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Archive for September 27th, 2010

ebay fake flash fraudsters cherryrike, bellelyo and adelaoel

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The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives in the ebay listings from ebay fake flash fraudsters cherryrike, bellelyo and adelaoel are fake capacity counterfeits and anyone who buys one will find it corrupts their files after a while.

These three devious fraudsters are registered in China but pretend their items are in the USA. All three use a common ruse for evading detection by ebay’s automated fraud detection system – the use of ™ throughout the title. If you see a title like the one shown below in an ebay listing then you can be sure you are looking at a fraudster selling fake capacity flash drives that will trash users’ files:

New 128™GB ™Datatraveler 200 ™USB 2.0 ™Flash ™Drive NR

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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partsguystl openly selling counterfeit Kingston flash drives on ebay

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In this ebay listing (ebay item number 250702995204) partsguystl tells us these fake capacity counterfeit flash drives were purchased on the notorious website tradetang (stuffed full of fraudulent wholesale outlets in China) and that they are most likely knockoffs.

In other words the seller realises they are counterfeit – easily proved as this model of Kingston (the DataTraveler 200) is not made in 256GB capacity. Does partsguystl not realise that even if you say they are fake it is still a criminal offence to sell counterfeit items?

Anyone foolish enough to shell out $60 for one of these fakes will undoubtely find it corrupts their files.

f.terl risks loss by auctioning 128GB Kingston flash drive on ebay

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Seller f.terl risks making a loss if this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive is genuine by auctioning it on ebay. 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 27, 2010 at 9:00 PM

buy it now price for 256GB DT310 from ebayer alex66639 too low

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The buy it now price in this ebay listing from alex66639 is too low for these 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives to be genuine, this seller obviously bought 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.

buy it now price from sexythompson for DT310 flash drives too low

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The buy it now price in this ebay listing from sexythompson is too low for these 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives to be genuine. This seller also has a number of auctions for these.

The seller gives the location as Luton, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom in listings but is registered in the United States and no items from this seller are listed on ebay UK. Looks thoroughly dodgy to us!! 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.

buy it now price for 256GB DT310 from ebayer javeve too low

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The buy it now price in this ebay listing from javeve is too low for a 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive so this ebayer obviously bought them from a fraudulent supplier. Anyone who buys one is sure to find it corrupts files because it is a fake capacity counterfeit. The same applies to the 64GB DT150 flash drives 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.

16GB flash drives on ebay from wqwasser sure to corrupt files

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Devious seller wqwasser gives the location of this ebay item as Portsmouth, United Kingdom, but the seller is registered in Singapore. The model of USB flash drive shown in this ebay listing is certain to be fake capacity, which corrupts files.

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.