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Beware of fake USB flash drives on ebay from seller sinskinny

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Beware ebayers – flash drives from Hong Kong based seller (registered on 22 June) are certain to be fake capacity and a fake capacity flash drive corrupts files. This devious seller has hiked up delivery charges to make it difficult for defrauded buyers to get their money back.

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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ebay seller in Germany sold fake flash drives from fraudulent supplier as faulty

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Seller vorratsspeicher (like many ebay sellers) fell into the trap of buying fake capacity USB flash drives from a fraudulent supplier. The seller realised something was wrong and sold this one and quite a few others as faulty. They are not faulty – they are deliberately created fakes. If you are an ebay seller and plan to sell flash memory items, please do your research first! There are a lot of fraudulent suppliers out there.

Always test at least a sample of any flash memory items you plan to sell as soon as they arrive (this way you stand some chance of getting a refund from the supplier if there are any problems) and don’t list them for sale on ebay unless you are sure they are genuine!

There is no real fix for fake capacity memory items – for a number of technical reasons they will never be reliable even if returned to their true (much smaller than advertised) capacity and will always be prone to sudden failure.

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.

UPDATE 16/06/2010
This seller is still at it – see ebay item number 280521894993 – fake fake fakity fake. Seems that only one buyer (who reports the same model but in black leather) as having only 2GB capacity has yet noticed that the flash drives from this seller are fakes.

UK ebay seller urbanturban obviously does not understand the fake flash memory problem!!

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It seems that UK ebay member urbanturban bought a large number of obviously fake 128GB USB flash drives from a fraudulent supplier (probably in China) and discovered there is a problem with them. It seems this seller did no research before buying these to sell on ebay.

Please, pretty please?? Do some research before buying flash memory items to sell on ebay and test at least a 10% sample (wherever you bought!) to save both yourself and your buyers from greif.

The flash drive in this listing is not faulty it is a fake capacity USB flash drive that was deliberately programmed to show a false capacity to the operating system. A fake capacity flash drive always corrupts files after a while.

We doubt that urbanturban is a fraudster – it is more likely that he (or she) is simply an ordinary ebayer who fell foul of a fraudulent supplier. We hope this seller will do the honourable thing and refund any buyers – a painful financial loss, but the only honest thing to do in this situation. If urbanturban wants to get in touch we will do our best to help the seller get a refund from the supplier – sadly this is often extremely difficult.

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.

We doubt that these 128GB DT200 USB flash drives are genuine

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We think that budgetelectricalstore09 may have purchase these 128GB Kingston DT200 USB flash drives from a fraudulent wholesaler. If this is the case they will be counterfeit and fake capacity – such drives corrupt files. If they are genuine they will have individual serial numbers that can be verified with Kingston.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Top rated US ebay seller lists suspect Kingston DT150 USB flash drives at auction with 99 cent start price

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deedan92

A top rated US ebay seller, with 100% positive rating, listed these counterfeit Kingston flash drives on ebay. We fear that this seller could lose his or her good reputation by listing these. Read the rest of this entry »

Very curious listings for Kingston flash drives on ebay

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amadiokpo

Recently Kingston and other manufacturers have been gradually discontinuing lower capacity flash drives as consumer demand moves towards higher capacities. The drive shown in listings by UK seller amadiokpo seem to show one such drive -except we think it is probably not a genuine Kingston.

The model in question has always been colour coded according to capacity. Genuine USB flash drives of this type with green parts were 2GB – lower capacities were different colours. Kingston have discontinued all flash drives in this range below 4GB.

Fraudsters in China mass produced copies of the green and white 2GB model and programmed them to show all sorts of fake capacities from 16GB to 64GB. These dangerous fakes have been sold through fraudulent wholesalers for a long time.

They were also sold on ebay (either by fraudsters in China or by ebay members around the world who bought from fraudulent wholesalers) for a long time. Indeed, they still crop up on ebay occasionally at high fake capacities.

The green and white model is now (like the lower capacity blue and white and brown and white) consigned to Kingston history. We should not see too many ebay listings for these as 8GB, 16GB or higher in future. Now to the interesting bit!

How did UK ebay member amadiokpo come to list these as 265mb and 16GB as well as what one would expect (2GB) if they were genuine old 2GB Kingston stock being cleared out? No doubt members of the fightflashfraud team and other branches of the frankenflash project will already have guessed our thoughts!

At a guess it goes like this. The fraudsters in China were left with a mass of counterfeit drives of this type that had programmed to fake capacities left on their hands. They obviously could not get away with selling them as high capacity drives anymore – too many people knew the truth. What to do now??

Obvious – re-program them (yet again) but to a much lower capacity. However – each time a drive is reprogrammed in this way the fraud will be discovered sooner as the illusion of higher capacity becomes more difficut to maintain.

Only one way to go – program them much closer to the the true reamaining useable capacity (or even the actual remaining useable capacity) and get rid of them in bulk. What do we conclude – that these drives will have a short life although initially it may be possible to save close to the advertised capacity on them.

We think the drives may well be useable for small files you want to access elswhere (such as a word document that you want to access or print out on different computers when you are on the move) in the short term as long as you have the files backed up elsewehere – but we wouldn’t trust them with anything important!

We’d be interested to know if our conclusions prove correct.

We hope the seller and/or buyers test them with h2testw and let us know what they found.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 15, 2009 at 9:00 AM

UK seller disposes of fake 32GB Kingston on ebay

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lll_z_lll

This listing has the following wording:

YOU ARE BIDDING ON A 32GB HACKED MEMORY STICK WITH ONLY 4GB REAL MEMORY
BOUGHT IT IN WHOLESALE AND INSTEAD OF THE REAL 32GB IT ONLY CAME WITH 4GB
THAT MEANS IT SHOWS 32GB BUT CAN ONLY HOLD 4GB
I HAVE ONLY TESTED ONE OF THEM AND THAT CAN HOLD UP TO 4GB!
SO I AM SELLING THEM OFF FOR A LOSS SINCE THE SELLER ONLY GAVE ME A PARTIAL REFUND, HENCE THE PRICE
WILL SELL THE WHOLE LOT FOR £40 CONTACT ME IF INTRESTED
NO REUTRNS WILL BE ACCEPTED
HAPPY BIDDING

Unfortunately even if buyers of these can rescue these USB flash drives they are likely to end up with a poor quality and unreliable drive that cannot be trusted with important files. Sad as it is for a seller to find they have a bunch of fakes on their hands we don’t think they should be sold on even where the fact that they are fake capacity is clearly stated. Most computer users will not have the knowledge to make them useable and will therefore eventually end up losing files.

Please sellers – just take it on the chin if you find yourself with fakes – it is your responsibility to do your research properly before buying things to sell on ebay!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 16, 2009 at 3:21 PM