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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.

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.

Sony Vaio flash drives sold on ebay by mirinda175 will corrupt files

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There is no such thing as a genuine Sony Vaio flash drive, all are fakes manufactured in China. Anyone who bought one of these from mirinda175 or any other seller will find it 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.

airmail2010 auctions fake capacity 64GB flash drives on ebay

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The 64GB USB flash drives auctioned on ebay by airmail2010 are 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.

euwilliams auctions 128 GB Kingston DT200 on ebay

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Ebay seller euwilliams could make a loss by auctioning this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 on ebay if it is 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 27, 2010 at 12:28 PM

128GB flash drives from ebay fake flash fraudster saxiadaba10

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The 128GB flash drives in this ebay listing from saxiadaba10 are certain to be fake capacity, which corrupts files. This devious fake flash seller is registered in China but pretends these fakes are in the United States.

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.

32GB DT200 flash drives sold by butch2789 in one day ebay auctions

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Are the 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives sold in one day auctions by butch2789 genuine or are they fake capacity counterfeits? If they are genuine the seller seems to have made a loss on the two sold so far (ebay item numbers 160485124922 and 160485124184) and another auction (ebay item number 160485989268) ends this evening. The use of one day auctions is not a sensible way of selling new items 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 27, 2010 at 10:45 AM

are Kingston flash drives and memory card from fariborz2010 genuine?

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We have a feeling that the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives and the 32GB Kingston HCSD memory cards auctioned on ebay by fariborz2010 will turn out to be fake capacity counterfeits purchased 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.

Used 32GB Kingston flash drive from ebayer pocupatel5 is fake

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This USB flash drive being auctioned on ebay by pocupatel5 is a fake capacity counterfeit manufactured by fraudsters in China. The discontinued 32GB Kingston Data Traveler l was orange in colour, not green. This fake capacity USB flash drive corrupts files eventually.

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.

Kingston Data Traveler I flash drives – colours and capacities

The Kingston DTI is now a discontinued model of USB flash drive. It is no longer made, but is still being sold on ebay from time to time, often listed as used.

Any you see for sale are either old stock or fake capacity counterfeits manufactured by fraudsters in China. These were available in capacities up to 32GB and were colour coded according to capacity:

Colour coding:
2GB–lime
4GB–purple
8GB–black
16GB–red
32GB–orange

If a flash drive of this model is advertised as higher capacity than 32GB then it’s a fake capacity counterfeit that will trash your files!

If the flash drive is not the right colour for the capacity then you are looking at a fake capacity counterfeit once again. However, the right colour alone does not gaurantee the drive is genuine – there are fakes produced in the right colour for the capacity.

Check the USB connector for engraving – there should be details of the model, capacity etc on the connector – no engraving? Then you are looking at a fake capacity counterfeit once again. The presence of engraving is no gaurentee it is genuine either – the more advanced fraud gangs engrave them too!

So what gaurentees that one of these or any other flash memory item is genuine? 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 6:20 AM

Kingston DataTraveler flash drives in ebay auctions from emerald48s

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The discontinued model of Kingston flash drive in this ebay listing was never made in 64GB capacity – the highest capacity it was ever produced in was 32GB. The 32GB one from emerald48s (ebay item number 150498502721) is the wrong colour to be genuine.

As both these are obvious fakes this leads us to conclude that all the Kingston flash drives being auctioned by emerald48s are fake capacity counterfeits and a fake capacity flash drive always corrupts files. The use of private listings makes us wonder if this seller may be aware they are fakes.

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 02/10/2010
This obvious fake sold for £36.52. Given the response (shown below) from emerald48s to a message sent by a concerned ebayer warning the seller this is flash drive was fake we would advise ebay buyers to avoid this seller like the plague!!

Okay, I appreciate your concern. I am simply selling a working 64GB used flash drive. I know it works because I have used it. I have no interest in whether it is a fake or original as I am not qualified to tell.

Also, I am not a Kingston rep and no very little about their products, what they made or did not make. I have already 22gb worth of movie files on there which the winning bidder will get. If you want to join the fight flash fraud, good luck as every product is made in China, Taiwan or Hong Kong.

I lived and worked in China and the far east, there is no such thing as an original, just company endorsements and year on year warranty, what you call a fake you can find in Walmart or Dixons for twice the price, only no one questions their fakes because they offer you warranty.

Note, if the item does not work I am happy to refund, however I won’t be drawn into the fake original battle knowing what I know. Thanks again, sorry for being direct. If you are unsure you will get working item, don’t bid but please stop fighting lost causes, before long all these firms you so respect will be Chinese owned, what will you do then?

Seller emerald48s is right about one thing – Walmart have sold fake flash drives in the past (in the USA around Christmas 2009 if memory serves right) as have some other retailers in Europe and elsewhere – a reason why we always advise buyers to test with h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased.

As to the rest of what the seller says – absolute tripe! You can bet your bottom dollar that any flash drive sold on ebay by emerald48s will be a fake capacity counterfeit – here’s the most recent listing (ebay item number 150500252835 if you want to have a look) – we think there is absolutely no chance of the buyer being able to play all the movies “saved” to this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive:

Bought a flash drive on ebay from candy.oo0? Test with h2testw!

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We suspect that the 16GB USB flash drives sold on ebay by candy.oo0 (a seller in China) may be fake capacity, which corrupts files. We strongly advise buyers to test them with the free program h2testw as we think you are at 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 12:40 AM