Swoopo.co.ukThis site is a scam


This site is an auction site where you bid on the specified items, you will never win!!! I bid and bid on items numerous times first i bid before the time ran out and the bid never registered thus losing the item and another time bid hundreds of pounds trying to win an item until my money had run out and as soon as it did the item sold. This site should be avoided at all costs they will they will take your money off you and you will have absolutely nothing to show for it... Please listen and tell as many people as you can to stay away from these scammers or lose your money remember www.swoopo.co.uk use and lose!!!


  • Fa
    Fabio Sep 13, 2008

    Swoopo web site is a scam site.you never win anything.I spent 70 dollars bidding for coffe bean and i didn`t get it.Most of the auction are manipulate from their own people

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    Fabio Sep 13, 2008

    Swoopo web site is a scam site.You never win anything.I spent 70 dollars bidding for coffe bean and i didn`t get it.Most of the auction are manipulate from their own people

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    swoopo scam Sep 13, 2008

    Swoopo is a scam.

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  • Fr
    fran Sep 14, 2008

    Yes this swoopo site is pure rubbish, as other people say you will never win so drop out now while u dont lose all your money on stupid bids.How they manage to get away with it in the first place i could see when i bought my first 50 bids that i made a mistake, oh well ill learn from it.
    I will tell all my friends and family to avoid at all cost they to will pass the message on. Hope no one has lost a lot of money on it do not go there.

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  • Te
    Tester Sep 15, 2008

    Once I saw that you have to buy "bids"
    then i know its a fake

    but thanks for starting this thread

    People avoid this like the plague

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  • Fr
    Frank Sep 15, 2008

    I was 99.99% sure this place was a scam when I saw the ad and the fake page of some guy winning a Wii for $25. And I just thought it was a scam to get page traffic!

    They charge you to place bids. LMAO. That is a ballsy scam. They should be shut down immediately by the FTC.

    Glad this page shows up high in Google when you google "Swoopo"

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  • Kl
    kl Sep 16, 2008

    This site is a complete joke! It is just a big SCAM. I stared at the counter until it went down to 1 second hit bid, and NOPE I didn't win... I clocked it with a real counter and after the 15 second timer goes their timer does a slight pause when someone new bids and you can't see it unless you are watching closely, but sure enough I counted the pauses and the amount of bidders and it matched, so anyone else who is watching would know better then to bid when you see the pauses.
    I jotted down a variety of "ending Auctions" and they were all the same!!!
    luckily I didn't waste tons of money at this joke!
    These geniuses are ripping the hell off of people at an unprecedated rate and probably with no merchandise to back up this scam.
    I want to hear ONE REAL person who has won something from this site!!!
    I would love to get them shut down for fraud

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  • Kl
    kl Sep 16, 2008

    to complain about the SWOOPO scam.
    This is a website that will help people file against the fraud that happens in SWOOPO.


    I already filed my complaint for the fraud, don't be afraid, these scams happen everyday and it is up to us the public to get sites like this shut down. Don't be afraid to report them, they STOLE your money on a scam that can never up hold what they claim.


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    Lyn Sep 16, 2008

    I've been a telebid (Swoopo) addict since Christmas 07.
    I know how hard it can be to win stuff but believe me when I say that you really can get bargains if you're lucky.
    Essentially it is a gambling site. If you're a risk taker then you will eventually win something.
    I have spent roughly £3, 500 and won exactly 49 times over the past 9 months.
    Telebid, sorry Swoopo Started out in Germany, then it spread to the UK. That's when I Joined. Things were def. easier to win back then. They then spread to Spain and now the US, so obviously things are gettng harder to win.
    Their Rules on auction limitations have also changed. The only limitation they had was that you were only able to win 8 auctions per month. Everything has changed now. You can only win 1 voucher, 1 cash prize, 1 tv, 1 laptop per month. I believe that changed to give everyone a chance of winning something, as people used to build up reputations for certain items.
    I.e I won 5 Laptops within 1 week. I'm sure I got some of them really cheap because people were able to look back and see how much I'd paid (Bids) and the amount of laptops I'd won in the past.

