MY ‘DYSON’ WAS A CHEAP FAN FROM CHINA
CERYS TRAYLOR bought what she thought was a Dyson hairdryer in August last year after spotting a good deal on Facebook.
The hairdryer, which usually retails at £300, was being advertised for just £50.
Cerys, 28, says she was suspicious about the price but thought there was no harm in clicking through to the website to find out more. The site looked official and was heavily branded with the Dyson logo.
A number of glowing reviews were featured on the site, which she now believes to be fake. Cerys, who works in marketing, was also reassured by the fact she could pay using her PayPal account. PayPal’s buyer protection covers customers in the event the item does not arrive or is not as described.
Six weeks later a package arrived from China containing not a hairdryer but a USB fan.
There was no delivery note or receipt so Cerys reported the matter to PayPal, which, fortunately, refunded her a few weeks later.
The website disappeared but Cerys found
other customers online who had been scammed in a similar way
She says: ‘I like to think I’m savvy, but I was had. I see adverts on Facebook for similar sites all the time. The other day I saw an advert for cashmere joggers for $9 (£7). There is no way they were real. There are going to be loads of fake deals like this ahead of Christmas.’
Cerys, from Yate, South Gloucestershire, says she now sticks to brands she knows, uses secure websites and pays via PayPal.