Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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256GB DT310 flash drives from ebayer cape-power-up too cheap

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The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives in this ebay listing from cape-power-up are 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.

UPDATE 22/01/2011
Feedback indicates that ebay seller cape-power-up may have sold fake capacity memory cards. You are advised to test any flash memory items purchased from ebay seller cape-power-up with h2testw immediately, otherwise you risk data loss.

In fact you should test ANY flash memory item, wherever you bought it, with this free program!

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Written by fightflashfraud

October 13, 2010 at 5:18 PM

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