Online Women’s Clothing Store
Is Junkum Fake or Real?
Why is Junkum Fake?
Junkum.com is a website that claims to be selling women’s clothing such as dresses, tops, leggings, trousers and more. The product listings appear to be copied from the website of Izabel London and the prices are inflated above the original. Therefore, it is likely that Junkum may be selling copied designs if it is not an outright scam.
A domain name lookup of Junkum shows that it was registered on 2nd April 2022. The registrant’s details such as name, location and contact information have been hidden using a privacy guard. Therefore, it is a new website that is being operated anonymously.
The About Us page of Junkum contains the following text:
Enter Junkum, the first global marketplace where 100’s of brands not only are able to sell direct to Customers within a niche ‘retail’ environment, but where they, for the first time ever, can share the unique stories behind their brand and collections – stories that ultimately define them as a Brand and which create emotional connections that turn first time Customers into passionate, life-long fans of a Brand.
I found that this content has been copied from the website of a legitimate business called TheDrop. The same text is being used on at least 98 other websites, all of which may be scams. The list of sites is given at the end of the article.
Junkum’s website has some odd things going on. For example, even though it is a women’s clothing store, Junkum is also selling musical instruments on the website. This is no logical explanation for this and makes the site look unconvincing as a genuine business.
There is a hint that Junkum may be shipping from China, as the Shipping Policy page mentions 17Track, which is a Chinese company.
The Terms & Conditions document of Junkum is clearly fake as it does not provide any company information. This suggests that Junkum is not a genuine business run by e-commerce professionals.
While testing the checkout process, I found that customers are not allowed to purchase more than $119 worth of products at a time. A new and unknown store forcing customers to spend less is something I have only seen on scam stores such as Damnite. It may be a tactic to avoid detection by fraud detection algorithms.
While the website’s footer mentions that payments can be made using PayPal, this is not true. At the final stage of the checkout process, I discovered that payments can only be made using cards. The option to pay via PayPal is missing.
The Contact Us page provides the following information:
Address: 18051 sw 153ct ,Miami,Florida,33187,US
The address is quite obviously fake as it of a residence. The phone number is likely to be fake too and the email ID is a free account and not a professional one. These tactics are commonly used by Chinese scam websites to mislead customers into believing they are ordering from a local business.
I could not find any customer reviews of Junkum online. If you want to share your review of this website, you can do so in the comments below or on my social media pages.
It seems tremendously likely that Junkum and the 98 similar sites may all be scams operating from China. The website is being operated anonymously since April 2022 and the website’s entire content has been copied from legitimate businesses. The same text can be found on 98 other websites, all of which may be related scams.
The product listings appear to have been copied from Izabel London. Even though it is a women’s clothing store, the website randomly contains a section for musical instruments. The website provides no company information and the option to pay by PayPal is not available even though it is advertised. The strangest thing is that customers are not allowed to spend more than $119 on the website, possibly to avoid detection by fraud-prevention systems.
Junkum has no social media presence and the contact information provided is fake. The address is of a random residence and the phone number probably does not work. A free email ID has been provided for support. No customer reviews could be found online.
It is advisable to avoid shopping on Junkum or any of the 98 similar websites as there are high chances that you will not receive your order or might get counterfeit products.
If you think that you have been scammed by any of these sites, you can contact your bank 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 based in the USA.
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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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