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Counterfeit Fake Transcend USB Flash Drives – Product Verification Validation

Posted by flashchiptutor on March 21, 2009

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 maya.city .

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.

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

Posted by flashchiptutor on March 20, 2009

Did you buy an 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 120GB or 128GB Kingston USB Flash drive you think is a fake or counterfeit? Countries in Asia are very vunerable to these counterfeit items, but Europe and even North America are experiencing an increase of these items circulating for sale. What does Kingston have to say? Is there a tool you can use to check quickly to determine if you have an authentic item? Yes Kingston is aware of the problem and they have set up a web page to help. Yes there is a tool. SOSFakeFlash also found technical support numbers you can call.

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Fake Counterfeit Sony 16GB 32GB 60GB 64GB 120GB 240GB 260GB 360GB 500GB Micro Vault USB Flash Drives

Posted by flashchiptutor on March 9, 2009

Reprinted from FakeFlashNews.

First reported on eBay this article covers the history of these famous little fakes. Little because the actual capacity tends to be 512MB or less! They are the among the oldest fakes on the market and are sold by internet sites in China and Hong Kong. You will find information for the Sony website and also their email contact address to report your counterfeit.

You can now buy a genuine super sized fake Sony Micro Vault drive on eBay! These drives are designed for those who want a large capacity flash drive and are confident in Sony’s reputation. You can also buy less exotic versions with just the “Sony” brand name. These are special usb flash drives – designed to help you lose your precious data and of course empty your wallet too.

The fake flash sellers who are eager to sell to you on eBay come in many guises. Some set up respectable looking listings – very business like. Others sport the home grown look of a local seller just trying to offer something nice at a reasonable price. Others are very crafty. FakeFlashNews and SOSFakeFlash have already published other articles on the subject of counterfeits under the Sony brand name, just type “Sony” into the search box to see what is available at the site.

In this article we will cover the latest seller discovered on eBay – lozzy_17, Sony Electronics Warning and Help, Where to find the real models produced by Sony and also present historical background on Alerts to Fake Sony Flash drives. We are even have the 16 report written by BJ Gleason available for download.

Just this week Zahid issued urgent alerts at SOSFakeFlash about an ebay seller lozzy_17. Zahid has been paroling eBay for suspicious listings – he read the warning issued about Private Auctions by SOSFakeFlash and the need for volunteers to help. We fell off our chairs – What? Somebody is selling a 500GB Flash Memory Drive? You’ve got to be kidding! There aren’t going to be drives like that available to the public for several years. Why? They are not there yet in technology – miniaturizing the flash chips so they are the same size at current USB memory sticks will take some work! Selling at a consumer affordable price, that will also be a challenge. Right now the highest available size is 64GB and come from manufacturers of memory chips.

This article is a MUST Read for anyone who has a Sony Counterfeit, needs help for a Sony counterfeit flash drive or wants to know what is a real or not real for Sony Flash Drives.

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Transcend 32GB Counterfeit USB Flash Drive Found On eBay – Latest Brand Name To Impacted – JetFlash V30

Posted by flashchiptutor on March 8, 2009

Transcend now joins Sony and Kingston as brand names to have counterfeit USB Flash Drives sold on eBay. The model reported to SOSFakeFlash was the old JetFlash V30. This drive was only made up to 16GB in size. Transcend, like Kingston uses colour coding.

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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A Buyer And A Seller Speak Fake 8GB 16GB 32GB USB Flash Pendrives Drives On eBay YouTube Videos

Posted by flashchiptutor on February 13, 2009

SOSFakeFlash has been fighting the issue of Fake MP Players, Memory Cards and Usb Flash Drives for 9 months. The biggest source of these items comes from eBay and have flooded 52 countries so far. On eBay it is an epidemic – often referred to as a plague. It kills data. Sold by unscrupulous ebay sellers these false capacity drives have caused so much harm to eBay members. It’s not just about money. It is the files – gone forever! We have two interesting YouTube video’s we invite you to watch!

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Warning KINGSTON DataTraveler 100 USB Flash Drive 128GB Appearing For Sale On The Internet – A Guide

Posted by flashchiptutor on January 25, 2009

Please Check Kingston’s Official Site for the flash USB drives currently offered. They do not offer any KINGSTON DataTraveler 100 USB Flash Drive with a capacity of 128GB. The highest capacity appears to be 64GB.

Update June 16th 2009. There is now a 128GB usb flash drive from Kingston see: Kingston Technologies Releases DT200 128GB USB Flash Drive To Market

Reported to SOSFakeFlash, we have documented some of the sources for these 128GB USB Flash Drives that are stealing the Kingston Name for counterfeiting and selling false capacity usb flash drives. You will find useful information to help you learn and spot the fakes – what you can to to find a genuine Kingston USB Flash Drive on the internet.

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Buying Kingston and Sony USB Flash Drives On eBay Safely – A Guide

Posted by flashchiptutor on January 25, 2009

If you exercise care and research you can buy genuine Kingston and Sony USB Flash drives on eBay. You need to do your homework first! While listings for on branded false capacity usb Flash drives are going down on eBay, the issue of counterfeits for these two brand names has as yet, not been addressed.

Please review the information presented to help you find the genuine capacity items for both Kingston and Sony usb flash drives on eBay.

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Flash Drive Education 101

Posted by flashchiptutor on October 6, 2008

This article will be revised. It is possible now for 16GB drives to be manufactured in China and some 32GB drives. There have been a few drives investigated that finally are genuine! They are few and are sold at fair prices – not bargain basement.

Before proceeding to Flash Drive Education 101 education and your shopping trip. Please see this new article:

Fake 8GB 16GB 32GB USB Flash Pendrives Drives On eBay YouTube Videos – A Buyer And A Seller Speak

Not one usb flash drive investigated by SOSFakeFlash has delivered a true capacity of more than 8 GB. So far SOSFakeFlash has been concentrating on eBay. Why? It seems to be the largest distribution tunnel of counterfeit USB drives – for internet shopping. eBay has a Global presence – members in many countries. A great place to shop with bargains glore. But when it comes to usb flash drives, it no paradise – it is a nightmare. Honest sellers are buried under the listings for fake drives.

Time for flash drive education, are you ready for a little shopping tour? Let’s head off into cyberspace – destination China. Let’s see the drives as they are offered by the manufactures, their true capacity before they are reprogrammed by the devious into frankenflash!

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Flash Drive Education 102

Posted by flashchiptutor on October 6, 2008

Where can you buy a 16Gb or 32GB true capacity USB flash Drive? Who makes them? What are the brand names and the lesser brand names? Why are they so hard to find on eBay? Are you ready to take Flash Drive Education 102? This is the second lesson in the series and we are off for another shopping trip – destination – United States.

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What is This Fake Flash All About?

Posted by flashchiptutor on September 4, 2008

Exactly when it began, is a mystery to all of us. What is clear is that it was detected on eBay back in 2005. This can easily be verified by querying the internet. As the demand for higher capacity drives grew and as they were very expensive, someone found a way to reprogram controller chips on flash drives. Or that is what people think. The truth is more likely that people saw an opportunity to make money by using the genuine tools for programming the controller chips in an illegal manner. Purposely choosing the wrong parameters to report the existing flash drive size as higher than they really are.

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