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    voetsak1 Sep 16, 2008

    I have been watching this site with interest for the last 2 days and have seen where some real bargains can be had - but the number of people bidding on the same items, and just throwing away their bid money while bidbutlers jump in time after time has made me very wary, and quite surprised that anyone would bid on the popular items. I would never bid on anything unless there was a very good chance that hardly anyone else was watching the same item (so 6am would be about right!)

    This might be a scam, but it is a very, very clever one and I think with a bit of patience, like Lyn's comment above proves you can win something, but a strategy is definitely needed, and I think they've targeted a very stupid, and very gullible audience with a lot of success.

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    David Sep 17, 2008

    They switch the end dates as they will, they end the auctions as they will, it's wide open for abuse, stay clear!!! You could lose the house here and still never win anything. It's my belief having joined a few days ago that this is a no win situation, money totally wasted!

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    Nestor V Sep 17, 2008

    I signed up today and have been looking around. It def. seems open for abuse as stated above. This can be manipulated so easily by them. It still nonetheless a very convincing business model. The site seem to have gone down at around 7pm. No idea why. Luckily I never trusted it buy anything but did watch it alot today contimplating the idea of it.

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  • Lu
    Luke Dawson Sep 18, 2008

    This website is a scam
    my idiotic freind wasted about £100 on that website

    dont trust it

    it cought my attention when i saw it, it might look real but its 100% bull crap!

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  • Un
    undarico Sep 19, 2008

    kill swoopo

    get them shut dow 4 their greed and dishonesty, they are making billions off us
    each year. its sites like swoopo that are making people homeless and possibly suicidal.

    anyways im not a judger but i hope swoopo get whats coming to them

    money grabbing b*******

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  • Ph
    Phil S. Stein Sep 19, 2008

    They simply steal from consumers. The amount of people who have to lose so that you can win is ridiculous. Take for instance winning a Nintendo Wii for $158.70.

    That comes out to 1058 bids at a dollar a piece, no discount for buying the bids in bulk. That means that if you got lucky and only spent one bid to win then you are only out a dollar. Somewhere else in the world there is $1057 coming out of other peoples' pockets and they will have nothing to show for it.

    Even the "high bidder" still has to pay for the item. If I won the Wii, then I woul have to pay swoopo.com $158.70 plus shipping for them to send it to me.

    How can this be legal? I am not allowed to bet on sports in the U.S. but I can wager $1057 to try to win a Wii and still have to pay for it. This site is too much like gambling and will surely keep poor people poor with the hopes that they can get some nice stuff for cheap. I widh I were finished with law school already so that I could take places like this down.

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    VBM Sep 19, 2008

    This is a scam site, I was watching an item which was selling for way too less. It said last few seconds when it reached the 10 secs mark, but then after the last 4 secs it reset itself and then after a few attempts the auction never ended and went back to the half hour left to close.

    Bogus site, stay away!

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    Matt Sep 20, 2008

    actually i won an auction with 9$ worth of bids. its all about manipulating the bidding, theres a little bit of mental game in it as well. shouldn't be so negative about the website just because you don't know how to play it. it does feel a bit bogus, but you have to understand that $1 per bid allows for the site to sell the items for a lot less, considering that the $1000 auction giveaway registers almost $10, 000 worth in bids, making this auction 10 fold effective. You have to look at it like everyone pitching in a little bit here and there allowing you or someone else to purchase said item for a cheap price, almost like a drawing. The other thing on the site to look for is the items less interesting, if you go for the laptops, or the $1, 000 cash prize, these will have a lot of interest, and take hours upon hours of additional bids to finish the auctions. Go for the less desired prizes and you might be able to get something. Also... if you look at some of the auctions, some people are bidding $400 worth plus the price on a single auction, which doesn't make sense to me, but they end up losing money, i'd say... let them. It's all about waiting.

