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Posts Tagged ‘Kingston Data Traveller

128GB DT 200 auction on ebay Australia

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superstarzeng2009

Is this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drive offered at auction on ebay Australia by superstarzeng2009 genuine or counterfeit? The buyer can check the serial number with Kingston to find out.

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 in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 22, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Is this 32GB DataTraveler 100 flash drive sold on ebay genuine?

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sue.234

We wonder whether this 32GB DataTraveler 100 flash drive sold on ebay by sue.234 is genuine or not. It just seems a little too cheap to us which makes us uneasy. Serial numbers for high capacity Kingston flash drives can be checked with the company to ensure they are not counterfeits.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 13, 2009 at 10:50 PM

Seller on ebay Australia auctions 64GB DataTraveler 150 drives

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nikechou

We have little doubt that the 64GB DataTraveler USB flash drives being auctioned by seller nikechou will prove to be counterfeit and fake capacity. Such items are dangerous – users find themselves with lost and corrupted files. Buyers should check the serial number of any high capacity Kingston flash drive with the company. They will be able to verify the drive if it is genuine.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 13, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Probable counterfeit 32GB DataTraveler 100 from UK ebayer

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jamccan

UK ebay seller jamccan previously listed a Kingston DataTraveler 100 flash drive of a capacity that does not exist. If this is from the same supplier it will also be counterfeit. We advise the seller to remove Kingston flash drives from sale and check the serial numbers with Kingston.

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August 6, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Seems yet another ebayer is offloading a fake on someone else!

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josua525

We despair about the recent trend in behaviour of ebayers like josua525 who bought fake flash drives from China. We are horrified that instead of trying to help us eliminate fraud ebayers are are re-selling the fakes they bought to other ebayers, who in turn sell them on to someone else!

Hmm – I have an array of fakes in my workroom – maybe I should give up trying to help people and sell my fakes on ebay instead? After all, I know just how to get away with it!! I won’t, of course, because I am an honest person – but it horrifies me to see how many people seem not to be.

Members of the frankenflash project who realised just how dangerous this fraud is have put in a massive effort to warn people; but if this is what people who bought fakes are going to do instead of helping us to end this sort of fraud – why should we bother??

Written by fightflashfraud

July 6, 2009 at 1:35 AM

Another obvious fake 32GB Kingston DataTraveler on ebay

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lotsunami

Here we have another obvious fake from another seller based in Italy – and what on earth does seller lotsunami mean by V.upgrade?? You cannot upgrade a flash drive!! You can, however, do what has been done buy this seller’s supplier. “What is that?” I hear you ask. The answer – program a small capacity drive to appear to have a much larger capacity thus causing file loss and data corruption for users.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 1, 2009 at 8:06 PM

Looks like a counterfeit 32GB Kingston DT150 on ebay Italy

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clothing.srl

It seems that ebay member clothing.srl has been shopping in fake flash land. The back of the pack shown in the listing lacks the serial number sticker that is present on genuine drives of this type. The seller may be unaware the item is counterfeit – please sellers – check your items are genuine before listing them for sale!

As ever, we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory (whether USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 30, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Are these 16GB DataTraveler flash drives genuine or counterfeit?

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anson528168

Are the 16GB flash Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives sold on ebay by anson528168 genuine? If not it seems that yet another Kingston model has fallen prey to the counterfeiters. A comment on sosfakeflash from an ebay member suggests that they are not genuine but we don’t yet have proof. If you bought a flash drive from this seller test it immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 17, 2009 at 7:20 AM

UK seller lists obvious fake 32GB Kingston flash drives

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ramsess2008_body

We thought you might be interested in the body of this listing for fake 32GB Kingston flash drives. Here (in an attempt to instil confidence) UK seller rameses2008 tells you that you can verify the drive with Kingston – and indeed you can! Guess what? Kingston will verify it is a fake!! There are no Genuine 32GB Kingston drives that look like this – only 2GB ones. Buyers – test all flash memory items with h2testw!

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 16, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Is this a genuine 16GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drive?

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wholesale-shop2009

We couldn’t find this model on Kingston’s web site so we wonder whether this is a genuine Kingston drive or yet another fake. If you bought one of these from wholesale-shop2009 test it with h2testw and let us know.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 9, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Che capienza falsa volete vostra Kingston essere?

