An ebay member in Australia auctions suspect Kingston

Posted on May 24, 2009 by



An ebay member registed in Australia has listed very suspect looking 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives in auctions. Nobody can afford to risk losing hundreds of dollars by listing high capacity flash drives by auctioning them with start prices below wholesale cost!

The use of auctions and the risk being run by the seller if the drives are genuine are not the only reason we suspect the drives listed by sgm2879 are counterfeits manufactured by fraudsters in China and sold by dodgy wholesalers there.

The fact that there are visual differences between the seller’s drive (shown in the top picture) and a real 64GB Kingston (shown underneath) also aroused our suspicions. We have pointed out one obvious difference – the lack of information engraved on the metal part. This is not the only difference, however.

The seller may not be aware that there is a big problem with counterfeit Kingston. The easiest way for both buyers and sellers to discover the true capacity of a flash drive is with h2testw. We doubt if this drive has a capacity larger than 4GB. It will look as though the capacity is 64GB in properties due to fraudulent programming. Fake capacity drives eventually cause data loss – one you use up the real capacity there is nowhere for your files to go!

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