Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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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…


Transcend 16GB USB Drive Memory Stick 2.0 FREE SHIPPING
LIFETIME WARRANTY! GREAT VALUE! JetFlash V30 Item number: 250382415530


16GB USB Flash Memory Stick Drive Pen Thumb 16GO #Trans Item number: 270354142602


How many other eBay sellers have recently sold the green 4GB JetFlash V30 at a supersized false capacity?

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

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  1. India joins the fake club as well… Bought one at a traffic light in Bangalore and turns out its a fake.
    Would not let me format to NTFS even…


    June 8, 2011 at 12:56 PM

  2. hey i bought 3. the guy who sold refuses to give me refund now. These drives are annoying


    June 6, 2011 at 5:52 AM

  3. same – they being sold at traffic lights all over pinetown and the highway area this is a national syndicate and the police should get involved and stop it


    June 1, 2011 at 3:29 PM

  4. does looks like a hole in it but not.lanyards doesn’t go through there. I got couple of calls from buddies and homies regarding these flash drive. I remember a dude on Hilda street just outside Tuks University Campus selling ’em still. A man selling computer peripherals on street…doubt that. Score BIG or loose all -its a card game, what you got?


    May 13, 2011 at 8:57 AM

  5. i got one also, i thought i scored when i exchaged my 4GB to the brother for the 32GB Transecend-such a lovely brand too. dmn

    Bottom line, computer peripherals and equipments worth their prices. This was very, “Transecend” the brand jeez


    May 13, 2011 at 8:48 AM

  6. At the University of Johannesburg (UJ), a student has an advert for these “32gb” flash drives for R100. I bought one and of course it’s FAKE. His name is Hloni and his number is 0731937754. Feel free to give him a call 🙂

    UJ student

    May 9, 2011 at 7:14 PM

  7. Somebody needs to open a fraud case at the Police and then the fraud unit can start working….those idiots at the robosts all work for the same man…let’s nail this one!


    May 1, 2011 at 5:40 PM

  8. Ya, it was to good to be true. I bought 2 in Durban, i was going to buy 10. The only thing now is to try and inform the general public of this product. Who is importing this c**p???


    April 20, 2011 at 5:49 AM

  9. Go have a look at the Transcend website. The Jetflash V30 is only sold in capacities to 16G with the green band being a 4G. What a pity these guys get away with giving a brilliant product a bad name with their fakes.


    April 17, 2011 at 4:39 PM

  10. 2011 and its still happening, latest victim 😦 Boy we DO NOT LEARN, never bought anything unless it’s from a reputable store. Also bought it from a guy at the robot “Great Deal” of crap. South Africa ,JHB , the guy pleaded that he needed money for food. Felt sorry and contributed to crime. This was a valuable lesson. There may be people who really need the money and may sell legal, legitimate goods, to make a living but thanx to the select few we all suffer. I hope he used the money for good. Ha Ha NOT


    April 11, 2011 at 2:10 PM

  11. I also bought 2 of the same trash thingys. I went back to the robot where I bought the 1 and the guy gladly exchanged it for a 16GB which works fine. He told me that he had lost about R1500 exchanging someting didnt realise was fake. He told me he got his supply in Jo’burg and the supplier argues that everything is fine with the drives. Anyway, I found a way around the 1 I still have. The 32G will still function fine AS A 4G if u do a solder patch on it’s circuit board to limit it from writing to anything bigger than 4G. The guy that did it 4 me explained it to me as follows. “If u have a device thats telling ur pc it has a capacity of 32G, then it will write data on places that the device actiually does not support, thus loosing data (everything written outside of the actual 4G the device can hold) – In some cases 2G if u got conned with a 2G-32G device. Basicaly, the guy I know soldered back the 4G limit and now my fake 32G functions perfectly at 4G with the limit in place. It cannot write to memory it does not have. I lost my money but atleast I have 4G working. He explained something about the 4K file system on NTFS but I really cant remember everything. So if u r stuck wif a DUD 32G, u can atleast use 4G properly IF YOU HAVE IT LIMITED TO 4 GIGS so that NOTHING can be written to anything bigger than 4G… Yes we got caught in the scam, BUT, we can still make this thing work for us:-).


    April 8, 2011 at 4:07 PM

  12. Same story – the market near the Kolonade in zambizi drive,pretoria —indian shop selling crap


    April 6, 2011 at 9:09 PM

  13. f***Ken hel me too can this stuff be used for something
    cape town /parow/louis leipolt hosipital intersection and voortrekker and de la rey

    frederik albertyn

    March 31, 2011 at 5:44 PM

  14. it seems i got caught as well, I hope that guy get shot… 150 down to 100 and i still didnt score…32GB was to good to be true


    March 31, 2011 at 12:32 PM

  15. Can’t stop laughing, i also bought one, at the corner of vanguard and viking in CapeTown guy wanted 150 but i negotiated down to a hundred. spend hours trying to fix it, downloaded every tool i could find on the internet and nothing works. Oh well you win some and lose some i guess.


