Is Joowoo Shop Fake or Real?
Why is Joowoo Shop Fake?
Joowoo Shop is a website that claims to be selling various items such as electronics, furniture, home decor, toys and more at low prices. I decided to look into it after Doug from The Daily Scam forwarded a report from a reader of his newsletter. Joowoo is quite dodgy indeed.
Joowoo’s prices are extremely suspicious as they are unbelievably lower than competitors. ‘Too good to be true’ prices are often the most obvious sign of a scam.
A domain name lookup of the website shows it was registered on 2nd September 2021. The location of registration is given as Texas, US but seems to be a lie due to reasons that are explained later in the article. Therefore, it is a new website being operated by anonymous owners who are deliberately misinforming the public about the website’s ownership.
The About Us page contains the following text:
We take great pride in personalized electronics. We, like you, have always loved beautiful and unique products that set us apart. As we grow up, we realize how lucky we are to be able to do what we love.
We are proud to offer consumer exquisite and unique products of the highest quality at a fraction of the price. Our only goal is to satisfy you with our value-for-money innovative products while also taking care of your wallet.
If you need our help, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our helpful customer service team will do their best to make shopping a pleasant experience for you.
If you have any further questions, please contact us by email at email@example.com.
I found an identical website called Heeha Shop (heeha.shop) which also contains the same text. Therefore, the content on Joowoo Shop’s website is clearly not original and it is probable that even the images and product descriptions have been lifted directly from other websites. Heeha Shop seems quite clearly related as it contains the same text as well as an email ID ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ that is also a random jumble of letters.
When I ran Joowoo Shop through Qti.ai’s Scami, it was revealed that there are at least 98 additional websites using the same text too. The full list of websites is given at the end of the article. Some of the websites looked familiar and turns out that I have written about them previously:
- Christtate.com (‘Exquisite and Unique’ Scam Network)
- Corsonic.Shop | Fake or Real?
- Burnellbray.com (Scam Network) | Fake or Real?
Therefore, it seems that Joowoo Shop and Heeha Shop are fake websites being operated by Chinese scam networks.
Not only are the prices on the website shady, but in fact the entire checkout process is shady. The website’s footer claims that the site accepts PayPal, but this is not the case in reality. The checkout process ends on Joowoo’s website itself and there is no option for secure payments using PayPal. Instead, customers have to enter the credit card details on the website itself and the payment always fails. This means that Joowoo is a phishing website. Anyone who enters the details on the site will have their card compromised.
Even though there are social media icons given on Joowoo’s website, they are fake as they lead nowhere. However, I found that Joowoo actually has two separate Facebook pages which were created on the same day. The pages have no followers and one of them is being used for running advertisements on Facebook and Instagram.
One of the pages carries a phone number with the +86 country code which belongs to China. Therefore, it is quite obvious that Joowoo is a Chinese website.
I could not find any customer reviews for Joowoo, which is a tiny bit surprising considering that it was created in September 2021. If you want to share your review of this site, you can do so in the comments below or on my social media pages.
It is tremendously likely that Joowoo Shop, Hehaa Shop and the 98 similar sites are all likely to be phishing websites operated from China.
Joowoo Shop is a new site created anonymously in September 2021. Even though there are signs indicating that is a Chinese website, the domain registration information falsely states that it was registered in Texas.
The prices are too good to be true and the product listings appear to have been copied from other sites. Joowoo is likely to be operated by a Chinese scam network as the site’s text content can also be found on at least 99 other websites, none of which look genuine.
The website’s checkout process is completely fake as the credit card details have to be entered on the website itself instead of a secure platform. The payment always fails so that customers give the scammers information of multiple cards.
The website contains absolutely no company details or contact information. Joowoo has two different Facebook pages created on the same day with no followers. One of the pages is being used for advertising on Facebook and Instagram, and the second page probably serves as a backup.
It is advisable to avoid ordering from Joowoo or any of the 99 similar sites as it is almost guaranteed that customers will get their card information stolen.
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.
List of websites using the same content as Joowoo (found by Qti.ai’s Scami)
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