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Posts Tagged ‘Kingston DataTraveler

if 128GB DT200 from ebayer caetwesel is genuine seller risks loss

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If this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive listed on ebay by caetwesel is genuine then this seller risks making a loss on the sale by selling at auction with a low start price. A genuine flash drive of this type has an individual serial number that can be verified with Kingston.

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.

beware – flash drives sold on ebay by mechitagloria are fakes

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This USB flash drive sold by mechitagloria (registered on ebay Spain) is fake fake fakity fake. There is no such thing as a 240GB USB flash drive made by Kingston or anyone else. This USB flash drive is fake capacity and corrupts files. Beware of any USB flash drives listed on ebay by mechitagloria – this seller bought from a fraudulent supplier and all will be fake.

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.

seems ebay seller in Australia made loss on 4GB Kingston if genuine

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If the 4GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives from seller ozbestchoice are genuine then we are fairly certain the seller made a loss on this one. We are a little surprised that this seller is still auctioning them if they are the real deal – after all no one likes to sell at a loss!

This makes us wonder if ozbestchoice purchased them from a fraudulent supplier. If they came from a fraudulent wholesale outlet they will corrupt 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 24, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Another ebay gremlin with fake 64GB DataTraveler 150 flash drives

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gremlin2sBeware of flash drives from wangxingqu9 – another fake flash gremlin selling counterfeit and fake capacity Kingston flash drives on ebay. 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.

suspiciously cheap 4GB Kingston USB flash drives on ebay USA

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The 4GB Kingston USB flash drives listed on ebay USA by pdqsyr look suspiciously cheap to us. This makes us wonder if this ebay member bought from one of the fraudulent wholesale outlets supplying counterfeits. If they are counterfeit they will also be fake capacity and will corrupt files.

Are these 4GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives on ebay genuine?

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If the 4GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives sold by dolltoyou (registered in Thailand) are genuine then we think this seller must be making a loss. The other possibility is that the seller bought from a fraudulent supplier and that they are counterfeits which will corrupt users’ files. At the moment we can’t say one way or another.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 7, 2010 at 10:24 AM

UK seller who doesn’t mind making a loss on sales??

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UK ebay member experthesamuel made a loss on the auction for this 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 if it was genuine. The buyer should check the serial number with Kingston. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then it will be counterfeit and fake capacity. Fakes trash files. This seller also listed the 32GB version at auction.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 7, 2010 at 5:15 AM

Buy it now price for 16GB Kingston flash drives on ebay is a bit low

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The buy it now price set for these 16GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives seems a little low. This makes us wonder whether seller szymon24b bought from one of the fraudulent wholesalers supplying counterfeits.

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 09/01/10
Seller szymon24b is now offering 16GB flash drives that are absolutely certainly fake – the model shown in this listing is not made in 16GB. These are counterfeit, fake capacity items that will corrupt files.

UPDATE 18/01/10
Seller szymon24b is now using a picture of the DT150 in a buy it now listing for 16GB Kingston – another model that is not made in 16GB capacity!

Seller in Germany lists DT200 in non-existant capacity on ebay

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Kingston do not make the DataTraveler 200 flash drive in 16GB capacity, as anyone who looks at the Kingston website will see. This flash drive listed by grossmodelle-de is a fake that will no doubt corrupt 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.

4GB Kingston on ebay Ireland seems too cheap to be genuine

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We think these 4GB Kingston flash drives listed by nyproo may have been purchased from a fraudulent wholesale outlet as they seem a bit on the cheap side to be genuine Kingston DataTraveler G2 drives. If they are counterfeits from a fraudulent wholesaler they will corrupt 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.

Fake 16GB Kingston USB flash drive listed on ebay India

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This model of Kingston USB flash drive shown in a listing on ebay India by jainlalit is an old discontinued model that was never made in 16GB capacity. The highest capacity Kingston made this drive in was 1GB.

These can only have come from a fraudulent supplier and will be fake capacity items which will trash user’s files.

Given that jainlalit listed one fake we’d be very wary of buying any flash memory from this seller. Ebay sellers who buy one fake item from a fraudulent wholesaler often buy others.

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.

If these 8GB Kingston flash drives are genuine seller risks a loss

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If the 8GB DataTraveler USB flash drives listed on ebay Germany by xpress-electronic are genuine the seller is taking a bit of a risk by listing them with such a low start price. By doing this the seller could easily make a loss on every sale.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 2, 2010 at 5:18 PM

We think this Kingston DataTraveler is a counterfeit

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Seller maliks121 (registered on ebay USA) bought this flash drive from claudetteowens – a seller who we reported on as listing a non-existent model of Kingston at the beginning of October. As claudetteowens had at least two models of fake flash drive one can only assume that all flash drives sold will have come from the same fraudulent supplier.

Rather than selling this suspect flash drive to someone else maliks121 should test the drive with h2testw and demand a refund from claudetteowens if (as we expect) it fails testing.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

November 25, 2009 at 8:44 AM

Another fraudster from China selling fake flash on ebay

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happily-sunny

We are certain the flash memory items sold by happily-sunny will prove to be fake capacity and will trash users’ data. 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 testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 24, 2009 at 10:11 AM

If these Kingston flash drives are genuine seller may make a loss

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If the 16GB Kingston DataTraveler 100 USB flash drives listed on ebay Australia by seller jamesw4827 are genuine the seller is at risk of making a large loss. We wonder if the reason the seller feels able to afford to list with such a low start price is that they are cheap copies from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers out there. If this is the case then these will corrupt users’ files.

