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mick1880 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert Devious – United Kingdom

Posted by KittyFireFlash on August 12, 2009

mick1880 is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake) Flash USB drives. Registered in the United Kingdom, mick1880 counterfeit and false capacity Kingston DataTraveler 100 – DT100/16GB usb flash drives. mick1880 also sold DataTraveler G2 usb flash drives and a generic model. This seller used multiple item listings and private auctions to hide what he was up to. Only usb pen sticks were sold under private auctions – a clear indication mick1880 knew EXACTLY what he was selling!

A Victim wrote:

Here is a definite confirmation of my fake capacity, counterfeit received today from seller mick1880.
From the outset I was pretty sure it was going to be fake. Price was too low and listing was private. I presumed the listing was private to hide the sales of the Kingstons. Perhaps not.

The packaging was not a proper blister pack, just a printed cardboard (same as picture in listing)with a plastic insert which was easily opened and closed again from the front, a bit like a processor plastic box from intel. There were no serial numbers for verifying with Kingston on the back of the package.

There was no address sent with the drive either, just a plain, large brown, standard (non-padded) envelope with 1st class “Large” stamp. The address was hand written in neat capital letters.
The post mark just says Nottingham as in the listing.

The only contact info is the e-mail for the seller which is

The drive was supplied with starview files on the drive with the option of choosing eurovox pre-purchase.

I opened up a dispute in Resolution Centre with the option of asking for refund from seller for the full purchase price.

I followed this up immediately by leaving a negative feedback for the seller, highlighting what was purchased for others to see.

Immediately after leaving the negative I checked my e-mails and found I had been refunded in full in less than 5 minutes total and case closed.

The seller followed up with the message below through ebay messaging system. I have no reason to reply as my feedback says all I need to say.


The testing results from H2testw are not being published so victims may independently test and confirm their results. We can say it was one of the worst Kingston counterfeit false capacity usb flash drives on record that would actually hold ANY data at all.

Another Victim’s insight: ebidetrade001 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert Devious – Hong Kong

Victim consumer education on nand flash storage chips:


not yet investigated:

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Important Reading:

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

FakeFlashSellers01 Don’t forget to leave the calling card of “SOSFakeFlash” and “H2testw” in your feedback to help others. Do not change your feedback to get a refund – you will only create more victims.

To see mick1880’s negative feedback Please Click Here

August 11th, 2009 – we have 1 eBay listings confirmed fake.

The model sold under the eBay seller mick1880 confirmed as Counterfeit, recorded with eBayer ID and eBay Item Number – Standard Procedure. Presented as listed at auction. Counterfeit items tied to criminal activity enjoy no protection. If you bought one of these items from mick1880, you should test immediately with the software H2testw 1.4 . Do not store any important information until you can confirm you have the advertised capacity (minus formatting overhead).

Should your device not report the true advertised capacity:

  1. Immediately attempt to move any data you have stored on it to another source. Be advised if you have stored more than the reported size from H2testw 1.4, you will not be able to recover it all – you can expect to see errors in the copy back.
  2. Immediately report to eBay and PayPal to add your voice against this seller.

If the eBay Item number has disappeared from your won list. Please go to PayPal and search through your transactions for the approximate time frame of your purchase. You will find the details of your transaction and ebay item number. PayPal keeps this information for a long time. Use the email address:

Please include:

  1. PayPal Transaction Number
  2. Ebay Item Number
  3. Date Of PayPal Transaction
  4. Date Of eBay Item Listing
  5. Your eBayer Id
  6. Cite eBay Seller mick1880
  7. The results from your testing with H2testw 1.4
  8. Any information concerning data loss and it’s value to you

You are to inform them you wish to be part of the investigation against this seller and are adding yourself to the evidence. You expect to be fully refunded for the purchase and shipping and if you can prove data loss compensation for it as well. Furthermore, it is a fact that PayPal and eBay are aware of cases pouring in. You are invited to copy:

on your correspondence.


7 Responses to “mick1880 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert Devious – United Kingdom”

  1. Traveler said

    This seller has sold over 30 items under private listings. No doubt they will have all been usb flash drives as explained above.

    If you look at this sellers’s listings now, you will see the usb flash drives have disappeared.
    The 16gb DT100 was reported directly to Kingston and they forced ebay to remove it immediately. The seller then decided to remove the 8gb DTG2’s. This was followed very briefly with a listing for the non-branded drive seen above. This too, was removed by the seller, possibly because these are also familiar fake capacity drives and the seller has started reading up here and on the fight flash fraud pages.

