Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for January 9th, 2011

counterfeit Kingston flash drives from ebayer mrgl.ltd

Seller mrgl.ltd states in this ebay listing (item number 140496989979) that three of the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 purchased from a supplier in China were tested with h2testw and failed.

We think that mrgl.ltd has mis-interpreted the test results as he seems to think that between 80 and 140 gigabytes can be saved to them. Findings to date about counterfeit Kingston DT310 USB flash drives from China suggest that they can seldom store more than 4GB before corrupting files. We have certainly never come across test results that suggest that one of these could save anywhere near 80GB.

We wonder if mrgl.ltd is aware that (even given the fact that the seller says they are not genuine) the sale and sending by post of counterfeit items is illegal and that he could face a prison sentence for this offence?

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 Kingston flash drives sold on ebay by keeda9

The Kingston USB flash drives being sold on ebay by keeda9 are fake capacity counterfeits from a fraudulent supplier and anyone who bought one is sure to find that it corrupts their 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.

UPDATE 23/01/2011
Seems that seller keeda9 is now trying to dump the fake 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives as a job lot – see ebay item number 230576714722!!

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

256GB Kingston DT310 flash drives from ebayer geary2646

The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 USB flash drives in this private ebay listing from geary2646 (item number 130473412939) are too cheap to be anything other than fake capacity counterfeits and anyone who buys 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 128GB DT200 flash drives from huhxin915 on ebay

The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives being sold on ebay by huhxin915 are too cheap to be anything other than fake capacity counterfeits. Anyone who buys one of these USB flash drives 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.

32GB DT200 flash drive in private ebay auction from memorymarketuk

Seller memorymarketuk risks making a loss in this private ebay auction (item number 160527454919) if the 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive being sold is 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.

foolish ebayers snap up fake Kingston flash drives from ultimatetoys

We didn’t bother publishing anything about the fake 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives listed on ebay by ultimatetoys because we hoped (obviously in vain) that ebayers would have the sense by now not to buy counterfeits when the seller plainly states they are not genuine.

As you can see 15 buyers were foolish enough to part with their cash for one of these. A very silly move as counterfeits never have anywhere near the advertised capacity and once the true capacity has been filled files inevitably become lost and corrupted because there is nowhere left for them to go.

The seller still has an ebay listing for these (item number 110633398647) – how many more silly people will have bought one by the time this listing ends. The buyers who have left feedback so far obviously haven’t realised what they have done – it will probably be months before they do find their valued files vanishing as few people have a real need for flash drives above about 4GB.

All you are doing when you buy non-original Kingston or other brand name memory items is throwing your money down the toilet and helping the foolish seller who fell for the idea of making big profits out of cheap stuff from China. Anyone with half an ounce of sense would buy a genuine 16gb flash drive from a reputable supplier in preference to a fake 64GB drive – cheaper and more reliable!

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 drive from ebayer siglo21usa unlikely to be genuine

We think it unlikely that the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive in this ebay auction from siglo21usa is 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.