We advise everyone to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Suspect auctions for 16GB Kingston DataTraveler on ebay UK

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cliveglen2007

UK seller cliveglen2007 sold one of these 16GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives at auction on Ocober 2nd for £14.01 plus £1.50 P&P. The seller then sold another at auction on 10th October for £10.50 plus £1.50 P&P. If the flash drives are genuine then we think the seller must be making a loss on sales.

If you were cliveglen2007, having made a loss on these two sales, would you list another at auction and risk making further losses? We wouldn’t! This makes us wonder if they are counterfeits purchased from a fraudulent supplier – in which case the seller would not be making a loss. This seems the only logical explanation. We suggest cliveglen2007 tests this with h2testw.

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.

Seller on ebay Australia with suspect Kingston USB flash drives

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aussiebuys2u

Seller aussiebuys2u has listings for a number of models of Kingston USB flash drives. We suspect they were purchased from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers and will prove to be counterfeit and fake capacity. Serial numbers of genuine drives can be checked and verified with Kingston – we don’t think they will verify the flash drives from aussiebuys2u.

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

Seller in Malaysia lists a range of fake USB flash drives on ebay

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chaojfdse

Seller chaojfdse has range of fake USB flash drives for sale on ebay, including the counterfeit 64GB Kingston DT150 in the listing above, counterfeit Kingston DT200 in fake 64GB and fake 128GB capacities, The fraudsters’ favourite leather model, and a possibly counterfeit Sony model. All drives from this seller will corrupt you data.

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.

Probable counterfeit Kingston DT300 flash drives on ebay USA

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olga7117olga

We think there is probably a snowball in hell’s chance of these Kingston DataTraveler 300 flash drives listed on ebay by Canadian seller olga7117olga being genuine. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by fightflashfraud

November 2, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Seller in Ireland lists counterfeit fake capacity Kingston on ebay

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erniuxosba

Seller erniuxosba has listed 256GB Kingston DT 400 flash drives for sale on ebay. This drive does not come in this capacity. Kingston make only one 256GB flash drive and it’s not the DT400, therefore these must be counterfeit and fake capacity drives purchased from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers. The seller may be unaware these are fakes.

Counterfeit, fake capacity drives trash users files after a while because there is nowhere for the data to go. You cannot tell a fake drive’s true capacity by looking at the properties as they fool the operating system.

We advise everyone 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

November 1, 2009 at 1:14 PM

UK ebay seller uses private listing to sell 16GB Kingston

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010881_pink

If the 16GB Kingston flash drives sold by 010881_pink are genuine why is the seller using a private listing? This makes us suspect they may be counterfeit, fake capacity drives that will trash users files once the true capacity is exceeded. We advise everyone 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

October 31, 2009 at 9:51 PM

Two models of obviously counterfeit flash drive on ebay Australia

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Seller gjr1961 has listings for two models of 64GB USB flash drive on ebay Australia. Both models are patently counterfeits as neither Kingson nor Sony make these 64GB models. Read the rest of this entry »

Dodgy looking auctions for Kingston flash drives on ebay Australia

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westryde

We are rather surprised to see Australian ebay member westryde listing a range of Kingston USB flash drives all with a $0.01 start price and free P&P!! Models advertised are the 64GB DT 400 model shown above, 16GB DT G2, 16GB DT 400, 16GB, 32GB and 128GB DT 200. Is this seller off his or her trolly or are these all fakes?

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 17, 2009 at 10:30 PM

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

16GB Kingston DataTraveler sold on ebay rather cheap

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royalmunnings

Two things make us suspect that these 16GB Kingston flash drives sold by royalmunnings could be counterfeits – the low price and the use of a private sale.

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 14, 2009 at 12:51 AM

Hong Kong seller with Data Traveler in private ebay auctions

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jk_holdings

The use of private auctions by seller jk_holdings makes us think these DataTraveler flash drives may be counterfeit and fake capacity. 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 30, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Suspect listing for DataTraveler on ebay Italy

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mistergnokia

The buy it now price for this 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 100 listed by mistergnokia seems a bit low – this makes us suspect that it could be counterfeit. Buyers should check the serial number 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 11, 2009 at 2:25 PM

16GB DataTraveler 100 listed in ebay private auction

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sabrina.alireza

We consider any flash drive sold in a private auction on ebay suspect. In our experience when sellers use private auctions to list flash memory items it is because they are not genuine. We suspect that this 16GB DataTraveler 100 listed by sabrina.alireza could be counterfeit.

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 6, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Who would you beleive – an ebay seller or Kingston?

mcmilesuk

We find this listing by ebay member mcmilesuk intriguing. In the listing the seller states:

You are bidding on a Kingston DataTraveler 150 32GB USB Flash drive

This item is new and unused

You will receive the drive exactly as pictured

I brought this item in PC World but did’nt use it,

I had this item on ebay earlier but some monkeys at kingston complain that this was’t the genuine article

This is a genuine article

Please ask any questions before bidding

What on earth does this seller mean calling employees of the company whose name is on the drive “monkeys?” Does this seller thinks he knows more about Kingston flash drives than the company themselves? We think the cheeky monkey here is mcmilesuk.

pantsonfireAs to the claim that this was purchased from PC World we are inclined not to beleive this. There are members of the frankenflash project living in various parts of the UK and none of us saw this drive on sale in any branch of PC World.

One member of the team was in a large PC World store on Sunday and there were none of these on sale. Another member checked online and couldn't find the drive on the PC World site either.

