Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

64GB DT200 flash drive from ebayer ankit1234 unlikely to be genuine

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We think it is unlikely that this 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive being auctioned on ebay by ankit1234 will prove to be 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.

UPDATE 29/12/2010
The flash drive in the listing above sold for US $83.10 and the seller has been in touch to say that the flash drive is genuine. We hope this is true – it would make a nice change to see genuine flash drives on ebay! Seller ankit1234 has a new listing (item number 190484619777) for one of these – start price $0.99.

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  1. To Ankit
    The post only says we thought it unlikely that the flash drive would be genuine (as most sold at auction turn out to be fakes) and told buyers how to check. If your flash drives are genuine then this is surely not a problem to you as they will presumably check out.


    December 29, 2010 at 8:46 AM

  2. Please delete this post which contains false assertions!


    December 28, 2010 at 8:02 PM

  3. From Kingston:

    “You have entered the following information:

    Serial Number: AT15866-00031546
    License Key: H355G02-2951046D
    Email Address: ************@GMAIL.COM
    The flash memory product you inquired about has been verified to be an authentic Kingston product. All Kingston memory modules carry a manufacturer warranty. Thank you for selecting Kingston.”


    December 28, 2010 at 7:58 PM

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