Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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If 256GB DT310 flash drive in ebay auction is genuine stifleroukos may make a loss

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If this 256GB Kinston flash drive is genuine then ebayer stifleroukos risks making a loss by auctioning it. 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 16/09/2010:
Seller stifleroukos is no longer a registered ebay member – presumably suspended by ebay and this listing has been disappeared – ebay hiding the evidence as usual? As a result this listing (ebay item number 160478509650) can no longer be viewed and will have vanished from the buyer’s won list.

Let’s just hope that ebay/paypal refund the buyer without question as they obviously know this was fake!!

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