Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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chu_rulz auctions 256GB Kingston DT310 flash drives on ebay

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If the 246GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives listed on ebay by chu_rulz the seller risk making a big loss by auctioning them. However, the lack of packaging and the statement Made in China at the bottom make us think it is more likely that they are fake capacity counterfeits 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, guarantee 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 guarantee 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 05/11/10
Seller chu_rulz has a buy it now listing for 256GB Kingston DT310 flash drives (item number 290495374046) for $80 (Australian) – too cheap for them to be genuine. The seller says they have been tested but we are sure that that chu_rulz has not tested them properly!!


Written by fightflashfraud

October 23, 2010 at 10:26 AM

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