Online Sari Store
Is GoldySari Fake or Real?
Why Is GoldySari Fake?
GoldySari is a website that claims to be an online store for purchasing silk saris. The images on the website look like they have been copied from Pinterest and the same images are also being used on the following websites:
- banarsilk.in (inactive)
- sareelobby.in (inactive)
- takesaree.com (active)
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 9th November 2020 in Karnataka, India. The registrant’s details such as name and contact details have not been provided.
There is no information about the company that is running the website as there is no About Us page. This shows that GoldySari is not run by true professionals.
The Refund Policy page of the website declares that legal cases will be handled in Surat court jurisdiction, implying that it is based in Gujarat. This contradicts the domain registration information showing that the website is registered in Karnataka.
The Terms & Conditions page contains a strange disclaimer written in bad English about how GoldySari will never ask for payment details. This is similar to scams like Brittany Pants and FrenzzCollection that write ‘complaints’ for themselves containing a fake customer support number of scammers based in West Bengal.
The same disclaimer can also be found on the bottom of the home page along with the contact details. The contact methods provided are an unofficial Gmail ID and a phone number.
TrueCaller shows the name associated with this number as Take Saree and it has been marked as a scam by twelve people. When I checked TakeSaree’s website, I found that the same number was provided on that website too. Therefore, it seems that GoldySari and TakeSaree are run by the same scammers.
It should also be noted that while the domain has been registered in Karnataka, the phone number is being operated from Gujarat.
When I searched for reviews of GoldySari, as expected, I could only find fake complaints containing phone numbers of customer support scammers.
However, when I searched for reviews of TakeSaree, I saw the same complaints found with websites such as Brittany Pants and FrenzzCollection.
There are several complaints against TakeSaree on websites such as ComplaintLists, ConsumerComplaintsCourt and Voxya. These complaints state things such as customers being charged for orders that were never delivered, products being delivered that are nothing like the images shown and customer service not responding to phone calls and emails.
One reviewer has also mentioned that they called one of the fake customer support numbers and were asked to install an app. Once the scammer got access to their device, they deducted more money instead of issuing a refund. You should never ever install any app to give access to a stranger. This is exactly how customer support scams are carried out. Sharing of OTPs also a strict no-no.
It is quite obvious that GoldySari is a scam. The images on the website have been copied from Pinterest. There seem to be multiple related websites that are all scams, including TakeSaree, BanarSilk and SareeLobby.
While the domain name has been registered in Karnataka, the website claims that the company is located in Surat. The contact details include an unofficial email ID and a phone number. The number is being operated from Gujarat and has been marked as a scam in TrueCaller. The same number is also being used by TakeSaree, which shows that both websites have been set up by the same scammers.
There are no reviews available for GoldySari as it is a new website. However, reviews of TakeSaree show that the company is running fake ads on Facebook. Customers’ money is deducted from their accounts but they receive no order confirmation. Items delivered are nothing like the pictures and TakeSaree does not respond to phone calls and emails.
GoldySari is also working with customer support scammers based in West Bengal who have written ‘complaints’ containing fake customer support numbers. Under no circumstance should you call these numbers, as they will pretend to offer a refund and ask for remote access of your device. Upon gaining access, they will ask for your payment details and scam you for even more money. Fake disclaimers on GoldySari’s website indicate that they are working hand-in-hand with these scammers.
It is advisable to avoid shopping on GoldySari, it is not a genuine store.
Remember: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
To read about other E-commerce Scams, click here.
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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