Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for January 10th, 2011

Is 256GB DT310 in ebay auction from entrynmbrv genuine?

Seller entrynmbrv tells us in this listing that this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive came free with a computer. If the flash drive is genuine someone could get a great bargain but if it is counterfeit… 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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256GB Kingston DT310 flash drives from ebayer mystic-cruiser

If the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives being auctioned on ebay by mystic-cruiser are genuine it looks as though the seller will make a loss the sales. 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.

Kingston USB flash drives and memory cards from ebayer imp-tech

We think it highly unlikely that the Kingston USB flash drives and memory cards being sold in private ebay auctions by imp-tech are 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.

256GB DT310 in ebay auction from wrs404 unlikely to be genuine

We are pretty certain that this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 USB flash drive from ebay seller wrs404 will turn out to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – in the unlikely event that we are wrong the seller is risking a big loss by auctioning it with such a low start 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.

Kingston flash drives in private ebay auctions from xargon9

Seller xargon9 states in this private ebay auction (item number 270690277160) that:

WHEN PLUGGED INTO THE PC THE DRIVE SAYS 256GB HOWEVER IT HAS NOT BEEN TESTED SO IT MAY BE LESS THAT WHAT IS ADVERTISED ON THE PACK. ALSO NOTE THERE ARE FAKES OUT THERE IM NOT SURE OF THE ACTUAL CAPACITY OF THIS AS IT IS NOT TESTED BUT I DID INSERT IN PC AND THE DRIVE DISPLAYS 256GB. HOWEVER THE ACTUAL DRIVE CAPACITY MAY BE LOWER THAN 256GB.
I DO NOT OFFER ANY REFUNDS OR RETURNS THIS IS BECAUSE SOMEONE COULD CLAIM MONEY BACK AND RETURN TO ME A FAKE USB, SO NO REFUNDS OR RETURNS. YOU BUY AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION. *UK ONLY*NO REFUNDS/RETURNS.

If the seller didn’t want to run into trouble with selling 256GB DataTraveler 310 and 128GB DataTraveler 200 flash drives then xargon9 should have ensured that the Kingston flash drives he or she is selling on ebay were genuine and fit for purpose.

Sellers please not that when you list and item part of your contract with both ebay and your buyers is this:

Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing.

There is no get out of jail free card when you sell counterfeit fake capacity flash drives or memory cards – buyers are entitled to a refund without returning the item because it is illegal to send counterfeit goods through the postal system. So if (as a seller) you don’t check that brand name flash drives and memory cards are genuine that is YOUR problem – not that of the buyer!

If you don’t know how to check that flash memory is genuine then you shouldn’t be selling it!

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.

Are flash drives being auctioned on ebay by surma59119 genuine?

Seller surma59119 has auctions on ebay for a number of Kingston and Corsair flash drives and we have a sneaking suspicion that they may have been purchased from a fraudulent wholesale outlet supplying fake capacity counterfeits. If they did come from a fraudulent supplier then anyone buying a USB flash drive from surma59119 will find 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 Kingston micro SD on ebay from noparking29 & humayunraja11

We suspect that the 32GB Kingston micro SD cards being auctioned on ebay by noparking29 and humayunraja11 may be fake capacity counterfeits purchased from a fraudulent wholesale outlet. If they are fakes then anyone who buys one of these micro SD card 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.