UPDATE 6th August 2009
mcmilesukserialSeller mcmilesuk has said he was mistaken about buying the drive from PC world. We don’t quite understand how you forget where you bought something like this and why anyone would buy such a high capacity drive if they have no use for it.

The seller has responded to the request that he should provide a picture of the serial number so that this can be checked with Kingston.

We will be interested to see what develops here. An enlarged version of the serial number shown in the seller’s photo has been provided for easy reading.

Readers of this post may like to view the comments. We think this makes interesting reading.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 4, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Are this ebay seller’s Kingston flash drives genuine?

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coolchoose

UK based ebay member coolchoose is offering 3 models of 16GB Kingston USB flash drives at auction with a start price of £12. If they are genuine the seller risks making a loss on them.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 2, 2009 at 7:43 AM

The Kingston flash drives on offer here just have to be fake

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sirflexxx

These are bound to be counterfeit. The start price is far too low for one thing and for another there is only 1 model made in 128GB and it is not this one! There is not and never has been a 128GB DataTraveler 100!! These are fake fake fakity fake – no doubt from a fraudulent supplier in China. Seller sirflexxx either doesn’t research his products properly or is a deliberate fraudster. Time will tell which. A quick phone call by sirflexxx to Kingston will confirm what we are saying if this seller doesn’t beleive us.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 1, 2009 at 10:44 AM

32GB Kingston DataTraveler on ebay seems too cheap to be genuine

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jojodavison

We can’t see how jojodavison could possibly be selling be selling genuine 32GB DataTraveler 100 flash drives at this price. We strongly suspect that these were purchased from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers in China who sell counterfeits. Counterfeit also means fake capacity and data loss. Buyers should check the serial number with Kingston.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers (both sellers and buyers) to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw or, in the case high capacity items from well – known brands, check the serial numbers with the manufacturer.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 30, 2009 at 11:10 PM

We doubt that this seller’s Sandisk flash drives are genuine

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sebastiansarpora

The fact that sebastiansarpora has previously sold these 32GB Sandisk drives and 32GB Kingston DT150 drives for prices below wholesale suggests to us that these may well be counterfeit. We suggest buyers check with manufacturers. You can test to discover the true capacity of flash memory items with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

July 30, 2009 at 9:24 PM

Ebay seller taking a risk if this item is a genuine Kingston

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albertz562656

Seller albertz562656 risks making a loss by selling at auction if this item is genuine. As usual we strongly advise ebayers (both sellers and buyers) to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw or, in the case high capacity items from well – known brands, check the serial numbers with the manufacturer.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

July 30, 2009 at 1:55 PM

This Kingston DataTraveler 100 seems a bit on the cheap side

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takavar1

We think this flash drive is a bit on the cheap side – either it’s a bargain or it’s counterfeit. We suggest that takavar1 contact Kingston and check the serial numbers of the drives with them to ensure he or she is not breaking the law by selling counterfeit items.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 30, 2009 at 9:28 AM

A very suspect listing for a 64GB flash drive from UK ebayer

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allsorts20009 We consider this listing by allsorts20009 highly suspect.

This is for several reasons:

You can’t see the flash drive properly

The price seems far to low for it to be a genuine 64GB flash drive

Buyer IDs are hidden.

This seller previously sold Kingston DataTraveler 150 drives in 64GB and 32GB capacities at what we think are impossibly low prices.

The fact that Kingston drives were sold at low prices makes the seller highly suspect in our eyes – we think all his items wil prove to be fake capacity and the Kingstons will also be counterfeit. It could just be that this seller has been foolish and did not check items out before listing – if so we expect to hear from refunded buyers!

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 28, 2009 at 8:18 AM

Are these 64GB DataTraveler Drives genuine or counterfeit

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nallison1974

UK ebay seller states in this listing:

GENUINE NOT FROM CHINA LIKE ALOT OF THE OTHERS

We hope this is true. Buyers can check the serial numbers with Kingston to find out whether or not they are genuine. If they are counterfeit they will fail testing with h2testw. 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 27, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Kingston DT150 listed by UK ebay seller far too cheap to be real

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vision307

Someone please pass a pair of reading glasses and the URL of this post to *vision307 – this seller needs to do a bit of reading to realise the true cost of flash drives. It is simply not possible to buy the model wholesale for the price this seller is asking, let alone sell them at this price on ebay. These just simply have to be counterfeit and fake capacity drives from a fraudulent wholesaler. A quick phone call to Kingston to check the serial numbers will show we are right.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 25, 2009 at 6:40 AM

Is this 16GB Kingston flash drive the genuine article?

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lechef1million

This looks rather cheap if this is a genuine Kingston flash drive – we’d expect to see a higher buy it now price than this for a brand name drive. Low quality generic drives are available for this sort of price but not normally brand name ones. This makes us wonder whether these could possibly be counterfeits.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 23, 2009 at 10:19 AM

This 16GB Kingston flash drive seems rather on the cheap side

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lovedave0345

We would normally expect to see a higher price tag than this on any 16GB Kingston flash drive which makes us wonder if counterfeiters are now producing this model. If they are this would expain why lovedave0345 is able to offer this at such a low price. We can’t see that he would be making any profit if they are genuine.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 22, 2009 at 6:19 PM

32GB DataTraveller on ebay at a price that seems a little too low

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advanced.electronics82

We think that the buy it now price on this 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 listed by advanced.electronics82 (an ebay member registered in Malaysia on 23 June 2009) is a little too cheap for it to be genuine. All Kingston DataTraveler drives of this type should have individual serial numbers to allow buyers check that the drive is genuine. We urge all buyers to check with Kingston!

