Is Somnub Fake or Real?
Why is Somnub Fake?
Somnub is a website that claims to be selling home electronics and bed covers at low prices. The website is an obvious scam as there are hidden product listings for items that aren’t available for purchase. For example, Somnub is advertising a ‘Steel Drum Rotating Toolbox’ for $29.99 on Facebook. However, the images and videos are of an unreleased product called ‘The Ultimate Toolbox’ that is still in pre-order and costs more than £1,199 (~$1,385). This is the first indication that Somnub is likely to be a Chinese scam and not a genuine business.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that somnub.com was registered on 30th September 2022 from China. The registrant’s name, location and contact details have not been provided. Therefore, Somnub is a new website being run anonymously from a high-risk country.
Upon analyzing the website’s content, I discovered that the text on the About Us page has been copied and is used on at least 199 other websites, all of which are likely to be scams. The text also mentions the name of a completely different website called ‘aspecet.com’, hinting that Somnub is likely to be part of a large network of scam websites operated by Chinese scammers.
Despite multiple indications that Somnub is a Chinese operation, the T&C page states that the site operates as per the laws of Germany. The following company details have been provided:
Company Name: Bin Estrella GmbH
Company Address:Pallaswiesenstraβe 180,64293 Darmstadt’ Germany
The same company details can be found on several other websites, reinforcing that there are numerous websites related to Somnub that appear to be part of a scam network. When I looked up the ownership information of ‘Bin Estrella GmbH’, I found that the company was registered in 2016 and the owner has a Chinese-sounding name. Therefore, this company may possibly be a shell incorporation created to launder the proceeds of scams from Europe to China.
While testing the checkout process, I found that Somnub has limited the number of items per purchase to 2. A shipping charge of $9,999,999 is automatically applied when a third item is added. A new and unknown website actively discouraging customers from buying more is incredibly strange. It is likely to be a tactic to avoid fraud detection by credit card companies.
It is also noteworthy that the website claims to offer PayPal for payments but only credit cards are accepted when you try to make a purchase. This shows that the site is not run by professionals. The banner shown below also says ‘USA owned and Operated’ which is a lie and a contradiction as Sumnob is pretending to be a German business.
There are no social media pages linked on Somnub’s website. However, I found that there are at least three separate Facebook pages created for it, all of which are shockingly being allowed to run advertisements on Facebook and Instagram. The business information given on these pages is clearly fake as the email ID of a different website called ‘fluttehair.com’ is provided along with a UK phone number.
The Contact Us page of the website also carries the information of Bin Estrella GmbH registered in Germany. The only contact detail for support is the email ID ‘firstname.lastname@example.org‘ which is of a different website.
I could not find any customer reviews for Somnub online. 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 evident that Somnub and the 102 similar sites are all likely to be scams operated by Chinese cybercrime networks, under the guise of Bin Estrella GmbH registered in Germany.
Somnub is a new site created anonymously from China in September 2022. The website owners have obscured the site’s Chinese origin and are claiming that it is managed by a business called Bin Estrella GmbH registered in Germany. However, this company seems to be registered under the name of a Chinese national.
All the content on the website is copied. The product listings have been stolen from genuine brands and it is possible that the site is selling counterfeits as the prices are too low.
Somnub has three separate Facebook pages which are being used for advertising on Facebook and Instagram. Only fake email IDs are provided for support and no real customer reviews are available.
It is advisable to avoid shopping on Somnub or any of the 102 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 Germany.
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.
List of websites seemingly related to Somnub
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