You will find many businesses on the Internet (including B2B sites such as Alibaba.com and on eBay) that offer mobile phones, notebook computers and other electronic products are very low prices. You should be aware that many of them are fraudulent. Most fraudulent mobile phone sellers are not actual registered businesses. They have no offices, no warehouses, no accounts. They are just a bunch of guys with cellphones. All names and postal addresses are fake. The whole purpose of the fake companies is to trick people into sending cash or providing credit card details, without ever shipping any products to the customers. The criminals are taking advantage of the fact that there is a serious lack of law enforcement resources targetted at small scale online fraud. If you have lost less than $5,000-10,000 the police would rather not even open a file on your case. Don't expect serious action unless the damage is much higher. This legal mess comes as a shock to many victims, but it's the current reality. The fake stores listed here are primarily run by gangs from Nigeria, Romania and Russia. In some cases the only indication of where the criminals are is the country where the bank account is based, which may be different from the address claimed for the company. Here are some simple rules to follow if you don't want to get burnt: Important Note before buying electronics and mobile phones. 1. Never pay for online purchases by Western Union wire transfer (no exceptions)! It doesn't matter where the store claims to be based: Once you send money it can be picked up anywhere in the recipient's country, with no way of tracing the person who picked it up 2. never pay by bank wire transfer into a bank account in a name other than the name of the business or in a country other than where the store claims to be based (e.g. UK company, Spanish account or German company, Dutch account). 3.Beware if the seller uses a free webmail account (Hotmail, Yahoo, etc) or if the company's main phone number is a mobile phone (Spain: +34-6xx, UK: +44-70xx, +44-87xx, Nigeria: +234 80x) or if it shares the same number for the phone and fax 4. Beware if a seller doesn't have his own website or uses a free webhosting site 5. Beware if the business has its own site, but the domain was created less than three months ago 6. Search for the name of the company on Google. Search for the phone number too, some of the frauds get reincarnated with a new company name but still using the same mobile phone. 7. Beware of prices that are too low and/or free shipping and/or worldwide on-site service. Legitimate businesses need to pay suppliers, rent, taxes etc. and still make a profit. They won't underprice the nearest competitor by 30% or 50%, if they can also get the sale by being only 5-10% cheaper. In the real world international shipping is expensive and so is on-site service. 8. Don't buy mobile phones and other electronic equipment from a supplier in Nigeria unless you actually live there. Nigeria does not manufacture high-tech electronic equipment. All such goods have to be imported first and its ports and airports are notoriously inefficient.