Written by fightflashfraud

July 9, 2009 at 7:02 AM

Fake 32GB Kingston flash drive on ebay India

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callconnect2008

This flash drive listed by ebay member callconnect2008 on ebay India is fake capacity and will cause users’ files to become lost/corrupted. We suggest anyone who bought one of these tests their drive with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

July 8, 2009 at 6:01 PM

32GB DataTraveler a little too cheap to be genuine?

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joshthebosh!

This flash drive listed by joshthebosh! seems a little too cheap – could it be yet another counterfeit? Buyers of these can check the serial number with Kingston to ensure their item is genuine. If not, Kingston will be able to confirm it is a counterfeit.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 5, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Seems li_wing_yin is a new ebay fraudster ID in Hong Kong

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li_wing_yin

There is no 32GB USB flash drive that looks like this – it is fake fake fakity-fake! Anyone who uses one of these will lose most of their files eventually. As usual this seller started off by selling other sorts of item before dipping a toe in the fake flash waters.

A quick look at the Kingston website will confirm that there are no 32GB drives of this model. As ever 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 4, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Get yourself an expensive fake 16GB Kingston on ebay France!

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boite_chinoise

We first reported on boite_chinoise selling this fake kingston back in May, but still this seller is merrily defrauding people! As well as fake Kingston flash drives this seller also sold obviously fake Sony ones. Feedback indicates that this seller also supplies fake memory cards. You can buy your fake flash a lot more cheaply elsewhere – why pay top whack in order to corrupt or lose your files when you can do it for nearly half the price elsewhere?

As ever 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 3, 2009 at 9:33 PM

New ebay member registered in Malaysia lists suspect Kingston

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gadjetplanet

We don’t think this 64GB DataTraveler 150 listed by gadjetplanet a seller in Malaysia is genuine. We strongly suspect it is yet another counterfeit purchased from a fraudulent supplier. The seller can easily check with Kingston to find out whether the item is genuine or not. We expect the answer would be not.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 3, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Is this ebay member confused about what he is selling?

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aceelectronics_uk The heading on an ebay listing for over 90 flash drives by seller aceelectronics_uk says the drives on offer are 1GB Kingston DataTraveler but the picture shown (see left) is of a 2GB DataTraveler and elsewere the drives are described as 4GB SanDisk!

We were under the impression that the 1GB model had been discontinued – does this mean the seller has a huge batch of old stock or what?? We are very confused about this listing and don’t know what to make of it at all.

We will be interested to hear from anyone who bought one.

As always 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

June 30, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Is this a 16GB Kingston flash drive? No it isn’t!!

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king8830

The flash drive shown here is not a genuine 16GB Kingston – it is the wrong colour to be a 16GB drive! Seems that seller king8830 did not do the research all sellers should do before buying flash drives to sell on ebay. Buyers will end up with lost and corrupted files if they use this fake capacity item.

As always 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

June 29, 2009 at 10:49 PM

64GB counterfeit DataTraveler 150 sold by ebayer in Italy?

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mr.mino76
Fourteen buyers of this almost certainly counterfeit flash drive sold by mr.mino76 have already left positive feedback. It seems that buyers probably neither checked with Kingston nor tested their drives. These buyers are likely to have a nasty shock when their files start to be lost or corrupted.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 29, 2009 at 8:20 PM

Obvious fake 32GB Kingston DataTraveler on ebay Italy

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daniela_m_shopThis is an obvious fake Kingston – the purple and white model is 4GB and there are no drives of a capacity higher than 16GB in this range! We do not know if seller daniela_m_shop is aware it is a fake or not.

The same model has been listed by kuor75 another ebay member in Italy.

Sellers – please be responsible – check that your merchandise is genuine before listing it on ebay!

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

June 29, 2009 at 2:37 PM

New ebayer in the United states lists fake 64GB Kingston

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bholding.inc2000
New ebayer bholding.inc2000 has listed this very obvious fake for sale – perhaps someone will be kind enough to tell this new ebay member that his flash drives are fake and get him to check with Kingston.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 29, 2009 at 12:37 PM

New ebay member in the USA seems to have been to fakeflashland

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queen_of_luck

It seems to us that yet another new ebay member has been shopping in fakeflashland and come back with counterfeit Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives in both “32GB and “64GB” capacities. The seller may be unaware that these are likely to be counterfeits – and the buyers who have left feedback so far probably didn’t either test their drives with h2testw or contact Kingston to verify them. Ever genuine DataTraveler 150 has a unique serial number which can be used to verify with Kingston that the drive is genuine.

UPDATE 24/06/09
This seller seems to have been de-registered by ebay – as usual they have made life more difficult for those who bought fakes by removing not only listings for items that had not yet been sold but those that had been bought and paid for – thanks a lot ebay!

If you bought a “Kingston” flash drive from this seller email Kingston with clear photographs of both sides of the USB connector, along with a clear photo of the back of the package. Ask them to email you confirmation that your flash drive is counterfeit. You should then be able to use this email as evidence to claim a refund through paypal. Read the articles on our blogs about PayPal refunds to learn about the dirty tricks they may employ to avoid giving you a refund so that you know how to deal with these!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 21, 2009 at 8:29 AM

128GB USB flash drive listed for sale on ebay!!

