Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Archive for February 2011

512GB USB flash drives don’t exist!

There is no such thing as a genuine 512GB USB flash drive – 512 megabytes, yes, 512 gigabytes, no. Anyone who buys one of these (whether on ebay from estore301 or elsewhere) will discover they got a fake that corrupts files.

By USB flash drive we do not mean the larger solid state hard drives that use flash memory – we mean the little things the size of a cigarette lighter (as per all those pictured on this blog, often called memory sticks) that you can put on a keyring, in your purse or in your pocket.

Some people (either willfuly or through ignorance) misunderstand what we are talking about and tell us that they do! They will, no doubt, exist one day but that day has not arrived at the time of writing, and is unlikely to before the end of 2011.

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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Written by fightflashfraud

February 24, 2011 at 7:26 AM

Fake Kingston memory cards sold on ebay by onestopmagicbox

If you bought a memory card from onestopmagicbox you are advised to test it with the free program h2testw immediately – you run the risk of data loss and corruption by using it as buyers report that they are fake capacity counterfeits.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

February 10, 2011 at 6:26 AM

Farewell from the fight flash fraud team

We are sick to death of wasting our time with this blog as we’ve come to the conclusion that ebayers will never learn so we are taking a break – possibly permanently.

Written by fightflashfraud

February 1, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Posted in fake flash

256GB Kingston DT310 flash drive in ebay auction from fadiawaragi

Is the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive being auctioned on ebay by fadiawaragi genuine or is it yet another 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.

256GB DT310 flash drives in ebay auctions from yuriybidzilya

Are the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives being auctioned on ebay by yuriybidzilya 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.

Kingston USB flash drives in ebay auctions from pt166

We doubt that either the 128GB Kingston DT200 flash drive in this ebay listing (item number 280622368071) from pt166 or the 256GB Kingston DT310 being auctioned by this seller will prove to be 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.