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eBay Sellers Who Engage In Flash Memory Retail Fraud. SOSFakeFlash Preparing New Lists Of Fraudulent Sellers. Did You Buy Fake Flash Memory On eBay Or An Internet Wholesale Site? Education To Avoid Being Scammed For Flash Memory.

Posted by flashchiptutor on October 25, 2011

SOSFakeFlash is rushing to prepare new lists of fraudulent eBay sellers. Long over due, new lists are needed to prevent eBay buyers from falling into the fake flash memory trap. The last lists issued in February 2011, documented over 1600+ eBay sellers caught in fraud. Over 1800+ eBay sellers are currently in their databases. Read the rest of this entry »

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Flashchiptutor Notice Board

Posted by flashchiptutor on October 5, 2011

Beware DT310 512GB DataTraveler Kingston USB flash drives are being sold on Asian wholesale internet sites.

These counterfeits have started to appear on eBay. DT310 512GB Kingston DataTraveler Now Available! Where Can You Buy One? We have documented this fake: Counterfeit DT310/512GB Kingston DataTraveler USB Flash Drive – It Is A Fake! DT310 512 GB Never Manufactured

Kingston Technologies offers validation of usb flash drives. It is free and designed to protect both buyers and potential resellers from fraud. Read this guide to learn more: Kingston USB Flash Drives. How To Check You Have A Genuine One And Not A Counterfeit – Easy Guide. Kingston Technologies Fighting To Protect Consumers And Itself From Counterfeits.

  • The highest capacity for a usb flash drive penstick remains 256 GB. Any higher advertised capacity is for a fake, upgraded flash memory.
  • The higher the capacity for a usb flash drive, the more you can expect to pay – exponentially! Do not confuse pricing with usb external hard disks. This is a mistake.
  • How safe are USB flash drives pen sticks for long term storage? It depends. What does the guarantee state? Is it one year, two years, five years or limited life time? Never have data stored in one place, ensure you have a backup elsewhere. Redundancy, is the key to making data safe. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, practice safe computing.
  • The most reliable sizes for a usb flash drives are 16GB ~ 32GB and the best price value.
  • There is a grading system for flash memory storage chips: Genuine Verses Fake Counterfeit USB Flash Drives – A Guide – USB Flash Chips Used In USB Flash Drives – Grades A B C D. Most people don’t know one exists.
  • The best free software to test flash memory chips is H2testw. Read H2testw 1.4 – Gold Standard In Detecting USB Counterfeit Drives to understand more about it and find the download links. There is a poll and so far over 3000+ people have voted. Over 96% of readers found this article helpful, it is the classic and original. There is a Linux alternative too, read: Linux H2testw Alternative Program Called F3 By Michel Machado. Always test flash memory capacity with either programme, you will be glad you did. If it passes testing, you bought real capacity flash memory!

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Genuine Verses Fake Counterfeit USB Flash Drives – A Guide – USB Flash Chips Used In USB Flash Drives – Grades A B C D

Posted by flashchiptutor on March 22, 2009

Is the quality or grade of a flash chip important to a usb flash drive, memory card or MP Player? Is it a factor in the wholesale and retail price? Does it really matter? What does a genuine usb flash drive from a brand name use, MP Players and memory cards. What do generic no name brands use? What do fraudsters and scammers use in their counterfeit fake false capacity items? Is it worth the effort to repair a fake counterfeit? If you repair a fake, what do you need to know? Why is this information important to buyers and resellers?

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c2offer Wholesale Site Get Resellers Into Trouble With Flash Memory Fraud Fakes. A Flash Memory Lesson For eBay Sellers. Important Mesage eBay Sellers!

Posted by flashchiptutor on February 26, 2012

Are you a seller importing flash memory from the internet site c2offer? Have you researched your product carefully before negotiating with an c2offer seller? Did you contact the brand names to determine if the c2offer seller is authorized to sell their products? Did you validate some of the inventory purchased from a c2offer seller, the serial numbers with the brand names? Did you test some of the items to ensure the advertised capacity, is the capacity on the flash memory storage chip with H2testw? Where you smart enough not to believe the reported size indicated by an operating system?

If you did not answer “YES” to these questions you are at risk of becoming a fake flash memory importer and reseller. You will get into serious trouble with your buyers and internet sites exposing fake flash memory sellers. You could be reported to local law enforcement, your inventory seized and criminal charges issued against you.

Recently sites in the FrankenFlash project, reviewed some of the listings at c2offer. We are publishing a few of the most obvious fakes here to help you begin your early lessons on detecting fake usb flash memory. Our intention is to give you an opportunity to not become a fake flash seller and avoid internet exposure. Not every reseller sets out to fraud intentionally, some do but not all. The prices being offered at c2offer are tempting, hard to resist, especially if you are economically stressed and are looking for a way to pay your bills and keep food on your table. All are reasons to convince yourself that the items offered are ok. It looks like easy profit, the answer to everything. Is it?

There is a nasty consequence of being deceived by an c2offer flash memory seller. It can lead to a nightmare you will not escape.

Review these items, then review the brand name sites and the usb flash drives they offer or made. What are or were the historical prices charged? Did the brand name make them? Did or does the advertised capacity even exist?

Whenever you have doubts, there is a golden rule:

Contact the brand name. Ask them about the usb flash drive, the model, the capacity, the pricing. Don’t hesitate. They will be eager to tell you and answer your questions.

