I got baited to a scam, and fed them my credit card details.
Everything happened so fast, I’m happy that I somehow began digging as soon as I hit the “Process Order” Button. However, it might be too late.
In our family, I’m the only one who holds the credit card, however, it is per our agreement that we will not charge anything there that we both do not authorize. We usually pay our mobile phone and internet bills there, and also use it for installment purchases for appliances.
Anyway, I got a message from my wife that she will be ordering a few kitchen equipment online. She sent me the link, and told me to log-in in her account and check out the cart. The price seemed good, and I processed the transaction.
However, as soon as I hit “Submit,” the skeptic in me kicked my butt.
“Check the seller,” it said.
The site in question is kitchenaidu.com (I ain’t linking it here, and I do not suggest you visit it, either). A quick google sent me to this site:
Apparently, it’s a fraudulent website, and I got screwed over.
Is it really fake? Well… further digging landed me this:
- The domain name is very recent (less than 6 months)
- The creation of the domain name is rather recent
- Short life expectancy domain
Ok, so, the website is very recent. Not a good sign. A shopping website created less than 4 months ago is too new and potentially suspicious. Maybe it’s a new site? Then something in the contacts section caught my attention:
That e-mail address in the Contact Us Section looks bad. Why bad? Well, it points to a different website.
I checked out the website, and it is a women’s clothing store. I checked out the “reviews” via the same scam checking sites, and this one got more red flags and comments. It is even linked to another website called notanice.com – which uses the same service[number]@manyhnice.com e-mail address. Both of them have very negative and scam-related reviews.
I knew that “sale” was suspicious.
Upon seeing this, I was in panic mode.
I don’t think they will be delivering us any equipment, I doubt we will be getting what we ordered, either, but what I was even more worried about is that my credit card details has been compromised. While it was good that I gave them the credit card that I rarely use, I now have to contact my bank. I tried to cancel my order, but there did not seem to be any way to do so on their platform. The instruction said I should e-mail their customer support. I did send an e-mail, but I don’t think that e-mail address is a valid one.
I would have to raise my defenses for this one. I expect an incoming attack.
I sent an e-mail, a private message via twitter and also a direct message via twitter to our bank about this. I got a reply from the DM that suggests I call their hotline and get my card blocked immediately.
I will do so once I get home, and hopefully get this ordeal behind me.
It is not yet over, and frankly, it is very frustrating.
Who would have thought that one slip-up would be this troublesome?
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