Fraudulent Online Retailers

Last Updated: April 28, 2014

On this page, you’ll find a list of fraudulent online stores that you should avoid. There’s also a short list of recommended sites, so don’t confuse the two lists.

How this list got started

A while ago someone asked whether xxvtns.com was legit. Ever since then, I’ve noticed more of these fraudulent e-tailers. Most frauds I’ve come across have been Chinese stores.

They appear and disappear fast. Many of them are operated by the same scammer. They are able to get the word out fast with the help of Facebook ads, Craigslist, and spam to name a few.

Some fraudsters target people looking for dropshippers. *Look below for a recommended dropshipper.


Recommended

If you’re eager to find good deals, take a look at the sites I found below. If I find more, I’ll list them here. Lots of electronics and other neat stuff. They’re all U.S. only I think.

  1. woot – The infamous WOOT… They offer extreme deals per day.
  2. Secondipity – Sells good-as-new refurbished / returned goods. Some prices are outstanding while some are so-so.
  3. There’s also my own collection of stores organized into a directory I put together. Stores listed there are all legitimate, and I have coupon codes for some of them, too. I hope you find them useful. The directory is also a way for you to support my site.

Scam List

Below scam e-tailer websites pose as a legitimate vendor (mostly a Chinese exporter). If you visit the sites below, you’ll notice that most of them only accept Western Union (+ other money transfer services) and bank T/T transfers. This is the number one sign of a fraudulent activity. Even if a store accepts credit cards, don’t trust them as they could be after your credit card itself. Stay away from websites below. To quickly look up a site, use “ctrl+f” or “/” (only available in some browsers) to search.

