Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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ebay auctions for 256GB DT310 flash drives from 4sellusb

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Seller 4sellusb has quite a number of auctions for 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives on ebay and may well make a loss on sales if they are genuine by auctioning them rather than using a buy it now listing. 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 08/11/10
We now know the flash drives from 4sellusb are certainly fakes as this ebayer is also selling this model in 128GB capacity and these Kingston flash drives are not produced in this capacity. USB flash drives from ebay seller 4sellusb are certain to be fake capacity counterfeits that corrupt files.

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