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256GB Kingston DataTraveler Leather USB 2.0 256 GB – The Most Famous Counterfeit Fake Sold

Posted by flashchiptutor on May 3, 2010

256GB Kingston DataTraveler usb flash drives in the classic leather metal combination have been found on Asian Internet wholesale sites.

Beware Kingston DataTraveler of any 256GB usb pen stick with the packaging and appearance below. It is a counterfeit of a brand name and also false capacity in size. Kingston did not produce these. They are the most common and popular fake sold on the internet.

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

On eBay many sellers, this flash drive model destroyed their hard earned reputation. They did not do their homework. If you see this item for sell anywhere, in Kingston packaging or in any other packaging do not import it. According to SOSFakeFlash, this item is not manufactured above 16GB and on eBay so far, not one tested had a capacity greater than 4GB. The most common reported size is only 2GB.

For Kingston Flash memory usb drives you should read 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.

Kingston256GB-leather fake

Two of the most popular sites to acquire this leather flash drive are at dhgate . com and ioffer . com. If you see it at sizes above 16GB expect to receive a fake. It could destroy your business. Unlike other usb flash drives, this one is easy to disassemble and inspect for the usb controller chip and the flash memory storage chip. See this article: Proving A Fake USB Flash Memory Pen Drive Stick Pen To Be False Capacity – A Visual Example – Guide Made Easy

A lot of people are searching for new business opportunities. Too many, not understanding the real costs of flash memory chips, see importing flash memory usb flash drives from Asia as a wonderful opportunity. Buying at $15 US and reselling at $30 ~ $100 US. An extreme profit. The dream becomes a nightmare once buyers report sellers for these false capacity leather usb flash drives.

In some countries the seller will face criminal prosecution. On eBay they will be suspended, once buyers report them to SOSFakeFlash and an internet alert is issued. SOSFakeFlash has a zero tolerance policy – consumer protection. All sites in the project are committed to ending data loss, the end result when flash memory chips are digitally altered to lie about their genuine capacity.

This leather metal model has harmed in almost every country in the world. It it has destroyed sellers who did not understand their product or take the time to do careful research. Do you know many sellers still refuse to believe this model can be a false capacity item and stubbornly claim it is faulty? Besides testing with H2testw, disassembly by victims has always proven what software testing reveal – a fake.

The model tends to be genuine when purchased from a reputable internet site specializing in embossing company brand logos. You can easily recognize such a site as they will proudly display the companies they have done work for – famous companies. You won’t find it currently at a capacity higher than 16GB. It certainly will not come in Kingston Technologies packaging.

The leather metal fake comes in many colors. It is the oldest fake sold on eBay – dating back eight years in many false sizes, from 4GB to 512GB. The smallest actual size found? 256MB. One of the most common eBay selling regions for this model is in Singapore. New eBay id’s appear week after week for this model. See the Memory Singapore category. You can also review the sellers caught for Singapore at SOSFakeFlash, Fake Flash Singapore.

It appears many usb controller chip families can be manipulated to report the wrong capacity to an operating system, with the right software tools. Most operating systems do not really verify size for a usb flash drive. If they did, it would take forever to mount and use them. Operating systems trust in the information the usb flash drive reports to them. It is why no one should ever use a usb flash drive without performing a full capacity test for first use.

Kingston Technologies appears to be the most targeted brand name for counterfeiting. Now the oldest fake of all can be found in packaging that appears to come from Kingston.

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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