Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for November 2010

Do ebay members have brain cells? Sometimes we wonder!

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We just looked in on ebay and noticed this listing – incredibly it appears that 94 ebayers were stupid enough to think that they could buy a 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 300 flash drive for US $21.99 from love8882010. We despair.

You’d be lucky to get a genuine 16GB flash drive on ebay at this price, let alone something of higher capacity. No doubt many of these idiots will give them to some poor soul for Christmas and their poor friend or relative (thinking they got a fabulous present) will end up with everything they saved to this fake being corrupted. Thank you, Santa and good night!

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.

Interruption to normal service on the fightflashfraud blog

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It is unlikely that there will be any new posts on this blog (or that comments will be moderated and approved) during the next week – so you are on your own, folks, for the first time since we started this blog almost two years ago to the day.

Apart from the first couple of months (whilst we were finding our feet!) we have published daily reports on the fake flash memory items we noticed being sold on ebay. All being well we will return to the fray during the first week of December.

In the meantime, if you see flash memory items on ebay at prices that seem too good to be true then you are probably looking at fakes. Use your common sense and steer well clear. Most of the flash memory sold on ebay (sometimes even at prices that would seem reasonable) is fake. Do your research before you buy!!

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.

Sony Vaio flash drives from ebayer viviva2010 will corrupt files

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All Sony Vaio flash drives are fakes and anyone who buys one of these USB flash drives on ebay from viviva2010 will find that 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.

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November 22, 2010 at 11:00 PM

heerey.2008 auctions 128GB Kingston DT200 flash drives on ebay

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The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives being auctioned on ebay by heerey.2008 are unlikely to be genuine. If they are genuine then the seller is likely to make a big loss by auctioning them. 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.

256GB DT310 flash drive in ebay auction from jmjitc2526

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It seems extremely unlikely that this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 being auctioned on ebay (item number 190470358919) by jmjitc2526 is genuine, but if it is the seller could make a big 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 on ebay from 917aryeh will corrupt users’ files

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The 32GB USB flash drives listed at auction on ebay by 917aryeh are fake capacity and anyone who buys one 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 22, 2010 at 6:24 PM

chsb12 lists notorious fake capacity flash drive on ebay

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The leather and steel type flash drive in this ebay listing from chsb12 is notorious – always fake capacity and 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.