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    nick Sep 20, 2008

    I've also been watching this site for two days now and have had some thoughts on it. At first i thought it was a complete scam just from looking at the incredible bargains, but if you look closely its actually very, very clever. Each bid costs 50 pence and hundreds( if not thousands) of people bid on particular items. For example, and item costing £500 starts at £0.07 but every time some one bids the item goes up by 7 pence, and the timer goes up by 10 seconds. because so many people bid, they get 50 pence everytime some one bids which cancels out the cost of the item they are selling. 1000 people bids is £500, so they get all their money back through that. I'ts very clever how its done because they dont need to sell the product at an expencive price to gain a profit. I will buy 50 bids tomorow to see if i will get anything, but we'll have to see if i will get anything. I dont think its a scam but you just need an amount of common sence to realise how to win.

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    bob Sep 20, 2008

    I agreed with Nick, Let say a Wii cost $249 you win it for $150, saving of $100. The site make $1000 from bids, I think they could afford to send you the Wii, so it might not be a scam. The thing that look suspicious is "why would people bids with more than a minute left, knowing that someone will bid inside 1 minute." That like throwing money away, so maybe some of the idiot that are losing money NEED TO STOP BIDDING SO EARLY, wait till it 15 second left.

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  • Al
    alienswife Sep 20, 2008

    I decided to gamble a bit and try it . . . basically, to me, it seems like an online slot machine - only, after paying to bid, you then have to then pay for what you win! Beware of the "Bid Butler" - if someone else is using one on the same auction as you, you could potentially lose alot of money in a very short amount of time since your bid butler will keep bidding until it uses up its designated number of bids and it only takes a couple of seconds for your bid butler to run out of bids. Plus, then a whole pile of time has been added on to the auction, so you are sucked in for another round because who can stand the pain of being the sucker loser after spending all that money on bidding? Everyone at least wants something to show for the money they have spent, right?
    My personal opinion? It is indeed mesmerizing, addicting . . . fun to watch, fun to bid. But it stinks when you lose a bundle of bids in the last 5 seconds and now there is more time on the clock. I personally don't think the adding time to the auction clock is terribly fair to the bidders, but I'm sure it works for Swoopo. There are the "nail biter" auctions where there are no bid butlers allowed, but time still gets added to the clock with every bid until everyone gives up and goes to bed (world wide) or you reach the "Auction will end by this date" time.
    My advice? If you do not have alot of money to spend on bidding with only a small chance that you will win, save your money and drive to the local big box stores and buy the thing on the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas sales . . . . it will be just as cheap, you are pretty much guaranteed to get the item and you won't have to pay shipping and handling or worry about what UPS, Fed Ex, etc. is doing to your very fragile electronics en route to your house. If you do have alot of money to spend on bidding with only a small chance that you will win, by all means, have your fun, but please share the wealth with those in need as well.
    Not sure if it's a scam or not . . . but a note to Matt who said it's like a drawing where everyone pitches in to get something cheaper . . . in the U.S., if you enter a drawing, what you win is FREE!!

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    Doug Sep 24, 2008

    Where is it written that one MUST buy and execute bids? You certainly have a choice whether or not to participate. So Caveat Emptor and keep government from protecting us from ourselves...the same government (U.S.) that through the wisdom of W gave us a pending $700, 000, 000, 000 bailout of Wall Street gamblers!

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    Ema F Sep 26, 2008

    Another unhappy costumer from this scam site. It just took me one morning to loose £35 and clear my account from there...
    Complete waist of money and the chances to win something at a good price are just none!
    I wanted a tomtom 930t, so i look at some of the previous end of auction prices - £9.30, or something like that so i went for it... nothing! It sold for £40. And everytime you bid it only went up £0.1, so to reach £40, they put in their pockets £4000... What a profit... And u never now when it's going to end, even when they say it must end at a certain time... Rubish. Somebody should look carefully at this con site that looks like a proper one!
    Stay away...

