questionshave you heard of the "oakley" site selling…


Thanks for the heads-up. We all need to keep an eye out for it here, too.

I've reported this info to the official Oakley website. Anyone else who'd like to do so (the more, the merrier, I think) can do so here:


From the FAQ:
Who would not want to shield his eyes from the burning ultraviolet rays with an accessory that enhances the individual's overall personality and makes him look cool in the grueling summers? Perhaps each one of us, and it is due to this that the glamour of sunglasses is increasing day by day.

Gone are the days when sunglasses would sit on the nose of only well known tube world icons, golfers, swimmers, and the like. From the classified sections, sunglasses have successfully made it to the world of ordinary people like you and me. (cont)


At present, the market of sunshades is experiencing an incredible rise. With various celebrities and designers plunging in, the sunglasses business has further picked up pace. But this has indirectly turned out to be a little troublesome for common people like us who wish to have a pair of branded sunshades that serves our purpose of protecting our eyes at the same time makes us appear trendy and is not heavy on pocket. So selecting the right pair of sunglasses has become a Herculean task today.


Has a fraud web link at the bottom of the site.


@wootfast: In all fairness, I can imagine Oakley actually putting that on their website.


@neolithicx: Go to that link now (heh heh heh) and take a look at the new message. Or you can just go to the redirect site:


Hee hee! There's a typo on their official, we-mean-business page.

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I take pride in (for once) being part of the solution.


When did Oakley's graphic-design dept. start using MSPaint?
Notice the subtle, yet tasteful thick blue line between the blurry young ladies?

Could we be witnessing the birth of a new minimalistic marketing trend?


It looks like the fake US store is still running.


Has anyone reported this site to The domain is registered through there (do a whois on The IP address of the site is, which appears to be located in the Netherlands (which should at least have a more responsive ISP than most in China).


I don't know if anyone is still reading this or not, but when I encounter an obvious fraud site like this one, there are two people I try to contact about it:

First, I contact the domain registrar. You can find this by running a 'whois' search on the domain. There are websites that will run the 'whois' search for you for free, or you can do it yourself from any *nix box. You don't need to know the identity of the domain owner, just let the registrar know what is going on. The registrar is responsible for resolution of the name (ie, mapping to a valid IP address such as, and is able to interrupt that mapping so that the IP address is not the target of the domain.

Second, I contact the ISP. Lookup to find who owns the IP address itself. Usually a 'whois' search will give you that as well. Contact that ISP and let them know what their address is being used for. They can disconnect the user.


@lparsons42: I'm still keeping an eye on the question and its replies.

Your info is great, thank you. Have you taken any of the suggested actions yet? GoDaddy is notoriously uninterested in any complaints from anyone at all, and I'm curious whether you received any kind of useful response from them.

(Long ago and far away, when usenet newsgroups were the way people kept in touch, I did a fair amount of net-copping while trying to keep a Big Seven group from being spammed to death. We were successful for a couple of years, but eventually it became a lost cause. I've since lost most of my energy and interest in it, alas.)


@magic cave: I did contact, and pretty much in line with your prediction I received no response. I just connected to the "Oakley" site in question while writing this message, too; so they haven't done anything.

If I may climb on my soapbox for a moment, ICANN doesn't give a pile of doo what their registrars do, and the registrars know this. There was a time that registrars who allowed their customers to commit acts of fraud like this were given extra scrutiny by ICANN but now everyone is just looking to maximize profit without concern for who is harmed in the process. The current executives at ICANN are the same bozos who think that selling TLDs - which permanently screws up certain WHOIS records and will make things like this even more common and impossible to shut down - a good idea.

But at least this site is just selling bogus sunglasses. I worry more about the ones selling counterfeit drugs. People aren't likely to be killed by fake Oakleys.


@magic cave: As an additional note, I see that woot is no longer sending me emails when I ask for email updates to discussions (checking the box at the bottom of the window). This is frustrating as it worked not that long ago...


Another follow-up, I received a (unsurprisingly) unhelpful response from
Thank you for the message. After further review we have determined we are not the hosting provider for this website. We have neither access to, nor jurisdiction over the content on this site.

Any issues regarding the content of the website will need to be addressed either directly to the owner of the site or to the hosting provider.

In other words, they know they make more money by doing nothing than by doing something. If they cancel the registration they might end up getting only 1 month's worth of registration (it was created 04 May 2014) but if they pass the buck they can milk it for a full 12.

They directed me to contact ARIN (European registry, as the name resolves to an IP address in The Netherlands). I sent an email there but don't expect anything helpful there either.


I just checked the site out of curiosity today, and found that the domain has been seized by court order. As I have seen before, the registrars don't give a rat's behind about what ordinary people have to say but they will cower under a court order.

It's too bad though that the lawsuit is against the registrants and not the registrars.


Looks like Oakley won a default judgment on the case ( The award calls for $2M per defendant to Oakley, amongst other things. Being as they named around 800 defendants ( that could be quite a payday.

Of course, it would be reasonable to expect that the overwhelming majority of the defendants reside in countries where this judgment has no significance.


I got a text message about this website today. Seems like it's same junky website. Be aware.

Another way to find out authenticity is They are not use https on checkout page.


@nilkanthp83: The site you linked to is arguably a better quality fake than the one brought up here before. Still 100% bogus but slightly better in execution.

That said, https is not on its own a perfect qualifier for a legit web site. It is possible to use https for fraudulent sites and it happens quite often (particularly for vendors selling counterfeit merchandise). The absence of it does certainly support the site being bogus, though...


There seems to be these fake sites popping up by the hour. Another oner sent one directly into my inbox
You can stock up on authentic looking Oaks for 24.99.

vote-for2vote-against = total scam site for Oakley sunglasses.

Jerk Offs.


This discussion thread has accidentally become a place for scam sites with counterfeit glasses - such as the one initially mentioned here - to advertise. While I doubt it is very likely, I rather hope that Oakley's lawyers are watching it to see who to go after next.
While there is plenty wrong with the patent and trademark system in the US, I have no respect for blatant false advertising. Unfortunately for Oakley it can be really, really, hard to shut down a site that is run overseas.


As far as this stuff goes, safest bet with this (or almost any reputable brand) is to buy ONLY if the link takes you to their specific site, or to a site which you can confirm is an approved reseller.


i just made a purchase of 3 sunglasses for 14.99 a piece, a total of 40 some dollars... the confirmation email says that i have transferred money to an account, and that the amount shown and the real amount are going to differ because of international currency exchange. what can i do?? i already sent an email, letting them know to cancel the purchase. also why is Facebook letting this happen...


@makerstouch: Your best bet is to take it up with your credit card company, although being as you consented to the purchase you likely will only have an argument to make if the items don't show up (in other words you may need to wait months).

However as some of these sites are out to gather card info, you could admit to your credit card company that you made a mistake and ask for a new card to protect yourself from future fraudulent charges being made against that number.

I don't understand your question about facebook though. I'm no fan of theirs but I don't see what they have to do with this. If you followed a link from there to this vendor that really isn't their problem.


@makerstouch: You are not the only one... I recently made the same mistake. I got the company name as heyu estore but I can't find the website anymore. Do you know the website? it would be a big help

vote-for0vote-against Should be added. Tried to go the cheap way out and ended up with nothing. It's definitely my fault for not being more careful but I'm still pissed.