Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

32GB Kingston flash drives from ebayer kara_10 a bargain or fake?

The buy it now price in this ebay listing from kara_10 for 32GB Kingston DataTravler G2 flash drives seems rather too low to us. Either they are a great bargain if they are genuine or they are fake capacity counterfeits 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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Written by fightflashfraud

September 25, 2010 at 11:57 PM

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  1. Thank You For The Info .
    charlie

    charlie242

    May 23, 2011 at 9:54 PM

  2. Hi Charlie,
    We’ve all pretty well abandoned the blog now as we decided we were all banging our heads against a brick wall and have better things to do.

    It looks as though the capacity of your drive has not been tampered with but than the memory chips are not top grade – so it should be ok but probably won’t last as long as one with top grade chips.

    It’s always a good idea to back up any valuable data saved on flash drives anyway, as it is so darned easy to lose them.

    fightflashfraud

    May 22, 2011 at 7:52 AM

  3. hi +++ DieselDragon +++ can tell if mine orignal
    thanks
    charlie242

    charlie242

    May 21, 2011 at 7:27 PM

  4. hi i did run H2Test and results were as follows
    write/verify was 30524mb free space
    read test 30524mb free space
    verify test 30524mb free space
    test result there were no errors messages
    i have using usb device for last 6 months now
    and have never had any problems with the device.
    or lost any of my important data can you explain why.
    and my device has got serial number as well in very
    small writing ..so i dont know what you talking about
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    charlie242

    May 18, 2011 at 9:58 PM

  5. Hi i bought some of these usb keys from this buyer, but then saw this site about the same seller so i decided to run that test everything seems to be fine but i was still unsure i took it to one my friends who is a it tech he reasured me that this is not a fake. I have had some files on the key for some time now and no data has been lost or corrupted. i think this site is a whole load of crap and they dont know what they are talking about they are just going to scare you from a good and cheap item.!!!!

    jaime

    March 2, 2011 at 3:21 PM

  6. Hi DieselDragon,

    It has been a long time since we heard from you! Among my first batch of fakes was a 512 megabyte Kingston flash drive that was really 256 megabyte – I totally trashed that one trying to see if I could do anything with it, with the effect that it is now never write, never read! I bought this on the same day as fake 16GB and 32GB flash drives of various types – so there have always been small capacity fakes, but the higher capacity models are more common.

    If you are right about this new development it’s pretty horrific – but on the other hand if this becomes common it could actually spell the end of fake flash once people realise that a fake is likely to become totally useless altogether.

    fightflashfraud

    September 26, 2010 at 8:43 AM

  7. ‘Ow do, FightFlashFraud! Long time no post! 🙂
    Just thought I’d give ye a quick heads-up on another couple of developments straight out of fake flash land… 🙂

    I received a few fake Kingston DT-100s yesterday which – Though configured to show 997MB in Windows – The real capacity on them appears to be 256MB…Meaning that the flash fraudsters are targeting sales of lower capacity units now, if they hadn’t been already. 😦

    Also, these drives appear to have a nasty surprise hidden in the way the controller firmware has been programmed: Once the true storage limit of the drive (256MB in this case) has been reached, the drives controller locks the device into read-only mode, probably on a permanent basis! :-O

    This not only has the effect of turning the drive into an even less usable write once read many (WORM) device, but it’s clearly been implemented as a defence against testing with H2TestW and similar programs.
    Because the controller drops the device into read-only mode as soon as the “limit” is hit, it causes H2Test to fail during the write phase. This means that H2Test will only be able to write and verify the *true* capacity of the drive – Which it’ll do successfully – And stops H2Test output being able to stand as clear, legal evidence that the device capacity is counterfeit. 😦

    Anyhow…I’m hoping that – With a bit of firmware re-engineering on my part (IF I can finally discover how to dump, address and write raw data from the controller) I might be able to undo this trojan somehow if I find myself stuck with these things…But in the meantime, it might be worth warning people that an H2Test run on this kind of drive could well render the drive completely unusable even if they’re intending to work within the limits of the real storage capacity of the device! 😦

    Farewell for now, and keep fighting the fraudsters! >:-)
    +++ DieselDragon +++

    DieselDragon

    September 26, 2010 at 2:12 AM


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