Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

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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