    These private listings have once again shown us all why it is not a good idea to buy from a seller who wants to hide their items sold and for how much. Any seller using private listings for any flash items should be viewed with extreme suspicion. The seller is obviously trying to hide something, and it is not for the good of the customer.

    The victim has used their negative feedback for this seller in a positive way, letting others see what the seller wanted to remain hidden. This will act as a warning for potential buyers and as a pointer to the other buyers who have already left positive feedback.

    These previous buyers need to be informed they could be trusting in counterfeit, fake capacity drives. The new school term is just around the corner and sellers are targeting this market for sales. The seller should be informing all his previous customers and I would suggest that the readers here should help the process along by contacting them to let them know, just in case the seller misses any.

    I would not like any of my children to lose their coursework trusting a counterfeit or fake capacity drive. There is so much more work done in school now on computers, these usb flash drives have become as essential as a pen and jotter for saving work to. We need to get tough on these sellers, expose them and drive them out. To do this, we need your help.

    If you have bought a drive from this seller or any other seller you have seen on these pages or over at fight flash fraud pages, please test and send in your results to the email address given at Your input is welcomed and valued by the team here at fightflashfraud. The more evidence gathered on these sellers, the better. This is your chance to help fight against the injustice we all suffer as a result of this ongoing fraud.

  2. Traveler said

    I have managed to find out a bit more about the fake capacity, couterfeit 16gb DT100 sold by this seller.

    There was no engraving on the metal section of the fake. There definitely should be.

    The activity light was red and halfway up the drive, not green and directly under the Kingston head logo where it should be.

    The fake did not come up as Kingston in properties as it should.

    The fake is very easy to dismantle, unlike the genuine one which is glued together.

    The chip inside the fake was tiny, whereas the chip should be near half the size of the drive in the genuine one.

    The letters and numbers showing the 16gb on the casing should be like a metallic purple, not white like the ones on the fake.

    If any of mick1880 customers are reading this, you will be able to check the above for your own drive. Please let us know how you get on with yours.

  3. The All Seeing Eye said

    I could not understand why some of the files on my “Kingston” stick were corrupt. Luckily a kind Ebay user directed me here and suggested I run H2testw which confirmed all was not well. I opened up a dispute and was refunded by Mick1880. I hope there aren’t too many more of us.

  4. Traveler said

    It is good to see fellow victims coming forward and letting others know.

    We were all victims here at one time or other and can fully sympathise.

    There were about 30 sales under private listings for this seller. Hopefully more people will come forward and show the true extent of fraudulent sales by this seller. With the refunds being so instant, it suggests the seller was fully aware of what he was selling. The seller suggesting the drives were “faulty” in any way is a poor, often used excuse used by fraudulent sellers.

    I just hope every buyer of fake capacity, counterfeit drives from this seller is saved from losing any precious data or family phographs as a result of trusting in these drives.

    I would like to say a big thank you to the kind ebay member who had the decency to get in touch with The All Seeing Eye. Your efforts are really appreciated and always welcomed by us here at sosfakeflash and fight flash fraud.

  5. Micro said

    An interesting conversation passed on to my by an ebay member I warned about fake flash.

    Dear silviajune,

    I ask you before please confirm this product will store without loss of data at least 15Gbytes of data
    you did never reply before so I ask again, if you did not reply then there is no payment made.

    — Reply

    Dear friend,

    I think we can cancel the transaction amicably.
    Do you agree?

    Best Regards

    — Reply 2

    I think you admit this flash is faulty or fake, not prepared to risk any ebay and paypal investigation, so you want to cancel.

    I wonder what will come next?

  6. Micro said

    What comes next: ?

    I get this report from the buyer of further messages:-

    – Reply 3
    (from silviajune)

    I have cancelled the transaction.
    Please confirm on ebay.

    (-ebay notification)
    Seller has requested cancellation
    Reason for cancellation No Reason Given…


  7. Traveler said

    I am getting word back that quite a few of mick1880 customers have been in touch with the seller and claiming their money back for their counterfeit Kingstons.

    Not one buyer has claimed their drive to be genuine so far. It is looking very likely at the moment that all the Kingston customers have been sent fake capacity counterfeits.

    If you are one of those unlucky customers, please feel free to leave comments on this seller. Make sure you get your money back from this crook. So far, the refunds have been almost instant, some less than 5 minutes. This is a seller who wants as little attention as possible to his fraudulent activity.

    Do not let him get away with it. Have your say here and use follow up feedback to let others know. Contact his other private listing customers and tell them what kind of crook he has been.

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