They strike again. From the makers of shootmarket.com – They came and they conquered, scamming hundreds, maybe even thousands of photographers hoping to get a cheap deal with their ridiculously low prices. It seemed like a deal too good to be true. That’s because it was.
The scammers of shootmarket.com made a great deal of money before they were finally taken down, months after I exposed them as a fraudulent online shopping store. It would appear that the fruits of their labour were so beneficial, it was worth putting the effort in for round 3 (yes, round 3 – they were digisys.net before shootmarket).
Behold, justcanon.net rears its ugly head. Again, offering us keen photographers and filmmakers “superb” deals on our next Canon 7D or 5D mark II purchase. They even have a phone number: 020 8133 6717 (which happens to be an answer phone)… and an address, which if you look up on Google street maps, you will find does not exist as a bricks & mortar shop:
Customer Service Department
19 Mandela Street
Actually, Justshops are a legitimate company by the way. That company is a collection of speciality eCommerce stores. The problem is that justcanon.net and justcamcorders.net are falsely associating themselves with Justshops. This company’s stores focus on the pet housing market, including JustCages, JustDogKennels, JustRabbitHutches, JustFishTanks, PetVillas, JustVivariums and JustChickenCoops.
If it were not for the seriousness of the crime, it might have been amusing to JustShops.com that they have just entered the photographic equipment market. To confuse matters even further, the website named Justcanon.com is another legitmate website with a similar name. I feel somewhat sorry for those legitimate sites that the criminals have hijacked to make themselves more credible. Let this be a lesson to other companies, once they secure their web address, it’s a worthwhile investment making a small purchase to secure the .net and .org names too.
Back to the real villans, ‘justcanon.net’ scam site, who state “Just Canon is a registered trademark of Justshops Limited.”. Naturally, JustShops say they have nothing whatsoever to do with them. In fact, they’re horrified that justcanon.net are using the justshops name to swindle hundreds, maybe thousands of online shoppers every day.
Again, I implore you… Review online shops carefully before you part with your money. Heck, I don’t even mind reviewing them for you. Make sure they’re established. Find other shoppers who have successfully shopped with them. Get an impartial review from a respected website. Reviewing them after you have electronically transferred your cash over to them is too late and that is an expensive lesson to learn.
As a fellow photographer and filmmaker, I feel it my duty to keep you folks aware of the danger lurking around online for us. We’re always on the lookout for that elusive bargain and feel the impulse to jump on it and buy immediately in case it disappears – I’ve been there and been close to falling victim myself! These scammers also know photographers are out for a bargain and act impulsively. But when you see a bargain, force yourself to do a full review and evaluation of that website before parting with your money. I only wonder how long it will take to remove this website from the net and how many people will continue to be conned out of thousands in the meantime.
UPDATE: 22 December 2010 – www.justcanons.net is now currently very prevalent on the Google adwords pages (on the run with justcanon.net heavily exposed, they have simply registered a new domain name with a trailing ‘s’ and now pushing that hard).