Fake Online Store
Are Markitop & Rotimia Fake or Real?
Why are Markitop & Rotimia Fake?
Markitop.top is a website that claims to be selling mass-produced Chinese clothing at discounts. The website looks like another scam shop set up under the Uniqueness Scam Network of Chinese shopping scam websites. For example, the images on the website are edited and do not show the real clothing items that customers can expect to receive.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 15th November 2021 from Guangdong, China. The domain is registered under the name of Helen Zeng which seems to be a fake name as it is mentioned nowhere else. Therefore, Markitop is a relatively new website being run anonymously from a high-risk country.
ScamAdviser found that the website designuhome.com redirects to markitop.top, confirming that there are other websites related to Markitop.
One of the first things I noticed upon visiting markitop.top is that the main banner contained the name of a completely different website called Rotimia. When I visited rotimia.com, I saw it is similar to Markitop seems to be a related scam.
The About Us page contains the same text as websites in the Uniqueness Scam Network and upon analyzing the content, I found that there are at least 252 similar websites, all of which are likely to be scams. The list of websites is given at the end of the article.
Rotimia was also confirmed to be a Chinese website as per the Facebook page information.
However, the website falsely states that it operates as per the laws of Ireland and the below information of Oclolli Limited registered in Ireland are provided:
108, Cube Building, Monahan Road, Cork, Cork, T12 FI1XY, Republic of Ireland
Oclolli Limited has previously been found to be associated with the Uniqueness Scam Network and the customer reviews of Rotimia confirm that it is a bait-and-switch scam. Customers have voiced the same complaints that Uniqueness websites are notorious for, including false advertising, products being shipped from China, late or no delivery, poor customer service and refusal to provide refunds.
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The About Us page of Markitop also states that it is a Chinese website. It also mentions that the site was created in 2018 which is a blatant lie.
When I checked the Intellectual Property Rights page of Markitop, I found the email ID email@example.com which has been found to be associated with websites in the Uniqueness Scam Network.
Even though it is clear that Markitop is a Chinese website, the T&C page falsely states that the site operates as per the laws of the Ireland. The following company details of Sharisha Limited registered in Ireland have been provided on the same page:
227, Bldg 1000, City Gate, Mahon, Cork, T12 W7CV, Republic of Ireland
The page also contains another indication of Markitop being a Chinese website, as there is a link left behind accidentally which leads to a Chinese Facebook Business Manager account named 1115-Duofeng Trading.
These signs suggest that Sharisha Limited may be a Chinese shell company registered in Ireland to transfer funds to China, as I have observed previously with companies such as Fadel-Beatty Limited.
When I looked up the company registration information of Sharisha Limited which runs Markitop and Oclolli Limited which runs Rotimia, I discovered that they are virtually the same company:
- Sharisha Limited‘s registration number is 695259 and Oclolli Limited‘s registration number is 695260.
- Both companies were registered on the same day – 12/05/2021
- Both companies have the same registered address (ergo, the addresses given on the websites are fake)
2ND FLOOR, 1-2 VICTORIA BUILDINGS
- Both companies have the same Directors & Secretary:
Name: INTERTRUST MANAGEMENT IRELAND LIMITED
Address: 2ND FLOOR 1-2 VICTORIA BUILDINGS
Date of Birth: June 2007
Name: Xian Long
Address: Room B, Level 13, Zhongke Mansion
No.9 Gaoxinnanyidao, Nanshan District
Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China
Date of Birth: October 1986
Name: Desmond Cahill
Address: 4 Castlepark Road
Sandycove, DUBLIN, Ireland
Date of Birth: August 1959
The Contact Us page of the website carries no information except the email ID firstname.lastname@example.org. There are no other contact details anywhere else on the website either.
I could not find any reviews for Markitop online, which is extremely strange as the site was created in November 2021. However, 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. 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 is apparent that Markitop, Rotimia and the 252 similar sites are all likely to be scams operated by Chinese cybercrime networks under the guise of shell companies such as Sharisha Limited and Oclolli Limited registered in Ireland.
Markitop is a new site created anonymously from China in November 2021. The website owners have obscured the site’s Chinese origin and are claiming that it is managed by an Irish business named Sharisha Limited. Markitop’s website has a mention of Rotimia, which is a related scam site operated by a sister company of Sharisha Ltd named Oclolli Ltd.
All the content on the website is copied and the images are edited. Therefore, they are not accurate representations of the clothing that customers can expect to receive.
Only an email ID is provided for support and customer reviews for Rotimia are overwhelmingly negative. Many customers did not receive their orders at all and the ones who did are disappointed with the quality and customer service. Reviews confirm that the site is selling low-quality clothes made in China.
It is advisable to avoid shopping on Markitop, Rotimia and the 252 similar sites 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 Ireland.
Remember, if it’s 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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