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selloff911 Ebay member selloff911, registered in Canada has listed a 128GB DataTraveler for sale. DataTraveler is a Kingston trade mark and the highest capacity Kingston flash drive is 64GB. They do not make 128GB USB flash drives. Nor does anyone else.

There are no real 128GB USB flash drives, period. No ifs no buts – simply no 128GB!!

This seller also listed a 64GB Kingston that is likely to be a counterfeit and fake capacity. The seller may not be aware there is a problem with the items – most people know very little about flash memory. A test with the free program h2testw soon reveals whether flash memory is genuine or not.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 15, 2009 at 1:55 PM

UK ebay member lists probable fake Kingston on ebay France

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estherlevy.4256

UK ebay member estherlevy.4256 has listed what we suspect are counterfeit 64GB Kingston Datatraveler 150 USB flash drives on ebay France. Who could afford to risk multiple auction listings with such a low start price for something that would cost over £50 at wholesale prices? We are fairly sure these are not genuine and that the real capacity will turn out to be tiny. Testing with h2testw will reveal the true capacity of these drives.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 15, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Buy your fake 32GB Kingston USB flash drives in bulk here!

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tltci

US registered ebay seller tltci is offering you the chance to buy 20 fake 32GB flash drives at one fell swoop. With these you have the opportunity to lose or corrupt every single file on your computer – what a treat! The seller is also offering bulk lots of 16GB and 8GB Kingston flash drives. They are probably fake too.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 15, 2009 at 6:14 AM

Suspected fake 64GB DataTraveler 150 listed by US ebayer

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mtnvalleypcwv

The picture of the 64GB DataTraveler 150 sold by mtnvalleypcwv does not have engraving on the USB connector. As this is missing we think this is a counterfeit and fake capacity item. If you bought one of these from any seller on ebay test it immediately with h2testw as it is very likely to be a fake.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 8, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Is UK ebayer naffy23k selling a new model of fake kingston?

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naffy23k The original model sold is the green and white one on the left (an old familiar fake – Kingston do not make this model in 32GB) – the cheeky fraudster had the nerve to say his drive was genuine and h2testw was fake!

We know better and are actually in touch with Kingston. The seller then changed to selling the other model. Kingston can easily confirm whether or not a drive is fake.

Every genuine Kingston has a unique serial number. You can phone them up to check whether your drive is genuine or not. The frankenflash project recently got test results showing that the new model naffy23 sold (with buyer IDs hidden – a sure-fire indication of deliberate fraud) by this person are probably counterfeits. If so, this is a new model to become a target for fraudsters and we can expect a flood of these appearing.

There is a very small chance that the one tested was faulty but the low buy it now price they were sold at along with hidden IDs suggests not. If you bought a flash drive from this seller test it immediately with h2testw – we think you will find it is fake capacity.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 7, 2009 at 9:59 PM

Is this 32GB Kingston from Hong a genuine bargain?

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crhill55

This 32GB Kingston from seller crhill55 seems a bit too cheap to be genuine. If you bought one of these you should test it immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 4, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Fake 32GB Kingston flash drive listed on ebay France.

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bibou41

This is undoubtedly a fake capacity flash drive as this model is not made in 32GB capacity. Anyone using one will find that files become lost or corrupt. If you bought one of these from bibou41 or any other seller test it immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 3, 2009 at 12:05 PM

32GB faux suspecté Kingston DataTraveler 150

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icicmieux

Nous pensons que les commandes d’instantané de Kingston étant énumérées sur la France ebay par l’icicmieux pourraient être capacité et contrefaçon fausses. N’importe qui qui a acheté un peut vérifier avec Kingston car tout le véritable a différents numéros de série. L’essai avec h2testw indiquera la capacité vraie de la commande – qui sera très petite si c’est une contrefaçon.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 3, 2009 at 7:32 AM

Obvious fake 16GB Kingston listed by ebayer registered in China

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haifter

Registered on ebay China, seller haifter has listed the very obvious fake capacity drive above. Hundreds of these have been sold by fraudsters on ebay. As this drive is fake we exepect the other models shown below will also prove to be fake capacity.

haifter

If you bought a flash drive or media player from this seller test it immediately with h2testw.

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

UPDATE 11/06/09
As of today haifter has sold over a thousand fake flash drives and MP players since launching his fake flash operation on ebay just under a month ago. Here are his sales figures to 11/06/09:

Items Sold: 94.52%
Total Value Sold: £9289.66
Total Value Shipping: £0.00
Total Value Not Sold: £82.26
Sold Item Fees: £357.20
Unsold Item Fees: £21.10

If haifter’s items had been genuine he would have made quite a loss, but as they are fake he has made a reasonable profit.
Ebayers – wake up and smell the coffee – you cannot buy real flash memory items at the prices haifer is selling at -only fake capacity ones! Never leave feedback before fully testing such items whoever the seller is!

Written by fightflashfraud

May 31, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Un membro ebay in Italia che vende falsificazione 32GB Kingston

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shoppers084Il venditore shoppers084 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 30, 2009 at 6:35 PM

32GB sospetto Kingston DataTraveler 150 sull’Italia ebay

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guerino1946Pensiamo che gli azionamenti dell’istantaneo 32GB elencati sull’Italia ebay da guerino1946 siano capienza falsa. Il venditore non può conoscerlo probabilmente per essere una falsificazione – forse qualcuno dovrebbe avvertire il venditore e suggerire che guerino1946 li provi con il programma libero h2testw.

