Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Ebay still has plenty of fake capacity flash drives for sale.

After months of not bothering to look we checked ebay to see if they had erradicated the sale of fake flash memory yet. No – of course not. We only looked at flash drives but no doubt there are plenty of other fake capacity flasn memory items (MP players, memory cards etc.) still being sold as well.
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512GB USB flash drives don’t exist!

There is no such thing as a genuine 512GB USB flash drive – 512 megabytes, yes, 512 gigabytes, no. Anyone who buys one of these (whether on ebay from estore301 or elsewhere) will discover they got a fake that corrupts files.

By USB flash drive we do not mean the larger solid state hard drives that use flash memory – we mean the little things the size of a cigarette lighter (as per all those pictured on this blog, often called memory sticks) that you can put on a keyring, in your purse or in your pocket.

Some people (either willfuly or through ignorance) misunderstand what we are talking about and tell us that they do! They will, no doubt, exist one day but that day has not arrived at the time of writing, and is unlikely to before the end of 2011.

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

February 24, 2011 at 7:26 AM

256GB Kingston DT310 flash drive in ebay auction from fadiawaragi

Is the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive being auctioned on ebay by fadiawaragi genuine or is it yet another counterfeit? Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

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

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

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

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

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

256GB DT310 flash drives in ebay auctions from yuriybidzilya

Are the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives being auctioned on ebay by yuriybidzilya genuine? Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

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

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

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

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

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

Kingston USB flash drives in ebay auctions from pt166

We doubt that either the 128GB Kingston DT200 flash drive in this ebay listing (item number 280622368071) from pt166 or the 256GB Kingston DT310 being auctioned by this seller will prove to be genuine. Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

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

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

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

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

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

64GB Kingston flash drives from yanghbb72 on ebay a bit too cheap

The 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives in this ebay listing from yanghbb72 seem too cheap to be genuine. Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

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

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

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

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

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

counterfeit 128GB Kingston flash drives from ebayer yomabi88

The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives in this ebay listing from yomabi88 are too cheap to be anything other than fake capacity counterfeits and anyone who bought on will find it corrupts files.

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

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