Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for December 10th, 2010

Is 256GB Kingston DT310 from ebay seller alphadalpha genuine?

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Is the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive listed at auction on ebay by seller alphadalpha (item number 120658098859) genuine?? We consider it highly unlikely!! 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.

Bought a 32GB Kingston micro SD card on ebay from surfmurok?

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A buyer has reported to us that a 32GB Kingston Micro SD card purchased on ebay from surfmurok was a fake capacity counterfeit – capacity was 4GB not 32GB! If you bought one of these you are advised to test immediately with h2testw as you are at risk of losing your photos, videos or whatever once you save more that a couple of GB to one of these.

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.

m_soulja786 auctioning fake Sony flash drives on ebay

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The 128GB Sony flash drives being auctioned on ebay by m_soulja786 (ebay item numbers 170574871216 and 170575942231) are fake capacity counterfeits and anyone who buys one of these USB flash drives will find it corrupts their files. There is no such thing as a Sony Vaio flash drive and Sony do not sell any 128GB flash drives.

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.