AGGIORNAMENTO 29/05/09
Sembra che qualcuno possa riuscire ad avvertire questo venditore che gli azionamenti erano falsi poichè nessun sono stati venduti ed il venditore più non sta elencandole. Sembra che questo venditore sia probabilmente una persona non colpevole che conned dai fornitori fraudolenti ed ha fatto la cosa onorata. Se i nostri risultati sono corretti lo salutiamo per fare la giusta cosa!

Written by fightflashfraud

May 28, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Ebay members in Australia list obvious fake 32GB Kingston flash

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handyatlasdave

This flash drive listed by handyatlasdave (registered in Australia) is an obvious fake – Kingston do not make this model in capacities above 16GB. We think this one probably only has a real capacity of 512mb – anyone using a fraudulently programmed flash drive like this ends up with lost/ corrupted files. We think the seller bought these from a fraudulent Chinese wholesaler. The same fake has been listed by eternal212, another ebay member in Australia.

Sellers should always test their drives with h2testw to check that they really have the capacity claimed by a wholesaler before listing them for sale on ebay. Selling fakes like this is illegal and sellers run the risk of being prosecuted for the offence. If you bought one of these test immediately with h2testw and report in with your results.

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

UPDATE 27/05/09
handyatlasdave This seller is also listing the 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 model shown on the left. Usually where a seller lists one fake then all drives tend to be fake. We think the DataTraveler 150 is a counterfeit sold by to ebayers by fraudulent Chinese wholesalers.

We suspect that handyatlasdave knows the flash drives being sold are fake. Why? because buyer IDs are hidden. Hiding buyer IDs is usually a sign of deliberate fraud on the part of a seller.

UPDATE 29/05/09
We have received two comments submitted about this seller from someone calling themselves Jane who used a fake email address.

This person provided no details of the purchase or what (if any) testing was undertaken. We leave it to you, dear reader, to judge whether the comments from “Jane” are to be taken seriously. Here are the two comments from Jane:

i bought from this seller no probs

i bought from this seller and had no issues

We have had a look at which flash drives listed by the seller actually sold. It looks as though none of the DataTraveller 150 model sold, only the very obvious fake – the blue and white one that is not made at this capacity! Therefore if “Jane” is really a buyer then a nasty shock is on the way when files become corrupt or vanish into thin air once the real (very small) capacity is exceeded.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 25, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Suspect listing on ebay for 32GB Kingston flash drive

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persian_si

The buy it now price set by persian_si (registered on ebay Canada) for this 32GB Kingston flash drive seems a bit too low for the drive to be genuine. If you bought this we suggest you test it with h2testw to establish the true capacity of the drive.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 24, 2009 at 1:49 AM

Fake 32GB Kingston flash drive sold on ebay France.

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Based in France, ebay seller grosmelon listed this fake 32GB Kingston flash drive on buy it now for just under 40 Euros. If you bought this item test it immediately with h2testw. You are in grave danger of losing all your files if you use a fake capacity flash drive. grosmelon

If you bought one of these test immediately with h2testw and report in with your results.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 23, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Fake 32GB flash drive listed by ebay member in Italy

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quma_trading This obvious fake 32GB Kingston was listed by quma_trading, an ebay seller based in Italy. Anyone using one of these will eventually find that files are lost or corrupted as the real capacity is much less than 32GB. Flash drives like this are programmed to display a false capacity to the operating system.If you bought one of these test immediately with h2testw and report in with your results.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 21, 2009 at 7:55 PM

Another ebay member in Australia lists suspect Kingston

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An ebay seller registered in Australia has listed 64GB Kingston flash drives in ebay auctions. It is possible that they could be counterfeit drives made by fraudsters in China – we can’t tell from the seller’s picture. Ebay sellers around the world have purchased fake 32GB and 64GB Kingston DataTraveler drives from fraudulent wholesalers in China and are selling them at prices that are often below wholesale cost.

Some sellers (possibly including tanibakes) are unaware of the problem. They may well think they got them cheap on the sites used by these fraudsters because they are buying from the manufacturer. If they are counterfeit they are also fake capacity and will eventually cause users’ files to become lost or corrupt.

tamibakes

If you bought 64GB Kingston flash drives from Chinese wholesalers to sell on ebay test your items before listing them on ebay. The easiest way is to do this is with h2testw. Perhaps someone in Australia could contact seller tamibakes and any other seller in Australia listing these and suggest the seller tests them with h2testw to establish the true capacity of the drive.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if you are either a buyer or seller and testing confirms you have a false capacity device – give as much information about your purchase as you can.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 21, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Is this another fraudulent ebay seller in 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 has sold the same model in 64GB. The highest capacity this Kingston drive comes in is 16GB. 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 11, 2009 at 6:31 AM

Fake Kingston listed by new ID on ebay Australia

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xiaorunan2009 This flash drive listed by ebay member xiaorunan2009 who registered in Australia less than a week ago is a fake. This model of Kingston DataTraveler is not made in capacities above 16GB. Anyone buying this will evenually end up with corrupted files. If you bought one you should test immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 8, 2009 at 9:03 PM

Fake Kingston 64 and 32GB Kingston sold in Australia

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white0386An ebay member based in Australia has 100% feedback score despite having sold a number of these well known fakes in 32GB and 64GB flavours. Obviously none of the buyers has tested their item with h2testw. They are in for a nasty shock once they exceed the real capacity of the drive because then their files will start to become corrupt. Data lost forever. Seller white0386 is keeping buyer IDs hidden at the end of auctions which may indicate that the seller is aware the items are fake. We wonder if the seller realises that selling such items is a criminal offence? If you bought one you should test immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 8, 2009 at 3:15 PM

What Are The Wholesale Prices For Fake 16GB 32GB 64Gb 120GB 240GB 360GB 500GB Sony Kingston Counterfeit USB Flash Drives

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Why do eBay members and internet shoppers end up buying fake counterfeit Kingston DataTraveler and Sony MicroVault usb flash drives? Whose fault is it? The buyer? The reseller? The Wholesaler? The black market profiteer who has the flash chips reprogrammed to lie about their real size? It is obvious that the black market profiteer knows what he is doing. Almost all wholesalers do as well. Some resellers know, but quite a few do not. Buyers are not aware and they pay the price.

