Polish internet clients lose millions on fake designer shoe web store
Poland saw its largest internet scam to date as clients lost a reported few million zlotys on fake designer shoes, the local media reported, on Nov. 6.
“This the largest scandal on the Polish internet,” TVN24 wrote. “At least a few dozen thousand people, enticed by the attractive price, wanted to buy designer shoes on retrobut.pl,” Polish broadcaster TVN24 wrote on its website. “The shoes turned out to be virtual and a few million real zlotys disappeared.”
The website presented unsuspecting clients with a very good offer for shoes. There were no complaints visible on the net so thousands logged on and ordered and paid for what they believed would be an amazing deal.
The website is reportedly co-owned by Rafal K., who may currently be hiding out in Shanghai. There is no sign of the company at its web listed address.
The website was registered on a German server and according to reports, it will be very difficult for the clients who were scammed to get their money back.
According to media reports, the same individuals who ran the retrobut site may also own 66procent.pl – a fraudulent website which sold clothes on the net.
Photo by Don Hankins.