Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for October 24th, 2010

a message from fightflashfraud to JerryTeh on http://forum.lowyat.net

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Dear JerryTeh – the 256 GB Kingston DataTraveler 300 flash drives you are attempting to sell on http://forum.lowyat.net are certain to be fake capacity counterfeits.

Yourself and your 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 strongly suggest that anyone who uses flash memory items tests them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

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invisibleworld made loss if 32GB DT200 auctioned on ebay is genuine

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This 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive listed on ebay by invisibleworld (ebay item number 130444790674) sold for $30.99. If it was genuine then this seller made a loss on the auction. 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.

32GB flash drives from ebayer hemisphere354 sure to corrupt files

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We think that ebay seller hemisphere354 has been shopping in fake flash land and that the 32GB USB flash drives in this ebay listing (item number 250715780942) are 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.

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October 24, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Are 32GB Kingston flash drives from ebayer nataliebaby2007 genuine?

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We have a feeling that ebay seller nataliebaby2007 made the mistake of buying from a fraudulent wholesale outlet in China and that the 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives listed on ebay will turn out to be fake capacity counterfeits. There is always the slim chance that we are wrong about this but 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

October 24, 2010 at 5:04 PM

suspect 32GB flash drives on ebay from cbr-xx046

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The 32GB flash drives in this listing (ebay item number 150510735158) are extremly likely to be fake capacity, which corrupts files – the model being sold here is commonly sold in fake capacities by fraudulent wholesalers in China and we think ebay seller cbr-xx046 made the mistake of buying from one of them.

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 24, 2010 at 3:20 PM

64GB Corsair flash drives on ebay from stairpartsuk

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If the 64GB Corsair flash drives listed on ebay by stairpartsuk are genuine then the seller could well make a loss by auctioning them.

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 02/11/2019
Seller stairpartsuk has listed an obviously fake 128GB Corsair flash drive (item number 250720456130) so it is extremely likely that the two 64GB Corsair drives sold (item numbers 250712647237 and 250713438590) will turn out to be fake capacity counterfeits.

Written by fightflashfraud

October 24, 2010 at 1:36 PM

256GB Kingston flash drive from ebayer pc123shop is obvious fake

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As well as auctions for the very obvious fake flash drive shown above (The DT200 is not made in pink or in 256GB capacity) ebay seller pc123shop has fake 128GB Corsair flash drives in a buy it now listing (see below) – again the model shown is not made in the advertised capacity! This seller has obviously been shopping in fake flash land and anyone who buys a flash drive from pc123shop will find it 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.