    March 29, 2011 at 5:50 PM

  16. Ja dey got me 2. Pd R100 in strand @ da robots on R44. I’m gonna get my money bck if I pass through gen. Ill make sure of it.


    March 21, 2011 at 7:41 PM

  17. Yes we also got one, these guys r now busy selling in Cape Town in the Tygervalley area be on your gaurd.Cheap is always never better.


    March 11, 2011 at 7:32 AM

  18. just bought one in Zimbabwe and they selling like hot cakes..Problem is, you cant read any data from it. Knew these were fakes…Damn!!!!
    if only i had listened to my intuition i would have Goooogled and found this site ealier….and saved some souls

  19. i baught one the kafer wanted 200 and i told him i only have 40 and he gave it to me thow its a fake use your skills guys nag dont loose shame on you hahaha i lost 40 some of you lost from 120 – 500 pp hahahahaha

    loeie de lange

    March 2, 2011 at 9:30 PM

  20. Hi. I also fell for these cheat 32g drives. Is there anything we can do about it. Have the sellers buster by Police or something…

    Andre Du Toit

    March 2, 2011 at 7:14 AM

  21. damn!!! pheew! thank god i am not alone…lol…i bought my 32 gig at carlton centre in jhb,south africa…for R112.00 i thot dat i ripped him off but well,derz always sum1 smarter….bloody bastards! nxa!

    meedfe creationz

    March 2, 2011 at 5:37 AM

  22. Hi
    Ha Ha Ha. I just bought a 32gb transcend usb from a black guy at the robots in port elizabeth aswell. I just found this web side and i havent even tried the thing. Now i know i bought a fake. ha ha ha the guy said R150, i only gave him R120. i thought i fooled him. ha ha ha he fooled me…..i thought iam going to watch a lot of movies.well ill think of it as a blessing for him. god bless those people trying to make a living. Think of it as you and me just helped some kid eat tonight.


    February 14, 2011 at 8:50 PM

  23. I also got ripped off at Allandale intersection in Midrand. Exactly the same problem as above. Don’t buy anything from that bastard again. They are all over – Hyde Park intersection and New Road Midrand


    February 3, 2011 at 2:20 PM

  24. Ivan,
    If it has a green band and is showing 32GB then it is counterfeit and will corrupt your files eventually – probably once you’ve filled just under 4GB of space.


    January 30, 2011 at 11:15 AM

  25. I also bought one at Midrand Allandale.

    1st one wouldn’t save anything. Saved teh folder but no contents. Changed it, Now seems to be working. Properties show 32G.

    it has a green band. Paid R180 and then R60 to swop it!!!

    Are they really counterfeit?


    January 29, 2011 at 8:04 PM

  26. I just bought the fake at the robot outside Greenstone (Edenvale). I feel so cheated… it did seem to show 31.2GB but I tried to format it and it won’t work now. No program seems to recover it either. Darn! Strange thing though is that the serial number does seem to register on the Transcend website.


    January 24, 2011 at 7:16 AM

  27. Crap … They got me fooled as well. Was to good to be true. Midrand/Allendale offramp.


    January 16, 2011 at 9:36 PM

  28. I bought NINE!, yes 9! of these 32GB puppies (Transcend – with the green band) in Raipur for Rs.500 each, the thing is very slow and loosing info. I’m gonna that that f@$%r who sold it to me, i got his number also +919358090532 and his name is Sahil. I contact and complain him then he say he is going to China in Cycle.


    January 10, 2011 at 10:13 AM

  29. I also bought a 32 gig Flash Drive (Transcend – with the green band) at a robot in Witbank, I could copy files to it once, but could thereafter not retrieve or copy again so it`s a fake, I should have known, as they say if something is to good to be true, it probably is. The worst is knowing I tried to help yourself & the seller at the same time and then being ripped-off, I wont buy anything ever again from a street vendor (So these suppliers are actually doing great damage to these gullable black street vendors who think they have a job). i`m sending your article to the Witbank news tomorrow to warn others in the area. Catch me once shame on you!…catch me twice shame on me!


    January 9, 2011 at 10:04 PM

  30. LOL … LOL … LOL .. Me too at Robot on Hendrik Potgieter West Rand South Africa R 100 for 32GB Flash Drive !! ???. Been wondering why I am battling with it !!! Damn .. YEAH Lesson well learnt!! Ride the sellers at the robots over rather … do not buy from them Yeah CAUGHT !!!


    January 2, 2011 at 5:30 PM

  31. Hi Braam,
    It is possible to reprogram a flash drive back to its’ original capacity if you can find the right programming tool (all depends on the chips used) but it really isn’t worthwhile. It can be a long process finding the right tool to fix it back to the original capacity. If your reprogramming is successful (and often it isn’t) what you will end up with is a low capacity flash drive (probably less than 4GB) that is likely to be unreliable.

