Online Women’s Clothing Store
Is StyleWe Fake or Real?
Why Is StyleWe Fake?
StyleWe is a website that claims to be selling women’s clothing items such as tops, dresses, sweaters, accessories and more. The website is poorly-made as it is not optimized for smaller screens. However, they do have apps for Android and iOS.
Interestingly, I found that the developer of the iOS app is ChicV International Limited, which is a scam network that I have blogged about previously on Scamadviser.com. Therefore, right from the outset, it seems likely that StyleWe is part of a web of scam websites. The apps created by ChicV International Holding Limited include:
- StyleWe Shopping
- NORACORA Shopping
- INHOMEPI – Online
Noracora is a website that I had found to be part of the Orderplus scam network and is also associated with Mikilinen and Chicyoins. I had assumed that these are separate scam networks, but now it seems that ChicV International is operating multiple small scam networks using alternate company names. This is quite possible as the modus operandi of all are identical, as we shall see further in this article.
According to my earlier findings, the ChicV International scam network consists of at least 243 websites originating from China, pretty much all of which sell the same products. They have tons of complaints against them from customers claiming that they were sent low-quality clothing which are nothing like the images shown.
In order to avail a refund, the company is known to demand that customers ship the products back to China or keep the product and agree to a partial refund. As the shipping costs are often higher than the cost of the products themselves, most people accept a loss and agree to get a small refund, such as 30% of their order amount. StyleWe seems to be operating much on the same lines, as we will see from the reviews.
A domain name lookup of StyleWe shows that it was registered on 20th October 2014. The registrant’s details such as name, location and contact details have been hidden for privacy. Traffic data shows that the website quite active since mid-2016.
The content on the About Us page is also being used by at least 10 other websites. These websites were also found to be selling the same products as StyleWe. Therefore, there is a high possibility that StyleWe and the 10 other websites are part of ChicV International Holding Limited’s network of scam websites. These websites are:
StyleWe has a social media presence on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. The Facebook page information shows that the page has been claimed by a company called Beijing Xike Network Technology Co., Ltd. A majority of the page admins are from China and Macau, which clearly shows that StyleWe is a Chinese operation.
Curiously, there is no mention of StyleWe being operated from China on the website itself. There is no company information or address provided and there is not even a return address. Apart from an email ID, an 877 (toll-free) USA phone number has been given for customer support. Therefore, there seems to be a subtle implication that StyleWe is an American company, even though it clearly is not.
When I went searching for customer reviews of StyleWe, I found that TrustPilot has put up a disclaimer stating that they have found several of the reviews to be fake. This is also in line with the fake TrustPilot reviews I had found for Pearclo. 35% of StyleWe’s 1,063 reviews on TrustPilot are negative, which means it has more than 370 negative reviews. The actual percentage is obviously much higher, as TrustPilot’s algorithms aren’t satisfactorily effective at eliminating fake reviews and some may still remain.
Filtering the negative reviews, I found the same complaints that are associated with ChicV International’s other scam networks. Customers allege that they were deceived using false advertising and delivered products that have no resemblance to the images. The company apparently refuses to give a refund unless the customer ships the items back at their own expense. In a new development, customers have stated that they were not given refunds even after returning the items, as the return addresses they were given turned out to be fake and StyleWe said they never received the returns.
It seems quite obvious that StyleWe might be a scam. It seems to be part of a scam network of more than 240 scam websites operated by ChicV International Holding Limited. StyleWe is operated from China but no indication of this fact has been given on the website. In fact, they have provided a toll-free USA phone number, which may mislead customers into believing that they are placing their order with an American company.
TrustPilot has put up a statement that several of StyleWe’s reviews were found to be fake. The store has close to 400 negative reviews that express the same complaints that are seen across all of ChicV International Ltd’s websites – false advertising, low-quality products, unresponsive customer service, refusal to provide refunds and an unfair Return & Refund Policy.
It is advisable to avoid shopping on StyleWe, as it could be another website created by ChicV International Holding Limited explicitly to scam customers.
Remember: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- Mikilinen.com | Fake or Real?
- The Chicyoins Scam Network
- The Orderplus Scam Network
- Is Pearlclo.com a Scam or Legit? | Website Review (Scamadviser.com)
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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