Online Factory Outlet Links
When looking for a factory outlet online, you maybe entering in a keyword in a search engine such as Google or Bing then scrolling through the list of results. In doing so, it’s extremely difficult to know which outlet results are legitimate or not.
Whether it is with intent to beat scam sites or pure co-incidence, many legitimate companies that sell reputable products online will have a link to their Outlet site, if they have one.
For example: Country Road is a well known clothing brand and that has their own main site for their customers. But Country Road also has their own Online Outlet site. To get to this Outlet site, you will be able to find a link to it from their main site.
Only a legitimate Outlet site will be linked to the main site. Naturally scam sites won’t be linked (unless someone has hacked the main site).
Therefore many retail outlets with an oulet site, will link back to their main site to reduce the success of scam sites
Why does Nike have so many scam sites?
In our previous paragraph, we spoke about the importance of a legitimate seller having a link from their main site to their outlet site.
In the case of Nike, they do not have an outlet site. And therefore Nike, on their main site, shows no link.
This is unfortunate, because scammers have taken notice of this, and have flooded the internet with fake “Nike Outlet” sites.
There are some sport stores that legitimately sell Nike sport shoes, however, these stores are not genuinely outlets in terms of getting factory discounts or obsolete stock that cannot be sold. These stores are retail outlets that are selling Nike with a typical mark up. And while they might offer a discount if they are needing to get rid of stock, they aren’t a factory outlet in the traditional sense.
A scam Nike site targets keywords in their content. Often they will display as many Nike products as possible to demonstrate trust. Nike products inherently have attached images, descriptions and pricing. Hence, the more products on display (even if they aren’t in stock or even don’t exist!) may trick the search engine and customers into believing the site is genuine.
NikeOutlet.com.au - Legit or Scam?
It’s not often that a scam site will use an address that ends with a particular country code. The reason being, is that all Australian addresses must be registered with clear owner details. Hence, the risk of being caught and penalised is high, when using an Australian ending webaddress for anything illegal, such as running a scam.
How do we know that this site is a scam?
Design and Layout
There is no Customer Service displayed to contact in the case of returning goods or claiming a refund.
NikeOutletStore.org - Legit or Scam?
This site, leads to a scam games site.
What can I do if I've been scammed?
There are several things that you can do if you have been scammed.
1. Report the fraud to the police. Even though they may not be able to help you much with recovering your money, they will be aware that a scam has occurred.
2. Let your financial institution know. They might be able to recover your funds, depening on your method of payment.
3. Let your family and friends know, so that they can avoid being scammed.
While the above three points may not lead to the recovering of your money (let alone potentially wasting further time and energy), it may help bring attention to the dangers of scam Nike sites, and could prevent others from being scammed.