After a month of scamming consumers, Splatt finally disappears
It won't come as any sort of surprise to those avid readers that have followed Bitterwallet over the past fortnight - shortly after 9am this morning, scam retail website Splatt.co disappeared from the internet. Calls to the sales number now reach a recorded message saying the lines are closed.
Simon Daley of Series 3 Graphics - the company that designed the site and claimed to host Splatt's website and databases - was initially vocal on both Hot UK Deals and MSE in defending the site. Daley has since blocked Bitterwallet's email address after our attempts to discuss the matter with him, and continually revised his company's blog to remove claims of hosting the site (the original can be seen here) as well as defamatory material concerning Bitterwallet.
Splatt.co appears to have followed the same pattern as Focus Clothing. As scams go, Focus Clothing could certainly be considered a success; according to the Guardian, the fake clothing website scammed £1 million from consumers in December 2009 and January 2010. The company was operated by a Mohammad Asif from a property in Manchester.
In the past week Bitterwallet has found content that links Splatt and Focus Clothing to another Manchester-based retail business and several other retail websites. We've since notified the Metropolitan Police's Fraud Bureau of our findings. In the meantime, if you or anyone you know has passed on any information or card details to Splatt, contact your card provider immediately.