Gadgets & Appliances Store
Is Malivae Fake or Real?
Why Is Malivae Fake?
Malivae is a website that claims to be selling items such as electronic gadgets and kitchenware. The collection of items is quite random.
The images are low-quality and have clearly been lifted from other sites. Malivae is advertising heavily on Facebook and I found that the products being promoted are items currently being crowdfunded on Indiegogo.
These products are not yet publicly available and cost hundreds of dollars, suggesting that Malivae is likely to be selling cheap copies or delivering random garbage.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 18th May 2021. The registrant’s details such as name, location and contact details have been hidden using a paid service. Therefore, it is a new website being operated anonymously.
Not just the images, but the entire text on the website is copied too. The About Us page states the following:
malivae is one of the world’s leading online stores and you have many great reasons to buy from us. We are a fast growing company because we always put the customer first. A customer-centered shopping experience has always been our goal and we pride ourselves in our comprehensive policies that have put is in a realm above and beyond our competitors. Come and pick your favorites~
The same text can be found on at least 142 other websites, all of which may be scams. Many of these sites have previously been found to be a part of the Beimac scam network from China. This scam network is known for false advertising and trapping victims in bait-and-switch scams.
Shout out to Qti.ai’s Scami algorithm for helping me find some of these sites. The full list is given at the end of the article.
An IP address analysis of these sites reveals that 137 out of 143 (95.8%) websites analyzed have shared or neighbouring IP addresses. The overlap in the content and server information provides an extremely strong indication that all these sites are operated by the same owners.
The same page also contains the below information of a Chinese company. However, I don’t have a way to verify whether the details are accurate or if the company even exists.
COMPANY NAME:Yiwu City, Zhejiang Province Xiazhe Electronic Commerce Co., Ltd.
COMPANY ADDRESS:China (Zhejiang) Pilot Free Trade Zone, 4th Floor, No. 2, Building 8, Fuxinghouchen Village, Beiyuan Street, Yiwu City, Jinhua City
Oddly enough, there is a hint of Malivae being operated under a Chinese-owned UK-shell company much like other sites in the Beimac Company scam network.
The ‘Governing Law’ in the Terms and Conditions page states, ‘These Terms of Service and any separate agreements whereby we provide you Services shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of United Kingdom.’
This makes no sense when the About Us page plainly says that the site is owned by a Chinese company.
There are no social media pages mentioned on Malivae’s website. However, I found it to be engaging in the same shady advertising practices as other sites created by Chinese scam networks.
There are multiple pages created on the same day. These pages have no followers and have been set up solely to advertise on Facebook and Instagram.
No reviews for Malivae could be found but it is not surprising considering that it is a new website. If you want to share your review of this site, please do so on my social media pages or in the comments below.
The only contact method provided is an email ID. It is never a good sign when there is only one way to contact a company, especially if it is email as the response time can be very long. Beimac Company sites are also infamous for their terrible customer service, especially their refusal to provide full refunds.
It is also interesting to note that the Chinese company information mentioned on the About Us page is not repeated here.
It seems highly likely that Malivae and the 142 related pages are all part of the Beimac Company scam network from China. The sites in this network are known for running misleading ads on social media and sending inferior goods.
They also steal images from sources such as Indigogo campaigns. The advertised products aren’t even released yet and cost hundreds of dollars more than Malivae’s prices. Customers will most probably receive inferior copies or worthless garbage.
Malivae is a new website created in May 2021 and is being operated anonymously. The About Us page clearly shows that it is run from China, which is a high-risk country for online scams.
The website’s content and IP address information reveal that Malivae and the related sites are part of the Beimac Company scam networks. These sites falsely claim to be run from the UK but are actually fake online stores operated from China. Malivae’s Terms and Conditions page too states that it is ‘governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of United Kingdom.’
Malivae is spending a lot for advertising on Facebook and Instagram. Further, it is using multiple new pages for this purpose which is something that no legitimate brand does.
It is advisable to avoid shopping on Malivae or any of the 142 related websites as customers who order from these sites are enormously likely to get scammed.
If you feel that you have been scammed by any of these sites, you can report them to Shopify for abuse.
Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
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List of websites using the same content as Malivae
Additional websites found by Qti.ai’s Scami
Remember: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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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