Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for September 20th, 2010

Are 64GB Kingston DT200 flash drives from ebayer jaten7 genuine?

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The picture in this ebay listing from jaten7 does not show any engraving on the USB connector – if there is no engraving on the connector of the actual drives sold then they are fake capacity counterfeits and will corrupt files. One of the problems with telling whether flash memory items are genuine or not is the fact that ebay not only allows the use of stock photos but seems to actively encourage it.

This is not in buyers’ interests – it may make life easier for sellers (they don’t have to bother taking photos of the actual item) but it makes the sale of counterfeits that much easier. We are not suggesting that jaten7 is deliberately selling counterfeits – just that if there is no engraving on the actual flash drives then this seller made the mistake of buying from a fraudulent supplier.

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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If 256GB DT310 from ebayer romansoh is genuine seller risks loss on sale

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If the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive listed on ebay by romansoh this seller is likely to make a loss on the sale 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.

myhouse69 – a case of deliberate fake flash fraud on ebay!!

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What we have here is a disguised counterfeit 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 – the sale of this is nothing less than deliberate fraud. The buyer (if anyone is daft enough) will find this flash drive corrupts their files. The seller knows full well what he or she is doing as a look through feedback and examination of previous items sold reveals:

Sadly; unless len-sys-64 and mckinneybuyguy have already put in a claim against the seller they may have great difficulty in recovering their money from myhouse69, ebay or Paypal. Here is what myhouse69 said in the two listings:

Text of ebay item number 200502922448 sold on Aug 01, 2010 to len-sys-64:

Up for sale is a Kingston Data Traveler 150, 64 gb capacity Flash (Jump) Drive. It is listed as used only because the package was opened to inspect it and test it. I work in data processing and was able to purchase quite a few of these for a good deal. Per the manufacturer, it is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows XP (SP1, SP2), Windows 2000 (SP4), MAC O/S X v. 10.3 and Linux v 2.6x+.

It is simple, convenient, and practical. Countless times I have used the one that I have to download and transfer giga-bytes worth of data without any problems. Its dimensions are approximately 3.06″x0.9″x0.47″. As always, make sure the device you will be using is compatible with this product.

The item is sold as is, but there shouldnt be any issues since it is basically new.

Oh yea? Well we wouldn’t want myhouse69 in charge of processing our data!

Text of ebay item number 200507090669 sold on Aug 13 to ebayer mckinneybuyguy:

Up for sale is a REPLICA of a Kingston Data Traveler 150, 64 gb capacity Flash (Jump) Drive. This item is Made In China. Its capacity is a full 63.9 gb, and functions perfectly.

It is listed as used only because the package was opened to inspect it and test it. Per the manufacturer, it is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows XP (SP1, SP2), Windows 2000 (SP4), MAC O/S X v. 10.3 and Linux v 2.6x+ (and more than likely Windows 7)

It is simple, convenient, and practical. I use one that I own often and without any problems. Its dimensions are approximately 3.06″x0.9″x0.47″. As always, make sure the device you will be using is compatible with this product.

The item is sold as is, but there shouldnt be any issues since it is basically new. I have several of them, so if you want more than one let me know after you win (no extra shipping) and I will send you the price for extras.

Thank you and happy bidding.

Replica?? Doesn’t myhouse69 realise that copies of brand name good are counterfeits and the sale of counterfeit goods is a criminal offence??

We don’t think that myhouse69 will be an ebay member very long if this is the way he or she intends to behave.

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.

Are 128GB DT200 flash drives from smarintl & raquelvdc22 genuine?

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The buy it now prices in the ebay listing above from smarintl and the one below from raquelvdc22 seem a bit too low for 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives. This makes us wonder if these sellers are yet more ebayers who bought from fraudulent suppliers 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.

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.

fastblue12 selling off job lots of fake flash drives on ebay

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Seller fastblue12 seems to have realised there is something not quite right about these supposedly 128GB USB flash drives purchased from a fraudulent supplier. The leather and steel model of flash drive is notorious – always fake capacity and corrupts files.

Instead of doing the right thing (testing them with h2testw and pursuing the fraudster they were purchased from) fastblue12 has decided to block out the brand name with a sticker (see picture) and auction them in job lots on ebay. Here is what the seller says about these:

I BOUGHT THIS LOT OF FLASH PEN DRIVE FROM WAREHOUSE WHOLESALE ONLINE
I AM UNABLE TO TEST THEM BUT THEY MAY BE ” FAKE ”
ALL OF THEM HAS A COVER LEATHER ( SEE PICTURE ) AND LABELED WITH A VERY KNOWN BRAND NAME COMPANY.
” FOR PARTS OR REPAIR ”
I WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING IF YOU BUY IT
I DO NOT WARRANTY !!!!!!!!!!!! NOT REFUND !!!!!!!!!!
NOT REFUND !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 ebayer moresoftware1 rather too low

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The price in this buy it now ebay listing from moresoftware1 seems rather too low for genuine 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives. This makes us wonder if this seller is yet another who bought 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.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 20, 2010 at 3:00 PM

pardoe2010 sells off fake flash drives from China on ebay

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This group of three flash drives sold by pardoe2010 on ebay are certain to be fake capacity which corrupts files. The seller told us in the listing:

16 GB USB MEMORY FLASH DRIVE x3
ALL THREE MEMORY STICKS HAVE BEEN FORMATTED
THESE WERE BOUGHT FROM CHINA A FEW MONTHS BACK AND HAVE BEEN SAT IN MY DRAW SINCE, I ONLY EVER USED THEM FOR PICS AND MP3 MUSIC.

THERES FAR TO MUCH MEMORY FOR WHAT I NEED.

HOWEVER , I AM SELLING THESE ITEMS AS SPARES OR REPAIRS.
JUST FOR THE FACT THAT THEY’VE BEEN SAT IN MY DRAW FOR AGES.

ANYONE WHO BIDS ON THESE ITEMS MUST KNOW THAT THERE ARE NO RETURNS.

This is not the first group of 3 fakes from China sold by pardoe2010.

Someone should call an ambulance as seller must be suffering first degree burns in the nether regions! We wouldn’t touch a flash drive from pardoe2010 with a barge pole.

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.