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looking for a particular ebay seller?

If you are looking for a particular ebay seller either because you bought from them or because you suspect they may be selling fake flash memory just enter the seller’s ebay ID in the search box on the right.

If we have not published about a seller you are suspicious of see the Report suspect ebay sellers page, if you bought a fake from a seller we haven’t written about see the Report Fakes and Counterfeits page.

You will find links to these pages at the top of the right hand column.

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Written by fightflashfraud

September 19, 2010 at 9:34 AM

cheeky_vimto selling fake DT150 flash drive in private ebay auction

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It seems that seller cheeky_vimto bought this counterfeit 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drive from suspended ebay fake flash fraudster sky.huchun. This seller says in the listing:

Hi, I’ve bought this 64GB USB stick as a “sample” from my supplier as I will be selling alot of USB sticks. I have therefore opened the package (will still send with the item) and tested it’s capacity and it is a 64GB (62.4GB to be precise).

As you all know, it’s usually £1 per GB + a few pounds more for posting so this should be about £65-70. I want just £45 including posting! Buy it now for a bargain! Will be posted next working day recorded delivery.

The use of a private ebay listing just makes it even more obvious that this seller should call the fire brigade to sort out his underwear.

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.

128GB Kingston DT200 flash drives from ebayer dlong18 likely fakes

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The 128GB Kingston DT200 flash drive in the ebay listing above was offered at auction with a low start price and a buy it now option at £50. It apparently sold on buy it now. We say apparently because we have seen many fake purchases on ebay. Whether or not this was a genuine sale the buy it now price was too low for this USB flash drive to be genuine. We are certain that it is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files.

Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted after a while.

If you bought a second hand flash drive that does not have the packaging the only thing you can do other than checking for engraving is to test the drive. There is no need to test the whole drive – most counterfeits have a real capacity of 4GB or less so testing up to 8GB should be sufficient to determine whether it is genuine or not.

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.

Private ebay auctions for flash memory from mr-mrs-wickerman

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When we see private ebay auctions for flash memory items like the one above from seller mr-mrs-wickerman it always makes us a little suspicious, especially when (as in this case) the photographs are poor. A bit of digging around the seller’s feedback and the items sold made us even more suspicious!

If you bought a flash memory item from ebay seller mr-mrs-wickerman we suggest you test it immediately with h2test as we think you are at risk of data loss and file corruption. Among the flash memory items sold on ebay by mr-mrs-wickerman were a number of 16GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives like the one below:

Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted after a while.

If you bought a second hand Kingston flash drive that does not have the packaging the only thing you can do other than checking for engraving is to test the drive. There is no need to test the whole drive – most counterfeits have a real capacity of 4GB or less so testing up to 8GB should be sufficient to determine whether it is genuine or not.

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

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

Suspect an ebayer is selling fake flash drives, memory cards or MP players?

Fake flash memory is rife on ebay – if you suspect (or know) that someone is selling fake memory items (flash drives, MP player or memory cards) enter the seller ID in the search box in the right hand column. If nothing comes up then click on the Report suspect ebay sellers link near the top of the right hand column and give us the details requested. We will then investigate and, if we think you are right, we will publish an article.

If you bought from a seller mentioned on this blog test your item with the free program h2testw immediately – 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.

Bought a flash drive from danielleon25? It’s sure to be fake.

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Seller danielleon25 managed to sell several 32GB and 64GB Kingston USB flash drives at auction on ebay recently with out any picture whatsoever. We suspected that these were fake capacity counterfeits but it was difficult to be absolutely sure without a picture. However, a little digging revealed this obvious fake 128GB Kingston flash drive sold earlier in the month:

This discontinued model of flash drive was not made in 128GB capacity. What was sold in this ebay listing by danielleon25 was a fake capacity counterfeit. We conclude that the Kingston flash drives sold more recently in listings without any picture were also fakes.

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

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