VipMedz.com claims to be one of the most “trusted” and “convenient” online gateways to medicine. The site also claims to offer the “lowest prices with the highest quality” helping its customers “save time and money.” This pharmacy displays all the common characteristics shared by rogue pharmacies. Below is a complete review of this online store.
|Date of Registration||2019-01-26|
|Name of Organisation||Vip Medz|
|Licenses, Certificates and Approvals|
|LegitScript||not in the base|
|Toll-Number||+61 (0) 0000000|
|Live Chat Option||no|
Shinjiru Technology Sdn Bhd registered this domain on the 26th of January 2019. Shinjiru Technology updated it on the 24th of June 2019. It is not uncommon to find young but legitimate websites. However, short lifespans are more common among fraudulent websites. They open up fast and close just as fast. The site owner has gone to great lengths to hide his identity using a paid service. The age of the site and the hidden identity of the site owner should cause you concern.
Alexa has very little data as far as this pharmacy website is concerned. This may mean they are new in the market or are just beginning. ScamAnalyze suspects that this website is Indian. ScamAdviser suspects that this website shares a server with multiple other sites we were unable to identify. From these two analyses, we can plausibly say that this website is involved in online fraud.
There are legal approvals that a pharmacy is required to have. Organizations such as CIPA, LegitScript, NAPB, and pharmacy checker give these approvals. Investigations into their website reveal that the site lacks any regulatory badge. There is no proof offered to show that this website is regulated in the US, UK, Canada, or the European Union. The company is not registered or regulated by any professional body. This is a strong indication that this online pharmacy is a rogue operation.
Like many other suspicious websites, the main product this pharmacy sells is men’s performance drugs. They attempt to cloak their true intentions by offering eye drops, sleeping pills, and pain relief drugs. They do not require you as the patient to have any prescription before purchasing a drug from them. The source of their medicine cannot be verified. While they claim to be “100% authentic and genuine”, it is quite difficult to believe, especially since the company guarantees this itself. They have no partnerships with registered pharmacies and are not affiliated directly with pharmaceutical companies. This makes us assume that their drugs are either generic or counterfeit and are unsafe for use.
This pharmacy claims to offer medicine at the lowest market prices. We sampled several OTC product prices and found that the drugstore sells their drugs at three to five times their retail price. This practice is both illegal and unethical in many countries. This exposes the website as a profiteering scheme. The owners of this site are exploiting their customers by selling possibly dangerous drugs at exorbitant prices.
Payment and Shipping
This pharmacy accepts MasterCard, Visa, AMEX, and Discover cards. The website does not have an SSL. This makes it unsecured. We strongly recommend against making any transactions with this website. The website offers to ship via regular and express mail. Regular mail cannot be tracked. However, express mail delivery can be monitored and controlled from within the customer’s account. Even though this pharmacy claims to use regular and express mail to deliver your medicine, we cannot independently verify that they will.
The first problem this pharmacy website faces is poor trust ratings. An analysis by ScamAdviser shows that:
❋ The website owner is hiding their identity using a paid service
❋ Multiple websites use the site server
❋ The website failed speed tests
❋ The website does not have an SSL certificate
❋ Three countries are involved in the site’s set up
The second problem this site has is a lack of social proof. The site is roughly six months old but has one review on the TrustPilot website. The ScamAnalyze website gives this website a 1% trust rating, citing a poor google ranking, an unsecured domain and a nonexistent social media presence as the reasons.
This review is a death sentence to a damned website. VipMedz.com is probably one of the worst presentations of a rogue pharmacy. It has weak social proof, lacks legitimacy, and sells counterfeit drugs. It is not a regulated pharmacy anywhere on the globe.
Based on these findings, we give this store a trust level of 25%.