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Archive for December 28th, 2010

32GB flash drive from ebayer the_nuntius sure to corrupt files

We are pretty certain that this 32GB USB flash drive being auctioned on ebay by the_nuntius is fake capacity and 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.

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Written by fightflashfraud

December 28, 2010 at 9:40 PM

128GB flash drive from ebay seller dyfa008 sure to corrupt files

The supposedly 128GB flash drive in this ebay listing from dyfa008 (item number 180604618781) is fake capacity and corrupts files. The same applies to any flash drive you see with a shiny capacity sticker. The stickers are for the convenience of the fraudsters in China who programme flash drives to report a false capacity to the operating system so that they know what fake capacity it is programmed to show.

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 Kingston flash drive in ebay auction from bidemup10

We think it highly unlikely that this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive being auctioned on ebay by bidemup10 is genuine. The seller says “This auction is for a Kingston 128 GB flash/usb drive , this usb drive is in great operating condition and was only used for school.”

If that is really the case then it is extremely unlikely that this flash drive has been used to save more than 1GB of files – too little to expose whether or not it is fake. Even even if we didn’t get a strong whiff of firey pants from this listing and the seller’s feedback we’d say it was highly unlikely to be genuine.

We think this USB flash drive is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrups 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.

weggies selling counterfeit 256GB DT310 flash drives on ebay

The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 USB flash drives in this ebay listing from weggies are too cheap to be anything other than fake capacity counterfeits and buyers will find that the flash drive 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.

Counterfeit 256GB DT300 flash drives on ebay from cikinner

The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 300 flash drives being sold on ebay by cikinner are too cheap to be anything other than fake capacity counterfeits and anyone who buys one of these USB flash drives will find that it corrupts their files. We think the 32GB memory cards from this seller are also fakes.

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 drives in ebay auctions from waynejm194z

It seems unlikely that the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives in ebay auctions from waynejm194z will 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.

fake 128GB Kingston USB flash drives on ebay from csbomason

The model of Kingston flash drive shown in this ebay listing from csbomason is discontinued and was never made in 128GB capacity. Anyone who buys one of these USB flash drives will find themselves with 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.