Awe man, here’s another post for scam week! This time I’ll be talking about Benzi Shop. Now unlike AssassinsHoodies, this one is a complete scam. I never received my item from this site and they used very sketchy tactics to seem less suspicious.
Again, this story starts off with a friend telling me about this free Toothless plushie from BenziShop. I should really do my own research, instead of relying on the words of a friend. No offense guys, but that’s the second time I fell for something like this. My fault really, but still not fun.
Now the only catch for the plushie was that we had to pay for shipping. Not bad right? I wasn’t even expecting the plushie to be good quality. I thought the plushie would be a great gift for a friend who LOVES How to Train Your Dragon. I placed the order for one plushie. After the order confirmation interactions, I was given a receipt and shown a google maps image of my address. The site told me to visit the page again to track my order.
A week later, I still didn’t get my shipping confirmation which is odd, but they promised that items would be shipped out in 2-10 days, so I wasn’t too worried. I checked the order page they told me to check and it was still a google maps image of my address. I guess this should have been a red flag to me, but I’m no good with red flags.
Three weeks later, I don’t have the plushie or a shipping confirmation, so I contacted support about it. I got no reply. Three days after, I get an email with a shipping confirmation of the item, but no tracking number. I go to check the order page for where my order is, and the google maps widget is still pointed to my house. At that point in time, I basically felt like this was a scam and did some digging around. At that point of my life, I was taking Computer Networks, so I knew how to investigate into IPs and figure out who own what website. (only if they didn’t get the protection for their URL)
I went on who.is and checked up the information on the website and all those fun things. I used the waybackmachine to figure out how long this site has been active, and it started up around the same time my friend told me about the sale. I had enough evidence to believe I was victim to a scam, therefore, I called up my CC company and disputed the order. I got the money back, and it’s been 3 months now and the plushie is still not here.
It’s safe to say that it’ll never be coming. Also, the toothless plushie goes on sale all the time as a daily freebie. Don’t bother ordering from this site.
Have you heard of Benzi Shop? If so, have you ordered anything on there as well? What are your experiences?