Chicyoins Scam Network – 165+ websites and Facebook pages
What is the Chicyoins Scam Network?
The Chicyoins Scam Network consists of more than 165 websites and Facebook pages which seem to be part of a scam to dupe online shoppers. These websites all have nonsensical names or names that sound like a mashup of two random words. The full list is given at the end of the article.
The websites in the Chicyoins scam network sell mostly clothing, though there are also stores selling things like shoes, dolls and exercise equipment. They use similar templates and are easily identifiable once you have seen enough of them.
The modus operandi of these websites is to advertise on Facebook and Instagram, especially targeting women. They always have some sort of sale or discount going on. The product images displayed are low-quality as they are stolen from other websites and the text is riddled with spelling and grammar errors.
The Facebook pages of these websites are operated from China and the comment sections are bombarded with complaints from unhappy customers.
This list of websites has been termed as the Chicyoins scam network as they all provide email IDs in the format [WebsiteName]@Chicyoins.com. There seems to be an ongoing attempt to erase the mention of chicyoins from these websites. Websites which earlier had @chicyoins email IDs now have fake email IDs of the domain itself.
Chicyoins seems to be the main website in the network. However, the site is no longer active. In fact, many of the websites found in this network are no longer working. This is because these websites are only intended to be used for a short period before the scammers disappear with customers’ money.
To confirm that these websites are indeed connected, I ran lookups of their IP addresses and WHOIS data. I got a strong confirmation that the websites are connected:
- 56.72% of the websites are hosted on a single IP address (18.104.22.168)
- 33.58% of the websites are hosted on neighbouring IP addresses (148.153.13.xxx to 148.153.16.xxx and 148.153.19.xxx)
- 91.04% of the domain names are registered in China
Therefore, 90.3% of the websites are connected in some form and 91.04% of the websites originate in China, which is notorious for online scams. This leaves little doubt that this is an organized network of fake e-commerce stores.
The reviews for websites in this network are highly negative. Customers who have shopped on different stores in the network have the same complaints. These include products not being delivered and the wrong products being sent. The customers say that they were able to get in touch with customer service, but did not get satisfactory resolutions. The websites have returns and refund policies which are just for show.
The Chicyoins Scam Network is another example of why online shoppers need to be more careful. Don’t let a great blind you, as it can end up costing you more money, time and energy than you ever intended to spend. Check the Contact Page of online stores to get an idea about their trustworthiness.
These websites only provide an email ID and no phone number or address. Consider this a huge red flag. Even if contact information is present, it might be fake. So try to verify if they are real through services such as MailTester, TrueCaller and Google Maps. You can also check the ‘Page Transparency’ section of the Facebook page too see where the page owners are located.
If you see an online store using an email ID containing @chicyoins.com, you can be sure that it is a scam. However, the websites in this network are getting rid of those IDs. The most important thing to keep in mind is to be sceptical of clothing stores offering huge discounts which are advertising on Facebook and Instagram.
Read about other such networks on the Scam Networks page.
List of websites in the Chicyoins Scam Network
List of Facebook pages in the Chicyoins Scam Network
- Bibijivecom | Facebook
- Chamdress | Facebook
- Chicyoinsdress | Facebook
- Chicyoinsoffice | Facebook
- Colelilabobo | Facebook
- Comfyhoo | Facebook
- Dachicstreets | Facebook
- Dorapick | Facebook
- Efreshstyle | Facebook
- Eigetaly.com | Facebook
- Fafoquick | Facebook
- Fafoquick.com | Facebook
- Fashionleah-Shopping | Facebook
- Fitthesoul | Facebook
- Hannahda | Facebook
- Harupick | Facebook
- Iriscola Shop | Facebook
- Lastwedress | Facebook
- Lookibeauty | Facebook
- Mickymuu | Facebook
- Minshoe | Facebook
- Mouneet | Facebook
- Nirvanad | Facebook
- On storm land | Facebook
- Paciria | Facebook
- Papikia Fashion | Facebook
- Pardety.com | Facebook
- Scorpiond | Facebook
- Secrgarden | Facebook
- Tibemini.com | Facebook
- Tollyfactory | Facebook
- Yourchics.com | Facebook
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 ScamAdvisor, 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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