Mardilla.com (operated by Bin Estrella GmbH)
Is Mardilla Fake or Real?
Why is Mardilla Fake?
Mardilla is a website that claims to be selling various items such as jeans, dresses, skincare products, automobile supplies and more at low prices. The website is an obvious scam as the images have been stolen from legitimate brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch and the prices are too good to be true. This suggests that Mardilla may be selling counterfeits.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 16th July 2020. The registrant’s details such as name, location and contact details have been hidden using a privacy guard. There are reasons to believe that the site has been active only since 2022 and is operated from China, which I will go into later in the article. Therefore, Mardilla is a new website being run anonymously from a high-risk country.
The domain name was registered in 2020 and the site’s About Us page claims that the site is operating since 2020. However, I could not find any evidence of this. The earliest snapshot of Mardilla in the Wayback Machine is from March 2022 and the site was still a parked domain.
Snapshots from the Wayback Machine show that the site’s design and products have changed multiple times in the span of a year. This is further indication of Mardilla being a scam as no genuine brand would operate in such a manner.
Upon analyzing the site’s content, I found that there are at least 110 similar websites, all of which may be scams. The list of sites is given at the end of the article.
The About Us page states, “We have warehouses in California, USA, UK and Hong Kong.” However, the Terms & Conditions page declares that Mardilla operates as per the laws of Germany. On the same page, the below company details are provided:
Company Name: Bin Estrella GmbH Company Number:064110000
Company Address:Pallaswiesenstraβe 180,64293 Darmstadt’ Germany
Bin Estrella GmbH is a known Chinese shell company that operates an enormous number of fake online stores associated with the Uniqueness Scam Network. Therefore, it is highly probable that Mardilla operates from China and not USA or Germany.
While testing the checkout process, I found that the PayPal account associated with the website is named ‘HX Shop’. This name is not mentioned anywhere on the website and is likely to be used on several websites in the Uniqueness Scam Network.
There are no social media links given on the website. However, Mardilla is being promoted through advertisements on Facebook and Instagram through multiple Facebook pages, some of which have even been banned. At least one of these pages has been hacked and the page ownership details show that they are managed from China.
The Contact Us page of the website carries no contact information except the email ID firstname.lastname@example.org. There are no other details anywhere else on the website either.
I could not find any customer reviews for Mardilla which is another sign that it is a new website, as a legitimate business that has been operating for more than three years would have at least a few reviews.
It is evident that Mardilla and the 110 similar sites are all likely to be scams operated by Chinese cybercriminals under the guise of shell companies such as Bin Estrella GmbH registered Germany.
Mardilla is a new site created anonymously from China that falsely claims to be operating since 2020. The website owners have obscured the site’s Chinese origin and are claiming that it is managed by Bin Estrella GmbH registered in Germany.
All the content on the website is copied and the images have been stolen from popular brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch. It is likely that the site is selling cheap counterfeits made in China. I discovered 110 similar websites which may all be scams operated by the same owners.
There are no social media pages linked on the site but Mardilla is being promoted on Facebook and Instagram using multiple advertiser accounts which include hacked pages. Only an email ID is provided for support and there is no real company information anywhere on the website.
It is advisable to avoid shopping on Mardilla or any of the 110 similar websites 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 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 the USA and Germany.
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
- Report the scam site to web filtering companies.
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