Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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conninc may make loss on ebay auctions if DT300 flash drives are genuine

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If the 256GB Kingston DT 300 flash drives listed at auction on ebay by seller conninc are genuine then the seller could make a big loss by auctioning them rather than using a buy it now listing. 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.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:
We have noticed a development in this seller’s listings that lead us to suspect that this may be a case of deliberate fraud as the seller now offers the option of a 32GB flash drive (apparently tested) as an alternative for the same price – this suggests that conninc knows these are fakes.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 23, 2010 at 11:56 PM

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