Online Women’s Footwear Store
Is VolaJoys Fake or Real?
Why Is VolaJoys Likely Fake?
VolaJoys is a website that claims to be selling women’s footwear such as shoes, boots, sandals and more. The images of the products being sold on the website are not unique as the same images can be found on websites such as Pinterest, as well as dozens of dodgy-looking online stores. Some of the products are also available on sites like Amazon at less than half the price.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 28th October 2020 in Hong Kong. The company name has been given as ‘Yiwushi Yunhe Dianzishangwu Youxiangongsi’ and no contact details have been provided.
Though the website is just over two months old, VolaJoys is holding a New Year Sale with products apparently being sold at a 60% off. It is very suspicious for a new and unknown website to be offering such a deep discount.
Apart from the images, the textual content on the website seems to be copied too. The content used on the About Us page can be found on at least 270 online stores which may all be scams. The full list is given at the end of the article.
An IP address analysis of the websites in the list showed that 224 out of 243 (92.1%) websites checked have shared IP addresses. This makes it quite evident that there are several similar websites being operated by the same owners.
While testing the checkout process, I observed that the PayPal account associated with the website is named ‘Xzz co ltd’. This is quite odd and only makes sense if you consider that the same PayPal account is probably being used on multiple websites.
The only contact information provided on the website is an email address. No phone number or addresses are given anywhere on the site. There is not even a return address.
VolaJoys does not seem to have a social media presence. I was not able to find any customer reviews for the website either. However, looking up reviews of VolaJoy’s related website brought up complaints such as delayed delivery, unresponsive customer service and products being delivered in incorrect sizes.
It is advisable to avoid shopping on VolaJoys, as it is quite likely to be a scam. There are several red flags which suggest that VolaJoys may not be a trustworthy online store. Though the website is just over two months old, it is apparently holding a massive sale with products being 60% off. It is unlikely that any genuine store would provide enormous discounts soon after opening.
The content on the website, including pictures and text, is not original. The same images can be found on Pinterest as well as several suspicious-looking online footwear stores. Some of the products are available on Amazon at less than half the price. The text used on the About Us page can also be found on at least 270 other online stores.
An IP address analysis of these websites showed that 92% of them have shared IP addresses. This implies that VolaJoys is just one among numerous websites being operated by the same owners, most of which sell the same products.
The only contact detail given on the website is an email address. VolaJoys does not mention an address or phone number. There is no return address provided either and it is not indicated anywhere that the website is being run from Hong Kong. The PayPal account associated with the website also has a generic name ‘Xzz co ltd’.
Though there are no reviews available for VolaJoys, the ones that could be found for the related websites are exclusively negative. Customers have complained about items not being delivered, products being delivered in the wrong size and customer service not responding to emails. It is advisable to avoid shopping on VolaJoys and the related 270 websites, as there is a high chance that you will receive something other than what you ordered or nothing at all.
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List of websites using the same content as VolaJoys
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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