Online Women’s Clothing Store
Is Cootton Fake or Real?
Why Is Cootton Fake?
Cootton is a website that claims to be selling women’s clothing items such as tops and t-shirts containing prints inspired by Van Gogh. The images on the website do not actually show any of the products that are being sold. They are photoshopped images of Van Gogh prints overlaid on generic images of clothing. Similar items can be found on AliExpress for half the price.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 8th December 2020 in Guang Dong, China. The registrant’s name has been given as Tom Li and the contact details given are a phone number (+86.7405582826) and an email ID (firstname.lastname@example.org).
It is not just the images on the website that seem to be unoriginal. The content seems to be copied too, as the text used on the About Us page can also be found on at least 145 other online stoes, all of which may be scams. The full list is given at the end of the article.
An IP address analysis of the websites showed that 84 out of 139 (60.4%) websites checked, including Cootton, had shared or neighbouring IP addresses. This shows that the websites are part of an organized scam network.
While testing the checkout process, I found that the PayPal account associated with the website has a generic name ‘Online store’. The reason for this is most probably because the same account is being used on numerous other websites that are part of the same scam network.
Cootton does not seem to have a social media presence. The only contact information provided is an email ID. This email address was found to be fake when tested using VerifyEmailAddress. I could not find any customer reviews for Cottoon.
It seems extremely likely that Cottoon is a scam. The website is just a month old and has been registered in Guang Dong, China. There is no indication given on the website itself that it is being operated from China.
The images of the products are not real as they are photoshopped images of designs superimposed into generic templates. The products also seem to be overpriced as similar items can be found on AliExpress for half the price.
The text that is used on the About Us page can also be found on at least 145 other online stores. As per my analysis, 84 of these websites are clearly related as they share the same IP addresses. This shows that Cootton is part of a Chinese scam network of fake online stores.
The only contact method provided is an email ID that was found to be fake when tested. It is advisable to avoid shopping on Cootton or any of the related websites as they are all likely to be scams.
List of websites using the same content as Cottoon
To read about other E-commerce Scams, click here.
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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