Said To Sell Counterfeit Kingston Flash Drives

Posted on June 10, 2009 by


Complaints against have been received by the FrankenFlash Project. Buyers are reporting Kingston USB Flash drives purchased are fakes. Is this so? And who is willing to confirm this? You might be very surprised.

In the spring of 2009 the project started to notice a flood of Kingston DT150 USB Flash drives arriving for sale on eBay. The first serious epidemic came from eBay sellers in China channeling the fake memory sticks through Hong Kong. Confirmed – Counterfeit Kingston DT150 32GB DataTraveler Ring eBay Sellers minggege99, abestpartner0, and niuren2008

Since then it has spread to eBay sites around the world. Every week FrankenFlash Project sites issue new alerts on confirmed and suspected sellers of counterfeit Kingston DT150 32GB 32 GB 64GB 64 GB DataTraveler 150 USB 2.0 Flash Drives on eBay.

Victims search the internet and when the first report came into SOSFakeFlash an investigation started. It appears a victim of upon testing the drive observed:

I tried to copy files over and once you are over 5gb to 6gb, (the copy command works fine!) but when you explore the drive all you see is the empty folder with no files in it. But if you check the properties on the drive it shows the used space has been increased and you have less free space.

I checked with your test program and waiting for a loooong time it came up with an error.

The buyer tried contacting kingstonusbcf and received no replies to emails, none. The victim decided to send an email directly to Kingston in China asking about this website and here is the response received:

Dear Customer:

Thank you for contacting Kingston Technology.

( This website sale’s product is counterfeit goods, you bump into this kind of question, is possibly because of the counterfeit goods reason.

Please you to relate the dealer returned goods, suggests you to the regular dealer place purchase product.

For dealer information:please refer to

If there are other technical problems, please contact me, thank you!
Best Regards & thanks,

Best Regards
Technical Support Dept.

SOSFakeFlash currently in consumer education week did not publish but waited for more victims to find the project. Another victim left this comment:

The project is quietly monitoring the internet for information on kingstonusbcf. It appears this site is heading for trouble soon. The domain is owned by Jiaxin Technology and only recently created at the end of April 2009. The odd thing is the timing. Toward the end of SOSFakeFlash’s campaign against the 32GB DT 150 DataTraveler outbreak on eBay.

Is kingstonusbcf selling counterfeit Kingston Products? False capacity and defective items? It appears that Kingston in China says so. The server kingstonusbcf is hosted on is in the United States far from China’s grasp.

Please test anything you buy from the internet site kingstonusbcf for true capacity. See: H2testw 1.4 – Gold Standard In Detecting USB Counterfeit Drives

This site may be selling a mixed grill, fake and false capacity with some real items. It would not be the first time a site does this. The most glaring facts against this seller are buyers unable to get a response from kingstonusbcf and Kingston China’s response.

The FrankenFlash Project is interested in more evidence. Do you have the original mailing envelopes with shipping addresses? Can you provide testing results for items purchased? Take apart the usb flash drives and photograph in detail? See the guides presented here for the kind of information needed. Send your details to or leave your comments here.

Selling usb flash drives that have been digitally altered to lie about their real size is dangerous, it is data poison. The counterfeit issue for the Kingston DT150 32GB and 64GB DataTraveler is spreading rapidly around the world. In one case on eBay over 4,600 units were sold for over £80,000 It is unclear where these items are being assembled or the distribution channels involved, nor the magnitude. The only thing that is known is that the problem originates in China and large volume importing is occurring from disreputable sellers on wholesaler sites in China.

Only buy these drives from a reputable local retailer or directly from a Kingston website serving your geographical region. Until this problem can be stopped it is not safe to buy these drives on eBay and now internet sites. Exercise caution on Amazon Marketplace as as well. Exotic 128 Kingston USB Flash drives have been sold there and there are reports of 64GB Kingston fakes too. There is no such thing as a usb penstick at a capacity higher than 64GB available on the consumer market today and it is unlikely for quiet some time.

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