  • 168easybuy.com
  • abercrombiefitchczech.com
  • aceeltd.appee.co.uk
  • activeelectronicstore.com
  • acumensupergadget.com
  • agreesell.com
  • allmobilephonelimited.webnode.com
  • aozal.com
  • apple-trades.com
  • apple-usa.net
  • apple-wholesale.net
  • apple365wholesale.com
  • ardentbuy.com
  • aregv.info
  • audiogoshop.com
  • auvice.com
  • basedress.com
  • belectronics.co.uk
  • bestdiscountwholesalesell.com
  • besteway.com
  • besttoshopping.com
  • bigbizmall.com
  • bowtechlimited.appee.co.uk
  • buyggv.info
  • bravoarea.com
  • britain-cameras.com
  • bsook.com
  • buyease365.com
  • buyonsalecheap.com
  • cell-phones.appee.com
  • cellphonesgloballimited.media.officelive.com
  • charmvalue.com
  • cheapcamera-forsale.com
  • chedaf.com
  • cheng-xia.com
  • chinacheapwholesale.net
  • chinasprint.com
  • chuweixin-trading.com
  • coolchoose.com
  • daashop.com
  • dailystock.biz
  • dhgatebuy.com
  • digitechard.com
  • dilones.com
  • discount-storm.com
  • dontilo.com
  • dontons.com
  • douele.com
  • dvstage.com
  • e-lectronicsltd.webnode.com
  • e-electronicslimited.webs.com
  • easydirectstoreonline.com
  • easydirectstoreonline.net
  • ecinbox.com
  • ecofishingstore.com
  • elec-sell.com
  • elecbest.com
  • elecbestshop.com
  • elecsforsale.com
  • elecshop123.com
  • elect-trade.com
  • electricurls.com
  • electronichot.com
  • electronics4u.appee.com
  • electronics01.com
  • electronics88811.com
  • electronics88812.com
  • electronics8884.com
  • electrostoredirect.com
  • electrostoreinc.co.cc
  • electsonex.com
  • eurobazarshop.com
  • fantastikltd.appee.co.uk
  • favorbar.com
  • favorelecs.com
  • first-best.com
  • firstlens.co.uk
  • fondgoods.com
  • forbestshop.com
  • genunies.com
  • gladseller.com
  • globalonlinedeal.com
  • gloite.com
  • goodproductshops.com
  • google-elec.com
  • gracewb.info
  • grahakitchen.com
  • greenteky.com
  • gsxrparts.org
  • gucseller.com
  • gzoffer.com
  • highbargain.com
  • hk-electronic.com
  • hk-pshop.com
  • hkmingfa.com
  • honorshop.com
  • hot-etrade.com
  • hotbestshop.com
  • hugesell.com
  • icc-asia-support.com
  • imusicgear.com
  • indoglobaltrading.com
  • instinctmall.com
  • iphone5ipad.com
  • iphonenix.com
  • iqiodo.com
  • iretailplus.net
  • jeebt.com
  • jiekiss.com
  • jollysale.com
  • justcanon.net
  • justnikon.net
  • kanyamobiles.com
  • keepoffer.com
  • keepseller.com
  • kelsger.com
  • kindsale.com
  • kleansweep.com
  • kuada.page.tl
  • laanz-ltd.appee.com
  • legalsalts.netau.net
  • lenswb.info
  • likesshops.com
  • maabfiltd.com
  • maiking.com
  • mart-free.com
  • mcsslimited.com
  • meixin-shop.com
  • melysale.com
  • miniele.com
  • moonbelle-electronics.com
  • my-storeonline.co.uk
  • ncere.org
  • new-bags.com
  • newelegg.com
  • newsalecn.com
  • oemts.com
  • offerelec.com
  • olimpic-cameras.co.uk
  • oneclickmultimedia.com
  • online-shop247.co.uk
  • online-store.appee.co.uk
  • online-wholesale.us
  • onlineshop247limited.media.officelive.com
  • originalmarter.com
  • ouseall.com
  • oveboou.com
  • pengshuna.com / pengshunfa.com
  • pickelec.com
  • pinkhotstore.com
  • polonewstyle.info
  • praise-true.com
  • preciousdeal.com
  • prefergoods.com
  • prefersale.com
  • purelysell.com
  • qkfk.com
  • quadetechnologyonline.miiduu.com
  • riosfashionshoes.com
  • sagelybuy.com
  • sale-storm.com
  • salelecmall.com
  • saleghdhair.com
  • sales247limited.cealon.com
  • samuion.com
  • sandrafrees.com
  • securebizmall.com
  • sell-apple.com
  • sellonsales.cc.cc
  • sendelec.com
  • sendwares.com
  • sharinggoods.com
  • shengruixing.com
  • shoeofnike.com
  • shopmallonlinestore.virtualfreelancer.net
  • shoppingboutique.eu
  • shoppingparadises.com
  • shoppingtvus.com
  • shopyshopus66.com
  • showelecs.com
  • smilesell.com
  • soccer-pro-direct.co.uk
  • stylezalando.com
  • sun-trusted.com
  • sup-quality.com
  • supplyvideo.co.uk
  • szpeakec.com
  • szrijeter.com
  • taiwan-purchase.com
  • tdseller.com
  • tobizbuy.com
  • toolscamera.co.uk
  • toolscameras.com
  • toolshomes.com
  • top-electronics-deals.com
  • top-sky8.com
  • trade4all.webnode.com
  • trade600.com
  • tradeeltd.appee.co.uk
  • tradeshopping888.com
  • trueelec.com
  • ukitat.com
  • ukoutdoorsalestore.com
  • usa-apple.org
  • usawholesaleshopping.com
  • usefuldeal.com
  • vacuum-parts.net
  • verygoodnikes.com
  • viapaypal.com
  • vibrantsale.com
  • walafa.com
  • wang-ping.com
  • wells-cameras.com
  • wholesale-applestore.com
  • wholesale-watchess.com
  • wholesaledigitalstore.com
  • wholesalefactoryshop.com
  • wholesaleiphone5c.com
  • wholesalelaptopsell.com
  • winbootsugg.com
  • world-electronics-central.com
  • world-electronics-online.com
  • worthshow.com
  • wulaie.com
  • xppshop.com
  • xiaoyu6291.com
  • xxvtns.com
  • yongtonghuamei.com
  • ymshop.net
  • yunfenge.com
  • ziinga.com
  • zongo-deals.com

* wwshipping.info and cornwadeserves.com are fake shipping companies that trick people into believing that they have a valid tracking code. Thanks to users, Assie and Abu Haneefah, for reporting. They are supposedly UK companies, but like many UK scams, they seem to be of Nigerian origins. I have to say, the Nigerian scammers are quite creative sometimes. But Chinese tend to make better websites. Nigerians are actually making better looking sites now.

