Thursday, September 27, 2012

Another Online Shopping Scam

We have seen a scam alert posted by Facebook user Joan Ter who is a victim of an online shopping scam.

Please beware of the scammer. As extracted from the Facebook post:

online scam

Hi All,

DO NOT buy anything from the seller holding bank account no. 073-27352-8.

This happen on myself on 02 Sept 12, I've ordered a luggage from Hong Gadget. Till now I still haven't received the item and I'm blocked from his/her FB right after payment was done. After few of my friends trying to help me to PM him/her, my friends was blocked as well and he/her change her FB name to Sumiko Gadget.

We spread the picture around and today we found out that he/her created another FB account to con buyers. I add Loewe Sim as friend after I suspect he/she is Hong/Sumiki Gadget coz all the pictures of the items are 100% similar from Hong/Sumiko Gadget. Immediately he blocked me. So I ask my friend (which is already in his new FB account) to purchase an item and ask for bank account number for payment.

And confirm that he is the same person who con me. I have already made a police report, I hope those who have conned by him/her will also make a police report and have this person nab!


    Singapore Office:
    21 Choa Chu Kang North 6
    Singapore 689578
    Phone: 6531580184
    POSB a/c-038-75397-5
    NRIC –S7222269E (ESHA BATISH)

    I’m a victim(Mr.HARI a Singapore PR) of the Online retailer ( and lost SGD900/- hard earned money easily ;this Online store very blatantly promotes and advertises in most of the popular public forums in Singapore i.e Guntree, Locanto or even Facebook etc
    The Online retailer has the audacity of having a local Singapore address with a landline phone number, NRIC copy of the Local Singaporean and also local telecom mobile numbers with watsapp to chat with Customers. (The full details are provided below)
    The Customer Service on Office phone number has responded to me and addresses himself as Mr.Tan. He speaks in not so fluent English(He sounds Mandarin) and exclaims that he is the Boss/Investor from China who wants to grow business in Singapore with sincerity. He was talking so trustingly.
    The online store specifically mentions with marketing sweet words as that they only receive payments to a registered local POSB bank a/c number, provide e-Invoice for the Purchase with local address of the shop/warehouse and assure the Delivery of the Package within in 2 to 3 hours upon Online Purchase.
    The website design makes the Customer believe as very genuine E-commerce shopping site with shopping cart etc on similar likes of Amazon,Q010 etc
    They operate as an organized syndicate and with most probability the operators of the Online shopping are well aware that even if some customers make police report or approach CASE or make complaint at Small Courts Tribunal etc it does not deter them because all these Organizations treat the case as 1.Breach of trust with Retailer Vs Customer 2. Civil cheating case

    The outcome of the cases take their own course of time before the law brings the Operators to justice and in the meantime the white collar victims keep growing and Online Syndicate gangs keep changing the names of the Websites and also change address credentials and start operating with similar modus operandi.
    The Syndicate gangs have audacity to use fake NRIC copies of Singaporeans, Local Singapore Bank A/c numbers and Telecom mobile or landline phone numbers.
    The best marketing tagline or Unique selling proposition is; they propagate on Singapore and continuously exploit the clean Brand image of Singapore and mention to un-suspecting customers that no business can survive doing illegal transactions as Singapore is having strict laws. “They are growing online business and need loyal customer base” is oft repeated marketing word while selling popular branded Electronic items like smartphones of iPhone, Samsung etc and continuously exploit the popularity with cheap attractive prices.

    Me being an educated diligent customer also fell prey for the crony website, which was looking too genuine. I may assume many un-suspecting students or less educated citizens can easily fall trapped and end up making payments online to bank a/c numbers.

    I although have made an official Police report (Police Report No # F/20140630/2171 on 30/06/2014.) but I assume many innocent younger victims may not take effort to Report to Police or CASE or Small Courts Tribunal.

  2. Recently i bought a e-scooter fm but delivered a RayBan glasses helpless

  3. To check whether a site is legit usually, I do follow a simple checklist to see how well they do, especially when I need to part money with the site; 1) Does the site have a current SSL certificate? 2) Use to check the whois information and check whether the contact information matches with the one in the website. 3) In the domain contact details, is there a valid email address. 4) Is there a valid phone number visible, and does it work ? 5) Go through review about them using and check whether they are scam free. If I am satisfied with the result then I purchase a small priced article and if it is delivered safely and promptly then I go to purchase my desired product. You also can follow the steps that I do...In general, anyone who is trying to do legitimate business on the web will go out of their way to try and make it clear that they are legitimate. So if a site has not even done the bare basics to give customers enough confidence to buy they're products, then it is almost certainly some sort of scam.