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Archive for January 3rd, 2011

is ebay seller rowell3158’s bum on fire? Fake Kingston flash drive

We thought it a little odd when we spotted the ebay auction above from ebay seller rowell3158 – after all how many people would buy something that costs over $100 without knowing that the person who it was bought for would want the gift? Here is what the seller says in the listing (item number 190484671726):

Up for auction is a Kingston 128GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive. Unwanted gift for Christmas. Still unopened and in original packaging. Sold as is. Payment required after end of auction. Will ship right after receiving payment. Serious bidders only please.

A very sad state of affairs if one’s friend or relative knows so little about you that they waste over $100 on a gift you don’t want!! Being of a suspicious turn of mind – how many times have we seen fake flash listed as “unwanted gifts” ?? we had a look at the seller’s other items and saw this:

Guess what, folks – the supposedly 64GB Kingston flash drive in this ebay auction (item number 190484672208) is also an “unwanted gift” – but in this case the flash drive in question is a discontinued model that was never made in capacities above 32GB. This USB flash drive is without any doubt whatsoever a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – the questions we are curious to find answers to are:

Does rowell3158 know that at least one of the Kingston flash drives listed on ebay as unwanted gifts is a fake capacity counterfeit?
Is this yet another case of pants on fire?
Will the seller list more fakes if these sell without problems?
We suspect the answer to these questions may well be yes.

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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counterfeit 32GB DT200 USB flash drives on ebay from tspe55

The 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives being sold in this ebay listing (item number 270686832607) by tspe55 are very obvious fake capacity counterfeits and anyone buying one will find it 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.

counterfeit 256GB DT310 flash drives from sdeptyltd on ebay

The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 USB flash drives in this ebay listing from sdeptyltd are fake capacity counterfeits and anyone who bought one will find that 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.

fake 32GB Sony flash drives on ebay from reddogsurfer

Although the USB flash drive pictured in this ebay listing from reddogsurfer bears the name Sony it has absolutely nothing to do with that company. It 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.

256GB DT300 in ebay auction from vista195910 unlikely to be genuine

We think it very unlikely that this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive being auctioned by vista195910 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.

128GB flash drive in ebay auction from jaarisari is fake

The USB flash drive in this ebay auction from jaarisari is a fake which will have nowhere near 128GB capacity and we can guarantee that it corrupts files! Any flash drive marked Vaio is fake as are all leather and steel type flash drive like this we tested which had an advertised capacity of over 4GB – and even most at 2GB capacity!

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 Corsair Voyager flash drives in ebay auctions from icey9201

If the 32GB Corsair Voyager flash drives listed at auction on ebay by icey9201 are genuine the seller is likely to make a loss by have short auctions (3 days) and a 99p start price. If these USB flash drives are not genuine then they will be fake capacity – which corrupts files 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 3, 2011 at 11:40 AM