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    Zane Northrip Sep 26, 2008

    I myself have not bidded on anything yet, but I do watch the auctions on a daily basis. My thoughts are Swoopo.com has accounts that bid against you so you lose money and the auction. I also believe it is a scam. I think the registered bidders should get together and help one out by letting someone win something at an extreme low price so the site has to close down because they lose their money. Its only fair right?

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    Steven Norris Sep 28, 2008

    I recently joined Swoopo.com, I must say I was a little intriqued as well as skeptical about the site. Regardless, I wanted to try this site. I bought a small amount of bids 20 bids for $20, I decided to try and win. So, I bid on a Nintendo Wii, needless to say, I won my bid on my very first try using there bidding butler. The winning bid was $20.55 + $14.80 for shipping. My only concern now is to see if I will actually receive this item. To check out the auction I won go to :


    By the way name screen name is merchantguy.


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    Blah Sep 29, 2008

    Waht most people dont understand is it says that every time someone bids it goes up 10 seconds.
    So all those people saying that you bid with a second left and didnt win its because the timer would have gone up to 11 seconds.
    So potencaly it could gone on forever.
    It may be a scam but its a legal scam

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  • Ge
    georgia Sep 29, 2008

    Not true I won 2 wii fit boards on that website

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  • He
    Helen Feaks Oct 01, 2008

    It’s a complete scam. Half the bidders are not genuine. Have a look aT the the following auctions:

    BIDDER: Mnemosyne









    The same bidder won auctions in multiple different countries.


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    Walter Oct 02, 2008

    Nice tool for Swoopo. It shows you all bids, not only the last ten.


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    Nat Oct 02, 2008

    Telebid/Swoopo isn't a scam. It's perfectly legal. You know exactly what you are getting yourself into before you place a bid. It's not even gambling, it's more or less classed as gaming.

    HOWEVER, it is pretty unfair, in that not only do you have to pay for your bids, but the price of the item goes up as well!

    There is a new site being launched soon, Price Plummet, where the price of the item goes DOWN with every bid. That seems a great deal fairer to me.
    It's worth checking out as they have a free competition on at the moment to win a games console.

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    jwcad87 Oct 02, 2008

    I admire everybody opinion with respect. But at the same time i feel like we are not fighting cos we believe in fatalism. All I want to say is stop letting somebody win easily over your hard money, no matter how small it is. Swoopo is a friend who ask more money for drink when both of you are drunk. You are fool cos he will never pay you back cos you enjoyed that booze too, which means you treated your fren free all night long.
    Say No to swoopo if you can. Thanks guys.

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  • Jo
    John Conner Oct 03, 2008

    Anyone hear of Ebay?
    Seems much more of a fair deal than buying bids.

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    Julian Eslick Oct 03, 2008

    Hi There
    I have been a member for a day now, and can say that I have not won a single bid, however I am almost positive that there are inside bidders or computerised bidders made up by Swoopo themselves. A camera which I was interested in buying is now at £265.00 which is still a bargain considering it costs £500 new, however the people bidding on that camera have so far spent an amount of £1894 which in total could purchase three of the camera's. So for one bargain many other people are actually suffereing... God knows how much money this company are making... if this was a penny auction the price of the camera would be £13250 thats enough money to buy a decent car...

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    joe Oct 08, 2008

    this site is fixed... there will be people who work for the site sat in an office bidding after you do. then once they have made enough money from that itam they will let it go... i signed up and brought some bids thinking it was a good thing but then i noticed when i wanted a cam i set bid buster up and went to bed in the morning my bids ran out at 160. the cam went for 160.07

    what a joke... i think we sould get martin lewis on to this... everyone send him an email ..


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    R Jolliffe Oct 09, 2008

    This is the only auction where you lose your bidding money if you don't win an item, it cost me £25.00 to bid on a playstation, when outbid, all the £25.00 had dissappeared. THIS SITE IS A TOTAL SCAM, IT IS A LICENSE 'CON' PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR MONEY!!!
    Who do we complain to to get this site SHUT DOWN.
    It sounds like I am not the only person who thinks like this!

