Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for October 1st, 2010

mjcjr lists 128GB Kingston DT200 on ebay – too cheap to be genuine

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The buy it now price in this ebay listing from mjcjr is too low for these 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives to be genuine so we think this seller 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.

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luoyumin927 is another obvious ebay fraudster in China

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Seller luoyumin927 is yet another ebay fake flash fraudster in China listing flash drives for sale on ebay at below the cost of production (yawn! so, what’s new?) – needless to say anyone foolish enough to buy one of these fake capacity counterfeit 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives from this seller (or anyone else selling at similarly silly prices) can expect to find that the flash drive corrupts their 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.

mlgongyi268 is another ebay fake flash fraudster in China

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You simply cannot buy a genuine 256GB Kingston DataTravler 310 flash drive for $20.26 or even $120.26. Anyone who buys one of these fake capacity counterfeits from ebay seller mlgongyi268 or anyone else selling these at ludicrously low prices like this is just asking for what they will get – lost and corrupted files!

Don’t be an idiot! Look at the cost of these from genuine suppliers recommended on the Kingston website – when you see them listed on ebay or elsewhere a lot cheaper just pause for a moment and engage your brain!

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.

256GB Kingston DT310 from ebayer uscorp010 are too cheap to be genuine

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The buy it now price in this ebay listing from seller uscorp010 is too low for the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives being sold to be genuine. The 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.

sln000 no longer a registered ebay user. Suspended for selling fakes?

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The flash drive pictured in ebay auctions from sln000 is not a genuine 128GB Corsair flash drive – the model shown is not made in this capacity. Seller sln000 obviously bought these counterfeit flash drives from a fraudulent supplier. A counterfeit flash drive is always fake capacity and corrupts files.

Once again folks – we re-iterate our warning to ebay sellers – do your research before considering buying flash memory items to sell on ebay: there are a lot of suppliers who sell fakes!!

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items (especially anyone who plans to re-sell them either on ebay or elsewhere) to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you (or worse still, your customers) run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Seems that only a few hours after we captured this listing it vanished from ebay and the seller is no longer a registered user – did ebay suspend the seller? If so, was it for listing these or for selling fake Radar sunglasses?

Will we ever know? Beware, ebay sellers – flash memory is not the only type of fake sold by fraudulent wholesale outlets! If you list counterfeit items on ebay you are likely to be suspended when caught, whether you were aware you were selling fakes or not.

USB flash drives from ebay seller maximzakhmax are fakes

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Seller maximzakhmax has obviously been shopping in fake flash land as the supposedly 256GB leather and steel flash drives are notorious fakes produced by fraudsters in China. This seller obviously bought both these and the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 listed on ebay at the same buy it now price (impossibly low for a genuine 256GB flash drive anyway) from the same fraudulent supplier.

The supplier was no doubt one of the fraudulent wholesale outlets in China who peddle their fake wares on websites such as alibaba, tradetang, aliexpress, dhgate etceteras. Ebay sellers beware! Do your research before you buy flash memory items to sell on ebay – there are a lot of fraudulent suppliers out there!!

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.

256GB DT310 flash drives from ebayer michaeld1057

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We think it unlikely that the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives listed at auction on ebay by michaeld1057 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.

UPDATE 31st October 2010

Seller michaeld1057 has now listed 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives on ebay (item number 400168708662) – we are pretty sure these are fakes too.