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Archive for September 13th, 2010

32GB DT200 USB flash drives in ebay auctions from dirkboy2004

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Are the 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives being auctioned on ebay by dirkboy2004 genuine? We have our doubts. This seller is also auctioning 32GB Kingston Micro SD cards.

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.

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xingrusong2010 selling notorious leather fake flash drives on ebay

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The leather and steel model of flash drive in this ebay listing from xingrusong2010 is always fake capacity and corrupts files. It is not (as the seller attempts to pretend) in Ireland but 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.

cheeky_vimto selling fake DT150 flash drive in private ebay auction

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It seems that seller cheeky_vimto bought this counterfeit 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drive from suspended ebay fake flash fraudster sky.huchun. This seller says in the listing:

Hi, I’ve bought this 64GB USB stick as a “sample” from my supplier as I will be selling alot of USB sticks. I have therefore opened the package (will still send with the item) and tested it’s capacity and it is a 64GB (62.4GB to be precise).

As you all know, it’s usually £1 per GB + a few pounds more for posting so this should be about £65-70. I want just £45 including posting! Buy it now for a bargain! Will be posted next working day recorded delivery.

The use of a private ebay listing just makes it even more obvious that this seller should call the fire brigade to sort out his underwear.

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.

aluckywinson still merrily selling fake flash memory items on ebay

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Despite many negative comments about flash memory items sold on ebay by aluckywinson being fake this seller is still merrily selling fakes. Seems that fraudulent sellers are still slipping under ebay’s innefective radar. Any USB flash drive, memory card or MP player from this seller is sure to be fake capacity and fake capacity memory 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.

128GB DT200 flash drive in private ebay auction from hollywooditems2010

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We think it unlikely that this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive listed in a private ebay auction by hollywooditems2010 is genuine – after all why use a private auction for this? 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.

Job lot of fake 128GB DT200 flash drives from ebayer wugez

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The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives being sold on ebay by wugez are certain to be fake capacity counterfeits, they are too cheap to be anything else. This seller obviously bought from a fraudulent supplier – worryingly, the use of a private listing makes us suspect that this seller knows they are fake.

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.

UPDATE
Seller wugez managed to sell a job lot of 4 (ebay item number 320588483898) for £134.97 on 15th September.

caohongling2010 sells counterfeit 128GB DT200 flash drives on ebay

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Anyone who bought a 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive from caohongling2010 will find themseleves with a fake capacity counterfeit 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.