Fake Masterbuilt Store
Is Usmasterbuit Fake or Real?
Why is Usmasterbuit Fake?
Usmasterbuit (usmasterbuit.com) is a website that claims to be selling grills, smokers and fryers of the Masterbuilt brand. However, Usmasterbuit is a bogus website with no relation to the actual brand. This is obvious when you compare the prices on Usmasterbuit with those on Masterbuilt’s real website masterbuilt.com.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 11th July April 2022 from China. The registrant’s details are incomplete and refer to a company located in Beijing which may or may not be real. However, it is clear that Usmasterbuit is a new website that is being operated anonymously from a high-risk country.
All the content on the website is copied from various websites. For example, the entire About Us page has been plagiarized from Nelly.com. Upon analyzing the website content, I found that the same text can be found on at least 33 other websites, all of which are likely to be scams. The list of sites is given at the end of the article.
While reading the FAQs page of the site, I noticed that it contains the email ID ‘email@example.com’ which is of a completely different website. This hints that Usmasterbuit is possibly just one website among a large number of scam sites created by organized cybercriminals from China. The page also falsely mentions that PayPal is accepted on the website even though in reality they only accept credit cards.
While testing the checkout process, I found that the cart system is completely fake as ‘random discounts’ are applied even though the prices are already unbelievably low.
I discovered that the purpose of Usmasterbuit.com is most probably to phish for credit card details. This is because users are made to enter their card information on the site itself instead of redirecting to a secure gateway. Further, there is always an error message displayed which states that the payment could not be processed which seems like an attempt to make users enter the details of multiple cards.
There are no links to social media pages on Usmasterbuit’s website. The Contact Us Page contains a completely fake USA address as no such location exists. There is also a contact form on the page which does not function because the captcha account has been suspended. Therefore, the form can never be submitted.
I could not find any customer reviews for Usmasterbuit 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 seems obvious that Usmasterbuit and the 33 related sites may all be fake websites created explicitly to steal credit card details of online shoppers. The website is being operated anonymously from China since July 2022 and the images of products have been stolen from Masterbuilt’s website.
The entire website’s content has been copied and the same text can be found on at least 33 other websites, all of which are likely to be scams. The cart system on the website is completely fake and the purpose of the website seems to be to phish for the credit card details of customers. Even though Usmasterbuit claims to support PayPal payments, this is not the case. Only credit cards are accepted and payment never successfully go though, prompting customers to try multiple cards.
It is advisable to avoid shopping on Usmasterbuit or any of the 33 related websites as there are high chances that you will end up with unauthorized charges on your credit card.
If you think that you have been scammed by any of these sites, you can contact your bank to report that your credit card details may have been phished. They will block unauthorized payments and issue a new card if necessary.
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 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.
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