I’ve recently spotted a new type of fraud Chinese sellers on AliExpress seem to be doing. At first I didn’t pay attention to it, but as more and more things were wrong, I kept an eye on delivery and dispute deadlines.
What these scammers are doing is they seem to harvest existing tracking numbers that happen to go to same country as yours and try to fool buyers their package is on the way where in reality, it’s a package meant for someone else. So, if you follow the tracking number, it looks like everything is in order and you’re waiting for the package and in the end someone else picks it up who originally received the tracking number for their actual package.
People spotted this when tracking number was saying the package was delivered and they never received anything. It can also be spotted if tracking number status claims package is waiting at the delivery service depot because it couldn’t be delivered and it’s located in entirely different region that never delivers to you. And that was in my case. I noticed shit is for real when delivery depot was several regions away from me and I never got the stuff from that one. Never. Of course, at that point there was already tons of buyers posting negative comments how seller is a fraud and how they weren’t getting stuff even though tracking information said otherwise. In my case, seller had the audacity to dispute the refund by plastering that bullshit tracking number and claiming “uh oh the package is still on the way”.
What sucks is that you can’t know for sure. Especially if the seller is new with not many reviews/ratings and AliExpress is full of them. Cheap items that should cost way more are sometimes a dead giveaway, but I had cases where I got products worth 6x more for ridiculously cheap. And I actually got that item without any issues. Only thing you can do is pay attention to deadlines for delivery and buyer protection and make sure you don’t miss it. Also pay attention to what sorting center in your country is processing it. If it’s far away from where it should be and you never ever received stuff from those regions, act upon it immediately by filling a dispute.
What’s annoying is that I contacted our import customs center and asked if tracking number is actually being delivered to my address and they never even responded after more than 1 week. Thanks, you’re as useless as ever. They only respond instantly when you need to pay taxes and customs fees.
So, pay attention and keep an eye on the stuff you’ve ordered so you don’t lose your money to these scammers.