Brand names are not out there to stop you from becoming a reseller. They don’t mind you carving out a piece of the pie for yourself. It is good for them, you are pushing their product to market.

They don’t want you to be mislead. They want you to understand the true costs and what realistic prices should be. So you can expect them to be helpful. They want to be proactive too, to keep you from acquiring fakes. If you buy fakes, you hurt yourself, you hurt them.

Brand names are not your enemy. Fraudulent sellers at internet wholesale sites are your potential enemy. They are very skilled at what they do.

yuan5588558 c2offer seller is listing Sony 128GB USB 2.0 Flash 128G Thumb Stick Pen Drives for only $5 US.

128GB SONY USB 2

Sony never made this usb flash drive. This metal usb flash drive is one of the most popular fakes sold on eBay for several years. It is sold by sellers in Western countries and also eBay Asia. This flash drive is not only a counterfeit but also fake capacity.

It has been sold in advertised capacity from 8GB to 512GB. Having a flawed usb flash drive controller chip, low level reformatting software can reprogramme it to many different sizes. The chips used in these fakes rarely have an actual capacity of more than 4GB. China has a large inventory of old flash memory chips in low sizes, they are no longer in demand. You will find these low capacity flash memory chips used in fake branded Sony flash drives. Buyers will lose their information as soon as they exceed the real capacity of the flash memory chips.

c2offer qsxcvb2010 seller is listing sony brand new usb flash drive 640gb counterfeits for only $14 US. We documented this fake:

To review the complete catalogue on file with FlashDriveFacts:

These fakes are very old and usually have a very small flash drive capacity. Most do not have more than 512MB storage. Many frauded buyers and seller try to repair them and are very disappointed when the real capacity of the flash memory storage chips are revealed.

We have a very large catalogue of these fakes offered in many sizes. You can find them everywhere in China at Tourist shopping malls. This Sony flash drive fake is a standing joke in the tourist shops. The sellers offer them with pride and wink. The real message?

“There is nothing we can’t fake. These are our famous classics. Any child in China can recognize it, can you?”

c2offer zhoujielun awaits resellers who want to buy DT310 Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives for a total wholesale cost of only $20 US. There are three kinds of people who buy them:

1) People who know they are fakes and see an interesting profit. You will find many eBay sellers using their less important ids or even special ids created just to list, sell and then close before eBay can catch up with them.

2) People in desperate financial circumstances looking for an easy way out. Their need to get money in a hurry clouds their judgement, their common sense. Sad.

3) People who think everything is cheap. Over confident they think usb flash memory is no different then selling toasters or coffee makers. They are interested in pushing product, product with the best profit potential. They don’t understand what they sell and don’t care. They think they are great sellers, proud of it too. When they get caught or exposed, they make the loudest noise according to SOSFakeFlash. SOSFakeFlash no longer bothers to respond to their threating emails, instead they ignore the sellers, collect and file the emails as additional evidence against them for a court of international law. Do you know why they don’t bother with hot air sellers especially on eBay? When these sellers list DT310 fakes on eBay, eventually eBay turns on them, suspending their ids. eBay stabs these sellers in the back as soon as Kingston Technologies finds out who their are.

Kingston DT310 256GB USB 2

If the reseller is an eBay id, there is only one result. Ending up on SOSFakeFlash’s lists.

eBay Sellers Who Engage In Flash Memory Retail Fraud. SOSFakeFlash Preparing New Lists Of Fraudulent Sellers. Did You Buy Fake Flash Memory On eBay Or An Internet Wholesale Site? Education To Avoid Being Scammed For Flash Memory.

DT300 fakes continue to be found at Chinese wholesale sites. c2offer yuan5588558 seller offers them for $5 US.

NEW KINGSTONE DT200 256GB USB2

DT310/256GB flash drives have been retired by Kingston Technologies. They no longer manufacture them. Can you still buy and import them? c2offer duijiangjuan seller is willing to offer you one,

DT310 256GB USB 2

DT310 256GB USB 2.0 Flash Memory Stick Drive duijiangjuan for only $3 US.

Can you buy 256GB flash memory for this price? The internet site, c2offer will make you belive you can!

Import them, sell them and face the legal consequences of flash memory fraud in your country. Kingston Technologies along with your frauded buyers will prosecute you. If you are reported to SOSFakeFlash for having listed on eBay you can expect to be documented and even have your address and telephone number published. If there is one internet site tired of DT310 fakes, it is SOSFakeFlash. Forget about trying to change your eBay id, this site will find your new id and they will republish. For some sellers they have published a seller more than four times!

The DT310 Kingston DataTraveler counterfeit on eBay has claimed more victims then any other usb flash drive ever sold on eBay. Frauded buyers for DT310 fakes on eBay are the most militant and least sympathetic to sellers. This counterfeit has ruined more eBay seller reputations then any other usb flash drive. FlashDriveFacts recommends you do not buy this model from any internet wholesale site regardless of the price, unless you first contact Kingston Technologies to verify the seller and site is selling a genuine DT310.

FlashDriveFacts has learned that only 2% of sellers on file have had their addressing information published so far by SOSFakeFlash.

Will the remaining 98% be published? SOSFakeFlash refuses to tell us.

