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    malcolm_X
    tech-centre.eu
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    • 5th Jun 10, 4:39 PM
    tech-centre.eu 5th Jun 10 at 4:39 PM
    Got a referral to these guys from the shopbot (google element)

    has anyone used these guys, I am looking to buy an expensive DSLR camera and the basic price from these guys is low and then further "discounted". Still a tidy sum though...

    Seems to be too good to be true, is it? anyone with experience of these guys?

    their blurb:
    We are a FREE TAX Company (Offshore Corporation), this is why we can practice the most competitive prices for electronics on the Internet. We are an online electronics and gadgets shop retailer with an aim to supply you the best price on the market for online electronics as we do not maintain a physical electronics and gadgets shop with expensive rentals and staff costs, we believe that by operating an online electronics and gadgets shop we are able to pass on the cost savings to our customers.

    any experience?
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  • waypor
    Have been looking for cameras and found a site on google shopping with great prices. uk.digitalbuzz.net.tf after looking who they where i found this forum so i registered to WARN WARN WARN !!!.
    All the addresses are the same as other didgy sites mentioned, I nearly got done but had the sense to check them out.
    They now offer payment by visa & mastercard along with paypoint, ukash etc.

    so please pass this site around uk.digitalbuzz.net.tf & on google shopping its tekcenter.
  • dpac123
    I have just been scammed by this website.
    I like to think I am very internet savvy when it comes to scams but I had a recent personal upset and wasn't thinking straight. And their website does look very genuine.
    Stupidly, I placed two orders. One for my son and one for me.
    I paid for his through PayPoint and mine by BACS.
    No goods turned up and even though they say my order is now cancelled, the monies have not been returned.
    What really annoys me, is:
    1) Paypoint letting them have an account and, even worse
    2) They have a Barclays account with monies being transferred through Earthport plc.
    None of these companies will help getting my money back because I willingly handed it over.
    Earthport said I can get Barclays to apply for a recall but Barclays say they don't have a procedure to do that! Huh?

    Please pass the word around, so no one else gets caught.
    I am continuing with my quest to bring them down by contacting various authorities.
    They don't actually own the domain name Tech-Center.eu, Their real address is: tech-center.eu.l.shopindex.net.tc. Which is Turkish, supplied, I believe by Smartdots.com. I can't contact them either. Emails are bounced.
    Their IP address (emails) however seems to be from different countries - ie USA or Sweden
    This is a copy of part of a message header if any use to anyone technical
    Return-Path: <cssupport@tech-center.com>
    Received: from imp-8.mail.tiscali.it (10.39.115.229) by mail-10.uk.tiscali.com (8.0.023)
    id 4B8392FE1266FAC6 for l.woodward@tiscali.co.uk; Wed, 9 Jun 2010 21:25:16 +0200
    Received: from omr-d32.mx.aol.com ([205.188.249.130])
    by imp-8.mail.tiscali.it with
    id TvRF1e0392pZAEd01vRFo9; Wed, 09 Jun 2010 21:25:16 +0200
    Received: from imo-da03.mx.aol.com (imo-da03.mx.aol.com [205.188.169.201])
    by omr-d32.mx.aol.com (8.14.1/8.14.1) with ESMTP id o59JOagb000529
    for <l.woodward@tiscali.co.uk>; Wed, 9 Jun 2010 15:24:41 -0400
    Received: from cssupport@tech-center.com
    by imo-da03.mx.aol.com (mail_out_v42.9.) id a.e11.9c71b82 (43918)


    They are obtaining money by deception.
    I don't believe their addresses are genuine either.

    Hope this helps others.
    Originally posted by pyrocrafter

    Try putting the London address into google and you'll see several companies registered at the same address. Also the phone no is an 0705 premium rate number. Probably best not to touch with a bargepole!!
  • PhylPho
    I dunno, why would anyone with a single functioning brain cell consider for even a single second making a purchase from a website that is registered to a domain. . .

    . . . in the far-off Indian Ocean comprising. . .

    . . . a few chunks of rock nominally owned by France?

    Jeez.
  • racheee
    I was just about to make a massive purchase on this site and decided to check it out as it seemed just a bit too cheap.
    thank goodness i did!

    i don't know how they are allowed to trade with so many organisations for taking the money.
  • cd36uk
    I was just about to make a massive purchase on this site and decided to check it out as it seemed just a bit too cheap.
    thank goodness i did!

    i don't know how they are allowed to trade with so many organisations for taking the money.
    Originally posted by racheee

    Same here, I just thought I would see what I could find out before I made a purchase...phew thank heavens
  • kirti soni
    Have been looking for cameras and found a site on google shopping with great prices. uk.digitalbuzz.net.tf after looking who they where i found this forum so i registered to WARN WARN WARN !!!.
    All the addresses are the same as other didgy sites mentioned, I nearly got done but had the sense to check them out.
    They now offer payment by visa & mastercard along with paypoint, ukash etc.

