While flipping through channels in Telegram, I came across an advertisement for a site that offers iPhone 15 with delivery from Dubai at a low price and with a 22% refund of the purchase amount. The site was made professionally, but after careful study, there was no doubt that it was a scam.
The guys sell a variety of Apple equipment, including the entire iPhone 15 line, at prices ranging from 99,990 to 199,990 rubles, which is about 25% cheaper than in Russian retail. But the biggest drawback is a cashback of 22% of the cost of the product; supposedly, this is a VAT refund, which can be issued since the device was sold in the UAE but taken out of the country. True, a quick search for information showed that VAT in the UAE is much lower – only 5%.
The site was registered only in September of this year, and there are no reviews about it on the Internet. At the same time, in the “About the Company” section, it is stated that the store has been operating for seven years and imports Apple, Samsung, Sony, Dyson, DJI and Harman Kardon equipment from the UAE. The website contains contacts and details of the current legal entity. Still, it is unlikely that this organization is related to this store since its types of activities do not include the import of goods and retail trade in electronics.
What also raises suspicion is that it is impossible to purchase on the site; it is proposed to send money for the goods by transfer to the card of a private person (supposedly the general director of the store). The contract was also drawn up with humour: if the buyer delays payment, he is obliged to pay a penalty of 1%, regardless of the term; if the seller delays delivery of the goods by at least one day, he is obliged to pay 100% of the cost of the goods, and if the delay exceeds a month, then another 100% of the cost of the goods for each day. It is very profitable; if the purchase takes a very long time, you can become a millionaire.
The store has a public page on VK, but the people listed there as sales managers have not logged into the social network for several months. The public also contains addresses where this company’s retail outlets are supposedly located, but if you look at 2GIS, it turns out that, in fact, they are not there.
The creators of the site offer several options for how you can part with money: with cash on delivery, you need to make an advance payment of 20%, the rest upon receipt, and with full advance payment, there is a 15% discount or 22% cashback. There is also a loan with murky conditions: the agreement is drawn up not by the bank but by the store itself. You need to make a 20% down payment and provide copies of two documents (passport and something else).