Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

counterfeit 256GB Kingston DT310 flash drives from sylhetidude on ebay

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The buy it now price in this ebay listing from sylhetidude (ebay item number 260684737476) is too low for these 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives to be anything other than fake capacity counterfeits. A counterfeit flash drive or memory card always corrupts files as these fakes do not have the memory capacity advertised – usually they can actually store 4GB at most.

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 03/11 2010
We have been advised by an ebay member that this seller seems to bought fake capacity counterfeits from a fraudulent supplier without realising they were too cheap to be genuine and has now removed listings. It seems this may be yet another case of an ebayer who didn’t do their research before buying flash memory items to re-sell on ebay.

We trust that sylhetidude will contact and refund the buyers of ebay item numbers 260685473197 and 260684737476 as they bought these fakes.

It can be a difficult job for ebay sellers who discover they sold fake flash memory items on ebay from a fraudulent supplier to put things right.

Most buyers (and sellers) simply accept what the drive properties show when they plug a flash drive into the computer and it is difficult to convince them that their computer can be fooled. When a seller contacts a buyer to warn it is fake they think the seller is up to something!!

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