How to deal with scammers?

Started by aliceria, Mar 31, 2023, 07:39 AM

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Hello everyone. Lately, I was on the lookout for a camera lens and while browsing Google's search results (specifically in the ad section), an intriguing offer caught my eye.

Upon visiting the website, I was taken aback. was advertising lenses at prices 1.5 - 2 times cheaper than the average market rate. Additionally, they requested full payment upfront and exclusively accepted bank transfers. Naturally, this raised concerns. To gather more information, I checked the domain registration details via whois and discovered that it was only registered on March 5, 2022.

Subsequently, I stumbled upon, which had a strikingly similar design. Furthermore, it contained reviews from seemingly satisfied customers. The logical deduction here is whether these are scammers? And if so, should something be done to safeguard people against deception?


One wise rule advises against hastily parting with your money. It emphasizes the importance of receiving the goods first and then proceeding with payment. Your actions align with this principle, and it's commendable.
Unfortunately, as long as there are dishonest individuals, commonly referred to as "burdocks," there will always be fraudsters operating.

Regarding the topic, it is crucial to remain vigilant and exercise caution when engaging in financial transactions.


There exists a wise proverb that goes, "A miser pays twice!" Hence, it is best to let them go on their way. If they have managed to frighten away potential customers, then they are undeserving of them.

If you genuinely desire affordable yet high-quality products, platforms like and can be considered. However, even on these platforms, it is crucial to assess the sellers' ratings in order to ensure the desired level of quality.


As long as the Internet remains an unregulated realm, it will persist in its current state. Nowadays, we encounter similar issues not only on "left-wing sites," but also receive a plethora of dubious content through our mailboxes.

ever-evolving landscape of the digital world presents new challenges when it comes to ensuring the safety and integrity of online platforms. Efforts to establish regulations and enforce accountability are essential in fostering a secure and trustworthy online environment for all users.


The fact that was recently registered and offers significantly cheaper prices compared to the market average, combined with their request for full payment upfront via bank transfer, does raise suspicions. Similarly, the strikingly similar design and customer reviews on could indicate a potential scam.

To safeguard against deception, it is recommended to follow some best practices:

1. Research the company: Look for reviews or experiences shared by other customers. Check their reputation on reliable platforms, such as trusted review websites or online communities specializing in camera equipment.

2. Secure payment methods: Use secure payment options that offer protection, such as credit cards or reputable third-party payment services like PayPal. Avoid using bank transfers or sending money directly to unknown entities.

3. Contact the company: Reach out to the company directly to inquire about their products, payment methods, and any concerns you may have. Legitimate businesses should be responsive and provide satisfactory answers.

4. Trust your instincts: If something feels off or too good to be true, it's better to err on the side of caution and explore alternative options.

If you believe you have encountered a scam or suspicious website, it's important to report it to the appropriate authorities or consumer protection agencies in your country. They can investigate and take necessary action to safeguard others from falling victim to deceptive practices.