Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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256GB Kingston DT310 flash drive in ebay auction from atruth

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We think it unlikely that this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive being auctioned on ebay by atruth will prove to be genuine. This listing looks suspiciously like being from the same person as ebay item number 280606220970 (ebay ID: faithpeterson619) -are atruth and faithpeterson619 failing to live up to the trustworthiness suggested by their ebay IDs??

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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