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giuseppelrcIl giuseppelrc del venditore sta offrendo questo azionamento falso dell’istantaneo di Kingston di capienza in due formati – la falsificazione 16GB ed ancor più falsificazione 32GB. Noi wouldn’ la t be è sorpresa se il seller’ i lettori multimediali di s inoltre risultano essere capienza falsa anche. Se gli compraste qualche cosa da questa prova del venditore con h2testw.

Segnali dentro a SOSFakeFlash se la vostra prova lo conferma ha un dispositivo falso di capienza.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 5, 2009 at 9:16 PM

Un membro ebay in Italia che vende falsificazione 16GB Kingston

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xbox-360_123

Il venditore xbox-360_123 ha venduto parecchi di questi azionamenti dell’istantaneo di Kingston di capienza di falsificazione.

Nessun dei compratori sembrano esaminarli come tutte le risposte positive di sinistra. I compratori perderanno finalmente le lime usando questi – dovrebbero provarli con h2testw.

Segnali dentro a sosfakeflash se le vostre esposizioni di prova voi hanno un dispositivo falso di capienza.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 31, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Obvious fake 32GB Kingston listed by ebayer in Australia

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icemanpeterepeteThis obvious fake 32GB Kingston has been listed by ebay member icemanpeterepete registered on ebay Australia. The seller may not be aware that the Kingston drives listed are fake – perhaps a kind ebayer will let the seller know.

If the seller tests with h2testw he will find out the horrible truth – the capacity of this drive is nowhere near 32GB – most likely only 2GB. Anyone using one of these eventually suffers file corruption and file loss.

UPDATE 28/06/09
Seller icemanpeterpete apparently also sold the more recent counterfeit 64GB Kingston as well as this very obvious old fake shown above. 16 fake Kingston were sold by this person but only 5 buyers seem to have noticed they were diddled by this seller.

If you are a buyer who got a supposedly 32GB or 64GB Kingston from this seller and you get in touch with Kingston they will confirm these are fake. You should immediately claim a refund from the seller by opening a paypal dispute.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 27, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Are these 32GB Kingston flash drives on ebay USA genuine??

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edmarsinc

Is this 32GB Kingston flash drive listed by US seller edmarsinc genuine? We can’t be sure. The seller has been registered on ebay for a long time – so we hope that he or she tested the drives properly with h2testw rather than simply looking at the properties. Perhaps someone would be kind enough to contact edmarsinc and get the seller to test the drives with h2testw now if they didn’t do so before.

Many honest ebayers have recently bought flash drives to sell on ebay from fraudulent wholesalers in China and are unaware of the problem. It is up to you, dear readers, to alert them to this problem – the team is exhaused. There are far too many sellers listing Kingston drives that may be counterfeit for us to be able to contact more than a small fraction of them. We need your help dear reader – without it victims of fake flash (both buyers and sellers on ebay) will not be warned and many many more people will end up losing valuable files. If a seller ignores your warning please let us know – this is usually a sign of deliberate fraud.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 25, 2009 at 6:23 AM

Fake 16GB Kingston USB flash drive on ebay Italy

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Seller santoparello86 based in Rome, Italy, has listed the fake 16GB Kingston drive shown here. It appears that this seller previously sold the same model in 64GB. This seller presumably bought these from fraudulent wholesalers in China. The seller may not know that the flash drives are fake, though the fact that buyer IDs are hidden at the end of auctions suggests otherwise. If you bought one you should test it immediately with h2testw – you are at grave risk of losing your files!

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

santoparello86

Written by fightflashfraud

May 14, 2009 at 7:28 PM

A possible fraudster selling fake Kingston on ebay in Italy

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Seller 1934renato (based in Italy) is selling this fake 16GB Kingston flash drive. The seller must have been on a shopping trip to Chinese fraudster land to get them. The fake flash drives sold by European ebayers have been purchased from fraudulent wholesalers in China. Sellers should do their homework before buying flash drives so that they know what is real and what is fake. Some of course are fraudsters themselves and know perfectly well their items are fake. Which is 1934renato we wonder? Someone who just didn’t know or a deliberate fraudster? As buyer IDs are hidden we are inclined to the view that this seller is a deliberate fraudster. 1934renato

If you bought one you should test it immediately with h2testw – you are at grave risk of losing your files!

