Is MintyMocha Fake or Real?
Why Is Mintymocha Likely Fake?
MintyMocha is a website that claims to be selling all sorts of items such as beauty products, home and garden products, kitchenware, kids products, health products and more.
The items on the website look like unbranded Chinese goods and many of them involve questionable health claims. I found that the same products can be found on AliExpress for 1/10th of the price that MintyMocha is offering. Therefore, it is either a dropshipping operation or an outright scam (Spoilers: It looks like a scam).
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 27th January 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 that is being operated anonymously.
The website is extremely low-quality as it contains blurry images and almost no content apart from the product listings. Important pages such as About Us and Contact Us are missing.
The following text can be found on the home page:
MintyMocha is a global E-Commerce Retailer with a network of Distribution Centers in various regions across North America, Europe & Asia.
All items listed are designed in-house or sourced from various small businesses across the globe, with the utmost attention to quality.
We understand that everyone has different hobbies & interests, which is why we’re committed to delivering products that are as unique as you are!
This text is not original and the same can be found on at least 149 other websites, all of which may be scams. The list of sites is given at the end of the article.
An IP address analysis of these sites shows that 133 out of 147 (90.5%) websites checked have shared or neighbouring IP addresses. MintyMocha itself shares an IP address with 20 other websites. The inference from this analysis is that these websites are part of an organized network of online stores create created by the same owners.
There is some reason to believe that MintyMocha might be a Chinese website, as multiple pages on the website contain a Chinese address, supposedly of MintyMocha’s Compliance Officer.
On the Terms of Service page, there is an attempt by MintyMocha to masquerade as an American website, but it fails horribly. This is because the ‘governing laws’ statement in a ToS policy usually only contains the name of a country.
However, in the case of MintyMocha, there is an entire address given there. For reference, the address given is ‘858 HWY 51 beverly hills California US 90210.’
This address was found to be fake and is also being used on multiple websites, many of which are illegal online pharmacies. This also shows that MintyMocha is not a professionally-run operation.
Though no social media profiles are mentioned on the website, I found that MintyMocha has 25 Facebook pages. These pages are being used to advertise on Facebook and Instagram as at least 14 of these are Advertiser accounts.
The page information shows that they are operated from Philippines, USA and Canada, but these locations are likely to be a deception.
From my experience reviewing websites like MintyMocha and being familiar with this modus operandi, I can say with a high level of certainty that MintyMocha is likely to be part of a Chinese scam network.
The only contact information given on the website is an email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). This email address was found to be working when tested but it is meaningless as we will see in the next section.
There are several reviews for MintyMocha available on TrustPilot and not a single one of them is positive. Most of the customers have stated that they never received their orders even after waiting for a couple of months. One customer has said that they waited two months and received just a single item despite ordering six.
They also seem to have received fake tracking information. Customer support seems to be non-existent as reviewers have stated that they received one or two automated replies followed by silence.
It is quite obvious that MintyMocha and the related 149 websites may all be scams. It is a new website created in January 2021 that is being operated anonymously. As per my analysis, it actually seems to be part of a Chinese scam network of fake online stores.
The items sold on the site are unbranded Chinese products that are being sold at ten times the prices compared to AliExpress. The website is extremely low-quality and contains no information about the company running it.
The website has no original content as the same products can be found on numerous other sites. Identical text is being used by 149 other websites, all of which may be scams. All except a few of these sites have shared IP addresses, implying that they are operated by the same owners.
There is a fake California address given on the website as well as a Chinese address which is unverifiable. MintyMocha has created 25 Facebook pages and at least 14 of these pages have been used to advertise on Facebook and Instagram. This is a hallmark of a Chinese scam network as no genuine brand will create 25 pages on the same platform and advertise from 14 different pages.
All the reviews for MintyMocha that can be found online are negative. Most of the customers have written that they never received their orders and received no replies to their inquiries. They were also given fake tracking numbers. One customer received one item from an order of six items, that too after a wait of two months.
It is advisable to avoid shopping on MintyMocha or any of the 149 related stores, as there are strong indications that they may be scams.
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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
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