Gadgets & Electronics Store
Is Leoneqe Fake or Real?
Why Is Leoneqe Fake?
Leoneqe is a low-quality Shopify store that claims to sell gadgets, electronics and home improvement products. The items on the site look like unbranded Chinese goods of questionable quality.
The prices of some of these products are not too far off from competitors. However, a lot of the prices look too good to be true, which is often the most obvious sign of a scam.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 2nd September 2020. The registrant’s details such as name, location and email address have been hidden using a paid service. Therefore, it is a relatively new website that is being operated anonymously.
The About Us page of the website contains the following text:
Welcome to Leoneqe!
We aim to offer our customers a variety of the latest gadgets and cool stuff on the market. We’ve come a long way, so we know exactly which direction to take when supplying you with high quality yet budget-friendly products. We offer all of this while providing excellent customer service and friendly support.
We always keep an eye on the latest trends and put our customers’ wishes first. That is why we have satisfied customers all over the world.
The interests of our customers are always the top priority for us, so we hope you will enjoy our products as much as we enjoy making them available to you.
You can reach us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
This text is not original and the same can be found on at least 253 other websites, all of which may be scams. The list is given at the end of the article. The page also gives the email ID of a different site called looyuer.com which redirects back to leoneqe.com.
An IP address analysis of these sites shows that 240 out of 251 (95.6%) sites analyzed have shared or neighbouring IP addresses. This means that all these websites have been created by the same owners. Therefore, it seems that Leoneqe is part of an organized network of scam websites.
Upon looking at these sites more closely, it is apparent that Leoneqe is a cloned website. For example, a side-by-side comparison of Leoneqe and another site called Vuntimez shows that they are identical in almost every aspect.
Vuntimez is a redirect of another site called Vstarstore that has abysmal reviews on TrustPilot. It has a rating of 1.1 based on 156 reviews with almost all of them being 1-star.
Customers have complained that money was deducted from their accounts but they never received order confirmations or the packages. Their customer support requests also went unanswered.
Leoneqe’s website does not provide any real company information. There is no company name, address or phone number given anywhere on the site. There is not even a return address.
The checkout page also displays a banner declaring that Leoneqe accepts PayPal but this is not actually the case. The only payment method accepted on the website is credit card.
This is sort of a good thing as credit cards have a chargeback facility in case you get scammed. Nonetheless, Leoneqe is lying about accepting payments through PayPal.
There are no links to social media pages given on the website. However, I found that Leoneqe has three separate Facebook pages and is running ads through one of them.
The page information shows that they are being operated from Malaysia and the USA. This information seems to be false as all these pages have a phone number ‘+86 153 3538 1994’.
As +86 is the country code of China, this is a strong indication that Leoneqe and the related sites are part of a Chinese scam network
There are no contact details on the website itself except for the email ID of Looyuer. Though it was found to be working, it is quite likely that no one will respond to inquiries.
It is quite obvious that Leoneqe and the related 253 websites may all be scams. There are several signs suggesting that they are part of a Chinese scam network.
The website is relatively new as it was created in September 2020 and is being operated anonymously. The prices of some of the products are much lower than competitors, which often signals a scam.
The content on the website is not original as the text on the About Us page can also be found on at least 253 websites. An IP address analysis of these sites suggests that they are all likely to be created by the same owners.
Many of these sites are exact clones and also redirect to each other. These sites have terrible reviews and it looks as if not a single customer has received their order. The few reviews available for Leoneqe are similar to the reviews of the other sites.
The website has a banner saying that PayPal is accepted, but this is blatantly false as the only available payment method is credit card.
Leoneqe has three separate Facebook pages and is advertising on Facebook and Instagram. These pages have a Chinese phone number, suggesting that Leoneqe and the related website are operated from China.
It is advisable to avoid shopping on Leoneqe or any of the 253 related stores, as the chances of them being scams are incredibly high.
I strongly advise readers to exercise utmost caution if you are thinking of ordering something you saw in an ad on Facebook and Instagram. Sites like Leoneqe spend heavily for advertising on these platforms.
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
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