    so please pass this site around uk.digitalbuzz.net.tf & on google shopping its tekcenter.
    Originally posted by waypor
    Thank you to all who wrote about this company. Was just fishing around for credit card to make an American Fridge Freezer purchase, been looking for decently priced one for about ages. Thought I would do a quick check for any bad reviews of the company first, phew - so glad I did and so glad you posted all this info
    Sad that I found fridge on Google shopping though - they shouldn't let known con artists list on there.
  • sally1708
    Thank goodness I found this. Just about to buy a lens from the digitalbuzz.net site. The price seemed too good to be true and then the payment methods - visa not currently an available option and no paypal - rang the alarm bells. So disappointed!! But also relieved not to have parted with the money!
    Thanks all who posted above.

    IF IT SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT GENERALLY IS.........
  • Dizzy 1
    Nearly got scammed myself !!! A price to good to be true !!!! And it was . Ordered it looked up places were to get Ukash vouchers , then started to wake up !!! Did a little digging and found this thread and one on AVForum . Advice on that forum suggests there is a warning on the Ukash websight. So definately will not be sending money. Thanks everyone !
  • PhylPho
    Though it's good to know consumers are taking note of Internet alerts, the fact that such alerts have had to be posted in the first place suggests that the scammers have already found many victims.

    Yet the DigitalBuzz website couldn't be more obvious a scam if it emblazoned itself with GET CONNED HERE.

    There is no company address. There is not a word of sense in the 'About Us' section. English is very obviously not the site operators' first language. The domain to which this 'uk' operation is registered is a rocky outpost somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

    C'mon. What more does any consumer need to appreciate that this isn't so much digital buzz as DigitalBuzzards?????
  • Dizzy 1
    I know , I know it has scam written all over it !! I have been shopping successfully for years on the internet . And this is the first time I have I let my guard slip , but fortunately realised before it was too late. Even now though you can do a shopping search on google where this company comes up highlighted on on the first page with a link to its website !!!
  • majuba
    The site appears to have been reborn as xtramag.net.

    When you opt to pay by money transfer / bankers cheque they send you an email requesting the following information:

    Our company actively fights fraud, and identity theft: The internet plague. In order for us to protect our customers and co-workers as well as the general public from scammers and fraud, we need to verify your identity for your initial order.
    In order for us to do that, and approve your initial order process, please provide us with:
    1) a non-expired, unaltered and clear copy of your ID (passport, country ID card, drivers license, etc)
    2) a recent phone bill matching the phone number AND address as registered in your profile
    Note:
    - If a phone bill cannot be provided (ex: prepaid cell phone, or bundled internet service), please submit ANY TWO copies of a recent proof of residency (water bill, electricity bill, gas bill...)
    - The scanned documents must be in pdf or jpg format.


    Also worth noting that all registration and transactions are provided via http (not secure).

    I will not be sending these guys any money!
  • jimmy800000
    Try putting the London address into google and you'll see several companies registered at the same address. Also the phone no is an 0705 premium rate number. Probably best not to touch with a bargepole!!
    Originally posted by dpac123
    Hi everyone the same thing happend to me thought this seems to good to be true so did some checking....they are haveing a laugh MagXtra is fishing a product..................reeeeeel you in
  • Teblin
    I was looking on google shopping for a good deal on the new mobile phone htc desire hd. Found 1 listed at ₤338 from a seller called podornot unrated on a google shopping page.

    When you click this link it goes to xtramag page where its offering a htc desire hd for ₤219 less than half of what they are being sold for atplay.com and kingofgadgets! i thought at nce this must be too good to be true so i did a google search to research this company xtramag and thank god i found this forum.
  • PhylPho
    The site appears to have been reborn as xtramag.net.
    Originally posted by majuba
    Digital Buzz is continuing to trade from its, er, chunk-of-rock-in-Indian-Ocean domain address.

    Xtramag, its sister website, is by contrast registered to a wooden shack on the, um, Turks & Caicos Islands.

    I do wish these dumb scammers would try to be just a little more imaginative: it's getting boring, looking at all their instantly obvious failed attempts to appear credible.
  • DCFC79
    I dunno, why would anyone with a single functioning brain cell consider for even a single second making a purchase from a website that is registered to a domain. . .

    . . . in the far-off Indian Ocean comprising. . .

    . . . a few chunks of rock nominally owned by France?

    Jeez.
    Originally posted by PhylPho
    people just do, if the price looks too good to be true then it is
    #JeSuisCharlie
  • raunak_l
    I was looking on google shopping for a good deal on the new mobile phone htc desire hd. Found 1 listed at ₤338 from a seller called podornot unrated on a google shopping page.

