Online Electronics Store
Is Tutonce Fake or Real?
Why Is Tutonce Fake?
Tutonce is an online store that claims to sell various electronic items for personal and home use. The product ‘Bone Conduction Earphones’ is featured prominently on the home page.
I found that the images being used to portray the product are of the AfterShokz Aeropex with the brand name removed. Therefore, it seems that Tutonce might be selling counterfeit products using deceptive images.
The rest of the content on the website looks like it has been copied too. The About Us page contains the following text:
Have you had a passion so deep that you couldn’t help but do something about it?
This same text is being used by at least 255 websites and Facebook pages, all of which may be scams. I analyzed the IP addresses of the websites and found that 131 out of 160 (81.8%) websites in the list have shared or neighbouring IP addresses. This means that all the websites are operated by the same owners. The list of stores using this content is given at the end of the article.
The original source of the text seems to be a website called InspireUplift.
The website has a Track Order feature, but it doesn’t look like it actually functions. There is no validation, such as character limit, for the tracking number and clicking on ‘Track’ does absolutely nothing.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 4th June 2020 in Guangdong, China. The registrant’s details such as name and contact details have not been provided.
Even though the domain name has been registered in China, the website gives the impression that Tutonce is run by a company based in the UK.
The contact details given on the website are an email ID, address and phone number. All the details seem to be fake due to the following reasons:
- The email ID was found to not be working when tested
- The phone number has no information available on TrueCaller
- The company address is incomplete as it is a street address. The company ‘Vankin Company Limited’ itself seems to be a shell incorporation that has a Chinese national as the Director.
Tutonce does not seem to have a social media presence. There are no reviews available for Tutonce either, which is quite surprising for a website that is over six months old.
It seems extremely likely that Tutonce and the related 255 online stores may all be scams. The content on the website, including text and images, seems to be copied from other websites.
The About Us page content is being used by at least 255 other websites and Facebook pages. An IP address analysis revealed that nearly 82% of the websites in the list share IP addresses. Therefore, they are all operated by the same company.
Though the domain name has been registered in Guangdong, China, the website is attempting to mislead consumers into believing that Tutonce is run by Vankin Company Limited based in the UK. The company registration information reveals that it was incorporated in September 2019 and the Company Director is a Chinese national. Therefore, it seems that Vankin Company Limited is a shell company operated by Chinese owners.
The contact details such as email ID and phone number seem to be fake. The Track Order feature on the website seems to be non-functioning too. There are no reviews available for the website even after more than six months of operation and there is no social media presence. It is advisable to avoid shopping on Tutonce and the 255 related stores run by Vankin Company Limited, as they are all likely to be scams.
To read about other E-commerce Scams, click here.
List of online stores using the same content as Tutonce:
- blush peach
- branton fitness
- buy without thinking
- fashionic brush
- fettle club
- fluffy jinny
- gadgets simply
- healing vip
- inspiring products
- kitchen hacks 101
- lilith’s place
- our landing crew
- papa bear
- paspac household goods
- passion packet
- shakaraa shop
- smart living
- smarter living
- the bee cave
- the everbloomer
- the genius bright
- the lahaki story
- the magical beauty co.
- the onehous story
- the smarter living story
- trend tent
- trendy selected
- usa discount club
- vanilio general
- vinto shop
- vlarr outlet
- vysta finds
- wander kettle
- world hot seller
- zaplia store
- zesty finds
Remember: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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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