Fake ".ren" Online Stores
The fake stores lure potential victims to them by advertising on social media with ridiculously low prices that are too good to be true. Once the potential victims place an order, their money will be taken from their accounts but they will never receive their orders. And, if the fake stores are contacted, the scammers operating them delay the victims from opening a dispute with their banks to recover their money, by claiming their order are on the way when they were never shipped.
In some cases, the tracking number given to the victims are fakes. In other cases, the victims are given tracking numbers from other legitimate stores that show the orders were delivered, but those numbers have nothing to do with the fake stores, and the scammers never sent their victims' orders.
And, if the victims open a dispute with PayPal or their banks, the financial institutions may believe the victims are lying because the tracking numbers show the orders were delivered. Yes, the orders were delivered, but the tracking numbers have nothing to do with the orders made at the fake or fraudulent stores.
This is just another trick currently being used by scammers deceived financial institutions into preventing victims from getting back their money when they open disputes against the fake stores. But, this should not stop victims from opening disputes with their bank. They should provide their banks with as much proof as possible. Most banks are aware of some of the fake stores and their merchants, and will quickly refund victims once a dispute is open.
Before shopping at a ".ren" store, research it first. Or, send an email to email@example.com asking them to verify the authenticity of the store. This will save you money or prevent you from going through the stress of opening a dispute to get back your money.
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