These are probably just a handful of many scam stores out there. Plus, a new one pops up everyday and older ones disappear quickly. It’s tough to keep up with them.

Their tactic (This applies to most of the sites above but not all)

  1. Speed matters. The site springs up quick and advertise via spam, Facebook, Craigslist etc with too-good-to-be-true prices on brand name merchandise.
  2. A customer makes a purchase and sends the money using a banks transfer or Western Union (and other money transfer services). No Paypal or credit card will be accepted as they won’t be able to hold on to the money once the customer complains to Paypal or CC company.
  3. Most times after you pay for the product and supposedly shipped, they will claim that the product is being held in customs and that you will have to pay a fee (usually $50 or so). They will makes it sound as though they are helping you out saying they will cover half of the customs fee. In any country, this is not how customs work. It’s the receiver that receives the notice, not the sender. This is how they swindle a little extra from you.
  4. You’ll never see the product in any case.
  5. After a while when they are either satisfied with the site’s performance or they feel that their tail is getting too long, the site will be shut down. Most sites don’t seem to last more than a year.
  6. They start up a new one with a similar website design, and the cycle continues.

If you come across one not listed here, look for the following signs

  1. Deals too good to be true.
  2. Located in China (nothing against the Chinese. I’m Asian myself).
  3. Only accepts Western Union or Money Mart type of service and bank transfer as a payment.
  4. They are getting more sophisticated now, at least on the surface. The new guys could be African or Russian and they even register the company in UK — I’m guessing there is an exploitable aspect to UK’s company registry — to make themselves look legit. They also put credit card logos and Paypal logo on their sites, but will not often accept them once you actually try to checkout. These are hard to verify as scam.
    • When you come across an unknown store, first remember how you got there. If you got there via email ad (spam; and I’d even be suspicious of Facebook and Craigslist ads), then there’s your first sign.
    • Second, if the prices are much lower than other vendors, be suspicious. Especially, Apple products will not be sold at a deep discount no matter what.
    • Third, try calling them or check out their address on Google Map Street View to see if you can see their physical store/office.
    • You can also search the address on any search engine to see if that address belongs to someone else.

If you want to report a site, leave a comment below.


* If you’re looking for a legitimate drop-shipper, I can recommend you one that I know. Try Doba. If you sign up via this link, you get a 14 day free trial instead of 7 days.

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1425 Comments

  1. Peter B. says:

    Thanks for what you do. It is reassuring that there are good people trying to combat criminal dishonesty on the internet.

    Two more fraudulent merchandising sites for your list…
    amuleelectronics.com
    sanaasolution.com

    Yesterday I was so very nearly stung by the second one of these trying to fleece me for an iPhone. On digging a little deeper, I discovered that they are both related websites, and the addresses are clearly fake (hint – try Google Street View as a safeguard tool).

    Cheers,
    Peter B.

  2. Scott says:

    NICE ELECTRONICS –

    I recently purchased a Samsung TV from “Nice” AFTER calling to confirm with them that it was a US model, not a “South American” model with a lesser quality board, etc.

    After placing my order, I get an email asking me to contact them via text or email. I texted them – no response. Email – no response. Phone call – vm full. Phone call – no return phone.

    A week later I get a call from the “manager” telling me that the TV I ordered was a “South American” model – lesser quality than US. Of course I was advised that if I wanted I could get the US model for an increased cost.

    Bad enough that this was not disclosed on their web site, but even worse is that they lied to me when I specifically asked if the TV was a US model, full warranty, etc.

    TOTAL SCUM – STAY AWAY FROM THESE SHYSTERS

  3. Phillip says:

    I purchase supposedly a Jordan shoes from this website noahsarkonwheels.com/

    now not responding after giving me the UPSP tracking number which cannot be found.

