Online store (Misc. items)
Is Zanylp Fake or Real?
Why Is Zanylp Fake?
Zanylp is a website that claims to sell miscellaneous products such as candlesticks, wreaths and scarves. This website is poorly made and was immediately recognizable as being similar to scam websites I have reviewed earlier.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 2nd July 2020. The registrant’s information such as name and location have been hidden for privacy.
The About Us page of Zanylp contains the following text:
we select our products very carefully in order to meet the demands and needs of our valuable customers.
The same text is being used by at least 30 other websites. The full list is given at the end of the article. I noticed that some of these website names seemed familiar and indeed, they are the same as websites in the RPigsW and Orsele scam networks of 250+ websites.
In fact, some of these websites are copies of each other except for the product categories.
On the footer of the website, Zanylp claims to accept all major credit cards. On the checkout page, it can be seen that they only accept Mastercard.
Zanylp has no social media presence. The Contact Us page of the website contains an email ID, phone number and address. The email ID has been created using a free service (Outlook) and is working.
The phone number carries the area code of Alabama and the phone provider is Bandwidth. It seems to be a VoIP number, which means it can even be operated by someone who is not located in the USA. The name associated with this number is displayed as Miles Jessie in TrueCaller, but this name is not mentioned anywhere on the website. The address provided is of Georgia and not Alabama, and it is a residential address. Therefore, the phone number and address seem to be fake.
There are no reviews available for Zanlylp on websites such as TrustPilot and Scamadviser, probably because it is a relatively new website. However, the reason I decided to review this website is that I received a complaint from a reader.
Tricia got in touch with me with proof that she had ordered an air-conditioner from the website after seeing an ad on Google. A month after placing the order, she received face masks instead of the actual product. Customer service has been unresponsive and she will have to take up the issue with the card company for a refund.
It seems quite obvious that Zanylp is a scam. It has clear connections to a Chinese scam network of 250+ websites. The content such as text and images have been copied from other sources. The contact details except for the email ID all seem to be fake. A customer who placed an order for an air-conditioner received face masks instead. It is advisable to avoid shopping on Zanylp or any of the related websites from the RPigsW and Orsele scam networks, as they all seem to be scams.
List of websites similar to Zanylp
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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