Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud 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.

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