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 10, 2009 at 9:06 PM

Another Australian ebayer seems to have been to fake flash land

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brutus404 It seems ebay seller brutus404 is another ebayer who took a trip to fake flash land without doing the research necessary to know what is fake and what is real. This drive is one of the most obvious fakes on ebay and other sites on the Internet. Why? because Kingston do not make this model in capacities above 16GB and these drives are colour coded – the green one is 2GB. Chinese fraudsters program the control chips to report a fake capacity to the operating system and fool users. The poor souls who end up with these often don’t have a clue until all their files get corrupted once they exceed the real capacity. If you bought one you should test it immediately with h2testw – you are at grave risk of losing your files!

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 10, 2009 at 10:24 AM

64GB fake Kingston from mass_storage_estore and *big_memory*

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mass_storage_estore UK sellers mass_storage_estore and *big_memory* are offering 64GB Kingston fakes for sale despite having been warned that this model of drive is not made at this capacity. Don’t these sellers understand that they are committing a criminal offence by offering such items for sale? Are they so desperate for money that they are willing to risk landing in jail? big_memory

Ebay Alert! Seller petermak_hk suspect fraudster

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Seller petermak_hk is using private auctions to sell flash items such as MP4 players. Fightfakeflash is awaiting test results from an ebayer who bought from this seller so that the buyer’s test results can be confirmed and passed to sosfakeflash for addition to the database. Seller petermak_hk is also selling “32gb” flash drives marked with the registered trademark name DATA TRAVELLER. This trademark belongs to Kingston. Kingston does not make a 32GB drive of this type so how can he sell one? 21 ebayers bought one of these on 17th January alone. None can be contacted to suggest they test their drives because buyer IDs are kept private. Draw your own conclusions.
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January 17, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Alert! – wusimz de-registered

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Fraudster wusimz has now de-registered following the efforts by ebay fraud victims to warn buyers about this villain whose usb flash drives were all fake capacity – other fake flash items were sold too. If you bought any flash memory item from wusimz you need to act quickly – test with h2testw and claim your refund as soon as possible.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 13, 2009 at 8:36 AM

New seller of Kingston fake capacity

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lxmei98king

This is the small picture used by  lxmei98 to advertise a fraudulently re-programmed 2GB Kingston flash drive so that it appears to be a 16GB drive. His larger picture is exactly the same as used by fraudster wusimz to sell the same drive.  The same large picture has been used previously by several fraudsters who are now deregisered. See this post for the large picture and more information about Fake 16GB Kingston

Written by fightflashfraud

January 3, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Alert! Fraudsters selling reprogrammed Kingston drives

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New sellers (probably well known fraudsters using new IDs) are advertising 16GB flash drives  which seem to be fraudulently re-programmed 2GB Kingston drives have appeared recently on Ebay.  They do not mention the brand name in listing (though it is clearly shown in the larger picture) to avoid detection. Be aware that some ranges of Kingston drives (such as Kingston mini fun and the data traveller type shown below) are colour coded according to their capacity.  If you see the picture below in a listing  for a 16GB drive then it is certainly a fake capacity drive – we have the evidence – test results! If you bought one of these please send test results, seller ID and item number to sosfakeflash@gmail.com and use this information to claim a refund through paypal. You should also report this fraud to both Ebay and Kingston – if ebay is pursued through the courts by Kingston over allowing this fraud you can be sure it will end quickly!

wusimzmain

See the page about Kingston data traveller of this type for more info.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 1, 2009 at 8:43 PM

Fake 16GB Kingston Data Traveller

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What appear to be 2GB Kingston flash drives seem to have been re-programmed by fraudsters and sold on Ebay as 16GB drives by a number of sellers. Before you bid on flash drives where pictures show a brand name (especially if the brand is not mentioned in the listing title!) you should check the manufacturer’s web site to establish that the model shown is genuinely of the claimed capacity.

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Written by fightflashfraud

December 24, 2008 at 6:04 PM