With E-Commerce business growing everyday in India, there are always players who would like to lure people in with unbelievable deals. We being Indians are always ready to jump on money-saving deals without giving it a second thought. Its only later we realize that, we should have acted smarter. Here is an example of a possible SCAM that you should be aware of.
I got a call this evening from a representative of ShopIt4Me.com letting me know that I am among the lucky 5 individuals who stand a chance to win a Volkswagen POLO car. I continued with the conversation with the intention of understand where this was heading. The caller claimed that I had a chance of wining assured prizes which included diamonds worth Rs.50,000, a LCD TV and a scratch card which further assured amazing prizes. While the caller was going ga-ga over the offer, I was waiting for him to come to the point. The point being that inorder to register myself for this amazing offer, I will have to pay Rs.39,999/- only! Sounds unbelievable? Well its true. On further probing what this fees was meant for, I was told it was regarding registration and insurance of the products that they will be sending me. I made them email me the details before I can tell them my decision.
The email from their representative is attached below. I am sure a lot of you would be thinking how can anyone fall for such a scheme, but unfortunately there have been quite a few victims. One Google search for the term ‘Shopit4me.com Scam’ turns up the following results:
There are more results. There is a possibility that on paying the kind of registration fees they are demanding, you will get the products (not the car obviously). But ask yourself, did you really need those things in first place. Also, is it really worth the money you paid? At the end of the day, these guys are doing business and nobody does it on a loss. The simple mantra in life should be that ‘Nothing Comes for Free’ and stay away from any ‘Get rich fast’ schemes.
I hope this post makes sense to people and helps others from falling victim to such offers! If you have had such an experience with ShopIt4me and would like to share, please do so in the comment area. Representatives of the establishment, please do not reach out to me or pose as someone else in the comment section. Everything is moderated here.
Note - This blog post does not comment on the site’s core business i.e. e-commerce. But this kind of contest does raise questions to that as well.
Here’s the email now:
!! Greetings For the Day!!
We are Pleased to inform you about our
New Scratch your Luck Contest.In this contest, we are offering you 7 Assured prizes like Home Theater, LCD,LED,Discount Coupon & many more.
Above all, you will get the entry in our Volkswagen Polo Contest that will be held on 31st March 2013.
Please find the attachment having Terms & conditions for the contest.
Mention below is your product details:
As you have shown your interest in our New Offer.In this offer you are
getting mentioned below items.
Natural Diamond worth rupees 50000/- and AOC LCD (32 INCH) at only 39999/-
Offer value is 39999/-
After the transfers your product will deliver at your doorstep withing
7 working days.
Please give your acknowledgment for processing your order.
For any other clarifications, you can contact our customer service:
Timings: 10:00AM to 6:00PM