    When you click this link it goes to xtramag page where its offering a htc desire hd for ₤219 less than half of what they are being sold for atplay.com and kingofgadgets! i thought at nce this must be too good to be true so i did a google search to research this company xtramag and thank god i found this forum.
    Originally posted by Teblin
    the same thru google, i ran into this site. a friend and i almost ended up buying desire hd and and an ipad. but this rang loud in my head "If it's too good to be true.....". So my friend suggested calling up or emailing them using the 'contact us' link. funny thing, i got a reply. made it seem legitimate, and the courier options, DHL and FedEx... good work there. the basket all loaded with stuff, i just decided to run a search on google and there it was...... complaints against xtramag....

    so never forget... if its too good to be true.... ha ha

    ron
  • raunak_l
    < Dear customer ,
    Thank you for taking time to e-mail us !
    We are an Online FREE TAX Company (Offshore Corporation), this is why we can practice the most competitive prices for electronics on the Internet. We are an online electronics and gadgets shop retailer with an aim to supply you the best price on the market for online electronics as we do not maintain a physical electronics and gadgets shop with expensive rentals and staff costs, we believe that by operating an online electronics and gadgets shop we are able to pass on the cost savings to our customers.
    Sincerely,
    XtraMag Customer Support>





    -----Original Message-----
    From: Dreaded
    To: XtraMag
    Sent: Tue, Nov 16, 2010 2:36 am
    Subject: Re: :: HTC Desire HD

    So how many people have you duped so far? The site you've made and the effort you've put in....impressive. >

    < Dear customer ,
    Thank you for taking time to e-mail us !

    The model you have chosen comes with the following accessories: USB cable, Battery and charger,manuals and software.All our products are compatible with all conditions and requirements of the EU(UK) market, all are brand new, 100% authentic with international warranty and come in sealed manufacturer boxes including all original factory accessories, manuals and software.
    Sincerely,
    XtraMag Customer Support>

    <
    On 11/15/2010 10:32 PM, XtraMag wrote:
    Dear customer ,
    Thank you for taking time to e-mail us !

    All the products on our site are on stock. If a product is not on stock, than it will not be present on our site.We ship 99% of orders within 2-3 business day after the payment was clarified. The necessary shipping time for your location is 5-7 working days. At the moment we no longer accept Credit Card as a payment method. We apologize for this matter and we are making all efforts to implement it again.
    Sincerely
    XtraMag Customer Support>

    all from different email addresses!!

    let's bring these jerks down!!

    ron





  • PhylPho
    [QUOTE=raunak_l;38571362]< Dear customer , Thank you for taking time to e-mail us ! We are an Online FREE TAX Company (Offshore Corporation), this is why we can practice the most competitive prices for electronics on the Internet. . .


    > We ship 99% of orders within 2-3 business day after the payment was clarified. The necessary shipping time for your location is 5-7 working days. At the moment we no longer accept Credit Card as a payment method. We apologize for this matter and we are making all efforts to implement it again.

    let's bring these jerks down!![/QUOTE]

    They are already. All of these types of enterprise need payment processors to succeed otherwise that hoped-for income won't reach 'em.

    Payment processors may be daft sometimes, but they're not raving bonkers enough to run a merchant account for an outfit operating one business from an Indian Ocean Internet domain and the other, from the Turks & Caicos Islands domain.

    Unable to get credit card payments then, the inevitable resort is to payment lines like the discredited Western Union. (And, in desperation, offer purchasers a discount for going along with that.)

    Both these websites are riddled with the hilariously awful English of Nigerian scammers, although they could equally as well be non-English speakers from anywhere else.

    Frantically trying to look like they're an offshore operation like, say, major players such as play.com and my memory. com, they're nevertheless too thick to get even that right, describing themselves as a "free tax" business instead of tax-free.

    There's absolutely no point in devoting a moment's time to chasing these illiterate morons.

    As for any one falling for their sales pitch, I've no sympathy at all: if they can't even check to see what an Internet domain suffix means, then money must come a darn sight easier to them than it does to the rest of us.
  • Denie
    Hi just been duped by what looks like the same company
    EXPOMAG.eu and expoboutique.com
    Both addresses come up when your on their web page , bought a monitor via PayPoint (UKASH)
    I've alerted the fraud dept and I'm awaiting there reply.
    I have had an email to say goods are in transit, but they cannot give me a parcel tracking number .
    I will post any updates as to whether Pay point do something or my monitor miraculously arrives.
    I will not hold my breath.
  • redwhiteandy
    I've been conned by expomag.eu using ukash as part of their M.O. Ukash have washed their hands of me. Has anyone tried the F.S.A.?
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