This week I got a readers question. Is the Chinese shopping site RM44.com legit or not. The reader wants to do business with this site. And he asked my opinion. Since I do not trust this site, I used it as a case study of a fake Chinese shopping site.
Update: 99SSX.com is the same scam site!
The steps I used for this site will be useful for you too. Use them when you hit a new site you have no experience with.
1. Check the URL
RM44.com is not a URL people want you to remember. Unless it means something I can remember. Checking this rm44.com I cannot find an explination for rm44. My conclusion is that it can be a temporary URL for another shop name. Or it is a name to hide it’s real content.
2. Check site name and logo
3. Check the company name
RM44 says to be located in Shengzhen like many Chinese shopping sites. The company name is Shenzhen RM Trade Co., Ltd. This is something like New York Trade Inc. or London Trade Ltd. A Google search for this company tells: This name cannot be found.
4. Check the possibility to chat and contact them
RM44 does not have a chat opportunity. Probably they are too small to have a professional chat service or they don’t want to talk to you directly. The contact info gives office hours and an email address and a maximum of 12 hours reply time. This is very good.
5. Products and prices
– Canon 1DX camera (EU price: 6.000 Euro or 8.000 USD) for just 719 USD.
– Apple 15.4 inch MacBook 2.3 Ghz, 16GB RAM (EU price 2.420 Euro or 3.200 USD) for just 484 USD
– And much more premium products like iPhone 5s 64Gb for 169 USD. A Xbox One for 114.80 USD or a Samsung Flatscreen 65 inch 1080P 240Hz for just 509.50 USD.
Do I need to say more? These prices are too good to be true. And you know what it means if something is too good to be true? It isn’t true!
This company promises a delivery within 4-8 days from China! I have never seen this on any other Chinese shopping site and I just don’t believe it either.
7. Secure Payment possibility
So I tried to buy something and see if they have a secured payment environment. Bingo! No secured environment when I need to add my personal info. And no secured environment when I need to pay. This is really bad! Always check if there is a HTTPS:// (check the ‘S’) at the beginning of the URL. There isn’t
8. Payment possibilities
Only Western Union or Bank Deposit. You need to pay first and then send an email with the money transfer number to their customer service manager! Come on! The collect your money first and then you need to ask for you product by email and hope they will send it to you. If they don’t, how will you ever get your money back?
Conclusion: RM44.com is a SCAM
This site fails on many of the criteria above. The prices and the payment environment concludes to me, this site is a scam. Do not buy anything from this site.
These Scam sites benefits from the positive believes online buyers have. You see a good price and thinks: Wow, I need to have this. But you will never get anything but frustrations and a lower bank account. Don’t fall for these sites!
Note to the people from RM44. If you are not a scam shop, respond to the criteria above and prove you have a legit shop. First explain the low prices. Second explain why you do not have a regular payment system like credit cards or Paypal.
Question to you all
I like to give special thanks to Ali for mentioning this site!
Do you have experience with other scam shops? Please let me know. If we get more sites we can create a black list and to prevent other readers from falling for this scam. Please write you experiences down in the comment box below.
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Happy and SAFE!!! Shopping