Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

da85vinci auctions off counterfeit Kingston from fraudulent supplier

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Seller da85vinci realises that there is something not quite right about the 32GB flash drives purchased from a fraudulent supplier (no doubt in China) as the seller says in this ebay listing:

When tested they show 32 GB and you can upload 32 GB as well, but when reading, it’s reading only around 1 GB.

Unfortunatel the seller does not understand the full implications of this. Let us explain: It appears that the fraudsters in China used poor quality 2GB memory chips to produce these. The poor quality of the memory chips means that a certain amount of memory will be unavailable anyway.

On top of that the fraudulent programming of the drives to display the false capacity of 32GB takes up some more space – particularly in making it appear that the data is actually being written to the device. Other than the 1GB that could be read everything else becomes lost and corrupted.

Eventually absolutely everything on a fake capacity counterfeit like these will become corrupt, all data will be lost and the flash drives will become utterly useless.

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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