Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud 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.

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