Do you want to buy a bicycle or e-bike online? Then beware of the many fake shops. How to recognize them.
Beware of fake bike shops – this is how you protect yourself.
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It’s getting warmer again and cycling is becoming more popular again. If you need a new bike or e-bike, you look around the internet, but there are many fake bike shops out there trying to trick consumers. The Austrian consumer advocates from Watchlist Internet are currently warning of these often very professional fake shops and are giving tips on how consumers can identify dubious providers.
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Motaza.shop, nemino.net or vandeyk-sport.com are mentioned as examples of such often elaborately designed and professional-looking fake shops. Such and similar fake shops often try to attract customers with Google advertising. They promise e-bikes and bicycles at comparatively low prices, but no delivery takes place after ordering and payment.
How to recognize fake bike shops on the internet
The following tips should help to identify dubious bicycle shops on the Internet:
fell in? You should do that immediately!
Consumers who have been taken in by a fake shop and have ordered a bike in advance but have not received it should act quickly. The same applies if you find out after placing your order and paying in advance that you have been taken in by a scam. Consumer advocates recommend contacting your own bank immediately. The sooner the bank is contacted, the higher the probability of getting your money back. However, the chances of success with advance payments are low.
In any case, a police report should be filed against the fake shop. In Germany, for example, you can report this via this website.