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Quick Detection Genuine or Counterfeit Kingston DT150 32GB DataTraveler Michael’s Guide

Posted by flashchiptutor on June 6, 2009

eBay is not a safe place to buy usb flash drives. eBay sellers in the orient get a lot of bad press. People are suspicious. But you can just as easily buy a fake or counterfeit flash drive from eBay in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe or even in Australia.

Reprinted from SOSFakeFlash.

The FrankenFlash Project has been busy publishing alerts and documenting Kingston DT150 DataTraveler counterfeits (see articles at the end ). First 32GB fakes appeared, then 64GB fakes and now 32GB fakes have spread to many eBay countries. The United States is a serious target.

What are the signs for a counterfeit 32GB DT150 DataTraveler fake? How can you tell? Michael shows you how.

Michael is a recent victim. He bought from an American eBay seller, tested his drive and found it to be a counterfeit. Immediately Michael created a dispute at Paypal and dialogued with the seller. The seller refunded him but Paypal would not release the funds, demanding he return the counterfeit. In the end both seller and buyer united against PayPal to solve the issue and make the refund come true. See http://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/report-a-fake/comment-page-2/#comment-2094

So what does a counterfeit DT150 32GB DataTraveler look like?

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There is no laser etching on the usb connector front with serial information or model information. Kingston adds this as a counter measure to counterfeiting. Below is what this etching looks like for a genuine usb flash drive.

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Kingston DataTraveler DT150’s are laser etched on their usb plugs with drive model information , size and a serial number too. This is a primary anti-counterfeiting defense. The one shown is for a DT150 64GB flash drive.

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Kingston DT150 32GB packaging front. Note this is sealed packaging used by genuine kingston DT150 usb flash drives and not the dead giveaway of plastic snap pack. It also means that counterfeiters are able to duplicate more expensive packaging. kingston-usbplug-back 1

usb plug back of a counterfeit 32GB DT150.

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The counterfeit Kingston DT150 32GB packaging back with no serial information and upc code for it. All genuine Kingston DT150’s have this information inside the packaging.

Serial

It is unique, every single drive has a different serial. No two drives have the same one. It is missing here. In some counterfeits, you will find a serial label but when you check at Kingstons authentication site you will find it has already been used. It you find in a retail store, they all have the same serial number information on the back, stay away!

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Kingston DT150 32GB front LED. In every report so far, the LED does not work. Not surprising really. The insides are different for a fake. The circuit board and connectors are not the same, so how could they make the LED work? The LED is really “pretend”, just to look a bit like the real one. Otherwise everyone would recognize the fake immediately.

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Kingston DT150 32GB front. Many people also report the casing is made of lighter material than a genuine version and does not weigh as much.

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Kingston DT150 32GB back.

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Kingston label is peeling from the casing.

If you bought a counterfeit usb flash drive on eBay please report in to SOSFakeFlash, using the Report A Fake Tab For Information.

Read: Kingston USB Flash Drives – Detect Counterfeits And Fakes – Product Verification

Additional information published by the FrankenFlash Project:

May 27, 2009 Genuine or Counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler – Quick Detection – A Guide

May 25, 2009 eBay Counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler USB Flash Drives Revealed – Case of eBay Seller fufu$$

May 20, 2009 fufu$$ And The Counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler USB Flash Drives

May 19, 2009 celeste_689 Ebay Fake Flash Seller Alert – USA – Counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler

May 18, 2009 fufu$$ Ebay Fake Flash Seller Alert – Australia – Counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler

April 12, 2009 minggege99 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert Deregistered – China. eBay and PayPal Try To Block Victims From Refunds For Counterfeit Kingston DT150 32GB DataTraveler 150

April 9, 2009 32GB Kingston DT150 32GB DataTraveler USB Flash Drive Counterfeits eBay Scandal – Wholesale Costs For Counterfeits

March 29, 2009 niuren2008 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert Deregistered – China – Counterfeit DT150 32GB 32 GB Data Traveler 150

The first story:

March 16, 2009 Kingston Counterfeit Fake 32GB DataTraveler 150 USB Flash Drive Found On eBay

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32GB Sony Vaio Counterfeit Fake USB Flash Drive – Red Jewel – Green White Packaging