    Nedd help to retrieve US98 :-(

  4. KKZailani says:

    Kindly check the authenticity of chinaecarts for me please. Tq

  5. Jose says:

    hkangres.com

  6. iain says:

    anyone ordered from ksrplayer??

  7. Iain Sullivan says:

    Did u get fone from.ksrplayer as. Want. To order froom.them
    Replyto dsgamer20101sky.com

  8. Terry says:

    Yes add best-sale21.com . They are a major scam and I dont know how they keep on being functional.Their website is down but will come up again soon as always.The kingpin is Gangping Wang according to Western Union payments and goes by Yoson Wang on email.

  9. Sye says:

    coachhandbagscanada.ca/coach-handbags-c-40.html

    I’ve received my merchandise and it is from China!! A cheap knock-off of the real thing! So disappointed I’ve fallen prey to this…My very first thing I ordered on-line!! I won’t be shopping again online anytime soon!!

  10. temi says:

    http://www.best-sale21.com .They always come up with new names when they realise they have been busted.But always with bestsale21.This site is a scam,they may deliver first time but when you trust them and make a larger order,you will never receive it.

  11. Julio Agostinho says:

    TO THE BUYERS OF ELECTRONIC AND PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTICLES
    ATTENTION TO OUTLET-ELECTRONIC – BEWARE AND READ VERY CAREFUL
    Outlet-electronic pose as a legitimate vendor (mostly a Chinese exporter). Only accept Western Union and bank T/T transfers. This is the number one sign of a fraudulent activity . Stay away from this website .
    Outlet-electronic’s tactic Speed matters. The site springs up quick and advertise via spam, Facebook, Craigslist etc with too-good-to-be-true prices on brand name merchandise.
    1. A customer makes a purchase and sends the money using a banks transfer or Western Union . No Paypal or credit card will be accepted as they won’t be able to hold on to the money once the customer complains to Paypal or CC company.
    2. Most times after you pay for the product and supposedly shipped, they will claim that the product is being held in customs and that you will have to pay customs fee . This is how they swindle a little extra from you.
    3. You’ll never see the product in any case . After a while when they are either satisfied with the site’s performance or they feel that their tail is getting too long, the site will be shut down. 4- Located in China (nothing against the Chinese. I’m Asian myself).
    5- Only accepts Western Union and bank transfer as a payment. a.Third, try calling them or check out their address on Google Map Street View to see if you can see their physical store/office.
    b- You can also search the address on any search engine to see if that address belongs to someone else.
    HOW APEAR THE SETINGS OF OUTLET-ELECTRONIC.COM :
    Website: outlet-electronic.com
    Title: GUANGDONG DASHENG ELECTRIC LIMITED Home page
    Description: GUANGDONG DASHENG ELECTRIC LIMITED
    Domain Age: 249 Days
    Website Speed: Average
    Owner: Registration Private
    Owner Address: DomainsByProxy.com 14747 N Northsight Blvd Suite 111, PMB 309
    Owner City: Scottsdale
    Owner Postcode: 85260
    Phone Number: 14806242599
    Phone Type: geographic :Phoenix, AZ Qwest Corporation
    Email: mailto:outlet-electronic@hotmail.com]
    Owner Country : Hidden
    Website Location : United States
    IN REALITY THE SETINGS ARE :
    NAME OF BANK:THE BANK OF CHINA BRANCH
    Beneficiary Bank Address:Quanzhou, Fujian, China Bao Chau branch.
    post code:356200
    Beneficiary SWIFT CODE: BKCHCNBJ73C
    beneficiary’s name : Yang suqing
    Beneficiary Address : Quanzhou, Fujian, China Bao Chau branch.
    Beneficiary’s A/C no.:4065-6791-1328

  12. Kim says:

    rb-sunglassesshopping.com
    One day sale posted on Facebook

  13. Bob says:

    check out 3684electronics and then go here

    3684electronics.com/product.asp?classid=11

  14. Julie Harper says:

    Ugg-xmas

  15. R. Germain says:

    You need to add these websites as well because they are scam sites theredkicks.com and retrokicks.com are both ran by the same person

  16. SamuelKT says:

    We have ordered and paid for cellphones after numerous (14 approx) emails of enquiry to ascertain the credibility of said company– had organised to dropship items to customers in Australia. These arseholes have stolen our money straight out and we will persue them till the end! All citizens should be made aware of these scammers and their details.

