Should I trust this site?


WildCowboy

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Jan 20, 2005
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It has all the hallmarks of a scam.

Due to problems with fraud from credit cards and PayPal, they only accept Western Union and e-Gold. At least they're taking steps to make sure they're the only ones doing the defrauding. :rolleyes:
 

G5power

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Feb 25, 2005
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It sure doesn't look like the site has been registered for very long.

Registrant:
WhoisProtector Inc. (demideo.com)
550 Burrard Street, Suite 200
Vancouver, BC V6C 2B5
Canada

Registrar: DomainPeople, Inc.

Domain Name: demideo.com
Created on .............Fri Jun 08 08:29:02 2007
Expires on .............Sun Jun 08 08:29:02 2008
Record last updated on .Fri Jun 08 08:29:19 2007
Status .................LOCK

How about the method of payment they accept:

What methods of payment are accepted? Why do you not accept Credit Cards or PayPal?
Due to excessive loss caused by fraudulent use of credit cards and PayPal, We have temporarily stopped accepting those methods of payment.
Therefore, at this time we are only accepting Western Union Wire Transfer and E-gold for new customers, and returning customers have an option to pay by direct Bank Transfer.

Also found this part interesting:
Do you guarantee that no duty will be paid in the destination country?
Yes, we do. Demideo will pay all applicable sales tax for you. There are absolutely no hidden fees on your order.
 

jczubach

macrumors 6502
May 15, 2007
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northwest
Looking for a canon HV20, I've got $776 to spend, I ran across this. Would you guys say it's legit, or scam?
Well if it is a scam they're doing it right. Located in one of the higher end buildings in downtown Vancouver. Googled their address and another internet based co. is based out of the same office, likely more. Have you tried the Better Business Bureau? THey might know a thing or two. cheers.
 

blueicedj

macrumors 6502
Jul 11, 2007
270
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I wouldn't trust it right off the bat...looks iffy to me and my website screener *tells me which sites are bad and which ones are good* hasn't ever ran tests on this site *which is rare*...so I'd be Wary.
 

WildCowboy

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Well if it is a scam they're doing it right. Located in one of the higher end buildings in downtown Vancouver.
That's the address for DomainPeople, the registrar. Demideo has used WhoisProtector to hide their own identity.

Demideo claim to be located in Italy, registered in Gibralter, have their domain registered in Canada, and their phone number is in Connecticut. Right. :rolleyes:
 

Italchef

macrumors 6502
Nov 3, 2003
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Maple, Ontario
You should check out the thread at the top of this page about fraudulent retailers. Even though its not a Mac site, it seems to have all the hallmarks of a scam. I always warn people that there are no deals on Macs and the same thing applies here; if this seems too good to be true, it isn't.


Mick
 

CanadaRAM

macrumors G5
Here are some imagined corrections to those statements:

What methods of payment are accepted? Why do you not accept Credit Cards or PayPal?
Due to excessive loss caused by fraudulent use of credit cards and PayPal, We have temporarily stopped accepting those methods of payment.
Therefore, at this time we are only accepting Western Union Wire Transfer and E-gold for new customers, and returning customers have an option to pay by direct Bank Transfer.
"Due to the fact that we don't qualify for a Visa merchant account and even Paypal won't touch us with a 10 foot pole, at this time we are only accepting non-revokable, non-stoppable and non-traceable payment methods where we get your money and no questions are asked."

Do you guarantee that no duty will be paid in the destination country?
Yes, we do. We will pay all applicable sales tax for you. There are absolutely no hidden fees on your order.
"Yes we do, we have the power to suspend the Customs and Tax laws of your country and admit our products tax and duty free. Sure. Actually we can guarantee there will be no tax or duty because we will never send any goods. Simple."