Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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If 256GB Kingston flash drive is genuine ebayer eastmex13 may make a loss

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Seller eastmex13 may make a loss by auctioning this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive on ebay if it is 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.

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.

UPDATE: The seller made a loss on this if it is genuine – but as eastmex13 is continuing to auction these we are certain they are fake capacity counterfeits.

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  1. After reporting Eastmex13’s name, address, and detailed info about the fake flash I bought to Miami police and Ebay, it appears the seller has now stopped selling any of the flash drives. Hopefully he/she learned his/her lesson before they get into more serious trouble.


    October 21, 2010 at 1:31 AM

  2. I can confirm that eastmex13 is selling fake kingston drives. I bought one and then found this site during my troubleshooting. I also have the sellers full name and home address and have reported him to the Miami police. I hope others do their research before buying from this fraud.


    October 13, 2010 at 11:27 PM

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