How to avoid scams in China
In response to the blog post Red flags you must know to avoid scams, a reader who does due diligence for the US Department of Commerce, wrote in with some additional red flags that should concern buyers. Here is what she had to say:
BIG red flags if you are contacted by an Asian buyer that wants to do business with you:
- The Chinese company contacted you off the Web.
- They have “Import/Export” or “Trading” in their name.
- They want to conduct a very large volume of trade.
- They insist your senior executive travel to China immediately to sign the contract with them in person.
- They request money prior to the trip to pay for a reception in your honor, and/or, once in China, they request money or goods to grease the wheels with local officials.
- They ask you to share a ‘notarization fee’ based on a percentage of the contract price.
- They have been in business for less than one year.
- They can provide no verifiable references.
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What else should be on this list? Anybody even been contacting out of the blue via email by a Chinese seller and it turned out legit? How did you know it was safe before making payment? Please give us your input in the comment section below.