Is Bbviplink Fake or Real?
Why is Bbviplink Fake?
Bbviplink is a website that appears to be trying to impersonate the New World supermarket chain in New Zealand. The website appears to be a scam right from the outset as the website quality is extremely poor, the selection of items is random and the prices are too good to be true.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 19th July 2022. The registrant’s details such as name and contact information have not been provided, and the location is mentioned as North Carolina, USA. However, the site actually seems to be operated from China, the reasons for which I will explain later in the article. Therefore, it is a new website that is being operated anonymously from a high-risk country.
The About Us page of Bbviplink contains the following text:
We are the professional and trustworthy online fashion retailer, providing quality daily necessities for the public. We are committed to inspiring customers through a unique combination of products, creativity and cultural understanding. We strive to provide first-class service, unbeatable prices and the hottest trends. Our commitment is to provide a variety of high-quality products at amazing factory direct prices, and to provide our global customer community with a first-class customer service experience.
We want you to spend less money to get a better service experience. If you desire high-quality, fashionable and brand-name products, that is the only service we can provide you! Our store is updated with popular products every day, and you can find new products added to our catalog every day. With the advantage of selling directly at the factory price, we can provide new products at very affordable prices every day. Life is so simple and fun now!
Factory Low Price
Due to our extensive and strong relationships that have been developed with manufacturers here and abroad, we are able to supply our customers with high quality products at incredibly low factory prices. our products are stored and dispatched from either our main warehouse or through 3rd party warehousing & logistics centres.We are totally committed to working with business wholesalers all over the world to ensure the best possible deals. If you are interested in our products, please feel free to contact us at any time. We are confident that you will enjoy all the fantastic products available at wholesale prices.
Please note as we are purely an online retailer, we are not open to general public for viewing or pickup.
Firstly, the page mentions that Bbviplink is an ‘online fashion retailer’ which is utter nonsense as the website does not sell any clothing. The content has been copied and I found that the same image and text are being used on at least 67 other websites, all of which may be scams. Qti.ai’s Scami found an additional 9 sites, bringing the total number of websites related to Bbviplink to 76. The full list of sites is given at the end of the article.
The overall website quality of Bbviplink is frankly pathetic as there are numerous signs that the website has not been created by e-commerce professionals. The website is littered with spelling and grammar errors, and there are multiple links that lead to empty pages.
What I found most egregious is that Bbviplink does not even have a Terms & Conditions page. Click on the ‘Terms of Service’ link in the website’s footer leads to a message in Chinese stating “Data does not exist”. Any real company would have a working Terms page and the Chinese text makes it evident that Bbviplink is a fake site lazily created by Chinese scammers.
Another indication of Bbviplink not being a legitimate business can be seen on the Returns Policy page, where it is mentioned in one instance that the website has a 30-day return policy instead of a 60-day one. A genuine company would not make such a blatant mistake.
While testing the checkout process, I found that the shopping cart is designed such that users cannot spend more than $100 at a time. As soon as more than one item is added to the cart on Bbviplink, a $99,999 shipping charge is automatically added to stop the customer from buying multiple items. I have observed this trick being used by scammers earlier too and my guess is that it is done to avoid fraud detection by PayPal by keeping the transaction value below $100.
Bbviplink has social media icons on its website but they are fake as they lead nowhere. I couldn’t find any social media pages on my own.
I could not find any customer reviews of Bbviplink online. If you want to share your review of this website, you can do so in the comments below or on my social media pages.
It seems quite obvious that Bbviplink and the 76 similar sites may all be scams from China. The website is being operated anonymously since July 2022 and the prices are too good to be true. Bbviplink seems to be trying to impersonate the New World chain of supermarkets in New Zealand.
The entire website’s content has been copied and the same images and text can be found on at least 76 other websites, all of which are likely to be scams. The website contains no company information. The only contact detail provided is the email ID of a different website.
All the products on the website cost less than $100 and customers can only buy one item at a time. A $99,999 shipping charge is included if more than one item is added to the cart. This seems to be a trick to keep the value of transactions below $100, possibly to exploit a loophole in PayPal’s fraud detection.
Bbviplink has no social media presence and no customer reviews could be found online. It is advisable to avoid shopping on Bbviplink or any of the 76 related websites as there are high chances that you will not receive what you ordered or might receive cheap copies at best.
If you think that you have been scammed by any of these sites, you can contact your bank for a full refund. Don’t accept a partial refund citing that the product is not what you ordered and refuse to ship the items back to China as the merchant is impersonating a business based in New Zealand.
Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
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If you have been the victim of an ecommerce scam, you can take the following steps:
- Lodge a cybercrime complaint online or with the local police office
- File a complaint with the payment portal and ask whether the payment can be reversed
- Leave a negative review on review portals such as ScamAdviser, TrustPilot, OnlineThreatAlerts and SiteJabber
- Give a low rating to the website on Web of Trust. You can also install their extension for the same
- Report the scam site to web filtering companies.
List of websites using the same content as bbviplink.shop
Additional list of sites found by Qti.ai
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