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    Mark Oct 11, 2008

    It's definitely an interesting site. I'm not sure its an out-and-out scam but it certainly gives you the capacity to get carried away and spend a lot of money you might not have.

    I have to admit that I joined today and gave it a go bidding on a mini HP laptop worth about £409. I noticed there was a BidButler being used by one of the users which would activate at £0.10p or less. Therefore I was placing my bid at about £0.01p or as close as I could. There were quite a few people interested in the laptop and the bidding rose, at £0.07p per bid up to over £156.00. During that bid time the BidButler for this one person must have used up over 506 bids.

    This means that the winner, the person using the BidButler actually saved nothing. The recorded savings after the auction end were 0%. No one in their right mind... surely... would pay more than they can but an item in a high street shop? This leads me to beleive in the possibility that the BidButler in the case may have been a Swoopo bottomless pit just rigged to rip off the unsuspecting punter. Highly dodgy if you ask me. There's no capacity to check out the profiles, wins, or anything else associated with other participants; a facility provided by organisations such as eBay which tends to give you a lot more confidence in the auction room.

    Wonder if anyone else has had any experiences like this?

    Many Regards,


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    Fraudmaster Oct 14, 2008

    Hi All,

    I came across this site which was just a coincidence, there was job opening for a IT role...I never applied for it but got really interested in what they did..I have worked for a long time for Poker sites especially frauds..I have been looking at this site for almost 2 weeks now trying to figure out the possibilities. The site is legal...but like any gaming site they don't have any authorised body giving license to function to make them fraud free..There is something called a Bot used to bid..its a program that a IT guy can write in a day..in other words..fake users, The user profiles are no public information there is no way you can ever find out if they use bots unless they have a gov. or private organisation investigate their practice..actual scripting of the programmes ..Until they get authorized i wont pay any a £ to these guys..No doubt these guys are becoming richer by the minute..

    Any IT people out there any suggestions!

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  • Ro
    ross Oct 17, 2008

    even if you do it at different times there are different countries in different time zones
    so it won't make that much difference

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  • Cl
    Cleodia Oct 19, 2008

    I am sure that swoopo is not a scam but at the end you pay more that the product worth. I found this site www.kcbidz.com where you really get the best for your money. For example they auction a PS3 for $6.49, you need to place a bid between $0.01 and $6.49. The lowest unique bid wins. Let's say that you bid 10 times and each bid cost you $2. Your winning bid is $3.44. The amount that you pay at the end is 2*10+3.44=$23.44 . So, for a PS3 that has a retail price of $499.99 you pay only $23.44. Shipping is free.
    At the end you save 476.63 dollars. This is a great deal. Go and try it out it is worth it!

    kcbidz is amazing! I love it!

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    Steve Oct 25, 2008

    If we asume the proprietors are not acting fraudulently, the only real scam about Swoopo is that it NOT an auction site but is instead a gambling site. Praticipants gamble for the the right to buy items at reduced prices. That all it is. The complainant has misunterstood the basis on which the site operates.

    However in the UK (i.e. swoopo.co.uk) would seem to be in breach of trading standards regulations and advertsing standards because its adverstisng deliberately misleads the public. For this reason it should be formally investigated. It should also own up to the fact that it is a truely international oufit and that the bidder can thus be participating in a potentially large competition.

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  • Jo
    Jo Oct 26, 2008

    Anyone who is not yet convinced that Swoopo is a scam should open swoopo.com and swoopo.co.uk in separate windows and navigate to laptops and notebooks. Here you can view bids being placed for a laptop in the US being applied to a UK auction for a laptop from a different manufacturer and vice versa - bids placed on an auction in one country are inflating the leading bid of a different auction in the other country. Surely this is illegal? I’ve just checked and this seems to apply across the board e.g under vouchers, the bids from bidders in the US currently bidding on $320 cash are also being applied to a UK auction for £160 of Ikea vouchers.

    Can I suggest to anyone reading this that actually wins a Swoopo auction that they visit the other Swoopo site and find the corresponding auction that they will also have won and demand that Swoopo come up with the goods!

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