The FrankenFlash Project is continuing on the mission to educate the Global Public about fake flash usb drives, MP Players and memory cards.

InspectorTech and FlashChipTutor, researched and prepared another shopping trip! Fish out your calculator and have it handy to punch in numbers. Unlike other shopping trips internet addresses and the sites visited are not revealed, instead screen captures are provided as evidence. The Project isn’t interested in promoting these sites or educating people on how to become a fake flash seller. Instead it is an outreach to resellers and consumers to promote awareness.

Here is a rough cost sheet for flash drive chips in US Dollars, valid as of March 2009 and likely to remain for the rest of the year:

1GB = 3.38
2GB = 4.11
4GB = 6.61
8GB = 13.23
16GB = 29.41

These are the costs of the chips. It does not include the rest of the usb drive, MP Player or memory card – just the nand flash chip. Write the prices down on paper for 1GB, 2GB, 4GB. These are the most common true capacity sizes found when testing fakes. It doesn’t matter what the advertised size is. Remember for a usb flash drive the cost of rest of the drive can be about $2 to $5 US more. We don’t have the cost for a 512MB flash chip handy but it may be as low as $1 US.

16GBSonyBargain

16GBSonyVaultBargain-1

32GBSonyMicroVaultBargain-1

64GBSonyMicroVaultBargain-1

64GBSonyMicroVaultBargain-2

120GBKingstonDataTraveler

120GBSonyBargain

120GBSonyMicroVaultBargain-1

240GBSonyBargain

360GBSonyBargain

500GBSonyBargain-2

500GBSonyBargain-3

500GBSonyBargain

500GBSonyMicroVaultBargain-1

Every one of these usb flash drives is a counterfeit. No Sony drive shown was ever made by Sony. Some Kingston flash drives may have been made by Kingston, but then reprogrammed by fraudsters to a fake capacity and repackaged. The lime model is 2GB real capacity. Do you know the true capacity found for the “Sony Counterfeits”? Not one drive has shown a capacity higher than 512MB! Surprise. They are using chips most likely cost less than $1 US Dollar. Just like eBay, there are the hidden costs that come with shipping and in many cases you can double the prices you see here. Then add import duties.

Who makes the profit? These items have sold on eBay for more than $60 US at resale to buyers who did not do their homework and trusted in the brand names. Unfortunately eBay is not the only place you will find these drives. These fakes have invaded just about every country; imported by resellers who find the prices so attractive and are dreaming of profit heaven. Soon they will discover the sad truth. Buyers will not spare sellers who sell them and many have contacted local law authorities.

Please do not buy these items. Do not import them into your country. If you are a buyer, report the seller to Kingston or to Sony immediately and give them all the details of the transaction including the sellers address information. If you bought any of these items on eBay, do not spare eBay, eBay seller or PayPal. There is no excuse for sellers not doing their product research before selling. eBay should patrol for these items instead of keeping their head in the sand. Paypal according to SOSFakeFlash needs to stop moaning and wiggling away from refunding buyers – take ownership for buyer protection or remove it all together as it is a sham in the eyes of victims.

Important Reading:

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

ebay seller yummymummy18-08-86 sells an expensive fake

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yummy1
Here is a rather expensive fake being sold by UK seller yummymummy18-08-86 – this drive probably has a real capacity of about 512mb not 16GB – the real 16GB is red. The value of this drive would be about £3.50 – £4.50 if it was not fraudulently programmed to show a higher capacity to the operating system. It is worthless as it stands. There are real 16GB flash drives available for around £20 – £30 so buying this would be an expensive way of losing all your files! We strongly advise people not to buy Kingston drives on ebay – so far we have not found any real ones, only fakes. In fact we’d strongly advise avoiding flash drives on ebay altogether as there are so few genuine ones.

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April 16, 2009 at 8:25 AM

Counterfeit Ring – eBay Sellers minggege99, abestpartner0, and niuren2008

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SOSFakeFlash can confirm that the seller ids: minggege99, abestpartner0, and niuren2008 are the same same person who was involved in the trafficking in these Counterfeit Kingston DT150 32GB usb flash drives recently flooding eBay. Over 4600+ units were sold and over £80,000 of listing sales on eBay!

eBay removed all evidence and deregistered the seller ids. PayPal is currently trying to evade responsibilty in refunding buyers. Both must be very worried about hearing from Kingston Technologies for allowing these items to be sold on eBay, many eBay members contacted Kingston and all were told the items they had purchased were counterfeits.