The only thing we know is that they reserve the right to publish, whenever they decide the time is right. This is chilling as far as we are concerned. It means they can issue a google map pointing to a sellers location whenever they decide. Mostly SOSFakeFlash targets eBay sellers. Can you blame them? It is a good question. Frauded buyers are the driving force behind SOSFakeFlash. Should they discover a seller purchased their DT310 inventory at $3 US a piece, we would expect buyers to be enraged.

The interview at FakeFlashNews:

eBay China Resumes Flash Memory Fraud With A Vengeance. If You Want A Cheap Bargain For USB Flash Drives, MP Players Or Memory Cards On eBay, Expect To Be Scammed. SanDisk, Memorette, Samsung, Transcend, Kingston Are All Losing Their Quality Reputations Thanks To eBay

is the most candid interview from KittyFireFlash for SOSFakeFlash. It is disturbing and the most revealing so far. We have not seen anything more direct or head on.

Our question is…..

What is the correct response to resellers who buy from sellers like duijiangjuan and who then list DT310 memory sticks for purchased for only $3 US and then resell them on internet sites? A real DT310 that was true 256GB capacity never sold for less than $700 US. It was not possible. It is not simply an issue of counterfeiting a brand name, it was the fact that flash memory capacity at 256GB capacity was very expensive to produce.

We contacted SOSFakeFlash about DT310 prices and about internet listings from Wholesale sites in China. We can’t print what they told us. It would be worse than rude.

%$#@@@@!!!! is the nicest thing they said.

eBay sellers continue to list them. Do not become one. Avoid listing DT310 Kingston usb flash drives purchased on internet sites on eBay. It is too dangerous to you as a seller, to your buyers. Guard your eBay seller reputation. Do not get caught up in this fake flash memory war.

Sellers such as top_banana, rated as a top eBay seller dares to list DT310 usb flash drives as faulty for £10.99.

top banana DT310

If there is one thing FlashDriveFacts will agree on with other FrankenFlash project sites, it is that eBay sellers who sell fake flash memory as faulty are low. Worse than sellers who try to con people with listings stating real capacity for fake DT310 usb flash drives.

eBay seller will try to evade responsibility:

256gb USB Flash Pen Drive
SPARES/REPAIRS ONLY

THIS IS A FLASH DRIVE FROM CHINA

IT DOES SHOW 256GB OF DATA ON YOUR PC BUT I ASSURE YOU ITS NOT

PLEASE NO RETURNS ON THIS

BRAND NEW SEALED

They know they bought fakes.

They will try to trick you into believing you can repair them.

The truth is simple. They know they bought counterfeit and fake DT310 flash drives. Possibly from duijiangjuan on c2offer. They want to get their money back because they will not have the opportunity on c2offer. The objective of eBay top sellers is to make you bid, buy and help them to get their money back. The fact you become a victim of a DT310 fake is of no consequence to them. You, in the opinion of eBay sellers are the ones who should reimburse them for their foolish mistake. You are the ones who should be foolish enough to pay. These eBay sellers expect that you are willing to subsidize their mistake.

top_banana knows they are fakes. If this seller was to be a true top rated seller he would not have endangered buyer data by listing them. He would not have listed. He would have taken legal action against the internet seller in China who sold him the fakes. He would have tried to enlist the support of Kingston Technologies in his legal action. A seller who deserves an “eBay Top Rated” would have destroyed not listed DT310 fakes.

The original purpose of FakeDriveFacts was to publish facts, to archive and catalogue fakes. When we see eBay sellers such as top_banana with a top seller rating daring to sell DT310 fakes to unsuspecting buyers we suddenly understood the passion and determination of sites like SOSFakeFlash. eBay sellers such as top_banana should be suspended and driven off the internet.

We contacted SOSFakeFlash and they confirmed that most buyers can not spot nor understand the cryptic message top_banana put in his listings. They assured us, FrankenFlash Project memory inspectors understood, that eBay would and that Kingston Technologies definitely knows what top_banana is really saying.

Can you buy real genuine flash memory items to resell from c2offer? We seriously doubt it. If you see an attractive offer on c2offer for flash memory, inspect the listing(s) with care. Then begin contacting the brand names to see if the items are genuine capacity. If they confirm the c2offer seller is ok, then you can bid, buy and import to resell. Otherwise, avoid.

Promoting awareness for flash memory on the internet is not an easy thing to do. There is progress but there is still a long way to go.

FlashDriveFact’s catalogue of fakes comes from frauded eBay buyers who submitted reports to SOSFakeFlash using their Report A Fake. They helped us to build our catalogue as an internet reference on flash memory fakes. The objective is to help both frauded buyers and people who are interested in selling flash memory avoid counterfeits and fakes.

We are always on the look out for new items to add. If you have one not listed at our site, please send in all the details and photographs to sosfakeflashdrive@gmail.com.

Lets help both buyers and sellers to be responsible, informed and able to avoid fraud. We have the largest global internet repository for fake flash memory items. We know there are many items not yet in our library. Help it to grow. Fraud will have a harder time.

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Counterfeit DT300/128GB Kingston DataTraveler Fake USB Flash Drive

Posted by flashchiptutor on November 14, 2011

Beware Kingston DataTraveler model DT300 advertised as 128GB with this packaging and drive markings of 128GB is a counterfeit – fake! Kingston did not produce these. The DT300 usb flash drive was manufactured in only one capacity, 256GB. They are sold mainly on wholesaler internet sites in China and Hong Kong. You will also find them listed on eBay by sellers who do not research the DT300 model and demonstrate both negligence and ignorance. You can find them on other internet sites too. In some cases, listings will advertise them as “upgraded” – there is no such thing. This is a polite term for false capacity.

