Fake Wyze website!

I saw a Facebook post asking about the website https://wyzecam.store. I’m 95% sure it’s just a scam place selling Chinese versions that aren’t Wyze compatible, so I want to raise awareness. Maybe @WyzeGwendolyn could alert people in a forum post and on Facebook to be watch out for it. If anything, just to clarify that it’s not related to or endorsed by Wyze in any way.

Edit: I see they’re selling everything cheaper too. 99.9% scam.

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@WyzeGwendolyn

I’m sure Wyze Attorneys will get right on this.

Can’t have inferior products tarnish their image

Chas

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Yeah unless they put a store right on Broadway in New York. Because you know that’s cheap

Yeah, because now people will complain to Wyze when they order and it doesn’t come or doesn’t work.

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The domain name was registered a week ago and using CloudFlare name servers, so yeh, it’s fake.

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All the hallmarks of a fake site to include their prices are cheaper.

Chances are they are shipping fakes, or a higher chance is you won’t get anything at all… they promise to ship and hope you go long past the date to open a dispute with paypal, or that you use a debit card instead of a credit card to purchase. There are so many potential scam options with these sorts of sites it’s crazy. Hopefully it gets shut down soon.

It is registered through the CloudFlare registry through the NameCheap registrar that is using the “personal data redaction” feature:

Whois

scott@ghost:~$ whois wyzecam.store
Domain Name: WYZECAM.STORE
Registry Domain ID: D164639896-CNIC
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.namecheap.com
Registrar URL: https://namecheap.com
Updated Date: 2020-01-20T08:17:52.0Z
Creation Date: 2020-01-20T08:16:59.0Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2021-01-20T23:59:59.0Z
Registrar: Namecheap
Registrar IANA ID: 1068
Domain Status: serverTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#serverTransferProhibited
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Registrant Organization: WhoisGuard, Inc.
Registrant State/Province: Panama
Registrant Country: PA
Registrant Email: Please query the RDDS service of the Registrar of Record identified in this output for information on how to contact the Registrant, Admin, or Tech contact of the queried domain name.
Admin Email: Please query the RDDS service of the Registrar of Record identified in this output for information on how to contact the Registrant, Admin, or Tech contact of the queried domain name.
Tech Email: Please query the RDDS service of the Registrar of Record identified in this output for information on how to contact the Registrant, Admin, or Tech contact of the queried domain name.
Name Server: BRENDA.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM
Name Server: DAVE.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM
DNSSEC: unsigned
Billing Email: Please query the RDDS service of the Registrar of Record identified in this output for information on how to contact the Registrant, Admin, or Tech contact of the queried domain name.
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@namecheap.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone:
URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf/

Last update of WHOIS database: 2020-01-27T21:30:51.0Z <<<

For more information on Whois status codes, please visit https://icann.org/epp

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE DEPLOYMENT OF RDAP: please visit
https://www.centralnic.com/support/rdap <<<

The Whois and RDAP services are provided by CentralNic, and contain
information pertaining to Internet domain names registered by our
our customers. By using this service you are agreeing (1) not to use any
information presented here for any purpose other than determining
ownership of domain names, (2) not to store or reproduce this data in
any way, (3) not to use any high-volume, automated, electronic processes
to obtain data from this service. Abuse of this service is monitored and
actions in contravention of these terms will result in being permanently
blacklisted. All data is © CentralNic Ltd (https://www.centralnic.com)

Access to the Whois and RDAP services is rate limited. For more
information, visit https://registrar-console.centralnic.com/pub/whois_guidance.

The RDAP response from CloudFlare:

Cloudflare RDAP

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“objectClassName”: “domain”,
“handle”: “D164639896-CNIC”,
“ldhName”: “wyzecam.store”,
“nameservers”: [
{
“objectClassName”: “nameserver”,
“ldhName”: “brenda.ns.cloudflare.com”,
“status”: [
“removed”
],
“links”: [
{
“title”: “Authoritative URL for this object”,
“type”: “application/rdap+json”,
“rel”: “self”,
“href”: “https://rdap.centralnic.com/store/nameserver/brenda.ns.cloudflare.com
}
]
},
{
“objectClassName”: “nameserver”,
“ldhName”: “dave.ns.cloudflare.com”,
“status”: [
“removed”
],
“links”: [
{
“title”: “Authoritative URL for this object”,
“type”: “application/rdap+json”,
“rel”: “self”,
“href”: “https://rdap.centralnic.com/store/nameserver/dave.ns.cloudflare.com
}
]
}
],
“secureDNS”: {
“delegationSigned”: false
},
“entities”: [
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“objectClassName”: “entity”,
“vcardArray”: [
“vcard”,
[
[
“version”,
{},
“text”,
“4.0”
],
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“kind”,
{},
“text”,
“org”
],
[
“org”,
{},
“text”,
“WhoisGuard, Inc.”
],
[
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{},
“text”,
[
“”,
“”,
[
“”,
“”,
“”
],
“”,
“Panama”,
“”,
“Panama”
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],
[
“ISO-3166-1-alpha-2”,
{},
“text”,
“PA”
]
]
],
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“remarks”: [
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“type”: “Object truncated due to authorization”,
“description”: [
“Some of the data in this object has been removed.”
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},
{
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“type”: “object redacted due to authorization”,
“description”: [
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]
},
{
“title”: “EMAIL REDACTED FOR PRIVACY”,
“type”: “object truncated due to authorization”,
“description”: [
“Please query the RDDS service of the Registrar of Record identified in this output for information on how to contact the Registrant of the queried domain name.”
]
}
],
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]
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“type”: “object redacted due to authorization”,
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]
},
{
“title”: “EMAIL REDACTED FOR PRIVACY”,
“type”: “object truncated due to authorization”,
“description”: [
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]
}
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“remarks”: [
{
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“type”: “Object truncated due to authorization”,
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]
},
{
“title”: “REDACTED FOR PRIVACY”,
“type”: “object redacted due to authorization”,
“description”: [
“Some of the data in this object has been removed.”
]
},
{
“title”: “EMAIL REDACTED FOR PRIVACY”,
“type”: “object truncated due to authorization”,
“description”: [
“Please query the RDDS service of the Registrar of Record identified in this output for information on how to contact the Registrant of the queried domain name.”
]
}
],
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},
{
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“type”: “object redacted due to authorization”,
“description”: [
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]
},
{
“title”: “EMAIL REDACTED FOR PRIVACY”,
“type”: “object truncated due to authorization”,
“description”: [
“Please query the RDDS service of the Registrar of Record identified in this output for information on how to contact the Registrant of the queried domain name.”
]
}
],
