Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Has new ebay seller sbeach29 been shopping in fake flash land?

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If the Kingston flash drives and memory cards from new ebay seller sbeach29 are genuine this seller could make a loss buy selling them at auction unless, of course, this seller fell into the same trap as many others and bought from one of the fraudulent wholesale outlets in fake flash land (China).

If this 32GB Kingston SDHC card came from a fraudulent supplier it will be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. The same applies to the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives and 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives listed at auction by this seller.

A comment at the bottom of this ebay listing rings alarm bells with us:

Negative or neutral feedback cannot solve problems. Communication is the best way to resolve problem.

Somehow this suggests to us that this seller expects to run into problems…

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.

16GB flash drives from ebayer areema_connect seem a bit cheap

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The price of these 16GB flash drives from ebayer areema_connect seems a little low. This may simply be because they do not have top notch memory chips and were made using the cheaper lower grade ones.

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

September 3, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Seems ebay seller cdss-shop-2 has been shopping in fakeflashland

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We think it is almost certain that this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive listed on ebay and other flash memory items from seller cdss-shop-2 are fakes purchased from a fraudulent supplier.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

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

Is 256GB DT310 from ebay seller stevesjerseys2010 genuine?

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Seller stevesjerseys2010 says in this ebay auction for a 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive:

DataTraveler 310 – GOT AS A GIFT WOULD RATHER HAVE THE MONEY ITS WORTH

Hmm – if stevesjerseys2010 wants the money it is worth we wonder why the seller is auctioning it on ebay in a 3 day listing with a start price of $40. Would it not have been much more sensible to list it using a 10 day buy it now at a price rather closer to the real value (for example, the bargain price of $620) with a best offer option, just in case no one was prepared to pay that much?

We think that we have adequatedly commented regarding our thoughts about what this seller has said.

We have an eerie feeling that the buyer may not be very happy with this USB flash drive a few months down the line, once it is too late to do anything about it!

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: SURPRISE, SURPRISE, (we don’t think) this seller is no longer a registered ebay user – at least under this ebay ID, anyway.

Is jakesbargins selling genuine Kingston flash drives on ebay?

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Seller jakesbargins says in this ebay auction for a 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 101 flash drive:

KINGSTON DATA TRAVELER DT102 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive *** New, Unopened, in Retail Package ***

Authentic OEM Genuine Kingston Flash Drive! With the Serial & Model numbers stamped on the hub. These are NOT the Fake USB flash drives that are produced in China! How can you tell if it’s a Fake before you buy it?

The easiest way to find out is to ask the seller if has the Serial & Model numbers stamped in the metal hub. If it does not, It’s a FAKE! If you do not get a reply, DON’T buy it! All OEM Kingston flash drives have the serial & model number stamped in the metal hub.

Other than the slightly innapropriate use of the term “OEM” with reference to USB flash drives we wouldn’t disagree with what jakesbargins says about spotting fake Kingston flash drives before you buy. This ebay seller correctly identifies China as the source of fake flash drives and quite rightly identifies the lack of engraving on the USB connector as a sure sign of a fake Kingston flash drive.

However, the fraudsters in China are becoming ever more aware of the visual clues that give fakes away. In recent months there have been reports of counterfeit Kingston flash drives having engraving on the connector and serial numbers. We advise anyone buying a Kingston flash drive to try verifying the serial number with Kingston – if the serial number cannot be verified then you have a fake capacity counterfeit.

Given this seller’s knowledge of the fake flash problem either the flash drive in this ebay auction is a genuine Kingston (in which case someone may get a bargain – see here for Kingston’s price for these) or jakesbargins is knowingly selling fakes and relying on ebayers not to either try verifying the serial number with Kingston or testing with h2testw.

It would be nice to find that this seller’s Kingston flash drives are genuine, we are sick of seeing fakes on ebay and despair about how few genuine sellers there seem to be. However, it looks rather as though the seller is making a bit of a loss overall if they are genuine by listing things 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

August 22, 2010 at 10:20 AM

If flash memory is genuine ebayer dark-rider-2008 risks loss on sales

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Seller dark-rider-2008 risks a loss on sales by selling a variety of flash drives and memory cards at auction if the items are genuine as auctions often end with a fairly low price.

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

August 6, 2010 at 6:49 AM

Test flash memory items from ebay seller jasdow2002 with h2testw

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We advise anyone who buys a USB flash drive or MP player from ebay seller jasdow2002 with h2testw. It looks as though items from this seller are shipped from China. Most flash memory items shipped from China are fakes so there is a strong possibility that the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives in this ebay listing will be fake capacity counterfeits and the MP players from this seller could well be fakes 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.