Avoid being frauded or scammed. Do not buy this usb flash drive in the packaging shown, you risk data loss. Do not sell this usb flash drive!

Instead, if you wish to buy on the internet visit Kingston’s site to determine the models offered and the colour coding for sizes to help you avoid a false capacity drive. Use this new guide: Kingston USB Flash Drives. How To Check You Have A Genuine One And Not A Counterfeit – Easy Guide. Kingston Technologies Fighting To Protect Consumers And Itself From Counterfeits. if you suspect you purchased a counterfeit or false capacity Kingston USB Flash drive.

DT300 128GB

To see what the real Kingston DT300 usb DataTraveler looks like read:

What Is The Biggest USB Pen Stick Memory Flash Drive Size On The Market? Kingston Technologies Releases DT300 256GB

Additional Reading:

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

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

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Counterfeit DT310/512GB Kingston DataTraveler USB Flash Drive – It Is A Fake! DT310 512 GB Never Manufactured

Posted by flashchiptutor on September 13, 2011

Beware Kingston DataTraveler model DT310 advertised as 512GB, it is a counterfeit, fake capacity. Kingston did not produce them. There is no such thing as a capacity of 512 GB for a DT310 DataTraveler. It was manufactured at a capacity of 256GB only. They are appearing at internet wholesaler internet sites in China., Hong Kong. You can find them on other internet sites too. In some cases, listings will advertise them as “upgraded” – there is no such thing. This is a polite term for false capacity.

Avoid being frauded or scammed. Do not buy this usb flash drive at an advertised capacity of 512GB, you risk data loss. Do not sell this usb flash drive, if you do you will engage in fraud and be subject to legal prosecution in your country.

Instead, if you wish to buy on the internet visit Kingston’s site to determine the models. to help you avoid a false capacity drive. Use this new guide: Kingston USB Flash Drives. How To Check You Have A Genuine One And Not A Counterfeit – Easy Guide. Kingston Technologies Fighting To Protect Consumers And Itself From Counterfeits.

DT310 512GB DataTraveler

This DT310 is a fake.

To see the REAL Model: DT310/256GB Replaces DataTraveler DT300 256GB DataTraveler From Kingston Technologies. DT310 Is The Biggest USB Pen Stick Memory Flash Drive Size. photographed from all angles.

Exposing DT310 USB Flash Drive Fakes Sold On eBay. Counterfeits For Kingston DT310 Are Infesting The Global Market!

More Information On DT310 Fakes:

Why Are DT310 USB Flash Drives So Cheap?

iOffer And DT310 Kingston DataTraveler USB Flash Drives. The Wholesale Price Is Cheap $20.99 For A Flash Drive That Retails For More Than $650 US. Will You Be Importing Counterfeits To Your Country? iOffer chengcheng88 Flash Memory Seller – Warning Test Immediately!

DT310 Plague Ravages eBay. Kingston Technologies Under Attack By Counterfeit Flash Memory Sellers. Fake And Flash Capacity DT200 DT300 DT310 Invade And Infest eBay. Warning! SOSFakeFlash And FakeMemorySentinel Need Your Help!

Report On Fake DT310 Kingston DataTraveler USB Flash Drives. eBay Seller 1958vardy And The Fake DT310 – No Returns. Counterfeit 310 DT310/256GB Flash Memory Continue To Flood eBay. Cheap. Consumers Frauded With Fake Upgraded Flash Memory. Fraud Warning. Beware Of Sellers Who Refuse To Stand Behind The Advertised Capacity Of Flash Memory Size.

WholeSale Cost For Kingston 256GB DT310 USB 2.0 Flash Memory Stick Drive Is $26 US. Best Competitive Price For DT310 USB Flash Drives.

See this video by By OutlawedMedia on DT310 Kingston DataTraveler Fakes.

Exposing Fake/Counterfeit USB Drive!

See what a fake counterfeit DT310 usb flash drive looks like for yourself. OutlawedMedia opens it up for you to see what is really inside!

Can You Fix Fake DT310 USB Flash Drives?

Kingston read:

Kingston USB Flash Drives. How To Check You Have A Genuine One And Not A Counterfeit – Easy Guide. Kingston Technologies Fighting To Protect Consumers And Itself From Counterfeits.

Kingston Technologies Offers Help To eBay Victims Frauded With Counterfeit Flash Memory

Kingston DataTraveler 310 DT310/256GB Fake USB Flash Drives Flooding eBay! Fraud Warning.

Kingston DT310/256 Counterfeits Sold On eBay!

Additional Reading:

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

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

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Counterfeit Memorette Micro SD/SDHC Cards Fakes. 32GB 32Go Class 10

Posted by flashchiptutor on August 10, 2011

Be careful buying Memorette Micro SD/SDHC Cards at internet sites and eBay, they are being counterfeited. Memorette flash memory card fakes are being sold at wholesaling sites and on eBay. In spring 2011 SOSFakeFlash received the first reports of fake Memorette cards from frauded buyers on eBay. The advertised capacity turning out to be fake capacity. On file currently with SOSFakeFlash are 32GB Go fakes.

