Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

256GB DT310 flash drives in ebay auctions from mintuz10

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If the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives listed at auction by mintuz10 sell at all it looks as though it will be at a big loss if they are 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, 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 31, 2010 at 1:36 PM

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  1. As a result of a message to one buyer from a concerned member, that buyer has reported back that they received a refund from the seller after intending to raise a dispute with ebay, the seller , stated that he brought the stock in good faith and if the buyer returned the device and didn’t leave bad feedback, he would refund the buyers money (Blackmail)

    The buyer confirmed he had used h2testw on the device and found it to be 1GB only, he is now relieved he has got his money back, because he had unwisely made a hasty decision when bidding for it, afterwards he knew he had made a mistake because the item was so cheap.

    The concerned member replied to the buyer, thanking him for the useful information about the real capacity as it was the first real proof available for these batches of fake DT310’s. The buyer reported that he could not understand why eBay continued to allow the sales of these items to continue.

    Something we all would like to know…


    November 7, 2010 at 10:24 PM

  2. I have been advised by a concerned member that purchased one of these fakes, that they were refunded, another buyer was also refunded but failed to leave the customary NEGATIVE feedback that is appropriate for the sale of counterfeit items. The member reports advising a buyer to visit this site for more information about leaving followup feedback in such cases.


    November 7, 2010 at 8:09 AM

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