Is Gpmsign Fake or Real?
Why is Gpmsign Fake?
Gpmsign is a website that claims to be selling an assortment of mass-produced Chinese goods at low prices. A name like ‘Gpmsign’ – which is just random gibberish – often signals that the store may be a scam from China.
The prices on the website are highly inflated and the discounts are clearly fake. I found the same products listed by Gpmsign on AliExpress for much lower prices even after including the cost of shipping from China to the US.
Gpmsign’s website appears to be created using the Chinese Shoplazza platform and inspecting the source code of the website shows that it contains Chinese text. These signs hint that Gpmsign is likely to be a scam operation run by Chinese cybercrime networks.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 20th May 2022. The registrant’s details such as name and contact information have been hidden using a privacy guard. Therefore, it is a new website operated anonymously from a high-risk country.
The About Us page contains the following badly-written text:
gpmsign is a small innovation platform dedicated to developing the coolest decorations to make your life easier.
Upon analyzing the content, I found that the same text is used on at least 9 other websites, all of which are likely to be scams. The list of sites is given at the end of the article.
While testing the checkout process, I found that the PayPal account being used by Gpmsign is registered under the name ‘HUANYU TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CO.,LIMITED’. This sounds like a Chinese company and the name is not mentioned anywhere on Gpmsign’s website.
Even though there are several signs that Gpmsign is run from China, it is falsely stated on the T&C page that the site operates according to the laws of the UK.
Gpmsign does not have any social media pages listed on the website, however, I found that at least 3 separate Facebook pages exist. Shockingly, these pages are being allowed to advertise on Facebook and Instagram. It is evident from the page information that Gpmsign’s pages are operated from China.
It should also be noted that each page provides a different email ID for support. The email IDs are: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
The Contact Us page of the website contains the following information:
Thank you for visiting! If you have any problems, please contact us!
If you have any further questions, please message us directly! Our office hours are 9am to 5pm – we respond to most emails within one working day, but if you don’t hear back from us, please check your spam box!
This address is not a return address
Supic Company Limited
85 Tottenham Court Road, Greater London, Greater London,W1T 4TQ (This is not a returning address)
company number: 12550956
Another random free email ID has been provided for support and the company details of ‘Supic Company Limited’ are given. It is likely to be a shell company created for laundering money stolen via PayPal to China as the company owners are Chinese.
I could not find any customer reviews for Gpmsign online. If you want to share your review of Gpmsign, you can do so in the comments below or on my social media pages.
It seems pretty obvious that Gpmsign and the 8 similar sites may all be scams operated by Chinese cybercrime networks.
Gpmsign is a new site created anonymously from China in May 2022. However, the website owners have deliberately hidden the site’s Chinese origin and are pretending that it is a business based in the UK.
I found that there are 8 other websites using the same content as Gpmsign and are likely to be operated by the same fraudsters. The website is evidently created by amateurs and the the prices on the website are inflated compared to competitors such as AliExpress.
Gpmsign has three separate Facebook pages and all of them are being used for advertising on Facebook and Instagram. Various different free email IDs have been provided for customer support, therefore, it does not seem like customers will able to contact Gpmsign after making a purchase.
The company details of a UK-registered company called Supic Company Limited have been given, but this is likely to be a shell incorporation as the owners are Chinese. It is advisable to avoid shopping on Gpmsign or any of the 8 similar websites as they do not seem to be genuine businesses.
If you think that you have been scammed by any of these sites, you can contact your bank or PayPal 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.
Remember: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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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 Gpmsign
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