All buyers and potential resellers should be very careful and consult Memorette.

Memorette English site.

Memorette Flash Cards – English

Memory card descriptions at Memorette:

  • Memento Micro SD / SDHC Card
  • Memento CF Card
  • Memento SDHC Card
  • Memento SD Card
  • Memorette Micro SD/SDHC Card
  • Memorette CF Card
  • Memorette SDHC Card
  • Memorette SD Card

Resellers interested in selling the Memorette brand should contact Memorette for a list of authorized distributors to avoid acquiring fakes.

The photo most often used in eBay listings:

Memorette Micro SD SDHC Card 32GB Fake

It may look authentic, but a lot of sellers use a stock photo. However, frequently when buyers test with H2testw they discover they are not receiving 32GB capacity. Instead the card is only 2GB or 4 GB.

Internet exposure for fake SanDisk and Kingston memory cards is increasing. Fraudulent sellers on eBay have now turned their attention to the Memorette brand.

The Memorette micro SD/SDHC card is currently manufactured in capacities of: 2GB , 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32G with a speed of 80x (12MB/sec). Their English site is not as up to date as their Korean site. They do not sell the cards loose, but in packaging.

Memorette Micro SD SDHC Card Packaging

If you are a buyer and you did not receive the Memorette card in it’s retail packaging, this should be the first warning sign for you.

How cheap can you buy a Memorette 32GB Micro SD/SDHC Card from a wholesaler in China? You can find them on aliexpress for less than $8 US with free shipping.

aliexpress Memorette Micro SD SDHC Cards Cheap

Memorette is less expensive then other brands. In balance with cheaper price is a slower speed. However, even in 2011 a 32GB flash memory capacity can not be manufactured for $8 US. Flash memory chips are expensive to produce, in the cost factored in is the quality control process.

If you are buying this item on eBay, ensure it arrives in retail packaging and test it for capacity to avoid purchasing a counterfeit of false capacity. There are very few authorized distributors of Memorette on eBay.

Additional Reading:

Genuine Verses Fake Counterfeit USB Flash Drives – A Guide – USB Flash Chips Used In USB Flash Drives – Grades A B C D

Flash Memory Chips – Prices

How Can You Spot Fake Flash Memory Chips? What Is the Key Factor That Determines If MP3 MP4 Players, USB Flash Drives Or Memory Cards Are Fake Capacity?

Scam Report eBay Fake Memory Cards, USB Flash Drives, MP Players – SOSFakeFlash Q2 2011. Did You Buy On eBay?

Free Flash Memory Testing Software And Download:

H2testw 1.4 – Gold Standard In Detecting USB Counterfeit Drives

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Where Is The Serial Number On DT200 Kingston USB Flash Drives?

Posted by flashchiptutor on July 12, 2011

People are searching the internet for information on serial numbers for Kingston usb flash drives. If they bought a genuine item, the serial number is in plain view. For older datatraveler usb flash drives, it is on the side of the usb flash drive. For newer usb flash drives, especially high end usb flash drives the serial number is engraved on the usb connector tip. Kingston Technologies began engraving the serial number for every single usb DataTraveler on the connector tip to fight against counterfeiting. It is additional overhead and work but they believe it is worth the effort to protect consumers and resellers.

If you need to verify if the DataTraveler usb flash drive you bought is a genuine item or a counterfeit you should read:

Kingston USB Flash Drives. How To Check You Have A Genuine One And Not A Counterfeit – Easy Guide. Kingston Technologies Fighting To Protect Consumers And Itself From Counterfeits.

This article will tell you everything you need to know and how to contact Kingston to validate your DataTraveler usb flash drive.

People interested in the DT200 model need to exercise additional care. Kingston no longer makes it.

DT200 Kingston DataTraveler USB Flash Drives Retired Discontinued. Only Remaining Market Left Appears For Counterfeits And Fake DT-200s. More Recent Kingston USB Flash Drives Cheaper Than DT200.

Recent information from the FrankenFlash project indicates the DT200 is still a hot item on the internet, there are many searches for 256GB capacity and even 1 TB Terabyte capacity. The DT200 usb flash drive was only manufactured up to a capacity of 128GB. Where is the global community getting the idea it can be 256Gb or even 1TB?

The DT200 is old news and no longer a good bargain for genuine DataTraveler at high capacity. You can buy one with better read/write speeds a lot cheaper than what the DT200 sold for!

Kingston DataTraveler R500 128GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model DTR500/16GB – DTR500/32GB – DTR500/64GB – DTR500/128GB. The Replacement For DT200 USB Flash Drives. A Close Up Look DataTraveler R500.

If you are looking for the serial number for a Kingston DataTraveler, just look at the usb connector tip. If it is a very old model, check the side of the usb flash drive, it is that simple. If you have a DataTraveler from DT150 onward and do not see a serial number on the usb flash drive connector, you probably bought a fake and at a false capacity.

Make sure you validate your DataTraveler usb flash drive with Kingston. It will not cost you anything and it will give you piece of mind.

If Kingston says your DataTraveler is a counterfeit, test the memory capacity of the flash storage on board:

H2testw 1.4 – Gold Standard In Detecting USB Counterfeit Drives

Information On DT200 DataTraveler USB Flash Drive Problems:

DT200 256GB – New Capacity Offered By Kingston Technologies. DT200 Now Comes in 256 GB Or Does it?

