Opinions, knowledge and resources from China Checkup's expert contributors

List of Chinese Scam Reporting Websites

by Matt Slater May 18, 2016

List of Chinese Scam Reporting Websites

If you have fallen victim to a Chinese scam it is often difficult to know who or where to turn to, and the help available can be quite limited.

Even if you find it impossible to get your money back, you can help warn other potential victims (and vent some steam) by reporting it on a fraud  reporting website.

This article presents a list of these websites and a description of how they handle Chinese scam reports.

Why Use a Scam Reporting Website

There are two main reasons for using a scam reporting website.

Reporting a Scam

If you are the victim of a Chinese scam, choosing to report it will help protect others whilst allowing you to vent some steam. For purchases of limited value there can be little you can do to get your money back, so warning others may be your only method to get your voice heard.

Due Diligence

Many buyers sensibly choose to do a simple Google search of a company name before they place an order. If a bad supplier has been identified as a scammer on a scam reporting website there is a good chance this will appear in the search results.


Verify a China Company?

Order online & get peace of mind

Mainland China Company Verification Reports
Cost: from $129 USD
Turnaround: from 1 working day


This is only a very basic form of due diligence however, and more thorough verification is recommended.

Chinese Scam Reporting Websites

The below table identifies some of the best websites for reporting a Chinese scam.

Name Homepage Description
ACORN acorn.gov.au Australian readers should consider reporting online scams to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).
Action Fraud actionfraud.police.uk If you reside in the UK you can report a Chinese scam to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre.
AlibabaScam alibabascam.com This website's sole focus is on reporting scams on the popular Chinese platform Alibaba.com.
Readers are encouraged to submit their "denunciations" on rogue suppliers.
All Scams Forum allscamsforum.com This simple forum allows users to submit their reports on a wide range of scams.
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca Canadian readers can report Chinese scams to this website, which is the central agency in Canada for such matters.
Complaints Board complaintsboard.com Complaints Board is a comprehensive consumer complaints website.
Although there are no categories specific to China, their search function is very useful and many Chinese scams are reported.
FTC Complaint Assistant ftccomplaintassistant.gov Our readers from the US may like to consider submitting details of a Chinese scam to the Federal Trade Commission.
Complaints from consumers are used to help detect patterns of fraud and abuse.
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) ic3.gov Managed by the FBI, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) may be a useful website for US readers to report more serious Chinese scams.
Ripoff Report ripoffreport.com Primarily targeted at US consumers, Ripoff Report is probably the world's most visited scam reporting website.
There are no China-specific categories but reports can be filed in a wide variety of circumstances.
Scam.com scam.com Scam.com is a free whistleblower message board to discuss and expose scams, rip offs and scammers.
There are no China-specific forums but many relevant postings.
Scambook scambook.com Scambook is a complaint resolution platform - users report fraudulent companies and Scambook’s investigators try to resolve with the company.
Many complaints are registered about Chinese companies but presumably their success rate is very low.
ScamWarners scamwarners.com ScamWarners is a popular website with a wide range of forums for different types of scams.
Although there are no China-specific forums, there are many posts and it is easy to follow.
Supplier Blacklist supplierblacklist.com Supplier Blacklist is a user-generated list of unsafe suppliers, and Chinese companies feature prominently on their postings.
The Wholesale Forums thewholesaleforums.co.uk You can report a Chinese scam on their Bad Supplier Experiences forum

If you are aware of any other useful websites for Chinese scam reporting, please get in touch by leaving a message in the comments section below.

How to Avoid a Chinese Scam?

When doing business in China many companies get into trouble by taking too much at face value, be it company’s claims, the legitimacy of official-looking documentation or the "verifications" offered on platforms such as Alibaba.

We recommend verify details of, and the documents provided by Chinese companies by using China Checkup’s online verification services.

Reporting a Chinese Scam on China Checkup

It is our company policy that we will not publish details about any Chinese companies that are accused of being scams, fraudulent or dishonest, so you will see that information has been redacted from some of the comments below.

Feel free to leave your comments on our page to Report a Chinese Scam regarding a specific company that you have had bad experiences with. If you have any general guidance or some experiences that can help others to avoid Chinese scams.

Please note that we don’t offer any service for helping companies recover financial assets as a result of scams or fraud. You may find a service such as Recoupera useful in such circumstances.

Our Other Lists

Matt Slater
Matt Slater


Hi there, I'm Matt, the founder of China Checkup. Originally from the UK, I am now based in Brisbane, Australia.

Frustrated by the scarcity of concise, high-quality and timely information about Chinese companies, I setup China Checkup whilst living in Shanghai in 2013.

My team are proud that China Checkup's company verification reports have now helped thousands of clients from all corners of the world to do business in China more safely.



Related Articles

Which Chinese Currency are in Circulation?
Which Chinese Currency are in Circulation?
If you're travelling to meet or dealing with a Chinese company it is worth bearing in mind that there are several different types of Chinese currency. Depending on whether your business is in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan you could well 
Read More
What is the Unified Social Credit Code?
What is the Unified Social Credit Code?
If you've dealt with Chinese companies in recent years there is a good chance you will have come across the term "Unified Social Credit Code". This unique 18-digit number is issued to all companies and organizations in Mainland China and serves a var
Read More
Chinese Company English Names - How & Why They Are Picked
Chinese Company English Names - How & Why They Are Picked
Have you ever wondered how and why Chinese company English names are chosen? Many articles have been written discussing how foreign companies chose their Chinese name, but there has been very little analysis about the opposite situation. China Checku
Read More

Also in Safer, Better Business in China

What are the 7 Regions of China?
What are the 7 Regions of China?

by Matt Slater November 08, 2018

Did you know that there are 7 different regions of China which are often cited in official sources when describing China's geography, climate, economy and governance?

Each of these regions are comprised of several Chinese provinces which are in close proximity and share certain geographical and cultural similarities.

Keep reading to view a map and learn more about the 7 regions of China.

Continue Reading

China ID Card - An Introduction
China ID Card - An Introduction

by Matt Slater October 31, 2018

If you have done business with a Chinese company there is a good chance that their staff have provided you with a scan or photo of their China ID Card.

This ID Card, also known as the Resident Identity Card, is compulsory for all Chinese citizens and contains much information about the holder.

Each China ID Card has a unique 18-digit Citizen Identity Number and knowing this number alone can tell you the holder's date of birth, place of birth and gender.

Continue Reading

Top 9 China Provinces Where Foreign Companies Do Business
Top 9 China Provinces Where Foreign Companies Do Business

by Matt Slater October 25, 2018

Foreign companies are doing business in China for a wide range of different reasons - including importing, exporting, setting up joint ventures, investing, developing new markets, developing new partnerships & more - but in which Chinese provinces are these efforts focused?

Is most business done in China's gateway municipalities of Shanghai and Beijing, or do foreign companies flock to the manufacturing powerhouse provinces of Guangdong and Zhejiang?

Read this article to learn what are, according to our research, the 9 China provinces where foreign companies do business the most.

Continue Reading