When looking for discounts on popular brands, shoppers may come across websites like “Superdrug Sale Outlet” offering deals that seem too good to be true. But are these outlets legitimate or scams?
I investigated the site Superdrug.outletsuk.co that claims to sell Superdrug products at heavily discounted prices. What I uncovered shows why you should think twice before handing over your credit card.
Suspicious Domain History Points to Possible Scam
The first red flag with any website is examining its domain registration history and ownership details. Using Whois.com, I looked up the domain outletsuk.co to reveal:
- Domain registered on November 30, 2023 – less than 1 month old
- Registered in China
- Domain registrant details are hidden
The fact that this domain was so recently registered and hides the true owner’s identity are common warning signs of a scam website set up quickly to take advantage of shoppers. Legitimate businesses have no reason to obscure this info.
Scam sites also often register their domains in China or other countries with loose regulations to avoid accountability.
So already there’s valid reasons to be suspicious simply from the domain itself before even examining the site.
Fake Trust Signals Try to Establish Credibility
Next I examined the Superdrug Sale Outlet site itself for more clues. Scam websites focused on tricking users often try to build false credibility using fake reviews, certifications, contact pages, etc.
And this site uses exactly those tactics:
- Fake 5-star Trustpilot review widget
- Shows security seals like Norton and McAfee when clicked (not real protection)
- Generic About Us and Contact pages with no real info
The 5-star Trustpilot reviews are completely fabricated. I checked on Trustpilot’s site and there are no reviews at all for this outlet. This is a popular scam technique – fake widgets only show reviews to users who don’t click through to read them.
The security seals are also illustrative of typical scam behavior to overcompensate on trust signals. These seals don’t signify any real HTTPS encryption or vetting from Norton/McAfee. The outlet simply copied logos that look official.
So why do they bother with things like Contact pages at all if it’s a scam? Two reasons:
- To maintain the facade of being a legitimate business
- Because many sites blacklist purely anonymous domains, so including things like Contact forms increases the chances of avoiding detection
In summary, Superdrug Sale Outlet exhibits all the signs I’d expect from a scam website focused on tricking users quickly for financial gain. But it could still possibly sell legitimate products…let’s analyze further.
No Proof Site Actually Sells Real Superdrug Products
Okay, just because a website looks sketchy doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t send real products if someone orders. Next I tried to find any evidence that this site has access to authentic Superdrug inventory at discount wholesale prices.
- Superdrug’s website
- Articles/press releases
- Superdrug’s Facebook/social accounts
And found no mention anywhere of this outlet website as an authorized partner or distributor.
I also asked on Superdrug’s Facebook page if they could confirm the legitimacy of Superdrug.outletsuk.co and they replied it has no affiliation and they don’t validate third-party outlets.
Furthermore, scanning the actual products for sale shows:
- Prices suspiciously low (up to 70% off)
- Identical item titles/descriptions as AliExpress dropshipping sites
- Stock photos used on multiple sites
For example, one product image on their site also appeared on 6 other random retail sites found on Google Image Search. Scammers steal photos in bulk like this.
And browsing the womens clothing section clearly shows items you’d find on AliExpress, not a major British pharmacy chain like Superdrug.
So put simply:
- No evidence the website operators can access real Superdrug products
- No reason Superdrug would allow this level of discounting on their products
- Strong indicators the store sells cheap dropshipped items from China
Without solid proof, prudent shoppers should assume this site has no special access to Superdrug inventory.
Customers Report Non Delivery, Fake Tracking, and Zero Customer Support
The final step in determining if a questionable website will actually deliver goods is checking buyer experiences.
I searched Google, TrustPilot, Reddit, review sites, Facebook, and other sources for any customer feedback on Superdrug.outletsuk.co.
And immediately found multiple negative reviews reporting:
- Items never arrived and zero seller follow up
- Fake shipping notifications with invalid carriers and tracking numbers
- Complete lack of communication after payment processed
These are clear indications the business has no intent to actually deliver the products displayed online. Everything points to a scam store focused purely on pocketing payments rather than shipping real goods.
And checking scam reporting sites reveals this strategy:
Once a batch of negative reviews/complaints appears for one scam domain, the criminals simply let it go inactive and open a new site to start the process over. This makes the outlets impossible to hold accountable.
So after collecting probably thousands in fraudulent payments, Superdrug.outletsuk.co will likely soon shut down without warning and resurface as another seemingly-legitimate site.
Don’t Be Fooled – How to Spot These Scams From a Mile Away
After extensively researching this “Superdrug Sale Outlet”, my investigation concludes it shows all signals of being a scam website:
- Suspicious domain history
- Fakes trust badges, widgets, text content
- Sells unrealistic deals unlikely to be real
- Rampant complaints of non-delivery and lack of customer service
Unfortunately, this type of model is extremely prolific because it nets big profits from duped buyers lured in by the low prices. Scammers exploit the reality we all want to believe we found an amazing deal.
The temptation can certainly be strong to place an order “just in case” it’s legit.
But don’t give these criminals the benefit of doubt. Their entire business is built on taking advantage of trusting consumers.
Protect yourself by learning the patterns:
🛑 Domain – Recently registered, hides owner info, uses privacy service
🛑 Too Good to Be True Pricing – Claims unusually large discounts unlikely for that brand
🛑 Scarcity/Urgency – Countdown timer, limited quantities, other psychological tricks that prey on fear of missing out
🛑 No Proof – No evidence on brand’s site or press releases verifying it as an authorized distributor or partner
🛑 Reviews – Negative reports of wrong/missing items and zero seller communication
Whenever you spot multiple of these signals together, don’t waste any time and close the site immediately. It will save you a lesson in fraud prevention down the road.
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