Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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faulty flash drives on ebay from spike0307 are not faulty but fake!

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We have said this before, but we will say it again:


A lot of ebayers (either sellers who bought from a fraudulent supplier or members who bought fakes on ebay) list flash drives (both new and used) as being faulty or defective in some way or saying they can’t seem to do x y or z. This is absolute rubbish.

The flash drives listed by these ebayers are not faulty – they are fake!! Here is a current example of such a listing from seller spike0307:

The flash drive in this listing is not faulty at all. It is a deliberately created counterfeit and fake capacity flash drive manufactured by fraudsters in China. How do we know it is not a genuine 128GB Kingston flash drive? Let us give you a clue:

This seller has also listed a used “faulty” Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drive – also has no serial number so not faulty but a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files (see ebay item number 170540726965).

Seller spike0307 has also listed two new unopened flash drives in private auctions. Private auctions are always suspect when the items being sold are flash drives or other flash memory items. the two new unopened flash drives are:
256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive (see ebay item 170541718900)
Lexar JumpDrive 256MB USB Flash Memory Drive (ebay item 170542135782)

The Lexar might be genuine but we think it highly unlikely that the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 is! 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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