Kingston DT200 Offers New Capacity – 1TB USB Flash Memory Stick. The Biggest Capacity For A USB Flash Drive Is Available From aliexpress.com. Wholesale Cost For DT200 Is Not Expensive, It Is Cheap. Profit From Selling Upgraded Flash Memory.

eBay Erasing Evidence Of Fraud – Protection Of Fake Memory Sellers Increasing. DT200/128GB Kingston DataTraveler Fakes Continue To Be Sold On eBay.

Warning KINGSTON DT200 DATA TRAVELER 128 GB USB FLASH DRIVE eBay Fakes – A Guide

Kingston Technologies Under Attack From Fake Flash Memory Seller Piranhas In The Orient. DT200 Counterfeits 8GB 16GB 32GB Flood Global Market.

Current Prices For Genuine Kingston DataTraveler 200 128GB USB2.0 Flash Drives DT200/128GB And For Fakes – A Guide

Buying A Kingston DataTraveler DT200 128GB Flash Drive On eBay? What You See Might Not Be What You Receive. Have a look.

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Exposing DT310 USB Flash Drive Fakes Sold On eBay. Counterfeits For Kingston DT310 Are Infesting The Global Market!

Posted by flashchiptutor on July 8, 2011

The DT310 256GB flash drive is very popular. Too many sellers believe it possible to buy DT310 Kingston DataTraveler flash drives cheap! They are all unauthorized sellers for the Kingston brand name. Focused on a quick profit, uninformed about flash chip prices and very naive, they are harming people around the world, causing a lot of damage to buyers who not only lose their money but data to fake Data Traveler flash drives.

While effort continues to educate buyers for usb flash drives, the DT310 continues to be the most popular fake sold at internet sites. Most victims of flash memory fraud are on eBay. Despite pressure from Kingston Technologies, eBay continues to permit the sale of these counterfeits. New seller id’s appear every day. There appears to be a concerted determination on the part of fraudulent sellers to push the DT310 fakes out to buyers despite the consequences to consumers. The determination is based on the reputation of the DT310 DataTraveler, everyone wants to buy one and they want to have this reliable usb flash drive cheap.

The fake DT310 usb flash drive can have a real flash chip capacity ranging from 1 GB to 8GB in size. Most lock up after a few read write attempts.

Sellers on eBay caught selling the fakes complain bitterly when buyers leave negative feedback or follow up feedback about their purchase. FrankenFlash Project sites continue to expose the sellers and never retract their articles. They receive many threats. The evidence and facts vindicate the truth they reveal. Kingston Technologies continues to pressure eBay and assist victims of DT310 fakes.

There are reports of frauded buyers being asked to return these counterfeits as a condition of refund. The truth is, they don’t have to return them!

PayPal Refunds – Counterfeit Items Policy Change Nov 01 2010. What Does This Mean For Fake Flash Memory? MP Players, USB Flash Drives, Memory Cards? Hacked Memory Awareness Growing.

When eBay or PayPal tries to circumvent a frauded buyer and ignore the new rules, Kingston Technologies tech support steps in to provide assistence. They also use the information provided to make eBay pull the sellers listings.

According to insider information, eBay continues to fear lawsuits from brand names for flash memory fraud. They do remove listings but they do not inform buyers for the eBay seller to warn them about a fraudlent purchase. It leads to many buyers not only losing their data but the potential to issue a case against a fraudlent seller. The deception continues.

The packaging and internal tear downs for DT310 are amazing in their variety, so we are not including the usual deal, there are just too many versions out there for us to document in the collection.

One of the best exposures for the DT310 counterfeits is in this video. You need to see it! It is all our site really needs to catalogue.

OutlawedMedia on DT310 Kingston DataTraveler Fakes.

Exposing Fake/Counterfeit USB Drive!

It is the best exposure and tear down for a DT310 fake so far!

DT310 fakes can be sold for as little as $20 US and as much as $300 US. Buyers continue to be fooled. Resellers continue to be fooled. It remains the hottest fake usb flash drive on the market today!

Ebay flash fraud continues. Internet flash fraud continues.

Please do not import DT310 usb flash drives from Chinese or Hong Kong internet sites. You are will become a fake flash memory seller. You will lose your reputation. You could be published by a FrankenFlash Project site. These days, they don’t hesitate to publish the full address of a seller who has been caught selling a DT310 fake. You might even face criminal procession in your country. Kingston Technologies is fighting to protect their brand name integrity and they will not accept your excuses, they will take legal action against you.

The DT310 flash drive is one item you should stay away from selling! Unless you are an authorized reseller from Kingston. Don’t sell it on the internet unless you have been able to confirm with Kingston that the merchandise you received is really genuine.

The DT310 Counterfeit Problem:

Additional Reading:

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

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

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Counterfeit Corsair Flash Voyager 256GB 256 Fake USB Flash Drive – Pictures And Packaging

Posted by flashchiptutor on July 6, 2011

Beware Of Corsair Flash Voyager Usb flash drives advertised at 256GB with this packaging and drive markings. They are counterfeits, fake! Corsair did not produce them in the size advertised. Sold mainly on wholesaler internet sites in China, Hong Kong. You can find them on other internet sites too. In some cases, listings will advertise them as “upgraded” – there is no such thing. This is a polite term for false capacity.

