Meledo Company Limited
What is the Meledo Company Limited Scam Network?
While researching shopping scams, I have come across numerous ‘scam networks’ of fake websites. Essentially, a ‘scam network’ is a collection of independent websites created by a single entity for the explicit purpose of scamming customers. Scam networks can operate many different kinds of scams – shopping scams, investment scams, phishing and more.
All the shopping scam networks I have come across appear to originate from China and most of them operate under the names of various shell companies registered in countries such as Hong Kong, Cyprus, Germany, the UK and Ireland. One such shell company seems to be Meledo Company Limited which is registered in the UK and has relations to the Uniqueness Scam Network.
- MELEDO COMPANY LIMITED
31 Southampton Row, Greater London, United Kingdom, WC1B SHJ (This is not a returning address)
- Meledo Company Limited
330 High Holborn, Holbren,WC1V 7117, London, United Kingdom (This is not a returning address)
Company Number: 11736866
- Meledo Company Limited
372 Southamptom Row, Great London WC1B, SHJ, United Kingdom (This is not a returning address)
Company Number: 11736866
The above information is usually formatted as an image to hide the company name from search engines. If you see Meledo Company Limited mentioned on the website or on your invoice/statement, there is a high likelihood that you may have fallen for a scam.
Upon analyzing the content, I found that there are hundreds of similar websites using the same content, all which are presumably scams related to Meledo Company Limited and related entities in the Uniqueness Scam Network. The list of sites is given at the end of the article.
There are certainly thousands of more hidden sites similar to these. In the below screenshots, you can see a website apparently operated by Meledo Company Limited using the same text as sites in the Uniqueness Scam Network.
Looking up the provided company information revealed that Meledo Company Limited was registered in the UK in March 2021. Interestingly, the company’s registered address is ‘Southampton Row, 31 Southampton Row, Great London, United Kingdom, Great London, England’ which does not match the address given on many of the websites.
It seems to have relations to scammy shell companies in the Uniqueness Scam Network from China. There are a few hints in the company registration information that Meledo Company Limited is also likely to be a shell company incorporated by Chinese owners, as the company is owned by a Chinese individual.
When I looked up the registered address of Meledo Company Limited, I found that the company’s address may be a virtual address as there are no signs of the company actually being located there. By joining the various dots together, it can be surmised that Meledo Company Limited is likely to be a shell company registered in the UK that is being (mis)used by Chinese organized cybercriminals to launder the proceeds of scams to China.
Meledo Company Limited‘s associated scam sites are promoted mainly through Facebook ads. Each website usually has multiple Facebook pages created for it and they are all used for running advertisements on Facebook and Instagram. The reason for creating multiple pages is to have backups in case a page gets deleted so that ads can continuously keep running. Hacked pages have also been observed running ads for scam websites.
Shockingly, Facebook is unintentionally allowing its users to be defrauded and is indirectly profiting from shopping scams. Ads don’t always get taken down even after being reported and the reporting system itself is a joke because the scammers are able to create new pages with ease to run more ads. Hacked pages have also been observed being used to run scam ads. A more proactive approach needs to be taken by Facebook because whatever systems they have in place are clearly not enough to protect their users from dangerous websites related to Meledo Company Limited.
I found evidence of at least one legal case being filed against Meledo Company. The case was filed in October 2020 by Whirlpool Corporation for patent infringement against a number companies registered in China, UK and Canada. A related company named Middle Bridge Limited which I have warned about in the past is also named as a Defendant. The following information regarding the case was found online:
Whirlpool filed this action on October 28, 2020 seeking relief against the Defendants—among others—for alleged infringement of Whirlpool’s patents through www.morefilter.com, www.mt-flow.com, www.filters-store.com, and www.gpfilter.com, websites purportedly owned/operated by the Defendants.
This action is against eight Defendants named in this case, including YiHangGou Trading Co., Ltd., Middle Bridge Ltd., Ningbo Pureza Technology, LLC, Da Touxiang Technology Co., Ltd., Meledo Company Limited, Mt. Purity, Liam’s Little Shop of Filters, and Chatr Technology, LLC. Whirlpool states it was able to effect service of process on Defendants Middle Bridge Ltd., Ningbo Pureza Technology, LLC, Meledo Company Limited, and Mt. Purity due to the more flexible service laws in the United Kingdom. Whirlpool, however, cannot effect service in the same manner for the Canadian and Chinese entities. Dkt. No. 10 at 3.WHIRLPOOL CORP. V. YIHANGGOU TRADING CO.
Case documents can also be found here: Whirlpool Corporation v. YiHangGou Trading Co., Ltd. et al (Patexia Research)
There are thousands of negative reviews about Meledo Company Limited’s websites and the company itself on sites such as ScamPulse, PayPal, Reddit and more. Common customer complaints include false advertising, products being shipped from China, late or no delivery, poor customer service and refusal to provide refunds.
If you think that any of Meledo Company Limited’s related sites have scammed you, 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 the UK.
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.
List of websites related to Meledo Company Limited
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