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Archive for September 18th, 2010

ebay auctions from fionamac83, carlowaycat & hebridean_landscapes

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Call us suspicious if you like, but the three ebay auctions for a 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drive from sellers fionamac83 (item number 260665335336), carlowaycat (item number 220670231841) and hebridean_landscapes (item number 170541121170) shown below seem remarkably similar:

The start price is the same in all three, all three sellers are apparently in the western Isles and the pictures all seem to be the same. Very odd. Time will tell whether our suspicions are founded or not. 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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ebayer haventl may make a loss by auctioning 256GB DT300

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If this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 300 USB flash drive is genuine then ebay seller may make 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.

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September 18, 2010 at 8:56 PM

if this 256GB DT310 is genuine ebayer coloneljolly may make a loss

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If this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive is genuine then coloneljolly may well make a loss on the sale 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.

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.

price for 128GB DT200 from ebayers icswayx & uks_greatest_bargains too low

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We suspect that this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler listed at auction on ebay by icswayx will turn out to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files as the buy it now price is too low.

Seller uks_greatest_bargains has a buy it now listing with a price that is too low so we expect these will be fake capacity counterfeits purchased from a fraudulent supplier in China:

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.

jayjay991, jiaojiao168, dahongdenglong10 – devious ebay fraudsters

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The USB flash drives in the ebay listing above from devious fraudsters jayjay991 and dahongdenglong10 (below) are in China not the USA and they can’t hold anywhere near the advertised capacities.

Anyone who buys one of these fake capacity flash drives will find it corrupts their files. Seller jiaojiao168 is being devious in a slightly different way. This seller uses private listings to hide what is being sold.

This seller has two other fake capacity counterfeit Kingston drives for sale – the 256GB DT300 and the 256GB DT310 as well as the 128GB DT200 shown above. The 32GB Sandisk SD memory cards from this seller will also be fake capacity counterfeits. Any fake capacity memory card or flash drive 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.

More fake flash sellers suspended by ebay, more vanished items!

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The seller of the counterfeit 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives in ebay listing number 150494871606 has been suspended by ebay. Here is the listing as it appears in an item list:

Because seller 2010xcxqinghao5168 has been suspended here is the message you get if you try to access the actual listing:

If you bought from 2010xcxqinghao5168 you will see a message like this if you try to access the item – or it may even have vanished from your won list altogether as ebay does a good job of removing the evidence of fraud on their site. You should, however, be able to find details of the purchase in your paypal account.

If you bought a flash memory item from any of the following sellers it will have vanished from your won list for the same reason – they have been suspended by ebay:

zhoucheng0002, linlimin258, aidejiushini_201, loving8910, huangxiumei25810, jiajia2309, sdhjuiern777, huangdi8519, dudu5210, zhangzhang3698

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.

kmut4832 & elson-products list notorious leather & steel flash drive on ebay

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The leather and steel model of flash drive in this ebay listing from kmut4832 is notorious – the longest standing model of fake capacity flash drive sold regularly on ebay. Seller kmut4832 obviously bought from a fraudulent supplier, No doubt in China. This fake capacity 128GB leather and steel flash drive corrupts files.

As this seller bought from a fraudulent supplier it is pretty certain that the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives listed by this seller are fake capacity counterfeits. Seller elson-products obviously went shopping in fake flash land as well as this ebayer has listed this notorious leather & steel flash drive in 64GB capacity – needless to say it also corrupts files:

We notice that elson-products has another notorious fake on sale: ebay item number 220671124963 – buyers of this 32GB flash drive will find that it corrupts files too.

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.