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

Posted by KittyFireFlash on May 25, 2009

SOSFakeFlash has been investigating eBay Australian seller fufu$$ after confirming a fake counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler usb flash drive. There are some who think there is nothing wrong with selling or buying counterfeit items on eBay. Counterfeit also usually means false capacity in SOSFakeFlash’s dictionary. In buyer terms it is referred to as a FAKE!  These usb memory pen sticks are dangerous to use as it results in data loss the moment you exceed true capacity.

The counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler problem on eBay is growing! More sellers are suspected and several have already been confirmed. SOSFakeFlash advised that no one buy any Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler on eBay right now.  It is not safe.

In this article:

  1. The photographic evidence of the fake Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler usb flash drive sold by ebay seller fufu$$
  2. The articles on fufu$$ and Counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler usb flash drives
  3. The suspect comment attempts to exonerate fufu$$ at SOSFakeFlash

Updated 20100226

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Genuine or Counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler – Quick Detection – A Guide

Posted by KittyFireFlash on May 21, 2009

Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler usb flash drive pensticks are being counterfeited – how can you tell? Recently fake Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler flash drives began to appear on eBay, it is growing with alarming speed! eBay is not the only place you will find them, they are available at internet wholesaling sites in the orient.

What is the quickest inspection you can do to find out if you bought a counterfeit? Kingston engaves it’s usb connector for the DT150 64GB DataTraveler.

DT150 Kingston DataTraveler

Here are other signs reported by victims when they compare counterfeits to the genuine Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler:

1. The main font is slightly (but definitely) different.
2. The actual USB plug is mounted upside down – such that the indicator light (which doesn’t work anyway) is facing downward when the drive is plugged in normally.
3. The lanyard hole is round as opposed the slightly square on the real Kingston.
4. Plastic moulding is poorly finished, with seams and visible.
5. The burgundy coloured outer finish is a very cheap & nasty stick on affair that doesn’t [quite] fit at the edge reliefs.

On a real one the USB connector is engraved and the back of the package has a second Bar Code sticker (see pictures below).

  1. The counterfeits don’t have a blue light (although there is a spot for it).
  2. The counterfeits are put together backwards, note on the real one pictured here you can see the copper path through the holes in the USB connector on the counterfeits its black from that side because they are backwards.
  3. The counterfeit is very light in weight, less half the weight.
  4. The best way to tell is the size of registered trademark symbol ® after the words DataTraveler on the front side that has 64GB on it, the counterfeit has a very small ®, about the size of one of the small dots on the surface, on a real one its over twice as big ®, see the pictures and compare.

This is the counterfeit and you can see how tiny the registered trademark symbol ® is compared to the genuine drive. Note that counterfeits unlike a genuine drive can come in several different variations.

The other thing that usually distinguishes genuine Kingston Flash drives from counterfeits is the packaging. Look at the back.

Genuine Kingston DT150 64GB DataTravelerBackCounterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTravelerBack

Some counterfeits to have serial number information but you can easliy verify see: Kingston USB Flash Drives – Detect Counterfeits And Fakes – Product Verification Kingston can help with their detection site to determine if the Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler you bought is genuine.

If you bought a counterfeit (fake) from a seller on eBay please report in to SOSFakeFlash Report A Fake Tab

Additional reading:

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fufu$$ And The Counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler USB Flash Drives

Posted by KittyFireFlash on May 20, 2009

eBay seller fufu$$ was reported to SOSFakeFlash for selling Counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler usb flash drives by an eBay buyer. SOSFakeFlash investigated and as a result published an alert to warn people see: fufu$$ Ebay Fake Flash Seller Alert – Australia – Counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler

Shortly after the alert went out three things things happened:

1. fufu$$ eBay seller quickly changed his feedback to private to hide the negative left.
2. fufu$$ sent an email to SOSFakeflashDrive@gmail.com protesting
3. 4 comments in quick session were left on the alert post protesting no problems with the usb flash drives

Changing feedback to private is not what honest eBay sellers do. SOSFakeFlash has seen this behavior many times when a fake flash seller is trying to avoid detection.

The email received by SOSFakeFlash from the seller said:

From: farizh chama <farizh@removed as a kindness.com>
Date: May 18, 2009 8:04 PM
Subject: suspect seller
To: sosfakeflashdrive@gmail.com

Hi I am on your lost of suspected seller under user id fufu$$. You have stated that you have contacted me by email however I have not yet received the email, and am writing as I am a reputable seller to ebay and cannot comprehend how my name is on such a list. Yes I did have a issues with my usbs however I have refunded all unhappy members there money back.

I have stopped selling these usb’s. So please take my name off this list as I do want to contnue using my account and having my name on this has destroyed my reputation as a seller and buyer.

