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Archive for January 7th, 2011

128GB Kingston DT200 flash drives on ebay from shazz.clarke

The buy it now price in this ebay listing from shazz.clarke for the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 USB flash drive (item number 270689018369) seems too low for the seller to break even if these are genuine. Is the seller hoping to make up losses on these and any loss on the two listed at auction from the profit on those being sold at £139.00 (item number 270685668140) – looks like a risky strategy to us. Why not just put them all in one buy it now listing?

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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4GB HP flash drives from ebay seller sam992000: genuine or fake?

We find it rather curious that the ebay listings for 4GB flash drives from seller sam992000 (item numbers 260717730863, 260717730966, 260717731150 and 260717731271) all have the same start price for an auction as the buy it now price. Very strange – though we have seen this curious way of listing from a number of sellers. Are sam992000 and others who do this hoping some over-excited buyer will offer more??

The really big question is are these USB flash drives genuine or fake?

If they are fake capacity counterfeits then anyone buying one of these USB flash drives will find it corrupts their files. Given the brand involved they seem a little on the cheap side – though (recently) flash memory prices seem to be dropping instead of rising as they were until about six months ago, so we can’t be sure.

If you bought one of these USB flash drives how can you tell whether you got a genuine item or a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files? With the marvellous little free program h2testw of course!

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 USB flash drives from ebay seller promallwholesale

Seller promallwholesale has a number of ebay listings for different models of 32GB USB flash drive. We strongly advise buyers to test with h2testw as we have a feeling that this ebayer made the mistake of buying from a fraudulent wholesaler. If we are right the USB flash drives being sold by promallwholesale 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 7, 2011 at 7:25 PM

64GB Kingston DT200 flash drives in ebay auctions from robiko555

If the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 and DataTraveler 150 flash drives being auctioned on ebay by robiko555 are genuine the seller could well make a loss on auctions. 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.

256GB DT310 USB flash drive in ebay auction from koda_reid

If the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive in this ebay listing from koda_reid is genuine the seller could well make a loss on the sale by starting the auction at such a low price. 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 11/01/2011
This flash drive sold for $76.00 and the seller now has another listing for one (item number 250752583641) so we are pretty certain they are fake capacity counterfeits.

flash drives in ebay auctions from slo772010 sure to be fake

The 32GB flash drive listed on ebay by slo772010 (item number 150541655801) is certainly fake and corrupts files. As the start price for the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive in the listing was too low to meet the wholesale cost of a genuine one we are certain this Kingston flash drive is a fake capacity counterfeit which 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.

64GB Corsair flash drives in ebay auctions from config_sys

If the 64GB Corsair flash drives being auctioned on ebay by config_sys are genuine the seller could well make a loss by auctioning them. If, on the other hand, they came from a fraudulent supplier then they will be fake capacity counterfeits and anyone who buys a fake capacity USB flash drive 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 7, 2011 at 12:25 PM