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“vcardArray”: [
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[
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{},
“text”,
“4.0”
],
[
“fn”,
{},
“text”,
“Abuse Contact”
],
[
“org”,
{},
“text”,
“Namecheap”
],
[
“email”,
{},
“text”,
abuse@namecheap.com
],
[
“tel”,
{
“type”: “voice”
},
“uri”,
“tel:+1.6613102107”
]
]
],
“roles”: [
“abuse”
]
}
],
“links”: [
{
“rel”: “self”,
“href”: “https://rdap.centralnic.com/store/entity/1068”,
“type”: “application/rdap+json”
}
],
“vcardArray”: [
“vcard”,
[
[
“version”,
{},
“text”,
“4.0”
],
[
“fn”,
{},
“text”,
“Namecheap”
]
]
],
“publicIds”: [
{
“type”: “IANA Registrar ID”,
“identifier”: “1068”
}
]
}
],
“status”: [
“server transfer prohibited”,
“client transfer prohibited”
],
“whois43”: “whois.nic.store”,
“events”: [
{
“eventAction”: “registration”,
“eventDate”: “2020-01-20T08:16:59.0Z”
},
{
“eventAction”: “expiration”,
“eventDate”: “2021-01-20T23:59:59.0Z”
},
{
“eventAction”: “last update of RDAP database”,
“eventDate”: “2020-01-27T21:22:56.0Z”
},
{
“eventAction”: “last changed”,
“eventDate”: “2020-01-20T08:17:52.0Z”
}
],
“notices”: [
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“links”: [
{
“title”: “More information on domain status codes”,
“href”: “https://icann.org/epp
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]
},
{
“title”: “Terms of Use”,
“description”: [
“For more information on Whois status codes, please visit https://icann.org/epp”,
“”,
“>>> IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE DEPLOYMENT OF RDAP: please visit”,
https://www.centralnic.com/support/rdap <<<”,
“”,
“The Whois and RDAP services are provided by CentralNic, and contain”,
“information pertaining to Internet domain names registered by our”,
“our customers. By using this service you are agreeing (1) not to use any”,
“information presented here for any purpose other than determining”,
“ownership of domain names, (2) not to store or reproduce this data in”,
“any way, (3) not to use any high-volume, automated, electronic processes”,
“to obtain data from this service. Abuse of this service is monitored and”,
“actions in contravention of these terms will result in being permanently”,
“blacklisted. All data is © CentralNic Ltd (https://www.centralnic.com)”,
“”,
“Access to the Whois and RDAP services is rate limited. For more”,
"information, visit https://registrar-console.centralnic.com/pub/whois_guidance."
],
“links”: [
{
“title”: “Terms of Use”,
“href”: “https://www.nic.store/
}
]
},
{
“title”: “RDDS Inaccuracy Complaint Form”,
“description”: [
“URL of the ICANN RDDS Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf/
],
“links”: [
{
“title”: “ICANN RDDS Inaccuracy Complaint Form”,
“href”: “https://www.icann.org/wicf/
}
]
},
{
“title”: “Data Policy”,
“type”: “object truncated due to authorization”,
“description”: [
“The contact information for one or more entities associated with this domain has been redacted in accordance with the entity’s disclosure preferences.”
]
}
],
“links”: [
{
“title”: “Authoritative URL for this resource”,
“rel”: “self”,
“type”: “application/rdap+json”,
“href”: “https://rdap.centralnic.com/store/domain/wyzecam.store
},
{
“title”: “RDAP Service Help”,
“rel”: “help”,
“href”: “https://whois.nic.store/rdap
},
{
“title”: “DotStore Inc.”,
“href”: “http://nic.press
},
{
“title”: “URL of Sponsoring Registrar’s RDAP Record”,
“rel”: “related”,
“href”: “https://rdap.namecheap.com/domain/wyzecam.store”,
“type”: “application/rdap+json”
}
],
“rdapConformance”: [
“icann_rdap_response_profile_0”,
“icann_rdap_technical_implementation_guide_0”,
“rdap_level_0”
],
“lang”: “en”
}

