The website showcased above — "www-thesmartdollus-com" — is consistently flagged as fraudulent. They deceptively offer Smart Dolls for under 100 USD. Many victims have sought my advice, and although some have recovered their money through chargebacks, the site's ulterior motive is clear: capturing your personal and financial information.
Anticipating chargebacks is part of their strategy. By the time you take action, they've already harvested your details, and there's potential malware exposure for your device. To ensure everyone's safety, I've deliberately refrained from making the link clickable. We investigated the site using a sandboxed device used for QC purposes to ensure our systems remain uncompromised.
A whois domain investigation shows that the website is registered in China. To clarify, we neither produce nor ship from China. Our Smart Dolls are handmade and shipped from Tokyo.
For those who've made a purchase on the scam website:
Help spread the word about this scam, but for security reasons, refrain from circulating the direct link to the scam site.
Always prioritize safety and awareness. If you suspect a loved one, like a parent, guardian, or partner, might consider buying you a Smart Doll, promptly warn them about this scam. Direct them only to our verified retailers:
We may have limited control over scam websites, but we can certainly warn others about their risks. They're not just targeting a one-time $100 – their ambitions are much broader. Remember, if a $100 Smart Doll deal sounds too good to be true, it's because it is.
This is just one example of an individual who believed they had purchased a doll from our site. However, upon reaching out to us about the status of their order, we couldn't find any record of it. They then shared screenshots that indicated they had paid 95 USD for a doll, and it was supposedly being shipped from China. To clarify, we neither price our dolls at 95 USD nor have any production activities in China.
While we sympathize with those who fall victim to such scams, we cannot assume responsibility for purchases made outside our official channels. What we can offer, though, is guidance on potentially recovering their funds and safeguarding their personal and financial details from further misuse.