Women’s Clothing Store
Is Bacoje Fake or Real?
Why Is Bacoje Fake?
Bacoje is a website that claims to be selling women’s clothing items such as dresses, sweaters, cardigans and more. The products being sold on the site appear to be mass-produced Chinese goods, as the same clothing can be found on several dodgy websites.
The images of the products are not representative of the actual clothing, as they are simply images of designs superimposed onto templates of models.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 30th August 2020. The registrant’s details such as name, location and contact details have been hidden using a paid service. Therefore, it is a relatively new website that is being operated anonymously.
The About Us page of the website contains the following snippet of text:
Bacoje.com did not exist until 2015, we have been playing the role as a manufacturer as well as a supplier ever since. Our factories in Vietnam and Philippines have been making clothes for many famous brands.
This is the same snippet of text that was being used by the Xehia Trading Ltd. Scam Network that has been covered earlier on the blog. There are at least 208 websites using the same text, many of which are the same as the sites found to be a part of the Xehia Trading Ltd. Scam Network. The list is given at the end of the article.
Bacoje’s website states that the company is based in the UK with a warehouse in Singapore. This information is likely to be false, due to the reasons mentioned in the next section. There is cause to believe that Bacoje is actually a Chinese operation.
The social media pages mentioned on Bacoje’s site include a Facebook page and an Instagram page. I also found another Facebook page for Bacoje that was created on the same day. It is quite suspicious for a website to have separate Facebook pages. The majority of admins for both pages are from China. One of the pages was found to be running ads.
The Instagram page has been linked with the default language set to Chinese, showing that whoever set up the site was browsing Instagram in the Chinese language.
The contact information provided on the website are an email ID, company address and phone number. The company details are as follows:
CUGO HOLDINGS CO., LTD, 6 Prospect Way, Royal Oak Industrial Estate, Daventry, Northamptonshire, UK, NN11 8PL
These details are likely to be fake, as there are enough reasons to believe that Bacoje might actually be a Chinese company. Therefore, the only way to contact Bacoje is on their email ID, which does not appear to be professional as it has been created using a free service.
Bacoje seems to have infested TrustPilot with fake reviews. After filtering to view the negative reviews only, we can see the same complaints as those that were written regarding sites in the Xehia Trading Ltd. Scam Network.
The complaints include false advertising, inferior products, missing products, no or late delivery, poor customer service and refusal to provide refunds.
It seems quite clear that Bacoje is part of a Chinese network of at least 208 scam websites, operating under the fake name of a UK-registered company called CUGO HOLDINGS CO., LTD. It is either a shell company or an unrelated company altogether.
The products on the website appear to be mass-produced Chinese goods, as the same can be found on several similar Shopify stores that are likely operated from China. The images of the products are also not real, as they are designs digitally superimposed onto pictures of models.
The ‘About Us’ page content on Bacoje is the same as that used on 296 websites earlier found to be part of the Xehia Trading Ltd. Scam Network. A fresh search revealed that there are still at least 208 websites using the same text.
Bacoje has 2 separate Facebook pages created on the same day, which suggests that it is not a professionally-run brand. Both the pages are managed from China and one of the pages is even running ads.
Customers have voiced several complaints such as deceptive advertising, poor quality of products, missing items, no or late delivery, terrible customer service and Bacoje’s refusal to give refunds.
It is advisable to avoid shopping on Bacoje or any of the related 207 websites, as they all seem to be scams.
Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
To read about other Scam Networks, click here.
List of websites using the same content as Bacoje
Remember: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
If you have been the victim of an ecommerce scam, you can take the following steps:
- Lodge a complaint at the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal
- File a complaint with the payment portal and ask whether the payment can be reversed.
- File a complaint with the Consumer Complaints Forum
- Leave a negative review on review portals such as Scamadviser, TrustPilot, OnlineThreatAlerts and SiteJabber
- Report the website to Google using the Suspicious Site Reporter extension for Chrome
- Give a low rating to the website on Web of Trust. You can also install their extension for the same.
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