Avoid being frauded or scammed. Do not buy this usb flash drive in the packaging shown, you risk data loss. Do not sell this usb flash drive! The Flash Voyager was made in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacity. If you see any advertising for 64GB, 128GB or 256GB you will buy a fake.

This story provides a lot of detail on the counterfeit flash voyager usb memory problem:

Fake 128GB Corsair Flash Drive Counterfeit Voyager Pen Sticks Continue To Be Sold On eBay.

Do not be fooled by term “OEM”. Do not assume counterfeit or fake means the usb flash drives are only knock offs of the Corsair brand name – harmless in your pursuit of profit. These usb flash drives will not contain the advertised capacity of flash memory.

If you list these flash drives on eBay, there is a strong possibility a warning will be issued on the internet by the WatchDog site for flash memory. If your buyers report you, you will be recorded at SOSFakeFlash.

On eBay, the problem of fake memory usb flash drives being sold there remains a very serious problem:

Crises on Ebay For Fake Flash Memory Products Sold In 32GB 64GB 128GB 256GB – SOSFakeFlash Reports

Inspectors continue to examine eBay listings for fake flash voyager usb flash drives, in the interest of protecting consumers.

To understand read Why Is Fake Flash Memory So Dangerous?

Please avoid being scammed with Fake Corsair flash drives. Avoid the temptation to import them from Chinese wholesaling sites. Did you know if you sell these flash drives on eBay your buyers do not have to return them to you for a refund?

PayPal Refunds – Counterfeit Items Policy Change Nov 01 2010. What Does This Mean For Fake Flash Memory? MP Players, USB Flash Drives, Memory Cards? Hacked Memory Awareness Growing.

Yes the rules have changed. It is also very difficult for you to get your investiment back from internet wholesalers, especially if you chose not to fund with a credit card. If you were wise enough to use a credit card, you might have the possibility to contact Corsair and ask them to provide you with supporting documentation. The fact is, no Flash Voyager usb flash drive exists above 32GB. Any credit card company can find this out by reviewing the information for the Flash Voyager usb drive at Corsair websites.

Avoid trouble, don’t buy these fakes and save your seller reputation.

What do 256GB Flash Voyager counterfeits look like?

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CorsairFlashVoyager256GB-2

Additional Reading:

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

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

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Counterfeit Corsair Flash Voyager 128GB 128 Fake USB Flash Drive – Pictures And Packaging

Posted by flashchiptutor on July 5, 2011

Beware Of Corsair Flash Voyager Usb flash drives advertised at 128GB with this packaging and drive markings. They are counterfeits, fake! Corsair did not produce them in the size advertised. Sold mainly on wholesaler internet sites in China, Hong Kong. You can find them on other internet sites too. In some cases, listings will advertise them as “upgraded” – there is no such thing. This is a polite term for false capacity. The 128 GB Flash Voyager Corsair fake is very popular on eBay.

Avoid being frauded or scammed. Do not buy this usb flash drive in the packaging shown, you risk data loss. Do not sell this usb flash drive! The Flash Voyager was made in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacity. If you see any advertising for 64GB, 128GB or 256GB you will buy a fake.

This story provides a lot of detail on the counterfeit flash voyager usb memory problem:

Fake 128GB Corsair Flash Drive Counterfeit Voyager Pen Sticks Continue To Be Sold On eBay.

Do not be fooled by term “OEM”. Do not assume counterfeit or fake means the usb flash drives are only knock offs of the Corsair brand name – harmless in your pursuit of profit. These usb flash drives will not contain the advertised capacity of flash memory.

If you list these flash drives on eBay, there is a strong possibility a warning will be issued on the internet by the WatchDog site for flash memory. If your buyers report you, you will be recorded at SOSFakeFlash.

On eBay, the problem of fake memory usb flash drives being sold there remains a very serious problem:

Crises on Ebay For Fake Flash Memory Products Sold In 32GB 64GB 128GB 256GB – SOSFakeFlash Reports

Inspectors continue to examine eBay listings for fake flash voyager usb flash drives, in the interest of protecting consumers.

To understand read Why Is Fake Flash Memory So Dangerous?

Please avoid being scammed with Fake Corsair flash drives. Avoid the temptation to import them from Chinese wholesaling sites. Did you know if you sell these flash drives on eBay your buyers do not have to return them to you for a refund?

PayPal Refunds – Counterfeit Items Policy Change Nov 01 2010. What Does This Mean For Fake Flash Memory? MP Players, USB Flash Drives, Memory Cards? Hacked Memory Awareness Growing.

Yes the rules have changed. It is also very difficult for you to get your investment back from internet wholesalers, especially if you chose not to fund with a credit card. If you were wise enough to use a credit card, you might have the possibility to contact Corsair and ask them to provide you with supporting documentation. The fact is, no Flash Voyager usb flash drive exists above 32GB. Any credit card company can find this out by reviewing the information for the Flash Voyager usb drive at Corsair websites.

Avoid trouble, don’t buy these fakes and save your seller reputation.

What do 128GB Flash Voyager counterfeits look like?

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Additional Reading:

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

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

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Counterfeit Corsair Flash Voyager 64GB 64 Fake USB Flash Drive – Pictures And Packaging

Posted by flashchiptutor on July 4, 2011

Beware Of Corsair Flash Voyager Usb flash drives advertised at 64GB with this packaging and drive markings. They are counterfeits, fake! Corsair did not produce them in the size advertised. Sold mainly on wholesaler internet sites in China, Hong Kong. You can find them on other internet sites too. In some cases, listings will advertise them as “upgraded” – there is no such thing. This is a polite term for false capacity.

