Women’s Clothing Store
Is Gygtr Fake or Real?
Why Is Gygtr Fake?
Gygtr is a website that claims to be selling women’s clothing items such as tops, dresses, tshirts, pants and more at discounted prices.
Suspiciously, the site has several hidden pages for items such as clothing and figurines, mostly related to music and movies. These products are also being advertised heavily on Facebook and Instagram, which is doubly suspicious.
The images on the website seem to have been lifted from Etsy. The only other sites that I could find selling these items were other shady Chinese stores. The prices on Gygtr are much lower than Etsy, suggesting that they might be running a bait-and-switch scam.
The website has been created using Shoplazza, which is a Chinese e-commerce platform. Therefore, it seems that Gygtr is a Chinese website. However, there is no mention of this on the website itself.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 4th June 2021 in Guangdong, China. The registrant’s details such as name, location and contact details are not available. Therefore, it is a new website that is being operated anonymously from a high-risk country.
The home page contains the following text:
It’s all about lifestyle
It starts with better materials, continues with better design, and carries through to better factories and shipping methods.
Better things in a better way.
The same text can be found on at least 235 other sites, all of which may be scams operated by Chinese scam networks. The full list is given at the end of the article.
While testing the checkout process, I found that the PayPal account associated with the website is named ‘Shenzhen Cantian Network Technology Co., Ltd.’. This is quite clearly a Chinese company.
Gygtr’s website has some social media links but these are fake as they lead nowhere.
I already mentioned at the beginning of the article that Gygtr is advertising on Facebook and Instagram. The company actually has at least 4 separate Facebook pages, all of which have advertiser accounts. It is not normal for a brand to have multiple pages on the same platform, much less use them all for running ads.
These pages have all been created on the same day. The page information contains a fake email ID and a UK phone number which is also likely to be fake.
The page manager information shows that it is being operated from Bangladesh, Mexico and the Philippines. However, this seems to be fake information as it is evident that Gygtr is a Chinese website.
The only contact details provided on Gygtr’s website are the email ID of a completely different website and a fake UK phone number.
The phone number given actually belongs to the London School of Economics and the institution obviously has no connection to Gygtr.
The only review for Gygtr that I could be found is by someone on TrustPilot who also found the site to be suspicious. They called the phone number given on the site and discovered that it does indeed belong to the London School of Economics.
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It seems quite obvious that Gygtr and the 235 similar sites may all be bait-and-switch scams from China. There are multiple signs indicating that Gygtr is a Chinese website. However, it is falsely trying to pass itself off as being based in the UK.
The website is extremely low quality and has been created using the Chinese Shoplazza platform. Important pages such as About Us, Contact Us and Policy pages are missing.
While the website only has clothing items on the home page, it actually contains several hidden pages. The products in these hidden pages are being heavily advertised on Facebook and Instagram through multiple pages. I found that Gygtr has at least 4 advertiser accounts on Facebook.
The images of the products appear to have been lifted from Etsy and the prices are much lower than the originals. Therefore, there are high odds that customers who order from Gygtr might end up receiving cheap copies of the products being advertised.
The contact details provided on the website are quite obviously fake as the email address is of a completely different website. The phone number seems to have been randomly copied too as it is actually of the London School of Economics.
It is advisable to avoid shopping on Gygtr or any of the 235 similar sites, as there is an incredibly high likelihood that they may be Chinese bait-and-switch scams.
If you feel that you have been scammed by any of these sites, you can contact PayPal for a full refund. You can also file an abuse report with Alibaba Cloud Computing to have the site taken down.
Remember, if it’s 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.
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