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Archive for December 22nd, 2010

fake 256GB Kingston DT310 flash drives on ebay from iktemur

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The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives from ebay seller iktemur are too cheap to be anything other than fake capacity counterfeits. Anyone who buys one of these USB flash drives is sure to find that it corrupts their files once the real capacity (probably no more than 4GB) has been filled.

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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dodgy private ebay listing for flash drives from glasshouse-trading2009

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It is impossible to tell exactly what glasshouse-trading2009 is selling in this private ebay listing (item number 130467722998) as nothing but the price (and the fact that this seller has a poor feedback record) is clear – are these supposed to be 32GB flash drives? 64GB flash drives? 128GB flash drives?

Who knows – but one thing is for sure – we wouldn’t touch flash drives from this seller with a barge pole! We think that the use of a private listing is a devious way of hiding what negative feedback is about. We think it very likely that there will be complaints about these flash drives which seem likely to be fakes which corrupt 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.

UPDATE 24/12/2010
Seller glasshouse-trading2009 has now updated the listing to show a picture and has dropped the price to £30 for a supposedly 128GB flash drive – buy one and you can expect it to trash all your files after a while.

Written by fightflashfraud

December 22, 2010 at 3:55 PM

bjselectronis auctioning fake 32GB USB flash drive on ebay

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The 32GB USB flash drive in this ebay auction from bjselectronis is a fake capacity counterfeit that 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.

32GB flash drives on ebay from cvdhgg18 sure to be fakes

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We are certain that the 32GB flash drives in this ebay listing from cvdhgg18 will turn out to have a fake capacity and that the real capacity will be no more than 4GB. A fake capacity USB flash drive corrupts files once the real capacity has been filled.

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 22, 2010 at 2:06 PM

64GB DT200 flash drives from ebayer righteousson likely to be fake

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As the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives in this ebay listing from righteousson are shipped from China we are pretty certain that they will be fake capacity counterfeits and anyone who buys will find their flash drive 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.

256GB DT310 flash drive from ebayer randy.s.c123

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We think it unlikely that this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 USB flash drive being auctioned on ebay by randy.s.c123 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.

ebay auctions by nightingaleindustries for 256GB DT310 flash drives

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Seller nightingaleindustries may well make a loss on the Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives being auctioned on ebay if they 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.