Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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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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