Ecommerce Gift Card Reseller
Is ERebate.in Fake or Real?
Why is ERebate.in Fake?
ERebate.in claims to be a website for buying and selling online gift cards, including Amazon, Flipkart and Big Bazaar gift cards. Their communication is entirely through WhatsApp and they claim to provide quick payment after verifying the gift cards.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it has been registered on 26th November 2019 in West Bengal, India. The domain has been registered under the name Ultimate Power Solution. A google search brought up the website of a company named Ultimate Power Solution in West Bengal. It is unknown whether it is the same company as the name is generic.
The only contact detail provided on the website is a phone number for WhatsApp communication and an email ID. There is no address or contact person’s name given. Upon signing up on the website, the confirmation email was received from the email ID email@example.com. A TrueCaller lookup of the number did not present any name either.
There are a few testimonials available on the website, but there is no way to verify whether these are genuine. They have no social media presence, nor any customer reviews. The only positive reviews of ERebate.in are on Quora by a user named Soniya Singh. However, this account seems to be a dummy account created only for promoting ERebate.in.
With the little information that is available, I have to conclude that ERebate.in is a scam. There is no information on who is running the operation. There are no genuine reviews available. The gift card codes or payments to purchase gift cards have to be shared with them before you receive a payment or the gift card, which can easily leave you vulnerable to getting scammed.
I have a hunch that ERebate.in is a method for laundering the gift cards which tech support scammers get by scamming unsuspecting victims. The operation is very shady and is most likely to be a scam. If if they actually deliver on their promise, you could be supporting scammers who steal life savings from the elderly.
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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