A website selling TVs and other tech in November’s Black Friday sales wasn’t as it seemed. Here’s what happened when it started demanding bank transfers.
During November’s Black Friday sales, James thought he had found a great TV on offer, one which he’d been after for a while.
He’d found it on gpfintech.uk, a website that he was recommended via a price comparison app. He used his credit card to buy it and received a confirmation email.
But it didn’t take long after that before things became suspicious.
Requesting bank transfers
A second email asked James to to transfer money into a bank account, stating that Black Friday had left it with ‘alot of pending and outstanding payment to clear’.
Fearing a scam, James immediately cancelled his credit card before any money could be taken.
He then received a second email demanding he transferred the outstanding balance, but it used different account details.
It’s vital that, when this happens, you ignore these requests, because it has all the hallmarks of a scam.
The payments backlog claim alone is extremely dubious – modern payment systems are capable of handling lots of simultaneous transactions.
Suspended and taken offline
Many things about GP Fintech don’t add up. Its alleged official company name, ‘GF Tech Ltd’, couldn’t be found on Companies House (there are firms registered with the same or similar names to this and to the trading name of the company, but there’s no suggestion they’re connected with these allegations).
It claims that it launched in 2000, but the website was only registered on 30 August 2019.
A month later, gpfintech.uk was suspended and taken offline by its hosting company after this tip-off.
We contacted GP Fintech/GF Tech Ltd via email and web chat, but it didn’t provide a response to our allegations.
We recommend that you do your research before making purchases, and avoid bank transfers.
Paying for products and services by credit or debit card gives you the best chance of getting your money back if things go wrong.
Have you ever been asked to make a payment by bank transfer after an order has gone through on a website? What happened?