Posted by flashchiptutor on April 16, 2009

Beware Sony Vaio USB Flash Drive advertised as 32GB with packaging of VAIO Sony and a sticker of 32GB is a counterfeit – fake! This model sports a red plastic jewel in green white packaging. Sony never produced this usb pen stick flash drive – Vaio is for Sony’s Laptop brand, MicroVault is for Sony usb flash drives. Sold on wholesaler internet sites in China and Hong Kong. Often sold as “upgraded” – there is no such thing. This model sold a lot on eBay, targeting those who do not know the difference between MicroVault and Vaio, only that they are both famous. Sony would never use a sticker for it’s sizing. The span packaging is the famous tell tail sign of a counterfeiter. SOSFakeFlash has never seen a genunie capacity usb flash drive using this packaging yet. Avoid being frauded or scammed. Do not buy this usb flash drive, you risk data loss. Do not sell this usb flash drive!

Important Reading:

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

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If you see this for sale anywhere please contact Sony at:stopfakes@am.sony.com

Visit http://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/ for the list of sites in the FrankenFlash Project. You will find plenty of evidence on this counterfeit line documented.

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32GB Sony Vaio Counterfeit Fake USB Flash Drive – Red Jewel – Red White Packaging

Posted by flashchiptutor on April 15, 2009

Beware Sony Vaio USB Flash Drive advertised as 32GB with packaging of VAIO Sony and a sticker of 32GB is a counterfeit – fake! This model sports a red plastic jewel in red white packaging. Sony never produced this usb pen stick flash drive – Vaio is for Sony’s Laptop brand, MicroVault is for Sony usb flash drives. Sold on wholesaler internet sites in China and Hong Kong. Often sold as “upgraded” – there is no such thing. This model sold a lot on eBay, targeting those who do not know the difference between MicroVault and Vaio, only that they are both famous. Sony would never use a sticker for it’s sizing. The snap packaging is the famous tell tail sign of a counterfeiter. Avoid being frauded or scammed. Do not buy this usb flash drive, you risk data loss. Do not sell this usb flash drive!

Important Reading:

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

This advertising is very high priced. It is a warning that not all counterfeits are cheap, some attempt to pretend to be genuine by offering very high prices. If one fish hook does not get you another is designed to. Counterfeiters have many.

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32GBSonyVaioRedWhiteJewel

If you see this for sale anywhere please contact Sony at:stopfakes@am.sony.com

Visit http://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/ for the list of sites in the FrankenFlash Project. You will find plenty of evidence on this counterfeit line documented.

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Counterfeit Kingston DT150 32GB Ebay Seller Ring Confirmed

Posted by flashchiptutor on April 15, 2009

eBay members, victims of the seller ids: minggege99, abestpartner0, and niuren2008 have suspected same person was involved in the trafficking in these Counterfeit Kingston DT150 32GB usb flash drives recently flooding eBay. Over 4600+ units were sold and over £80,000 of listing sales on eBay!

eBay has removed all evidence of listings and deregistered the seller ids. PayPal is trying to evade responsibilty in refunding buyers. SOSFakeFlash finds nothing new there. Both must be very worried about hearing from Kingston Technologies for allowing these items to be sold on eBay. Many eBay members have contacted Kingston and all were told the items they had purchased were counterfeits.

Who is the seller or distributor? Reported by victims, one:

LEE Wai Bun

FLAT RM 842 6/floor
HANG SENGBLDG
64 DES VOEUX RD
CENTRAL
Hong Kong

To assist the Hong Kong Police and the Hong Kong Technology Crime Division to find and question Lee Wai Bun about these counterfeits:

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Kingston DT150-Detail

You can also write to the Technology Crime Prevention Unit at:

cpu-tcd@police.gov.hk

or if you wish, donate your fake by mailing it with your details to:

Technology Crime Prevention Unit,
Technology Crime Division,
Commercial Crime Bureau, HKP,
22/F, Arsenal House,
Police Headquarters,
1 Arsenal Street, Wanchai
Hong Kong.

SOSFakeFlash believes more of these fake Kingston DT150 32GB DataTraveler 150 will be flooding eBay. They can easily be purchased from wholesalers for import to unleash local data loss plagues around the world.

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32GB Sony Vaio Counterfeit Fake USB Flash Drive – Silver Metal Black Box Packaging

Posted by flashchiptutor on April 14, 2009

Beware Sony Vaio USB Flash Drive advertised as 32GB with sophisticated black packaging it is a counterfeit – fake! Sony never produced this usb pen stick flash drive – Vaio is for Sony’s Laptop brand, MicroVault is for Sony usb flash drives. Sold on wholesaler internet sites in China and Hong Kong. Often sold as “upgraded” – there is no such thing. This model sold a lot on eBay, targeting those with upscale tastes. Avoid being frauded or scammed. Do not buy this usb flash drive, you risk data loss. Do not sell this usb flash drive!

