As we count the weeks before the holiday shopping season begins, most of us have already begun preparing our Christmas wish list (and bracing our wallets in the process) for that very special LEGO set that we’re eyeing on for so long. We naturally love LEGO, and because we know that our LEGO collection is varied only as far as our budget will allow us, it is only normal that we take advantage of any promotions or discounts that either LEGO (through Double or Triple VIP points) or other legitimate online selling platforms such as Amazon are offering. However, this also means that unscrupulous individuals will also be equally aggressive in trying to scam you for your hard-earned cash, and they will do so in very clever and ingenious means. Such as the case of these fake LEGO shopping websites that were brought to our attention by concerned LEGO community member Hoth Bricks.
According to their report, there are now a handful of fake LEGO shopping websites that actively seek to deceive LEGO fans into buying from their site. Their site is even made to look very much the same as that of shop.LEGO.com, with its layout and design closely resembling the real thing. Take a look at this screenshot from legovipclub.com.
This site offers outrageously low prices that will make you spill your coffee out of excitement. However, as other LEGO fans will attest, some of their orders (and after paying in the process) never arrived on their doorsteps. Worse, even if a particular set does arrive, what they eventually received was a fake, Lepin set – this is raw, shameless, marketing deception at the highest levels. Online, they peddle their items as genuine LEGO sets complete with lifted official images and product descriptions, and will even advertise on social media sites like Facebook just to land a sale.
Other than the legovipclub, other sites to watch out for are legoeu.com, legoengland.com, or legoca.com. The general rule of thumb is, if the advert or offer is too-good-to-be-true then it is exactly what is: a dubious scam that you better avoid. Remember to shop only at legitimate sites like shop.LEGO.com and Amazon. Yes, authentic LEGO sets may be hard on the wallet, but an excellent and well-made toy that will last for a lifetime is without a doubt, a worthy investment.
Thanks once again to Hoth Bricks for alerting us about these fake LEGO shopping websites. Be safe and stay tuned here on the Brick Show for more LEGO news and updates.