As we’re all too familiar with at China Checkup, the rise of “Made in China” has been accompanied by the rise of the China scam.
We are contacted on almost a daily basis by businesses that have fallen victim to a China scam, asking what they can do. This article provides some guidance on that.
Although we really don’t want to say "if you talked to us earlier none of this would have happened", the truth is so many of these transactions would have been called into question if a simple verification on the Chinese company had been carried out BEFORE the payment was sent.
If you have fallen victim to a China scam you have likely sent money but are receiving one of the following replies:
If that sounds like the situation you find yourself in, we have below a step-by-step process in case you have been scammed by a Chinese company and are seeking guidance.
Dealing with a China Scam can be a time-consuming and frustrating process, so first of all you need to carry out a realistic evaluation to determine how significant your loss is and what you are willing to do about it. In many cases it might be better to just write off your losses and learn from the experience.
Steps to perform:
Steps to perform:
If you want to vent some steam and report a scam, one way is to leave your comments on a scam-alert/fraud-list website (see point 3 in section “For purchases of limited value”).
China Checkup has prepared a List of Chinese Scam Reporting Websites where you can report scams.
It should be noted that China Checkup is not a service which can directly assist with the recovery of financial assets resulting from scams or fraud.
We have a policy of not publishing any details about Chinese companies that are accused of being fraudulent or dishonest. If you want to leave comments about a specific company you can Report a Chinese Scam, but we will not publish the details on our website.
We do encourage readers however to leave comments about any scams they have experienced as a warning to help others. If this has happened to you, it would be great if you share as much detail as possible about the circumstances of the China scam, but please understand that any details about a Chinese company you make will be redacted.
Verify details of, and documents provided by the Chinese company in question using China Checkup’s online verification services.
Some examples of what China Checkup can do:
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This article gives an overview of the Alibaba ecommerce platforms, most of which are aimed squarely at China's domestic market - notably the country's largest online marketplace Taobao.
Conducting China market research can be very challenging for foreign companies, due to the shortage of reliable information available in the English language.
From researching many topics for our articles, we have however found some websites which we go back to time and again, and decided it would be a good idea to share these with our readers.
Although many factory's have their own laboratories, few of these are independently certified so requesting testing by external testing body is a wise move in many circumstances.
These testing bodies should be accredited and you can make sure of this by requesting a copy of their China laboratory accreditation certificate.