Right now, I feel so stupid and hopeless, I hang my head in shame so much so I am embarrassed to report this to police. 978 GBP may not be lot of money but in my circumstance it could have made a huge difference in my life and honestly to be scammed in such a way..any amount of money is like being punched right into the stomach but not only do you feel the pain but humiliation and the mental downfall. sips alcohol
(I will recover tomorrow after I let it all out today)
Where do I start? First where I met this fella or the idea itself. So in Gumtree I had a contact with this person username ‘James' who was selling his Brand new iPhone 6s plus for very lean price. It screamed scam, it was too good to be true but after missing out on a very good deal in eBay..I was determined to scout and find a good deal after all. Also my plans to open a e-commerce website had given me little room to manoeuvre. Briefly, he tells me "Hi, Really sorry but the iphones sold. Yes I did have the receipt, I actually got it from icoineta.com You could get it there cheaper, use this coupon code: btcsave50 (ends 19th) Its basically half price. “
I was super skeptical of course. The website looked like bootstrapped one hour work maximum and yet they were selling apple products at 10% discount rate and for limited time 40% OFF!! on orders over £899. So, as typical internet citizen would do I started to dig and research into website.
Now this is where I fell for the trap. I googled icoineta, and it brought up list of websites with number of articles that had everything a users would need to trust the website such as reviews, articles in coupon blogs, trust website blog, business website all taking about the offer. Even so much describing how their ‘new business model would save icoineta huge amount of money because they were using bitcoin! and so they could offer 10% discount on all their products! Also the ' btcsave50 ‘ for limited time to offer 40% discount this was for marketing purposes.
Now where did I fall? I fell right when I saw the article on BBC! YES FREAKING BBC!!!!! describing about how this new revolutionary website was going to change the retail industry...FREAKING HELL THEY EVEN HAD THE FOUNDER’s PICTURE!! As I look back it must have been some random founders the start up people would have known... This cannot be fake if its on BCC...I jumped in excitement that I was going to double my investment and could finally have good amount to open my e-commerce website.
And so I ordered 2 iPhone 7 plus for 998 pounds. It seemed a great deal as I met their coupon requirement of spending over £899. My plan was to keep on sell the other and fund for E-commerce website but the delivery will never come and today when I check icoineta.com the website has vanished.
According to documents it was registered in Panama or something similar...Its of course a scam..a web created by these scammers understanding how users nowadays research the net they even created fake websites to trap me in...AND THE BBC website...well now when I go back to history none of the website work but when I look at the domain name....THAT is where I fell. The visual style etc all worked but the domain name was - http://bbc-tech.co.uk/news-1675569/
Scammer’s main website : Icoineta.com
Description from google search : iCoineta.com offers shoppers a way save money when buying Apple products by using Bitcoin. Save 10% off everything i