Gaming Consoles and Accessories
Is Xiaoshop Space Fake or Real?
Why is Xiaoshop Fake?
Xiaoshop.Space is a website which claims to sell gaming consoles and accessories at highly discounted rates. The website looks highly-suspicious at the first glance itself. There is no information given about the company and the prices are ridiculously low at the time when there is a shortage of consoles. The original prices of the products are listed wrongly and Xiaoshop.Space is offering the consoles roughly $300 – $400 cheaper than reputable online stores. Even the prices of used consoles on Amazon are much higher than those at Xiaoshop.Space.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 1st June 2020 in Fujian, China. The name of the registrant has not been provided.
The website has a generic design and the logo simply says ‘Gameplay’. A google image search of the logo revealed a network of 17 identical websites, including Xiaoshop.Space:
The contact details provided by Xiaoshop.Space are an email ID and an address. The email ID to be invalid when checked using MailTester and the address is of a residence. Therefore, the contact information provided is fake.
At this point, honestly, it is not even necessary to look for customer reviews to know that the website is fake. However, they provide the final piece of proof about the scam. I could find only two reviews which are on OnlineThreatAlerts and the customers have said that there were unauthorized transactions on their cards after shopping at Xiaoshop.Space, which makes them victims of phishing.
It is glaringly obvious that Xiaoshop.Space and the 15 other websites in the network are all phishing scams. The prices they are offering are impossible at this current time when global supply chains are disrupted by the pandemic. New consoles are difficult to find and therefore even the prices of used consoles have skyrocketed.
Xiaoshop.Space does not have a brand name, uses a copied website layout and has mentioned the original prices of consoles wrongly. The contact information provided is fake and the user reviews confirm that it is a phishing scam. Shoppers are advised to avoid shopping on any of the 16 websites listed above, including Xiaoshop.Space.
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 ScamAdvisor, 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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