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Archive for October 2nd, 2010

64GB Kingston DT200 flash drives from ebayer wee_laphroaig

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The 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives in this private ebay listing from wee_laphroaig seem a little too cheap to us which makes us wonder if they may have come from a fraudulent supplier. The picture doesn’t show any engraving on the USB connector – which there should be 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.

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mrvenus lists obvious fake 256GB Kingston flash drive on ebay

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The flash drive in this ebay listing from mrvenus is an obvious fake capacity counterfeit which corrupts files. The Kingston DataTraveler 200 is not made in 256GB capacity.

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 on ebay from crazy-imports seems a bit too cheap

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The 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives in this ebay listing from crazy-imports seem a bit too cheap to be 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

October 2, 2010 at 8:27 PM

cloud0830 lists lot of two 256GB Kingston flash drives in ebay auction

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Are the two 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives in this ebay listing from cloud0830 genuine or are they fake capacity counterfeits from a fraudulent supplier? Currently bidding stands at US $89.00 so with under two days to go the seller is likely to make a loss 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.

jmusik2048 auctioning 128GB Kingston DT200 on ebay

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If the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drive in this ebay listing from jmusik2048 is genuine the seller could well make a loss 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

October 2, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Bought a flash drive or memory card from yummyprettytoes? – you got a fake

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We were sure that the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives in the ebay listing above from ebay seller yummyprettytoes are fake capacity counterfeits that will corrupt users’ files so we had a quick shufti at this seller’s record.

Seems that this ebayer sold quite a number of fake flash memory items before ebay removed listings today (but ebay had not yet suspended the seller when we last looked) – if you bought a flash drive or memory card from ebay seller yummyprettytoes your item will have vanished from your won list.

IF YOU HAVE NOT YET PAID YUMMYPRETTYTOES FOR YOUR FAKE FLASH DRIVE OR FAKE MEMORY CARD THEN DON’T!

If you are one of those who already bought and have received your item – beware, it is pretty certain to corrupt your files if you use it. Test it immediately with the free program h2testw – 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.

hqqyuer & gongyanming5610 are ebay fake flash fraudsters in China

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The 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives in the ebay listing above from hqqyuer are fake capacity counterfeits and anyone who buys one will find it corrupts files. The same applies to the 32GB version and the 64GB DT 150 flash drives from this seller. This fraudster has also listed fake memory cards for sale: 32GB Kingston SDHC memory cards, 16GB Sandisk SDHC cards, 32GB Sandisk micro SD cards and generic fake capacity memory cards.

The same applies to the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler in the listing below from gongyanming5610 – both these sellers are fake flash fraudsters in China who are no doubt members of one of the familiar fraud gangs operating on ebay.

Any flash memory item sold by hqqyuer will 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.