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private ebay auctions from 10good.days for notorious fake flash drive

The 32GB leather and steel flash drives being sold by 10good.days in this listing (item number 120675696328) and other private ebay auctions from this seller are notorious – always fake capacity, which 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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January 25, 2011 at 7:42 AM

256GB DT310 flash drive in private ebay auction from rockingham200

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We are fairly certain that the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 USB flash drive in a private ebay auction (item number 220711913948) from rockingham200 is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. 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 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.

obvious fake 256GB Kingston in private ebay sales from seybuytech

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Had seller seybuytech looked at the Kingston web site before listing these very obvious fake 256GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives then he or she would have known that these were fake capacity counterfeits. The model being sold (the DataTraveler 200) is not made in 256GB capacity – and it’s not made in pink – except by fraudsters in China.

This seller obviously bought from a fraudulent supplier so we suspect that the 32GB SD memory card recenty sold by seybuytech will be fake too. The use of private listings does make us wonder if the seller actually knows, but this may simply be an unfortunate habit. Anyone who buys a 256GB Kingston from seybuytech will find that it corrupts files after a while because the real capacity is nowhere near 256GB.

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.

Test memory cards and flash drives from dspe2650 with h2testw

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We wondered whether the Corsair flash drives being sold in private auctions on ebay by dspe2650 were genuine so we decided to watch and check the seller out a bit. We think that if the seller broke even on this one then it was a skin of the teeth job.

Further investigation indicates the 32GB SDHC Kingston memory cards sold at auction by this seller all sold at a loss if they are genuine. This makes us think that the flash memory items from this seller are likely to have come from a fraudulent supplier – in which case they will be fake capacity counterfeits and fake capacity flash memory 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.

manost2007 auctions fake 128GB Corsair flash drives on ebay

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A genuine 128GB Corsair flash drive does not look like the one in this ebay listing from manost2007 – the model shown is not made in this capacity as anyone who checks the Corsair website will see. Be assured that this USB flash drive is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. Seller manost2007 no doubt got them from a fraudulent supplier in China. The use of private auctions to sell these suggests that the seller may be aware they are fakes.

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.

Suspect ebay listing from evictoria09 for 256GB DT310 flash drive

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Seller evictoria09 tells us in this private ebay auction (which in itself is suspect!) that:

I was given two of these for my photography course but I think one is more than enough.

OH YEA?
Now who would have given evictoria09 not one but two 256GB flash drives?

A lecturer who teaches photography and video assures us that no UK college or university would even lend a photography student a 256GB flash drive let alone give them two of them.

They might allow a video student to borrow a 32GB flash drive during video editing sessions but the student would not be allowed to take it away let alone keep it.

Our lecturer friend says there is no need for a photography student to have a high capacity flash drive like this. A photography student would be a lot more likely to be lent a 4GB SD card.

Either evictoria09 has some wealthy friends or relatives or someone should call the fire brigade!!

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, gaurantee 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 gaurantee 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.