macisled.com (operated by the Uniqueness Scam Network)
Fake Online Store
Is Macisled Fake or Real?
Why is Macisled Fake?
Macisled is a website that claims to be selling a random assortment of mass-produced Chinese items at low prices. The prices on the website seem to be random as the same products are much cheaper on sites like Temu.
There are multiple indications that Macisled is part of the Uniqueness Scam Network of fake shopping sites created by organized Chinese cybercriminals.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that macisled.com was registered on 6th October 2022. The registrant’s details such as name, location and contact details have been hidden using a privacy guard. However, there are multiple reasons to believe that the site is operated from China, which are revealed later in the article. Therefore, it is a relatively new website being run anonymously from a high-risk country.
When I checked the About Us page, I found that it suspiciously mentions the name of a completely different website called hopesgifts.com. Further, the page contains the same text as websites associated with the Uniqueness Scam Network and upon analyzing the content, I found that there are at least 289 similar active websites, all of which are likely to be scams. The list of websites is given at the end of the article.
When I visited hopesgifts.com, I found that the About Us page once again contains the same text as Macisled, as well as name of a completely different website called demiyeti.com. In addition, the Contact Us page provides the email ID of a different website called sierely.com. The company information is missing too.
This is a clear sign that Macisled, Hopesgifts, Demiyeti and Sierely are likely to be related scam websites operated by the same group of scammers.
There are no company details given anywhere on Macisled’s website. When I checked the Terms of Service page, I found that it falsely mentions that the site operates as per UK laws, even though it is apparent that Macisled is likely to be a Chinese website.
While testing the checkout process, I discovered that a random PayPal account named ‘leeh’ is being used for collecting payments. The account is likely to be used on other websites operated by the same scammers too.
Though the website does not link to any social media profiles, I found that Macisled has a Facebook page operated from China which is being used for running advertisements on Facebook and Instagram. At the time of publishing this article, Macisled has 210 Sponsored posts active on Meta’s platforms.
There are no contact details given on the website except the email ID email@example.com which is also mentioned on hopesgifts.com. Sites run by the Uniqueness cybercriminals have a poor reputation for customer service and therefore the email ID is practically useless, if it even works.
A USA address is also provided which is fake as no such location exists. It is also nonsensical as the Terms of Service state that Macisled operates as per UK laws.
I could not find any customer reviews for Macisled online. As the site seems to be operated by the Uniqueness Scam Network, customers can expect false advertising, products being shipped from China, late or no delivery, poor customer service and refusal to provide refunds.
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It is quite obvious that Macisled and the 293 similar sites including Hopesgifts, Demiyeti and Sierely are likely to be scams operated by Chinese cybercrime networks.
Macisled is a new site created anonymously in October 2022. The prices seem to be random and there are signs that it is operated by organized Chinese cybercriminals. The website content is copied and the same text has been found on thousands of fake online stores which have been confirmed to be scams. I found that there are at least 289 active websites using the same content as Macisled and are likely to be operated by the same fraudsters.
No social media pages are linked on the website even though I found that there exists a Facebook page for Macisled operated from China running 210 Sponsored posts on Meta’s platforms.
Despite the multiple indications that Macisled is run from China, the site falsely claims that it operates under UK laws and a fake USA address has been provided to deceive customers.. There is no way to contact Macisled after making a purchase and the site contains no company information. No customer reviews for Macisled could be found online either.
It is advisable to avoid shopping on Macisled or any of the 293 similar sites including Hopesgifts, Demiyeti and Sierely 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 PayPal or 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 located in UK and USA.
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, URLVoid, 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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