Important Reading:

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

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If you see this for sale anywhere please contact Sony at:stopfakes@am.sony.com

Visit http://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/ for the list of sites in the FrankenFlash Project. You will find plenty of evidence on this counterfeit line documented.

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32GB Kingston DataTraveler 101 Counterfeit Fake USB Flash Drive DT101

Posted by flashchiptutor on April 13, 2009

Beware Kingston DataTraveler 101 advertised as 32GB with this packaging it is counterfeit – fake! Kingston did not produce these. The Kingston DataTraveler 101 is a swivel usb flash drive. These counterfeits are sold on wholesaler internet sites in China and Hong Kong. Avoid being frauded or scammed. Do not buy this usb flash drive, 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 check the genuine models offered to help you avoid a counterfeit.

Important Reading:

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

DataTraveler 101

The real Kingston DataTraveler 101 is only made up to 16GB looks like this:

KingstonDataTraveler101-Genuine

To review the models really make by Kingston visit: http://www.kingston.com/flash/dt101.asp

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

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32GB Sony Counterfeit Fake USB Flash Drive – Mini Coloured Plastic Lipstick Model

Posted by flashchiptutor on April 12, 2009

Beware mini Sony flash memory pen drives in plastic advertised as 32GB and stamped with the Sony brand name, they are a counterfeit – fake! Sony never produced them. Sold on wholesaler internet sites in China and Hong Kong. This model is sold on eBay, it is a counterfeit. The wholesale cost is below the price of a real 8GB flash drive chip. That alone should warn you. Avoid being frauded or scammed. Do not buy this usb flash drive, you risk data loss. Do not sell this usb flash drive if such capacity sizes are advertised!

Important Reading:

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

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Please report any internet listing to:

stopfakes@am.sony.com

Visit http://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/ for the list of sites in the FrankenFlash Project.

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32GB Kingston DT150 32GB DataTraveler USB Flash Drive Counterfeits – Current Wholesale Costs For Fakes

Posted by flashchiptutor on April 9, 2009

You can buy counterfeit 32GB Kingston DT150 32GB DataTraveler USB Flash Drives on internet wholesale sites in the orient for as little as $14 US. Imagine your reselling profits until you get caught! Police and Buyers knocking on your door. Here is a perfect example of upgrading – read – digitally altering a small flash drive to appear bigger to an operating system – see the listing below.

Recently three eBay sellers: minggege99, nuiren2008, abestpartner0 together sold over 4,500 units on eBay. They were caught by eBayers who reported them to SOSFakeFlash. Soon internet alerts were published and negatives poured in. The FrankenFlash Project websites went to work. All three sellers are now toast. Angry buyers are storming PayPal demanding FULL Refunds. With over 4,500 fakes sold you can imagine what this means for PayPal and the dispute console – it is sizzling.

Do not buy this usb flash drive on eBay. Do not buy it at internet wholesalers in the orient – especially if you plan to resell. Be very wary – upgrade is a polite term for digitally altering the drive to report a larger size than it really is. This will cause people to lose their data when they exceed the real capacity of the drive. When this happens buyers will investigate. The profit margin for selling genuine usb flash drives is small. Genuine usb flash drive sale profit is not high. Large retail chains do not have a hugh mark up as many people think, their profit comes from selling in volume, not by the unit. If you want to sell genuine usb flash drives at the true capacity, unless you can be a volume seller, your profits will not be high. Too many people have been ruined for selling fakes, please do not join them. If you do intend to sell on the internet or eBay make sure you test each model you sell for true capacity first. Chose at random.

Important Reading:

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

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

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32GB Kingston DT150 32GB 32 GB DataTraveler 150 USB Flash Drive Counterfeits

Posted by flashchiptutor on April 8, 2009

Can you buy 32GB Kingston DT150 32GB 32 GB DataTraveler 150 USB Flash Drive Counterfeit that look like the genuine usb flash drive? Yes you can. They recently appeared on eBay.

Most of these counterfeits had a lot of effort put into duplicating the packaging, serial numbers and the appearance of the flash drive casing. Little effort though, went into the flash drives themselves. Many will not even store data at all. Very poor fake usb flash drives.

