How can I tell if a website is selling fake jordans?

I went to this website and it seems legit, i have emailed the guy and he has replied every time i send an email and they show a location on the website but how can I be sure they don't sell fake jordans. PLEASE CHECK IT out and tell me if the website is a fake

1 year ago - 4 answers

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While there is no way to guarantee that you are dealing with a legit site, there are "red flags" to look for in a fake sites.

1) Payment options, do they include Western Union, moneygram, paypal and bank transfer? Some scam sites will accept credit cards but most prefer those 4 options which are anonymous for the scammer to pick up the cash and disappear.

Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.

Paypal can only get your money back if there is money left in the scammer's paypal-linked bank account. Scammers know this and will immediately withdrawal your money and disappear. No money in the scammer's paypal-linked bank account means absolutely no possibility of refund for you.

Your bank can only get your money back if there is money left in the scammer's bank account. Scammers know this and will immediately withdrawal the money you transferred. No money in the account means absolutely no possibility of you getting your hard-earned money back.

2) Contact options, is it a free email address such as gmail, hotmail or yahoo? Is it a chat box? Scam sites will rarely list a phone number or street address.

Scammers love to create free email addresses and rarely will use a paid server. Email is easy to ignore and block and free email addresses are easy to open and close completely anonymously. Chat requests are easy to block via ip address.

3) Shipping options, do you actually get to choose the option at check out? Fake sites will frequently say "free shipping" and "tracking numbers emailed" but, if they ship anything at all, will use the post office, cheap, slow and no account number needed.

Fake sites will frequently show icons for UPS, FedEx, DHL and TNT but then at check out will "ship" via EMS, the Chinese post office. If they send a "tracking number" good luck getting it to work on the EMS website. You will need even more luck trying to contact EMS when your tracking stops and your "package" is lost somewhere.

4) The icons at the bottom of the page, are they just copy/pasted pictures or links to actual sites?

Fake sites will often have icons for Verisign, McAfee, Paypal and other companies at the bottom of the home page. Those should be live links to that company's website. Fake sites can't risk linking to real sites so they just use badly copied pictures instead.

Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even partial sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

There are scam busting sites with online lists of the names scammers use, thier email addresses, stock copy/paste emails, paid-for-in-cash cell phone numbers, stolen pictures and fake websites they use. You could start your search at one of those sites.


1 year ago

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go to website for Nike and see if they have a list of internet retailers that sell the real stuff. Many major brands have a list so you can avoid fakes

by Ted - 1 year ago

Nike has a list of authorized dealers:

I would start researching your site with a domain name owner whois look up.
Perhaps 75% of the time a Chinese Counterfeit site is immediately identified, assume there are no legit online Chinese dealers, I believe their prices would have to be higher than local.

The site is a more tricky case, using a paid "privacy" registration proxy to conceal the real owner information, could just be a home based business or a more devious operator. You can see it was created 7 months ago.
Sometimes the reported registrar or name server is an obvious Chinese company.

Generally any site asking for your money with no identifying phone# or address in the Contact Us page is highly suspect. It's oddly showing a map location for Port st Lucie Florida. Looks like he is using a free Google Voice alias phone number. The About link gives email links to fake looking names.

There are no obvious Chinese knockoff footprint, they more typically offer 55% off sort of prices and use more generic templates. Using other tools I can see it's on a cheap shared server with 7800 other sites. This is no major operator, at those near list prices I would go with a major retailer. THet are just too mysterious for my money, no doubt not authorized, if authentic getting some gray market supplies.

One more trick, use the little similar image search Camera icon in Google image search to find other sites using the same photos, I saw just one review? site with that first heel view shot:

Here are some large respected shoe sites: (has free shipping and return shipping) did have some bad publicity after their customer database was hacked. ( Zappos owned clearance store) (shares facilities with Footlocker)

There are forums that are dedicated to sneakers, and can be educational.

A couple of sites that also have walk in stores selling vintage Nike's on consignment (not cheap)

by Jake - 1 year ago

On the knock off Jordan's Jordan's one arm isn't straight down it's way farther up.


by Steve Rogers - 1 year ago