( dpa ) - A German electronics merchandiser is planning a recall of USB memory sticks after the discovery that thousands of them do not contain as much memory as stated on the packaging, a TV broadcaster said Saturday.
Hessische Rundfunk (HR) said it would air a show January 19 detailing the trade in faked USB sticks, which deleted files when they reached capacity without warning.
It said shoppers could not see that the devices were faked. The thumb drives, containing flash memory chips, are used to store data from a computer and carry it around in a pocket or purse.
Hama, a German brand which buys in and packages memory products, said that it had been the victim of fraud, according to the broadcaster.
It was quoted saying it had found 15,000 of the fakes in its warehouses and would recall any of the type that had been sold. Another company, Emtec, said shoppers could exchange the sticks without charge for full-value ones.