We found a very interesting picture in a listing for a “used” 16GB USB flash drive from this seller. Looks to us as though someone (now who would that be?) made a very clumsy attempt to disguise some of these flash drives and gave up! Here’s what we are talking about:

We’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions about seller omar1779, but the words pants and fire spring to mind!

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 DT310 flash drives in private ebay auctions from karl84-2009

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We suspect that this 256GB Kingston flash drive in a private ebay auction from karl84-2009 may not be 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.