Who is the seller or distributor? Reported by victims, one:

LEE Wai Bun

FLAT RM 842 6/floor
HANG SENGBLDG
64 DES VOEUX RD
CENTRAL
Hong Kong

To assist the Hong Kong Police and the Hong Kong Technology Crime Division to find and question Lee Wai Bun about these counterfeits:

Kingston DT150-Large

Kingston DT150-Detail

You can also write to the Technology Crime Prevention Unit at:

cpu-tcd@police.gov.hk

or if you wish, donate your fake by mailing it with your details to:

Technology Crime Prevention Unit,
Technology Crime Division,
Commercial Crime Bureau, HKP,
22/F, Arsenal House,
Police Headquarters,
1 Arsenal Street, Wanchai
Hong Kong.

KINGSTON DT150 128GB USB Flash Drive Shows Up On eBay!

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A KINGSTON DT150 128GB USB Flash Drive for sale on eBay? Oh no…. Oh yes!

The last 40 days have been bad for Kingston’s flag ship usb drive with over 4,600 counterfeits sold on eBay – they were only 32GB. Now a whopping size of 128GB has appeared and is being sold by eBay seller chichouneatonio.

chichouneatonio

We don’t think eBay seller chichouneatonio did his homework. Please do not buy this usb flash drive. eBay sellers, please research your merchandise on eBay before you list!

If you visit kingston at: http://www.kingston.com/flash/dt150.asp?id=8 you are not going to see this usb flash drive. At the moment the largest capacity available is 64GB and NO HIGHER!

Everyone, when you are interested in a brand name usb flash drive, visit the manufacturers site first. See what they make, what the flash drives look like and their prices if available.

This item is also a poor counterfeit. Can you see why besides the obvious colour coding?

KINGSTON DT150 128GB

Would Kingston use a sticker for the capacity size? Over existing packaging? We don’t think so.

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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April 14, 2009 at 1:08 AM

Sony Upgrades Kingston DataTraveler DTI/2GB To 64GB – Scams And Fraudsters!

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Would Sony upgrade Kingston’s DataTraveler 2GB DTI/2GB to an amazing 64GB? They are competitors in the usb flash drive market. Why would Sony give Kingston a helping hand and make a 2GB usb flash drive walk on water? To demonstrate they have more knowledge and expertise? FlashChipTutor doesn’t think so. It is just more fake flash spin from counterfeiters who continue to attack both brand names to make their fake flash profits.

Resellers looking to make a fast dollar order from these wholesale internet sites in the Orient. For $15 US can a counterfeit. Most are resold on eBay. “Upgrading” is a polite word used in the orient for digitally altering a usb flash drive to lie about it’s true capacity to the operating system.

Important Reading:

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

Sony did not exactly upgrade this usb flash drive. It is also the lime model and that would be only 2GB true capacity if it actually has the right flash drive chip inside. Anyone who used this drive will suffer data loss once they exceed 2GB.

64GBSonyAsAKingston-Cost

64GBSonyAsAKingston

If you want to review all the counterfeits found on eBay you can visit these two sites. Just type in the word Kingston in the search box to see what is currently documented:

Is Kingston And Sony Making Cheap 16GB USB Flash Drives? A Sony MicroVault DataTraveler Wholesale $11 US

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Sony and Kingston, are they joining forces to make a Sony MicroVault DataTraveler usb flash drive? Yes you can buy them wholesale. The best of both worlds Sony and Kingston. Their famous usb flash drive names: MicroVault and Datatraveler.

Of course there is no such thing. Kingston did not make it and Sony did not make it. FlashChipTutor is convinced they are not the ones to come up with such a hybrid. Of course it is just more fake flash spin. You can buy them cheap too. These 16GB fakes are selling at less then the cost of an grade A 8GB flash drive chip!

Naturally you can expect to NOT receive the advertised capacity. This the famous little fake that sports the Sony name and the Microvault brand. SOSFakeFlash doesn’t have a true capacity on record higher than 512MB so far. It can be just about any size you want it to be, fake flash reprogrammers are happy to oblige so long as they get their cut. The bigger you want it to be, the more they will charge you. This little counterfeit has been sold in sizes as high as 500GB! There are no usb flash pen sticks on the market for consumers higher than 64GB. This famous counterfeit does a lot of damage to buyers data. If you want to lose your precious files, buy this drive. If you are a reseller who wants to cheat people and then be chased from pillar to post by angry buyers and have the police knocking at your door this is thing to sell.

Important Reading:

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

16GBSonyKingston-MicroVault-Cost

16GBSonyKingston-MicroVault

If you want to review all the counterfeits found on eBay you can visit these two sites. Just type in the word Kingston in the search box to see what is currently documented:

Fake Kingston sold in private auctions by UK seller amws786

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UK seller amws786 is selling a fake 64GB kingston flash drive and keeping bidder IDs private. The use of private auctions is a sign that the seller is deliberately committing fraud when flash drives are sold. Private auctions are not meant for items like this. amws786

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March 16, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Another UK seller ignores a warning about fake Kingston

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UK ebay Seller jslohia3, registered on 18th February, has a current feedback score of 3. Despite being informed that the flash drive shown here, listed as a 32GB Kingston, is fake this seller has not removed the item from sale. jslohia31

Written by fightflashfraud

March 15, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Suspect looking ebay listing for a 64GB Kingston USB flash drive

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rainy
The listing above has a number of potentially suspicious features. No picture of the drive in question is given – this could be because the item is an obvious fake as there is ony one 64GB Kingston. The item is listed as being located in the UK but the member selling the item is registered in Thailand. This could simply mean that the member moved to the UK. However it could mean that the seller is trying to disguise the fact that the item is coming from the far east.

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March 8, 2009 at 12:23 PM