Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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beware; USB flash drives from ebay seller ovino51 likely fakes

Seller ovino51 has listed a number of different models of USB flash drive at auction on ebay and we strongly suspect that they are fakes. We think anyone who buys a USB flash drive from this ebay seller will discover it is fake capacity and corrupts files. We also suspect there is a link between the ebay IDs ovino51 and scott92214.

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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Used micro SD cards in ebay auctions from travelingc

If you bought a used micro SD memory card on ebay from travelingc you are strongly advised to test it with the free program h2testw – 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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January 25, 2011 at 12:59 PM

another dodgy ebay listing from elmonte91731 for 256GB flash drive

Seller elmonte91731 is at it again with the dodgy flash drive listings on ebay. In this listing the seller states:

It is not a brand name Flash drive, but high quality product.

Oh yeah elmonte91731? Pull the other one – this is a poorly disguised counterfeit Kingston DataTraveler 310 USB flash drive which corrupts users’ 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.

is ebay seller rowell3158’s bum on fire? Fake Kingston flash drive

We thought it a little odd when we spotted the ebay auction above from ebay seller rowell3158 – after all how many people would buy something that costs over $100 without knowing that the person who it was bought for would want the gift? Here is what the seller says in the listing (item number 190484671726):

Up for auction is a Kingston 128GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive. Unwanted gift for Christmas. Still unopened and in original packaging. Sold as is. Payment required after end of auction. Will ship right after receiving payment. Serious bidders only please.

A very sad state of affairs if one’s friend or relative knows so little about you that they waste over $100 on a gift you don’t want!! Being of a suspicious turn of mind – how many times have we seen fake flash listed as “unwanted gifts” ?? we had a look at the seller’s other items and saw this:

Guess what, folks – the supposedly 64GB Kingston flash drive in this ebay auction (item number 190484672208) is also an “unwanted gift” – but in this case the flash drive in question is a discontinued model that was never made in capacities above 32GB. This USB flash drive is without any doubt whatsoever a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – the questions we are curious to find answers to are:

Does rowell3158 know that at least one of the Kingston flash drives listed on ebay as unwanted gifts is a fake capacity counterfeit?
Is this yet another case of pants on fire?
Will the seller list more fakes if these sell without problems?
We suspect the answer to these questions may well be yes.

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.

Is 256GB DT310 flash drive from ebayer faithpeterson619 genuine?

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We think there is a snowball’s chance in hell that this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive (ebay item number 280606220970) being auctioned on ebay by faithpeterson619 is genuine. This listing looks remarkably similar to that from atruth (item number 160521137654) – could these nice sounding ebayers be one and the same person with less than honourable intentions?

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.

is ebay seller amnon.bl fraudulent? Dodgy listing for USB flash drive!

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This is not our first report of suspicions about USB flash drives listed on ebay by amnon.bl – we think this seller has sold a range of fakes over a period of months. When we first published an article about this seller in February we thought that this seller might have bought from a fraudulent supplier in all innocence – we now think this seller may well have been selling fakes deliberately. A fake capacity flash drive (whether a counterfeit brand name item or a generic fake) always corrupts files after a while.

The picture in this ebay listing appears to have been doctored to remove evidence that these are probably fake capacity counterfeit Sandisk flash drives.

It looks as though the places where Sandisk cruzer micro flash drives have markings giving the model and capacity have been badly edited in photoshop (or some other image editing program) to erase these markings. If we are right (and we think we are) then this is pretty certain to be a case of deliberate fraud.

We advise anyone who bought a flash drive that fails testing with h2testw from amnon.bl to leave a negative comment for the seller and open a paypal case immediately. If you already left positive feedback then leave a follow-up comment to warn other buyers about this seller.

Only you, as buyers, can put an end to the career of a fraudulent seller!

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 private ebay listings from longpaddockit

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We think it highly unlikely that the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 410 flash drives in private ebay auctions from longpaddockit will 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.