Several eBay sellers operating in the Orient have recently been caught by SOSFakeFlash and eBayers. To Learn more read:

Please review the realistic prices for these flash drives to avoid becoming a victim in: More Kingston Counterfeit Fake 32GB DataTraveler 150 USB Flash Drives Found On eBay! If you want a bargain and are not willing to pay a fair rock bottom price for the Kingston DT150 32GB 32 GB DataTraveler 150 you are very likely to acquire counterfeit usb flash drives.

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32GB Kingston DataTraveler Counterfeit Fake USB Flash Drive – DTI Series – White With Purple – DTI/4GB

Posted by flashchiptutor on April 4, 2009

Beware Kingston DataTraveler advertised as 32GB with drive colour white with Purple in red black packaging is a counterfeit – fake! Kingston did not produce these, in the size advertised with the colour coding stated. Sold on wholesaler internet sites in China and Hong Kong. Often sold as “upgraded” – there is no such thing. This drive is likely to have a real capacity in line with it’s colour coding case. Old smaller capacity Kingston usb flash drives are frequent targets for counterfeiting and digitally altering to report a much larger capacity than the flash chip can support.

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.

Important Reading:

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

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The purple colour coded Kingston DataTraveler is the Data Traveler USB flash drive – 4GB DTI/4GB usb flash drive. There is no guarantee that this fake will have a real capacity of 4GB. Much depends on the flash drive chip used, not the shell casing.

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

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32GB Kingston DataTraveler Counterfeit Fake USB Flash Drive – DTI Series – White With Lime – DTI/2GB

Posted by flashchiptutor on April 4, 2009

Beware Kingston DataTraveler advertised as 32GB with drive colour white with Lime in white black packaging is a counterfeit – fake! Kingston did not produce these, in the size advertised with the colour coding stated. Sold on wholesaler internet sites in China and Hong Kong. Often sold as “upgraded” – there is no such thing. This drive is likely to have a real capacity in line with it’s colour coding case. Old smaller capacity Kingston usb flash drives are frequent targets for counterfeiting and digitally altering to report a much larger capacity than the flash chip can support.

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.

Important Reading:

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

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The lime colour coded Kingston DataTraveler is the Data Traveler USB flash drive – 2GB DTI/2GB usb flash drive. There is no guarantee that this fake will have a real capacity of 2GB. Much depends on the flash drive chip used, not the shell casing.

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

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32GB Kingston DataTraveler Counterfeit Fake USB Flash Drive – DTI Series – White With Power Blue – DTI/512

Posted by flashchiptutor on April 4, 2009

Beware Kingston DataTraveler advertised as 32GB with drive colour white with power blue is a counterfeit – fake! Kingston did not produce these, in the size advertised with the colour coding stated. Sold on wholesaler internet sites in China and Hong Kong. Often sold as “upgraded” – there is no such thing. This drive is likely to have a real capacity in line with it’s colour coding case. Old smaller capacity Kingston usb flash drives are frequent targets for counterfeiting and digitally altering to report a much larger capacity than the flash chip can support.

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.

Important Reading:

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

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Very poor counterfeit, with light blue.

There was a drive one produced by Kingston in the DataTraveler series that was white and blue. It was the Kingston Data Traveler USB flash drive – 512 MB DTI/512.

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

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32GB Sony MicroVault Counterfeit Fake USB Flash Drive – Model Number USM4042

Posted by flashchiptutor on March 26, 2009

Beware Sony Microvault model USM4042 advertised as 32GB with a packaging label of 32G is a counterfeit – fake! Sony never produced this usb flash drive. Sold on wholesaler internet sites in China and Hong Kong. Often sold as “upgraded” – there is no such thing. This drive is unlikely to have a real capacity of more than 512MB. This model is the favorite Sony Micro vault counterfeit sold on eBay. It comes in other sizes and packaging. Avoid being frauded or scammed. Do not buy this usb flash drive, you risk data loss. Do not sell this usb flash drive!

Important Reading:

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

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The fake shown above has been around a long time.

Please report any internet listing to:

stopfakes@am.sony.com

The closest historical model that appears similar was USM32

USM32 - 32MB MICRO VAULT WITH USB INTERFACE

 

The only similarity is the packaging and the rounded shape.

Visit http://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/ for the list of sites in the FrankenFlash Project. You will find plenty of evidence on this counterfeit line that has been documented.

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