Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for March 8th, 2009

Helen’s downloadable guide to fake flash drives updated!

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Helen’s downloadable guide to fake flash has now been updated a bit with a little new information. It still only covers USB flash drives but she hopes to do further updates in the future. Keep your eye on the page at the top of the right hand panel titled “Guide to fake flash”

Transcend 32GB Counterfeit USB Flash Drive Found On eBay – JetFlash V30

Transcend joins Sony and Kingston to have counterfeit USB Flash Drives sold on eBay. JetFlash V30 line had a maximum genuine capactiy of 16GB in size. Transcend, like Kingston uses colour coding to distinguish different capacities. Currently targeted by counterfeit flash sellers is the 4GB model that is being supersized to astonishing 32GB capacity. It this 4GB model is also pretenting to confuse and to sneak in at 16GB a genuine size. Only the true 16GB has the pink band not green.

Sold on eBay by hellopetpet was a 32GB Flash drive.


Notice the colour band is green. The colour coding chart for the JetFlash V30 shows:


So green would be a 4GB usb flash drive and not a 32GB flash drive. The ebayer who performed the testing with H2testw 1.4 reported what size? 4GB!

This same model (green code) is for sale right now on ebay as 16GB by…

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Guide – Protect Yourself Against Counterfeit Fake Transcend USB Flash Drives – Product Verification

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How do you tell a true Transcend USB Flash Drive from a Counterfeit (Fake – False Capacity)? Where can you check?

Transcend is the latest Brand Name to suffer from Counterfeiting for USB Flash Drives, joining Kingston and Sony. SOSFakeFlash recently received their first confirmation of a Transcend 32 JetFlash V30 USB Flash Drive being sold on eBay by seller hellopetpet. The Transcend 32 JetFlash V30 is only made up to 16GB in size. When SOSFakeFlash reviewed eBay for Transcend Flash drives it was not difficult to detect the true capacity from the counterfeits. Like Kingston, Transcend uses colour coding. Within a few minutes two other sellers were detected selling counterfeit Transcend 32 JetFlash V30 flash drives, ren-ren-buy and .

You should visit the Official Transcend site to check out what they sell. USB Flash Drives Made By Transcend

For older models, type the model in on google, then look for the transcend website. Like most manufacturers these days they don’t show an archive of older models, but like many sites, the pages are still there.

Transcend is very much aware of the counterfeiting of their products and have set up product verification.

In order to protect our customers rights and our superior brand image, we have set up this site to allow customers to verify the authenticity of their products.

Product Verification

Go to their webpage and verify the flash drive you bought. You can use it to check other products to see if they are genuine too. If you don’t see your drive, get a message that they did not make it, have doubts or questions, please contact them for help:

If you performed testing and found you bought a counterfeit, let them know. Tell them where you bought the item and from whom. The only way to put a stop to this problem is to help. You probably chose transcend to AVOID buying a fake in the first place. Let them know where you bought your counterfeit from!

If you need or want to test the real capacity of your usb flash drive see: H2testw 1.4 – Gold Standard In Detecting USB Counterfeit Drives If it turns out you bought it on eBay and is a fake, please Report A Fake to SOSFakeFlash.

Written by KittyFireFlash

March 8, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Suspect looking ebay listing for a 64GB Kingston USB flash drive

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The listing above has a number of potentially suspicious features. No picture of the drive in question is given – this could be because the item is an obvious fake as there is ony one 64GB Kingston. The item is listed as being located in the UK but the member selling the item is registered in Thailand. This could simply mean that the member moved to the UK. However it could mean that the seller is trying to disguise the fact that the item is coming from the far east.

Written by fightflashfraud

March 8, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Counterfeit 64GB Sony Micro Vault from mislam0961 on ebay

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UK ebay seller mislam0961 has listed a counterfeit and fake capacity 64GB USB flash drive showing the Sony Micro Vault name. This ebay member has not removed this item from sale despite being told by an ebayer that the item is fake. Are people who list on ebay totally unaware that selling such items is a criminal offence and that they could land themselves in jail?

Written by fightflashfraud

March 8, 2009 at 10:01 AM