Is Chriatshop Fake or Real?
Why is Chriatshop Fake?
Chriatshop is a website that claims to be selling taxidermy animals and wreaths at low prices. The website is of poor quality and shows signs of being a Chinese scam right from the start. The images of the products have been stolen from genuine creators and the prices are simply too good to be true. Lifelike taxidermy animals worth thousands of dollars are purportedly sold for around $50 on Chriatshop which is simply not possible unless the site was selling low-quality counterfeits.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 18th November 2021 in Anhui, China. Other information such as name and contact details have not been provided. Therefore, Chriatshop is a new website operated anonymously from a high-risk country.
The About Us page contains the following text:
At chriatshop.com we love every passion and interest on Earth because it is a reference to your UNIQUENESS. And to create a perfect consumption experience for you is our core vision:
To help you Express Yourself. To support you at chriatshop.com
Since we know you want all sorts of high value products, we got you covered with highly professional suppliers and production houses that we keep in close contact with and vet daily so that they fulfill our intense selection process.
No matter where you are, who you are and what you are passionate about we want to be able to provide you with high value products that help you Express Yourself
That’s why in chriatshop.com you will find a high value collection for every profession, hobby, sport, passion or anything you might think of.
So, whatever you’re looking for, we plan to have it there for you. And if it’s not, then hit us up and let us know, so we can negotiate or produce the best deal for you in no time. We are and would like to be here for YOU for a lifetime.
Company Name: Changzhou Wanyu Business Service Co., Ltd.
Company Address: No. 3A1203, Building 2, 3, Chuangyan Port, Changzhou Science and Education City, No. 18, Changwu Middle Road, Wujin District, Changzhou City
Contact number: +44 7727 437648
Whatever you need, it’s right here on www.chriatshop.com
This content is the same as the text used by sites in the Uniqueness Scam Network which I have warned about several times in the past. I found that there are at least 287 websites using the same text. Qti.Ai’s Scami revealed that there are at least 67 additional sites using this text too, all of which are likely to be scams. The full list of sites is given at the end of the article.
The About Us page also mentions the details of a Chinese company named ‘Changzhou Wanyu Business Service Co., Ltd.’. While it is unknown whether such a company actually exists, I found that there are at least 24 other websites that are also supposedly operated by the same company. Therefore, there are at least 379 scammy websites similar to Chriatshop currently being operated by the Uniqueness scam network.
One of these sites also has a DMCA copyright complaint against it for using stolen images to promote counterfeit goods.
While testing the checkout process, I found that the PayPal account associated with the website is randomly named ‘BINGO’. There is no logical reason for the PayPal account to carry such a name.
Even though it is evident that Chriatshop is a Chinese-run website, the owners of the site are trying to create a false impression that the company is also based in the UK. The Terms of Service document contains multiple references to UK and also states that charges will appear under the name ‘chriatshop UK’ on customers’ credit card statements. However, I found that no such company exists in the UK. Therefore, Chriatshop is likely to be using a shell company to route payments to China through the UK.
Even though there are no social media pages listed on the website, it was brought to my attention through the Facebook group FB Ad Scambusters! that Chriatshop is advertising on Facebook. Chriatshop’s Facebook presence is incredibly fishy as there are two separate pages created for it months apart from each other. However, these pages seem to be dummies as Facebook and Instagram advertisements are being run through random proxy pages.
The Contact Us page of the website contains the same company and contact information as the About Us page. Curiously, the company name given is ‘WANGO HOLDINGS LIMITED’ instead of ‘Changzhou Wanyu Business Service Co., Ltd.’
I could not find any customer reviews for Chriatshop, which is slightly surprising considering that it was created more than three months ago. If you want to share your review of this site, you can do so in the comments below or on my social media pages.
Going by past reviews of sites in the Uniqueness Scam Network, it is likely that customers will be bait-and-switched with disappointing versions of what they ordered. Common complaints with these sites include false advertising, late or no delivery, poor customer service and refusal to provide refunds.
It is incredibly likely that Chriatshop and the 378 similar sites are all likely to be scams operated by the Uniqueness Scam Network from China.
Chriatshop is a new site created anonymously from China in November 2021. The site is using stolen images of products worth thousands of dollars to promote low-quality counterfeits that are sold for less than $50. With help from Qti.ai’s Scami, I found that there are 378 websites that have the same content as Chriatshop.
There are several signs suggesting that Chriatshop is a Chinese operation, such as the domain registration data and the company information on the website itself. Despite this, the website falsely claims that Chriatshop is located in the UK.
Chriatshop was found to be advertising on Facebook and Instagram using random proxy pages. No reviews for Chriatshop could be found online. However, websites in the Uniqueness Scam Network are infamous for pulling bait-and-switch scams and then refusing refunds. It is advisable to avoid shopping on Chriatshop or any of the nearly 400 similar websites as they are likely to send cheap imitations instead of the advertised products.
If you think that you have been scammed by any of these sites, you can contact PayPal or 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 claims to be located in the UK.
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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 Chriatshop
Additional websites found by Qti.ai’s Scami
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