Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for January 13th, 2011

Counterfeit 256GB Kingston flash drives from d.g.services on ebay

Had ebay seller d.g.services done his or her research properly before buying the seller would have known in advance that these are very obvious fake capacity counterfeit Kingston flash drives. The DataTraveler 200 is not made in 256GB capacity – a quick look at the Kingston web site would have told the seller this. In this listing (item number 190489649599) d.g.services says:

Kingston 256GB DataTraveler 200

This item has been imported from China and is not working as it should be. Ive been told that it needs HP USB recovery program to get it working.
I have also found out that only about half of memory can be used (80-140GB) All items are new although have been opened.
I will not accept returns or refunds as i have given as much information as i can

We think d.g.services is mistaken about the storage capacity of these fakes and that it is unlikely that they can store as much as 8GB let alone 80GB. Once the real capacity of a fake capacity flash drive is filled it corrupts files.

We wonder if the seller realises that selling counterfeits is actually a criminal offence that could result in prosecution in court.

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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fake 64GB Kingston DT200 flash drive from ebayer tp.onlineshop

The 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive in this ebay listing from tp.onlineshop is a fake capacity counterfeit that 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.

jjjpanther selling notorious fake capacity flash drives on ebay

The leather and steel type flash drive in this ebay listing from jjjpanther is notorious – always fake capacity and corrupts files. The 512GB flash drives from this seller are also fakes – there is no such thing as a 512GB USB flash drive except fakes from China. The 256GB DataTraveler 300 flash drives from this seller are fake capacity counterfeits – at a buy it now price of AU $74.99 they simply couldn’t be anything else!

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.

Beware of 128GB flash drives from ebayer 10begreen

Anyone who buys either the notorious leather and steel model of flash drive or the Sony Vaio flash drive listed on ebay by 10begreen will find that the USB flash drive corrupts their files because it is fake capacity.

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 Kingston DT310 USB flash drive in ebay auction from vnrev

If the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive in this ebay auction is genuine seller vnrev is likely to make a loss on the sale. 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.

fake 64GB Kingston USB flash drive in ebay auction from bgtharry

The discontinued Kingston DataTraveler G2 USB flash drive (which is what the one in the listing picture imitates) was never made in 64GB capacity. What we have in this one day ebay auction from bgtharry is a fake capacity counterfeit USB flash drive that corrupts files. The use of a one day auction (item number 150547703448) makes us wonder if the seller may not actually be aware that this is a fake.

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.