Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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If 256GB Kingston DT310 is genuine ebayer 10delix made a loss

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If this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive is genuine then seller 10delix made a loss by auctioning it on ebay. 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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  1. Hi Micro,

    Looking at the feedback left for sellers by the person who bought two of these and said:

    “Great Seller, transaction completed successfully by mutual agreement”

    The buyer’s profile and previous feedback left for sellers suggests that the unusual wording could be because the buyer’s first language may not be English.

    Maybe someone should contact this buyer and suggest that he looks at this post.

    fightflashfraud

    October 1, 2010 at 3:14 PM

  2. Far more than meets the eye at first sight with these transactions, something is definitely FISHY here
    Two more items sold to the same buyer who issues this rather unusual feedback for both..

    “Great Seller, transaction completed successfully by mutual agreement”
    Now forgive me for making assumptions but do not MOST transactions end that way, the buyer buys, the seller sells, the buyer pays the seller, both are happy. The above feedback is rather TOO flowery to be usual and genuine, Are they trying to hide the facts here, perhaps the buyer discovered they had brought fakes, and the seller refunded, perhaps this is just a feedback smoothing cover up job, could there be collusion twixt seller & buyer? Many questions unanswered.

    Micro

    October 1, 2010 at 7:42 AM

  3. I know the synopsis on buyers sounds hard, we have all been there, got caught, wiser after the event. The person in the BEST position to help others is the buyer that got caught with a counterfeit themselves. They know the anguish, the strike at their pride for being so stupid as to get caught, these folks really do need to speak up and if it’s too late to leave negative feedback, then leave a follow up feedback for the fraudulent seller, telling the story. I hope the one buyer that provided the report from h2testw will in due course exercise the follow up feedback facility.

    Micro

    September 29, 2010 at 8:29 AM

  4. Three out of the ELEVEN buyers have now been informed they brought fake counterfeit flash drives, sadly so far none has added any follow up feedback, possibly because they are negotiating a refund. This seller has defrauded 11 buyers and taken a total of £415 + nearly £22 in postage, I wonder if this seller will be refunding ALL his buyers automatically now it is obvious they are fakes, or do like most and just vanish leaving behind a trail of unhappy buyers.

    Synopsis:
    This is typical of either clueless sellers trying to make some money, or deliberated fraudsters trying to rip off buyers. It is also a sad reflection of the greed, stupidity, and lack of education of the average ebay buyer, SERIOUS EDUCATION IS NEEDED to combat this problem. Buyers need to be better informed of the REAL price of such items. THAT should be the target now, what a pity so many have had their eBay accounts either removed or curtailed, just for being helpful to buyers!!

    Micro

    September 28, 2010 at 3:00 PM

  5. No, amazing huh, 256GB=291MB not a good deal, I wonder what happened to the usual 4GB sources, things are getting worse for the fraudsters, and even worse for the defrauded buyers.

    Micro

    September 26, 2010 at 3:29 PM

  6. Oh lord, Micro!

    The test results seem to indicate the flash drive has no useable capacity whatsoever!

    fightflashfraud

    September 26, 2010 at 3:21 PM

  7. In response to advice given to one buyer, the following h2testw test report was received:

    Hi I have done as you suggested and the results were
    Warning: Only 291 of
    249969 MByte tested.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    0 KByte OK (0
    sectors)
    291 MByte DATA LOST (595968 sectors)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten
    (0 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    291
    MByte corrupted (595968 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First
    error at offset: 0x0000000000000000
    Expected: 0x0000000000000000
    Found:
    0xffffffffffffffff
    H2testw version 1.3
    Reading speed: 2.93
    MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4
    Does this mean that it only has 291mb of
    memory
    what happens now?

    The buyer was advised to first seek a refund from the seller, if this was not successful then start a claim from paypal. The buyer was also advised that to help others leaving a follow up feedback stating fake goods would be useful.

    The second reported buyer was again advised to check since it has now been confirmed the flash drives sold by this seller are fakes.

    Micro

    September 26, 2010 at 3:07 PM

  8. First feedback arrived for one of these sales, buyer has been sent a message by a concerned member to test before trusting his device. The buyer left positive feedback of course!!

    Micro

    September 18, 2010 at 11:11 AM


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