This morning I got an email from Andrew at Arowhite asking to post his freebie. In reality, his real name, as far as I can assume, is Andrius Vaiciunas from Kaunas, Lithuania. He is a college student attending Kauno Technologijos Universitetas. This one email has enabled me to tie Andrius to other fake freebies making it the 2nd network exposed here at Yo! Free Samples. This one I will be calling the Andrius Fake Freebie Network moving forward. There are at least 2 other fake freebies that have included Kaunas, Lithuania in their privacy or terms of service. The Degorilla fake freebie (more info here), 9OOS fake freebie (more info here) and there may be more.
Read on to see why I think this is a fake and why you should avoid it or use a fake email to sign up if you really want to risk it. Here is the URL to follow along if you’d like: arowhite.com/product/free-sample
Why I think this one is fake:
- The domain was registered updated on 12-28-2017 which is barely a few weeks old at the time of this writing. The website is also hosted by Tucows like Degorilla, however it’s not on the same web server so it’s not a direct connection.
- The imagery is for the existing product Crest White Strips so this time Andrius didn’t even bother making mock ups like he did with Degorilla. If anyone followed Degorilla, there was a huge outcry about how the images were fake. So, at least Andrius is learning like a good college student.
- There is simply no contact information or a really coherent terms page. It’s very bare. There is no physical address or phone number to call.
- The website was selling cameras a few days before. More proof on cameras. Cameras to Crest Whites. Makes total complete sense (sarcasm).
- All the testimonials on their website are from Facebook. They didn’t have a discoverable Facebook page at the time of this writing. Let’s just write those testimonials off as fake too.
- Thankfully, I found no malicious code, I am not a security professional however so I might have missed something. It appears to simply be a WordPress website with a slew of plugins. This is interesting as Degorilla used Shopify, perhaps Shopify didn’t work out for this scammer.
- On Reddit, user andriusvv8 also posted the Degorilla offer which is a direct connection beyond the previous evidence. In addition to that, he bragged about the results of his Degorilla email harvesting scam here. I’ve saved it here in case the scammer deletes his bragging too.
- The email address, the Reddit account, Facebook profile and more are all tied to the username ‘andriusvv8’ or ‘andriusvv88’ in someway. The author of this blog has that same user name as you can see here: arowhite.com/author/andriusvv — These are all tied to Arowhite and Degorilla and likely the failed 9OOs fake freebie store. That is enough for me to call it a fake. Andrius is clearly a college student without ethics and doesn’t appear to care about lying to people to acquire their email address. The real question is will he use it to spam you with coupons for his low-quality store, or will he use it for phishing and stealing money? I wouldn’t risk it with this one. For all I know, Andrius is taking paid orders and not shipping those. If anyone has purchased anything and not received it please email me immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- After posting this fake alert, an email I used to sign up for Degorilla received this email from “James” at Arowhite. The connection is now 100%. Avoid this email harvesting spammer and high-priced “stores”.
As usual with fake freebies, avoid them! If you see them on other websites, do not sign up. Do not buy anything from their websites. If you signed up for this one, worst case is you’ll get some spam mail, spam email and perhaps some sketchy links from fake PayPal/Amazon/other websites. Don’t trust links that ask for your password or any personal information, ever. Thank you for reading my fake freebie rant. You can see other fake alerts or freebie updates here as well.
-John ‘Samples’ Clark
* Fake freebies are known to induce sadness and fear of being phished or hacked, avoid at all costs.