The RDAP response from NameCheap:

NameCheap RDAP

{
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“rdap_level_0”,
“icann_rdap_response_profile_0”,
“icann_rdap_technical_implementation_guide_0”
],
“objectClassName”: “domain”,
“lang”: “en”,
“links”: [
{
“href”: “https://rdap.namecheap.com/domain/wyzecam.store”,
“rel”: “self”,
“type”: “application/rdap+json”,
“value”: “https://rdap.namecheap.com/domain/wyzecam.store
}
],
“handle”: “D164639896-CNIC”,
“ldhName”: “wyzecam.store”,
“unicodeName”: “wyzecam.store”,
“events”: [
{
“eventAction”: “last update of RDAP database”,
“eventDate”: “2020-01-27T21:22:56”
},
{
“eventAction”: “registration”,
“eventDate”: “2020-01-20T08:16:59”
},
{
“eventAction”: “expiration”,
“eventDate”: “2021-01-20T08:16:59”
}
],
“status”: [
“client transfer prohibited”,
“server transfer prohibited”
],
“secureDNS”: {
“delegationSigned”: false,
“zoneSigned”: false
},
“port43”: “whois.namecheap.com”,
“publicIds”: [
{
“type”: “NAMECHEAP INC”,
“identifier”: “1068”
}
],
“entities”: [
{
“objectClassName”: “entity”,
“vcardArray”: [
“vcard”,
[
“version”,
{},
“text”,
“4.0”
],
[
“fn”,
{},
“text”,
“NAMECHEAP INC”
],
[
“tel”,
{
“type”: [
“voice”
]
},
“uri”,
“tel:+1.6613102107”
],
[
“email”,
{},
“text”,
abuse@namecheap.com
]
],
“roles”: [
“abuse”
]
},
{
“objectClassName”: “entity”,
“vcardArray”: [
“vcard”,
[
“version”,
{},
“text”,
“4.0”
],
[
“fn”,
{},
“text”,
“NAMECHEAP INC”
]
],
“roles”: [
“registrar”
]
},
{
“objectClassName”: “entity”,
“handle”: “i898fc1dkasonovu”,
“vcardArray”: [
“vcard”,
[
“version”,
{},
“text”,
“4.0”
],
[
“fn”,
{},
“text”,
“WhoisGuard Protected”
],
[
“kind”,
{},
“text”,
“individual”
],
[
“org”,
{},
“text”,
“WhoisGuard, Inc.”
],
[
“adr”,
{},
“text”,
[
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“Panama”,
“PA”
]
],
[
“tel”,
{
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“uri”,
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[
“tel”,
{
“type”: [
“fax”
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},
“uri”,
“fax:+51.17057182”
],
[
“email”,
{},
“text”,
d1c7cb840c144cde8e5f2f92e6d0ee76.protect@whoisguard.com
]
],
“roles”: [
“Registrant”
]
},
{
“objectClassName”: “entity”,
“handle”: “paye6p949ifbczde”,
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[
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{},
“text”,
“4.0”
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[
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{},
“text”,
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[
“kind”,
{},
“text”,
“individual”
],
[
“org”,
{},
“text”,
“WhoisGuard, Inc.”
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[
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“uri”,
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“uri”,
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[
“email”,
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“text”,
d1c7cb840c144cde8e5f2f92e6d0ee76.protect@whoisguard.com
]
],
“roles”: [
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},
{
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[
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{},
“text”,
d1c7cb840c144cde8e5f2f92e6d0ee76.protect@whoisguard.com
]
],
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},
{
“objectClassName”: “entity”,
“handle”: “2sjoajepee8ca5o6”,
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[
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“text”,
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],
[
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{},
“text”,
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],
[
“kind”,
{},
“text”,
“individual”
],
[
“org”,
{},
“text”,
“WhoisGuard, Inc.”
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[
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[
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],
[
“tel”,
{
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“uri”,
“tel:+507.8365503”
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[
“tel”,
{
“type”: [
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},
“uri”,
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[
“email”,
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],
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]
}
],
“nameservers”: [
{
“objectClassName”: “nameserver”,
“ldhName”: “brenda.ns.cloudflare.com”,
“unicodeName”: “brenda.ns.cloudflare.com
},
{
“objectClassName”: “nameserver”,
“ldhName”: “dave.ns.cloudflare.com”,
“unicodeName”: “dave.ns.cloudflare.com
}
],
“notices”: [
{
“title”: “RDAP Terms of Service”,
“description”: [
“By querying Namecheap’s RDAP Domain Database, you agree to comply with Namecheap’s RDAP Terms of Service, including but not limited to the terms herein, and you acknowledge and agree that your information will be used in accordance with Namecheap Privacy Policy (https://www.namecheap.com/legal/general/privacy-policy/), including that Namecheap may retain certain details about queries to our RDAP Domain Database for the purposes of detecting and preventing misuse. If you do not agree to any of these terms, do not access or use ,the RDAP Domain Database.”,
“Although Namecheap believes the data to be reliable, you agree and acknowledge that any information provided is ‘as is’ without any guarantee of accuracy.”,
“You further agree that you will:”,
“1) Not misuse the RDAP Domain Database. It is intended solely for query-based access and should not be used for or relied upon for any other purpose.”,
“2) Not use the RDAP Domain Database to allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission of unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations.”,
“3) Not access the RDAP Domain Database through the use of high volume, automated electronic processes that send queries or data to the systems of Namecheap, any other ICANN-accredited registrar, or any registry operator.”,
“4) Not compile, repackage, disseminate, or otherwise use the information contained in the RDAP Domain Database in its entirety, or in any substantial portion, without our prior written permission.”,
“5) You will only use the information contained in the RDAP Domain Database for lawful purposes.”,
“We reserve the right to restrict or deny your access to the RDAP Domain Database if we suspect that you have failed to comply with these terms.”,
“We reserve the right to modify this agreement at any time.”
],
“links”: [
{
“href”: “https://www.namecheap.com/legal/domains/rdap”,
“rel”: “alternate”,
“type”: “text/html”,
“value”: “https://rdap.namecheap.com/policies
}
]
},
{
“description”: [
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]
},
{
“title”: “Status Codes”,
“description”: [
“For more information on domain status codes, please visit https://icann.org/epp
],
“links”: [
{
“href”: “https://icann.org/epp”,
“rel”: “alternate”,
“type”: “text/html”,
“value”: “https://icann.org/epp
}
]
},
{
“title”: “RDDS Inaccuracy Complaint Form”,
“description”: [
“URL of the ICANN RDDS Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf
],
“links”: [
{
“href”: “https://www.icann.org/wicf”,
“rel”: “alternate”,
“type”: “text/html”,
“value”: “https://www.icann.org/wicf
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}

It is absolutely a fake/scam - no credible business would ever cover up RDAP and Whois information to the point where no person can contact them. They are using CloudFlare’s privacy tools (Whois Redaction) which can be submitted through here: https://www.cloudflare.com/abuse/form along with NameCheap Whois redaction.

