Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

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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