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Archive for September 23rd, 2010

Kingston DataTraveler 310 on ebay from calahan0000

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There is no sign of a serial number on the back of the pack in the second picture provided by seller calahan0000 in this ebay listing (Item number: 300470733184 ) so we are pretty certain this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 USB flash drive is a a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files.

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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Is 64GB Kingston DT200 from ebayer hamoda1980 genuine?

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It amazes us how many listings we see from ebayer like hamoda1980 who have been given high capacity Kingston flash drives as unwanted gifts. In this case someone very generous with money to throw away on expensive gifts has aparrently given hamoda1980 a 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive.

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 23, 2010 at 12:02 PM

mjc1881 auctions fake 32GB flash drive purchased on ebay

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It appears that this known model of fake flash drive listed at auction by mjc1881 was purchased by the seller for £19.99 with free P&P from moon.pyter – an impossibly low price for a genuine flash drive.

We published an article about moon.pyter back on the 8th of August when we spotted a listing for this known model of fake flash drive in 16GB capacity. It appears mjc1881 that also bought the 16GB version (for £12.99 with free postage) from moon.pyter.

If there is anything we think worse than the fake flash sellers from China it is ebayers elsewhere who try to re-sell the fakes they bought from sellers in the far east.

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.

How many “used” DT200 flash drives does ebayer sooznsfinds have?

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How many “used” 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives does ebayer sooznsfinds have? Can we expect more such listings? We had a dig around and found that the listing above (ebay item number 160482874687) is not the first. It seems that sooznsfinds sold one on 28 Aug, 2010 (ebay item number 160471343480) for US $49.50 with US $8.50 P&P.

Hmm… are we overly suspicious in thinking that this flash drivesfrom sooznsfinds is likely to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files 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.

If 256GB Kingston DT310 ebayer gdube751500 may make a loss

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Seller gdube751500 is very likely to make a loss by auctioning this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive on ebay if it is genuine. 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.

UPDATE 27/09/2010: seller gdube751500 has listed a well known model of fake flash drive at auction so we are pretty sure all flash drives and memory cards from this seller will prove to be fakes.

256GB Kingston DT310 from yenffgh177789 is counterfeit

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The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives listed on ebay by yenffgh177789 are fake capacity counterfeits and anyone who buys one will find it corrupts their files. The same goes for the 128GB DT200 flash drives and 32GB Sandisk memory cards from this seller.

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.

digitdude78 risks loss if Kingston flash drives in ebay auctions are genuine

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Seller digitdude78 could well make a loss by auctioning 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives on ebay if they are genuine. 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.