And as such it is unethical to place members on the suspect list when there is no evedience to establish whether or not what they are selling are fakes, and maybe until such can be proven then the members name can be added to the fake list.

look foward to hearing from you.
regards

Farizeh Shama

SOSFakeFlash never contacted or emailed fufu$$. We no longer perform outreach missions inside of eBay to sellers. Given the crises in fake flash on eBay SOSFakeFlash has it’s hands full investigating claims to ensure that the information is valid. Alerts are serious. eBay is being actively patrolled by many for fake flash usb devices, ebay members have had enough of this problem – five years is just too long. It has to end. Some are extremely experienced in detecting potential fakes.

The site in question said:

Here is another 64GB flash drive on the Australian ebay site. We don’t think this is likely to be genuine – we think fufu$$ bought these from wholesalers in China who are selling counterfeits manufactured by fraudsters

The FrankenFlash Project has found an alarming number of these drives for sale at very cheap prices on wholesale sites in the Orient. Sellers must ensure they do their homework prior to selling on eBay and testing any flash memory devices prior to listing for true capacity. It is not eBay’s job to test them and it is not the Project’s job – the responsibility lies with the seller.

FlashChipTutor and InspectorTech did a lot of research on these wholesaler sites and wrote:

They found you could actually buy a 32GB Kingston DT150 32GB DataTraveler for as little as $14 US!

A lot of effort went into researching the cost of flash drive chips: Read What Are The Real Costs For Flash Chips In China? Guide 2009 You can’t sell a whole usb flash drive below the cost of the flash chip inside!

It was also predicted that the costs would be going up due to the fact that manufacturers have scaled back production to reduce existing inventory surplus. And no, they will not sell the chips at below cost. They can’t. As with most companies they have suffered serious financial losses recently. Sure enough one seller contacted his supplier and this is what he had to say:

https://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/2009/04/27/apealy-ebay-fake-flash-seller-alert-china/#comment-1850

SOSFakeFlash did not mention fufu$$ was a suspect, SOSFakeFlash issued an alert.

To issue an alert can only mean one thing…. SOSFakeFlash has the evidence already.

The case is still in progress with additional information being uncovered. Sellers who rush to make feedback private set off additional warning bells.

At the moment fufu$$ is not on the eBay fake flash sellers list, but will be at the next update. fufu$$ states that it is unethical to place a seller on a list without evidence. We agree. Here are the test results for the Counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler:

Warning: Only 64372 of 65483 MByte tested.
The media is likely to be defective.
3.9 GByte OK (8272250 sectors)
58.9 GByte DATA LOST (123561606 sectors)
Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
360 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 720 sectors)
58.9 GByte corrupted (123560886 sectors)
0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
First error at offset: 0x000000000005a028
Expected: 0xb9d7cf9f2d8a71f1
Found: 0xb9d7cf9f2d8a31f1
H2testw version 1.3
Writing speed: 4.59 MByte/s
Reading speed: 3.06 MByte/s
H2testw v1.4

fufu$$ says all “Unhappy buyers” were refunded. Not so. What do you think caused fufu$$ to be reported and investigated? In hiding feedback fufu$$ has purposely made invesigating more difficult. Those who bought usb flash drives from the seller have difficulty finding each other to compare what they received. Fake? Good? That unfortunately is what hiding feedback is all about.

Do we know how many were sold? We have a pretty good idea. We can say about £1600 in eBay listing sales were generated for this item. Return all that money to buyers? That would indeed be interesting and unusual. In hiding feedback it certainly does not look like fufu$$ wants to be honourable and do the right thing. Are more eBayer’s about to visit the Paypal dispute console? Very likely. Who is likely to know? The seller, eBay and of course PayPal.

The tests above show a 4GB flash drive, not a 64GB flash drive. Anyone who used this drive will begin to lose data after 4GB. This is what the FrankenFlash Project calls “Data Poison“!

When people get fake flash usb drives they start to do research. So what are the observations on this drive by the buyer when compared against a genuine Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler?

1. The main font is slightly (but definitely) different.
2. The actual USB plug is mounted upside down – such that the indicator light (which doesn’t work anyway) is facing downward when the drive is plugged in normally.
3. The lanyard hole is round as opposed the slightly square on the real Kingston.
4. Plastic moulding is poorly finished, with seams and visible.
5. The burgundy coloured outer finish is a very cheap & nasty stick on affair that doesn’t [quite] fit at the edge reliefs.

There is a lot of research going on right now on Kingston DataTraveler counterfeits for the DT150. Here is what another source has to say on Counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler usb flash drives

On a real one the USB connector is engraved and the back of the package has a second Bar Code sticker (see pictures below).

  1. The counterfeits don’t have a blue light (although there is a spot for it).
  2. The counterfeits are put together backwards, note on the real one pictured here you can see the copper path through the holes in the USB connector on the counterfeits its black from that side because they are backwards.
  3. The counterfeit is very light in weight, less half the weight.
  4. The best way to tell is the size of registered trademark symbol ® after the words DataTraveler on the front side that has 64GB on it, the counterfeit has a very small ®, about the size of one of the small dots on the surface, on a real one its over twice as big ®, see the pictures and compare.

