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Archive for December 19th, 2010

night-train-collectibles selling counterfeit Kingston flash drives on ebay

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The 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives listed on ebay by night-train-collectibles are fake capacity counterfeits and anyone who buys one of these USB flash drives 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.

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huyuib2010 selling counterfeit Kingston flash drives on ebay

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The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives in this ebay listing from huyuib2010 are fake capacity counterfeits as are the DataTraveler 200 flash drives, Sony memory cards and Sandisk memory cards from this ebay seller. Anyone who buys a flash memory item from huyuib2010 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.

256GB Kingston DT310 flash drives on ebay from baghlia2010

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We think it is extremely unlikely that the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives being auctioned on ebay by baghlia2010 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.

used 128GB flash drive in ebay auction from wgate76 is a fake

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This leather and steel flash drive being auctioned on ebay by wgate76 is a fake – this model of flash drive is always fake capacity and corrupts files. We suspect the seller actually knows it is a fake as it looks rather as though the seller has attempted to hide something on the leather that would prove this beyond a doubt!

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.

fake 32GB flash drives in ebay auctions from top seller storagediv

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We are pretty certain that this and other 32GB swivel type flash drives being auctioned on ebay by top rated seller storagediv are fake capacity and that anyone who buys one of these USB flash drives 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.

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December 19, 2010 at 3:57 PM

256GB Kingston flash drives from ebayer office.x10 not working

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The 256GB Kingston flash drives being sold by ebayer office.x10 are listed as “For parts, not working” – the reason they are not working is because they are fake capacity counterfeits. There are no useful parts on a fake flash drive after which everything you save to them becomes corrupt.

It is possible to render them usable at the true capacity but this can be a complex and time consuming job and they will never be entirely reliable. Trying to make them safe to use is not worthwhile anyway as the actual capacity is so low (usually less than 4GB, whatever the seller says!) that they are a simple waste of cash in the first place; before you waste time on them!

If you see flash drives being sold as “For parts, not working” you would be well advised to steer well clear of them! In the case of brand name drives like this the seller could land themselves in trouble with the law for selling counterfeits – instead of selling them on it would be much more sensible for sellers to pursue the supplier they bought them from.

used 256GB DT300 flash drive in ebay auction from woodlawn_la

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Is this used 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 300 flash drive being auctioned on ebay by woodlawn_la genuine? Somehow we doubt it – after all would you start an auction for something this expensive with such a low start price?

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

December 19, 2010 at 12:11 PM