Avoid being frauded or scammed. Do not buy this usb flash drive in the packaging shown, you risk data loss. Do not sell this usb flash drive! The Flash Voyager was made in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacity. If you see any advertising for 64GB, 128GB or 256GB you will buy a fake.

This story provides a lot of detail on the counterfeit flash voyager usb memory problem:

Fake 128GB Corsair Flash Drive Counterfeit Voyager Pen Sticks Continue To Be Sold On eBay.

Do not be fooled by term “OEM”. Do not assume counterfeit or fake means the usb flash drives are only knock offs of the Corsair brand name – harmless in your pursuit of profit. These usb flash drives will not contain the advertised capacity of flash memory.

If you list these flash drives on eBay, there is a strong possibility a warning will be issued on the internet by the WatchDog site for flash memory. If your buyers report you, you will be recorded at SOSFakeFlash.

On eBay, the problem of fake memory usb flash drives being sold there remains a very serious problem:

Crises on Ebay For Fake Flash Memory Products Sold In 32GB 64GB 128GB 256GB – SOSFakeFlash Reports

Inspectors continue to examine eBay listings for fake flash voyager usb flash drives, in the interest of protecting consumers.

To understand read Why Is Fake Flash Memory So Dangerous?

Please avoid being scammed with Fake Corsair flash drives. Avoid the temptation to import them from Chinese wholesaling sites. Did you know if you sell these flash drives on eBay your buyers do not have to return them to you for a refund?

PayPal Refunds – Counterfeit Items Policy Change Nov 01 2010. What Does This Mean For Fake Flash Memory? MP Players, USB Flash Drives, Memory Cards? Hacked Memory Awareness Growing.

Yes the rules have changed. It is also very difficult for you to get your investment back from internet wholesalers, especially if you chose not to fund with a credit card. If you were wise enough to use a credit card, you might have the possibility to contact Corsair and ask them to provide you with supporting documentation. The fact is, no Flash Voyager usb flash drive exists above 32GB. Any credit card company can find this out by reviewing the information for the Flash Voyager usb drive at Corsair websites.

Avoid trouble, don’t buy these fakes and save your seller reputation.

What do 64GB Flash Voyager counterfeits look like?

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FlashVoyager64GB-2

 

FlashVoyager64GB-3

FlashVoyager64GB-4

Notice the usb flash drive could be positioned horizontally or vertically. Also the poor marking for the GB size. Many fake Flash Voyager usb drives just have a sticker covering the original size. Size overwrite is common for fakes.

Additional Reading:

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

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

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DT310 DataTraveler USB Flash Drives Being Withdrawn From Internet Sites. Why? How Cheap Are Kingston DT310 USB DataTraveler Flash Drives Wholesale? Counterfeiters Have Hijacked The DT310. Expect Hacked Memory And To Be Scammed With A Fake If You Buy From An Internet Wholesaler For Flash Memory.

Posted by flashchiptutor on March 15, 2011

A lot of internet sites are withdrawing the DT310 USB flash drives from Kingston Technologies. Reputable internet sites. The question is…. why? Read the rest of this entry »

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640G 640GB Sony MicroVault Counterfeit Fake USB Flash Drive – Model Number USM640024

Posted by flashchiptutor on March 6, 2011

Beware Sony Microvault model USM640024 advertised as 640GB with a packaging label of 640G is a counterfeit – fake! Read the rest of this entry »

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Changing Trends In The Sale Of Fake Memory On eBay For USB Flash Drives, Memory Cards And MP Players. SOSFakeFlash Advises Do Not Buy From eBay Sellers With Low FeedBack Scores. Avoid Sellers with Scores Under 300+ To Protect Yourself From Potential Fraud. Learn Why.

Posted by flashchiptutor on March 3, 2011

eBay is still the best place to be frauded with false capacity flash memory items. Listing appear daily for obvious fakes and counterfeits. The battle rages. Frauded buyers on one side, eBay and fake flash memory sellers on the other. Read the rest of this entry »

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Counterfeit DT150/4GB Kingston DataTraveler Fake USB Flash Drive 4 GB

Posted by flashchiptutor on February 8, 2011

Beware Kingston DataTraveler model DT150 advertised as 4 GB with these drive markings of 4GB is a counterfeit – fake! Kingston did not produce them, in the size advertised. The DT150 was only manufactured at a capacity of 32GB or 64GB. Sold mainly on wholesaler internet sites in China, Hong Kong, this one was found on eBay.

Avoid being frauded or scammed. Do not buy this usb flash drive in the packaging shown, you risk data loss. Do not sell this usb flash drive!

Instead, if you wish to buy on the internet visit Kingston’s site to determine the models offered and the colour coding for sizes to help you avoid a false capacity drive. Use this new guide: Kingston USB Flash Drives. How To Check You Have A Genuine One And Not A Counterfeit – Easy Guide. Kingston Technologies Fighting To Protect Consumers And Itself From Counterfeits. if you suspect you purchased a counterfeit or false capacity Kingston USB Flash drive.

DT150 4GB

Additional Reading:

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

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

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