    This is because the memory chips used in fakes are low quality factory rejects which are prone to failure. Normally such chips would be destroyed but some factory workers sneak the failed chips out to be used in fakes! There are a couple of posts on this blog about solutions that users have found for certain chips and there are more suggestions on other blogs – but never trust a reprogrammed drive – always have your data backed-up elsewhere!!


    December 29, 2010 at 2:53 PM

  32. Caught me as well at the Boksburg Flee market South Africa, is there any way to cure it back to it’s original size so I can still use it?

    Braam Radley

    December 29, 2010 at 2:38 PM

  33. Same thing bought in Pretoria @ a robot


    December 12, 2010 at 6:37 AM

  34. Bought a 32GB at Viking JHB South-Very dissapointed to hear that its a fake!!! A lesson well learnt!


    December 8, 2010 at 10:10 AM

  35. i also bought da same thing in menlyn roborts for R150 wen i arived at work got same problm i cant copy nor format my usb it tells me dat its write protectd, am going bck 2dy he betr refund or give me a new1 this tym am going wth my laptop so i can test it befor i buy


    December 8, 2010 at 9:46 AM

  36. I bought FOUR!, yes four! of these 32GB puppies, and they work like lightning (just transfered 2GB in under 1min. 30 seconds. Super fast on my dell, no loosing data or corrput data problems. Only problem is that there is no hole in the back of the flash dive for the lanyard. but I sorted that out with a little hand drill for the back hole.

    I bough four to put onto bidorbuy, but now that i know they are fake, I am removing them and trying to do refunds etc…, hey we learn the hard way 😦 You are right… without this post I would not have known any the wiser, busy testing the capacity and rest of the details… oh so right, if it is too good to be true….


    November 23, 2010 at 3:36 AM

  37. i also bought the same flash drive, jf v30/32 GB with R250. its too slow and loses everything i saved. dnt knw i should do.


    November 18, 2010 at 8:43 PM

  38. If somethings to cheap to be true…
    I also just got the 32G one with the green band for R100. I took it out and tried to put the lanyard’s string through so I won’t lose the little thing. It wouldn’t go through. It looks like a hole but it’s not. That’s when I googled the “Transcend jf v 30 / 32gb” and found this page. I know I have a fake and it’s going straight into the rubbish, I don’t want to contaminate my Mac with such a piece of $#!%.
    Will we ever learn?!?!


    November 10, 2010 at 2:47 PM

  39. This bloody thing is a fake indeed!
    I even bought a USB MP3 Radio tuner gadget, same thing, didnt even last a month!


    November 10, 2010 at 12:16 PM

  40. You got yourself a fake Transcend, Wayne! The computer just reports what the drive has been programmed to show, then you find that (though files “appear” to be copied to it) most of them are lost or corrupted. Eventually they stop working at all.


    November 10, 2010 at 9:28 AM

  41. i 2 have bought one at a robot round home. R100 is what i paid but amazingly enough i discovered that it showed 31.2GB capacity in windows explorer, files would also copy but be invalid, corrupt or missing when trying to access. slowness was also experienced.


    November 10, 2010 at 6:04 AM

  42. I also bought a 32 gig in Pretoria for R100, the thing is very slow and loosing info. I’m gonna that that f@$%r who sold it to me, i got his number also.


    October 26, 2010 at 8:32 AM

  43. Eeish !! me too, I have the 32 GB one and i can’t format with NTFS,but likely i bought it for R100.00


    September 27, 2010 at 9:58 AM

  44. i bought this flash drive from a black male called oupa at Jackaranda shoping centre in pretoria gauteng but it doesnt work properly it is very very slow


    September 19, 2010 at 10:57 AM

  45. Hi lakshminarayan,

    If the colour band is the wrong colour for the capacity of the drive then it is certainly fake.


    August 14, 2010 at 4:52 PM

  46. i have same thing but does not work
    i think its fake


    August 14, 2010 at 2:58 PM

  47. Same problem.
    Anyone knows a way to use it.


    May 19, 2010 at 4:35 PM

  48. to Jamesdxb,

    It is not a case of quality control, it is a matter of deliberate fraud.


    November 14, 2009 at 12:13 PM

  49. It is the same with all tistimony with the other who bought JF V30/32Gb flash drive. It is not working properly. I wonder why how this things sold to the market without QC.


    November 14, 2009 at 11:43 AM

  50. Hi VINDOD
    That suggests it is a fake capacity device, as this is exactly what happens with these. Everything seems to be written to the drive but then when you go to use it later files have either vanished altogether or become corrupted.


    November 10, 2009 at 1:13 PM



    November 10, 2009 at 12:46 PM

  52. I Have fake jf v30/32gb it doesn’t format using ntfs


    October 15, 2009 at 7:49 AM

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