While many webshops out there are legitimate, scammers still find ways to circumvene rules and use the infinite advantages of the Internet rip off customers. Most webshops are reliable and are compliant with the Global Code of Conduct. Unfortunately, this does not apply to all webshops.
As an international trust mark, it is our duty to provide consumers with a safe customer journey. Informing consumers of the reliability of webshops is only one side of the coin. The other side is ensuring their basic consumer rights. One of the main perils of the Internet are fake webshops. Ensuring consumers are shopping safely is one of our main goals/is our main ideology, and in order to keep on striving towards higher consumer protection, we are providing a list of fraudulent webshops. Such webshops are known for appropriating trust marks on their website, so as to appear reliable and legitimate in the eyes of consumers. However, simply displaying a logo is not enough to ensure a webshops is trustworthy. As a consumer, we advise you to always click on the logo itself to check if the webshop really exists in the registry of the Safe.Shop trust mark, or in other words - is listed on the Safe.Shop website as a certified webshop.
How to protect yourself?
Most reliable webshops have adequate refund policies and give customers the ability to complain or even start a dispute that will be fairly handled. Both of these items are part of the Global Code of Conduct of Safe.Shop. Be wary in case you notice a discrepancy in the refund/return policy on websites not certified by Safe.Shop and a lack of a legitimate place where to file a complaint.
Another red flag to look out for are the payment methods. The only trusted payment methods are the secured ones, usually indicated by an easily recognisable names of providers (e.g. PayPal).
The webshops below have been reported by local authorities as potential fraudulent webshops.