Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

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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  1. Thank you for confirming what I thought! I bought the 128GB flash drive for $153 and I’m sure it’s fake.

    Am testing now with h2testw, and appreciate your help in running this site!

    Stephen

    January 11, 2011 at 9:02 AM


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