Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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256GB Kingston flash drive in ebay auction from le_mans1939

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We think it highly unlikely that the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive listed at auction on ebay with a start price of AU $0.99 by le_mans1939 is genuine. We think it much more likely that this USB flash drive 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.

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 22/09/2010
The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 in the listing above sold for AU $122.50 – if it was genuine the seller would have made a loss but we are certain it is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. We notice that seller le_mans1939 sold a counterfeit 128GB Corsair flash drive (ebay item number 250696203593) on 18th September and when one flash drive from a seller is fake usually all are.

Seller le_mans1939 is now auctioning another counterfeit 128GB Corsair flash drive (ebay item number 250698734535) – the 128GB Corsair does not look like the ones from this seller. They are fake flash drives from China which corrupt files.

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