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There’s a good chance the site was set up to just get Wyze login and password info.

We’ve been posting cautions any time we see this come up since it is not an authentic Wyze site. Please be careful.

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They’re using WordPress also, but since WordPress doesn’t host it you can’t report it to them.

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I agree, the obvious blow to it being a faux Wyze website was the physical address in NYC. Aside from that, I am curious how you were able to find out that it was an imposter/fake? I see that you diligently wrote down CloudFlare/NameCheap/Whois and DRAP. Would you mind explaining to all of us a non-techie folks that don’t necessarily know all the ins and out - how exactly does one find out info about a website being fake? Do we open up our browser to CloudFare and paste the copied link from the website that seems t be questionable? I assume there’s a lot more digging around to do. I clearly do not know - but I certainly would like to, so that I (and many other peeps on this forum) hopefully will never fall prey to any imposter websites! Sorry if my queries are woefully boring. It is much appreciated, ElectroStrong, that you put all this information out here - specifically, your headline (which any non techie can comprehend)! Thank you!

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You guys know that the Wyze cams are Chinese cams, right? Wyze didn’t make their cam, they took an already existing Chinese cam. Google it. No different than what harbor freight does, find the manufacturer of a product in China and have their logo put on it.

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Yeah, but Wyze has made custom internal hardware and firmware.

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You can Google “whois lookup”

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Yes…for those who don’t want to spend time trying to research it as it takes a bit of digging, the partner company to Wyze that supplies the hardware for the cameras is Xiaomi - they had a similar camera (the Xiaofang) that was available on Amazon for a period of time as well:

Wyze, to my knowledge, would have a license with Xiaomi to distribute the product within a certain market. Within the EU market, iSmartAlarm seems to be the licensee that has branded their products as “Spot+”
https://www.ismartalarm.com/

The core hardware of these devices should be very similar - there is probably a bootloader difference or something from a software perspective that makes it so that you cannot flash Spot+ firmware on the Wyze, but I’m sure it can be overcome. Wyze does not really manufacture the cameras - they basically just distribute it and have invested in a better infrastructure to support the cameras compared to the competitors (and offered it as a better price).

It really doesn’t change the problem with this website though. The Wyze brand is a brand name, which means it has it’s own protections beyond the hardware. If you are the licensee of an OEM product and you are allowed to rebrand it, that is part of a legal agreement that more then likely has royalties involved. In this situation, a company claiming to resell the “Wyze” brand from their site is considered illegal in the US and more then likely violates international law as well.

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All I know is I bought this off of Amazon before I found Wyze and I thought for $60 a Camera was a good price and it was absolute junk. They replaced it with the second one and it was worse than the first one. When it would pan ran it would make this real loud grinding noise in the talking back-and-forth between the camera and the person with the app rarely worked. And then I found Wyze and the skies parted

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Sorry @ucurgypsy - the information I conveyed is more for a technical validation perspective and shouldn’t really concern you too much. The main point to get across that with a DRAP response or a WHOIS response, they usually list who you contact (at a company for example) if you have a problem with their domain (i.e. they have a botnet in their network and you want to let their system administrator know that they have an issue that seems to be starting from their domain).

Example of Microsoft.com:
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You can see that there is a phone number, email, and contact information that you can reach out to in order to resolve an issue. For companies, it is very rare to not make this information public. But there are services that allow for anonymity that are sometimes used because of “questionable” content (or because they want to just be anonymous). Scammers don’t want any contact information shared, so they will typically use these services so that people cannot identify where the domain originated from because you need to contact the company that registered the domain in order to start any legal injunction.

I personally would never buy from a domain that doesn’t have their online WHOIS information public - it shows they don’t want accountability when it comes to a mistake and/or they are running potentially fraudulent transactions. This is a generalization, but it will conform to the stated outcome more times then it will not if you decide to test it.

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The hardware is almost identical and before Wyze put out their own RTSP firmware, I was able to load Xiaomi DeFang firmware with RTSP to try it out. It was basically the same way you manually flash Wyze firmware and didn’t take any special hacking
That was at least a year ago, if not more so they may have made some hardware changes since however.

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Thank you very much! I learned a lot from all that you explained!! I’ll always check WHOIS online whenever something seems like it’s sketchy or too good to be true. Again, many thanks for all of your easy to understand info that you provided me with :smiley:

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Thank you! I now “get it” and I greatly appreciate your input.

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