Do you find similarities between the victims report and the observations found on these Counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler’s?

To learn more about these fakes please inspect these photos as reference material:

Genuine Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler

This is a genuine usb flash drive. Notice the engraving on the usb flash drive connector.

Counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler

This is the counterfeit and you can see how tiny the registered trademark symbol ® is compared to the genuine drive. Note that counterfeits unlike a genuine drive can come in several different variations.

The other thing that usually distinquishs genuine Kingston Flash drives from counterfeits in the packaging, in particular the back.

Genuine Kingston DT150 64GB DataTravelerBack

Counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTravelerBack

Note: quite a few Kingston fakes have serial numbers on their packaging too but you can easliy verify this information, see: Kingston USB Flash Drives – Detect Counterfeits And Fakes – Product Verification If you have one with a serial number, go and verify it. Kingston has put a lot of effort into helping people check the drives they bought to determine if they are genuine or not.

Did the victim of fufu$$ try to resolve the issue in a postitive way? Yes indeed. fufu$$ clung to the idea the usb flash drives were faulty. As you can see from the test results there was nothing faulty here, but a counterfeit and false capacity. The physical description comparisions also make this clear.

It is very important to understand especially with counterfeit brand name drives, they are evidence badly needed by brand name manufacturers to help them combat fraud and counterfeiting. You would have thought that fufu$$ realizing issues with the usb flash drives would have contacted Kingston immediately. Instead the victim buyers are.

There is more to this story of fufu$$ and the counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler. The investigation is still in progress.

In the meantime:

SOSFakeFlash advises that you do not buy any Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler on eBay. Only buy this flash drive from reputable local retail stores or from a Kingston web site until further notice.

New Update 20100226:  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 bought from this seller please test your usb flash drive immediately and report in with the information needed. See the Report A Fake Tab

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celeste_689 Ebay Fake Flash Seller Alert – USA – Counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler

Posted by KittyFireFlash on May 19, 2009

celeste_689 was an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake) Flash USB drives. Based in the United States celeste_689 shipped from China. Little is known about this seller currently under eBay suspension. celeste_689 sold fake Kingston DataTraveler 150 usb flash pen sticks advertised at 64GB. Originally reported in a comment at SOSFakeFlash this seller eluded examination in time. All evidence has been removed by eBay.

If you bought a Kingston™ 64GB DataTraveler 150 USB Flash Memory Drive from celeste_689 please report into SOSFakeFlash immediately. File a claim with Paypal as well.

It is very disturbing to learn that Kingston’s best usb flash drive is now being counterfeited in the Orient. It is unfair to this famous brand name whom we all trust!

SOSFakeFlash advises that you do not buy any Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler on eBay. Only buy this flash drive from reputable local retail stores or from a Kingston web site until further notice.

These counterfeits are leaking into eBay purchased on wholesaler internet sites in China by eBay sellers. The issue has been reported to Kingston. To any eBay seller interested in selling Kingston USB Flash drives – please test your items prior to listing! Use the H2testw 1.4 program.

  1. If your merchandise is not true capacity, you must remove your listings immediately from eBay to ensure you do not harm buyers with these dangerous devices – they cause data loss.
  2. Contact your buyers and refund them in full immediately. Apologize and explain what happened.
  3. Report to Kingston Technologies and identify the source of your acquistion.

If eBay members report in and provide the required evidence SOSFakeFlash will investigate and publish alerts to warn members. eBay sellers have a duty to test their wares and ensure that they are selling genuine articles at true capacity.

Recently SOSFakeFlash issued an alert on seller fufu$$, AFTER having received the necessary supporting evidence. Read: fufu$$ Ebay Fake Flash Seller Alert – Australia – Counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler

Upon finding the alert, fufu$$ responded by hiding feedback from members. More is to be published on this shortly and is being investigated by SOSFakeFlash.

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

The recent Counterfeit Kingston DT150 32GB DataTraveler scandal on eBay was very serious. Read Confirmed – Counterfeit Kingston DT150 32GB DataTraveler Ring eBay Sellers minggege99, abestpartner0, and niuren2008 £80,000 in sales with over 4,600 units sold is not to be taken lightly.

Avoid buying these flash drives on eBay until eBay addresses the issue. Buy locally from a reputable authorized Kingston dealer or directly from Kingston’s sites.

Important Reading:

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

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markroesmoa Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert – China 64GB Generic USB Flash Drives

Posted by KittyFireFlash on April 18, 2009

markroesmoa is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake) Flash 64GB USB drives just detected and confirmed. Based in China, markroesmoa is busy rolling off 64GB usb flash drive listings on eBay. These 64GB flash drives are even more dangerous then most. Why? They are high quality fakes.

What is a high quality fake?

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