Online PlayStation Store
Is PlaySporeGame Fake or Real?
Why Is PlaySporeGame Fake?
PlaySporeGame is a website that claims to be selling brand-new Sony PlayStations at unbelievable low prices, including the just-released PlayStation 5. Firstly, the name of the website makes no sense, as it is referencing a 2008 game that was not even released on the PlayStation. It looks like it was chosen for being a cheaply-available domain with ‘Play’ and ‘Game’ in the name.
Secondly, the prices on the website are too good to be true. The Digital Edition of the PS5 is out of stock in most places and officially costs $399. PlaySporeGame is offering the same for $239.95, which just smells of a scam.
The content on PlaySporeGame is lifted directly from the official PlayStation website. The brand name ‘PlaySporeGame’ is mentioned nowhere. Instead, the websites uses the actual PlayStation logo and brand name. I am sure it is violating intellectual property laws by doing so as there is no association between the website and Sony.
The company name mentioned on the Terms & Condition page is dressforsale as well as Official Shop. This same text was used on the website of SwitchOnlines. Therefore, PlaySporeGame looks like another website created by the scammers behind SwtichOnlines.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 26th October 2020 in Nevada, USA. The registrant’s details such as name and contact details have not been provided. The footer of the website states that the website has been active since 2009, which is clearly a lie.
The contact details provided on the website are an email ID, phone number and address. All the information seems to be fake. The email ID is of an inactive website named gameclubs.site and does not work. The address is of a random location in Texas. The phone number was shown to be active in Minnesota and displays the generic name ‘Sale’ in TrueCaller.
PlaySporeGame does not have a social media presence and there are no reviews available.
It seems quite clear that PlaySporeGame is a scam. The prices on the website are unbelievably low. The PlayStation brand name and logo are the intellectual property of Sony but have been plastered all over the website without permission.
The Terms & Conditions page contains text that shows that PlaySporeGame is a related scam of SwitchOnlines. The contact details are all fake and the website is also lying about its age. It is advisable to avoid shopping on PlaySporeGame, as it is not a genuine online store.
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 complaint at the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal
- File a complaint with the payment portal and ask whether the payment can be reversed.
- File a complaint with the Consumer Complaints Forum
- Leave a negative review on review portals such as Scamadviser, TrustPilot, OnlineThreatAlerts and SiteJabber
- Report the website to Google using the Suspicious Site Reporter extension for Chrome
- Give a low rating to the website on Web of Trust. You can also install their extension for the same.
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