One to watch - avoid the scam

25 February 2011

Bitterwallet has stumbled upon another scam website for you to avoid and warn others about - We were tipped off earlier today about the website, and at first glance it appears to be a professional affair with attractive prices on TVs, projectors and other entertainment products.

Bitterwallet - HomeTVs scam

However, it doesn't take much digging before is revealed to be little more than a scam to take your card details:

• the first warning sign is that the site appears to be a standard template with little or no customisation

• the domain name was only registered in January; scam websites are thrown up quickly and disappear just as fast

• the number given for customer services is dead

• the site claims to have physical stores based around the UK, but there's no evidence of them existing; we spoke to Midsummer Place shopping centre in Milton Keynes - the address given by is the centre's management office.

Avid Bitterwallet reader Inspector Gadget also points out a product description that has been cut and paste from Viking Direct

The site gives a physical address for its headquarters in Harrow; Google Street Maps reveals it to be a residential road. It also claims to be operated by HomeTVs Ltd and gives a company number; Companies House lists a similarly-named HomeTV Ltd with the same company number based at the same address, which was established in 2003. However, we've managed to speak to one of the company directors; we were told that the company is dormant and in fact has never traded, and that is in no way associated with them.

This is exactly the same tactic used by scam before Christmas - that of passing themselves off as a registered company with a similar name to add credibility to their scam.

There plenty of these scams about and they all follow similar patterns to mask their identities and avoid detection. Remember the old adage - if it looks too good to be true, it probably is  - and let others know to avoid the HomeTVs scam.

TOPICS:   Scams


  • Jason
    I don't trust any website that's built in tables; if they're that behind on web standards, then how far behind are they with E-Commerce security.
  • Inspector G.
    Hmmm Clearly the web designers have made use of their Ctrl, V and C keys
  • SimbaK2K
    Those prices are in Euros too, I don't remember the UK joining the Euro, do you?
  • maxtweenie
    The number will ring dead - it's only got 10 digits in it instead of the standard 11, even if they are using one of the 0204 London extension numbers.
  • hippy
    thanks just bought a tv from them as they were pretty cheap :)
  • Skymarshall
    I see a mention of "Extended Service Plan" at the bottom of the page, but no T&C's, and no option to add!?
  • Billy
    Who buys from a .net anyway?

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