Fraud via Bitcoin: when finalizing my order credit card payment was rejected (Wintopay gateway) repeatedly -- I tried several cards. The other option was bitcoin which I successfully sent through the Smokstor.com portal.
Receiving no confirmation I contacted their customer support who replied the order was canceled due to card payment failure. I made several simple English attempts about bitcoin payment and forwarded bitcoin payment documentation, but customer service kept replying "card payment failed" like a parrot. The Smokstor rep eventually claimed no affiliation with or knowledge of bitcoin, even though Bitcoin Payment is plastered all over their web page.
This is likely fraud collusion involving Smokstor.com and Wintopay Services. North American credit card payment is set to automatically decline and the buyer is forced to bitcoin, where there are no safeguards. Then Smokstor simply disavows the order.
Multiple emails & documentation to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, and to Wintopay Support resulted in identical parroted response about card failure. Tellingly they nevered even referenced bitcoin in their responses, except once to deny. I sought and received outside bitcoin payment confirmation (Coinbase). Still nothing.
The intention was clearly to collect payment and send nothing. The standard definition of fraud. Avoid completely.