    Name: Digitals Wholesale Electronics Co., Ltd. JunLiu Manager
    Address: Hua Qiang North Road Futian Area Shenzhen City Guangdong China
    Company Homepage: digitalswholesaler.com/
    email&Skype: digitalswholesale@outlook.com
    Zip/Postal: 518000
    TEL: +86-1317-4546146
    FAX: +86-1317-4546146

    Banking details listed as:
    Bank Telegrathy Transfer(T/T):
    PAYEE: Zheng Wenrui
    FIRST NAME: Wenrui
    LAST NAME: Zheng
    ACCOUNT NO.: 6217 8564 0000 7178 610
    BENEFICIARY INSTITUTION(Bank Name): BANK OF CHINA PUTIAN BRANCH
    SWIFT CODE:BKCHCNBJ73C

    We are going to visit this so called Bank of China -Putian Branch
    and see that all hell breaks loose until we get our money paid back!!

  17. Candice Dillen says:

    Set up a few days ago
    bootsmeukstore.co.uk.

    • Candice Dillen says:

      Should add – they are a fraudulent Chinese UGGs site. I have reported them to Ugg Australia as a counterfeit site and will list them on every blacklist I can find.

  18. manny says:

    HI
    I think you can load the site mentioned below as a fake company, Also went through alibaba.com and the next day got all these quotes. SO yes I went ahead made the payment via western union and the nest day I got an email stating that I had to pay customs tax.Like an idiot I made the payment as it was mt first time buying from china. For the last 4 days me emails have not been answered.

    Miss Angela
    International Department
    EFASHION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    301. ShenNan Middle Road, Futian District,Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
    Web site: efaelec.com
    Tel: 0086-755-36634126 Skype: angela.7650
    E-mail: angela@efaelec.com

  19. Lisa Tate says:

    Hmmm, it also seems to be under a site called uggvogue.com, anyone know anything? wondering if I should call my bank, or hope it’s okay? haha

  20. Lisa Tate says:

    I ordered some uggs from mydear-love.com ?? I paid with my debit card and everything seemed to go through okay, but I haven’t heard anything from them since they emailed me my payment details from SSLPayGate…..i’m suddenly VERY worried….any advice or words of wisdom, other than don’t be dumb and order from unknown companies again, haha

  21. GB says:

    Hello, you point out other 2 website with fraudulent activities, based in china, Beijing and Whuan.
    I myself have lost $ 800 and denouncing the incident to the police of my country, also in MoneyGram, I realized that continue to sell to unsuspecting users.
    these thieves have created news, blogs positive and other stuff, to scrub and steal money from people.
    Thank
    GB

    eaabuy.com/
    egaaa.com/
    facebook.com/pages/Welcome-Orders/236245626564522
    egaaafakescam.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/www-egaaa-com-fakefraud-spam-scam-dont-send-your-money/

  22. Ash says:

    herveukbuy.co.uk – Fraudulent site from china, tried to pay for a dress and the transaction failed many times even though there was enough money in my account. My bank then called me the next day about fraudulent activity on my card and thankfully they stopped payments and blocked my card. This site is claiming to sell cheap Herve Leger dresses but they are actually a car parts store in china and have tried to use my card twice.

  23. lopressor says:

    avoid enviro safety products based in California like the plague,they take payment from overseas customers and don’t post the products they don’t reply to emails

  24. Lynn says:

    Am trying to buy a samsung6 phone from ksrplayer in china, I was wondering if there is a way I can know if they are reliable. Well am aware that their products are clown just to be sure they will send me my parcel ,
    kind regards

  25. Lorna Golmis says:

    hugemovieshut.com- DVDs come from China, they are counterfeit and poor quality. Although they guarantee Customer Satisfaction, they wanted me to pay for the return shipping to China. Cost more than $60.00 min to ship to China. DVDs were plain silver DVDs with a 1 x 2″ label on each DVD in a plain white translucent plastic case holding the DVD.

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