Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Counterfeit USB flash drives & memory cards from

Beware – if you buy a Kingston flash drive (256GB DT 310 or DT300) or a Sandisk SDHC or SDHC micro memory card from ebay seller it will be 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.

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  1. you can make the claims of the sale through “paypal” if you used this medium for the purchase …

    Mauricio B

    February 19, 2011 at 4:21 AM

  2. man i really wish i did my research first… i seen a posting on ebay. about 256g usb for 25dollars. i bought it and have been waiting for about a month. still no item i contacted 4 times already and they kept telling me the item was shipped but could not give me a tracking number. eventually i got tired of waiting and opened up a case on them and the day that i did i found out they are no longer a registered user of ebay..SMFH -_-


    February 10, 2011 at 11:36 PM

  3. Hi Maurico,

    Due to a computer problem (possibly a mistaken key press!) part of the reply to your last comment was lost.

    We suggest you buy your hard drive from a reputable company. Also, think carefully about whether you actually want a single removable hard drive of 1TB. We’ve found that it is actually a lot easier to have several removable hard drives of lower capacity and use each for particular kinds of file. Makes finding things a whole lot easier if you forgot the location of a particular file.

    Also – if everything is on one drive and something goes wrong with it then you lose all your data. If you have several drives and one fails then you only lost some of your stuff! Several of our team suffered devastating file losses many years ago due to drive failures – long before there was such a thing as USB flash drives (we’re a bunch of oldies!) and learned hard lessons from it.

    Good luck, whatever you choose to do.


    January 18, 2011 at 7:29 PM

  4. Thank you very much for the information and the work they do in denouncing such people …
    I venture out and buy a 1TB hard drive that sells user test carried out, all you mention here to see if it actually is 1TB and will comment as a result ….
    Greetings from Chile (South America)

    Mauricio B

    January 18, 2011 at 7:08 PM

  5. Hi Maurico,

    Members of our team (and others) have been aware of the sale of counterfeit goods on ebay for years. Our team watches mainly for counterfeit and fake capacity flash drives. Counterfeit clothing, handbags, perfumes, shoes etcetras (though illegal copies) can actually be servicible and only really damage the profits of companies and designers – they don’t cause real damage to consumers. A fake Gucci handbag doesn’t cause the contents of the handbag to vanish, a fake pair of boxer shorts doesn’t cause the manhood to shrivel and drop off!

    However, counterfeit and generic fake capacity flash memory items destroy data – your videos, music, photos, databases etc. simply vanish into thin air. Our team has been monitoring such items on ebay for over three years – others have watched for as long as eight years. We all gave up on reporting fakes to ebay – they seldom did anything. Instead ourselves and others started setting up blogs to advise both buyers and sellers about the issue.

    We can tell you that ebay has often attacked members who warned about this fraud rather than doing anything to prevent the sale of counterfeit and fake capacity memory items despite everyone’s suggestions about how they could do this. Our conclusion? Profit apparently comes before everything else!

    We have lost count of the number of times that ebay/paypal (same company) has evaded giving refunds to defrauded buyers. Don’t fall for the buyer protection hype – many defrauded buyers have had to fight tooth and nail for refunds – even when ebay suspended a seller! So, yes, they should close the account – and probably will when the negative feedback floods in. Undoubtedly another ebay ID will spring up in it’s place when this happens.


    January 18, 2011 at 6:56 PM

  6. thank you very much for your response ….
    but if they are fake items that ebay allowed to sell these items?
    or why not have a bad grade on your reputation?
    I think ebay should close this account and so prevent further scams …

    Mauricio B

    January 18, 2011 at 5:31 PM

  7. Hi Mauricio,
    We didn’t mention the hard drives, just the USB flash drives and memory cards. The hard drives might be ok, but we’d be a bit cautions about buying anything at all from someone who is selling counterfeit items of any sort – and the Kingston flash drives from are certainly counterfeit!


    January 18, 2011 at 8:25 AM

  8. hello
    I asked the seller if they are original and real the product you are selling and told me they were 100% real and original 1TB .
    it may be wrong about this product?

    Mauricio B

    January 17, 2011 at 11:34 PM

  9. Hi I,
    We know because it costs more to make a 256GB Kingston DT 310 flash drive than is selling them for!


    January 17, 2011 at 3:20 PM

  10. how do you know it’s not legit?


    January 17, 2011 at 2:56 PM

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