Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

is 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 from ebayer weirdpsychofreak genuine?

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Seller weirdpsychofreak tells us in this ebay listing that this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive is an unwanted gift. It amazes us how many ebayers seem to have received unwanted gifts of high capacity Kingston flash drives. Why has no one bought one for any of us?

As this is apparently in unopened packaging the buyer can check whether or not this 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: We knew we were right and that this seller had a burning bum – seller weirdpsychofreak sold two of these “supposed” unwanted gifts; ebay item numbers 220674599565 and 220674599565 – if you bought one of these get a refund before weirdpsychofreak dies of first degree burns!!

Written by fightflashfraud

September 26, 2010 at 12:26 PM

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