Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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128GB DT200 flash drive in private ebay auction from sportsjunky81

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We think it unlikely that this 129GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive being sold in a private ebay auction by sportsjunky81 is 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.

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  1. The seller gives away the evidence of a fake USB stick with the auction picture:

    A genuine Kingston DT200 has the clinched side of the USB metal shield on the underside, not as depicted in this auction picture, on the top, these are all fakes no matter what capacity they purport to be, 32GB Blue 64GB Yellow or 128GB dark grey, they will probably be about 512KB or at most 4GB real capacity.

    Micro

    December 16, 2010 at 10:50 AM


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