This guideline on how to detect a fraudulent Chinese seller is almost as safe as a Durex and will protect you from losing your hard earned money or being sacked by your superior.
The first step is a quick and dirty test on the information just in front of you. The test will reveal warning signs of a swindle and is straightforward to conduct. All you have to do is simply answer YES or NO to the information in front of you. YES raises a red flag.
The low hanging fruits:
Contact and location:
If the quick and dirty test turns out positive (you reply No to all or most of the questions), you can move on to discuss your purchase with the Chinese seller. However, there are still a couple of issues where you should walk away
The guideline is built on the most common and renowned signals that should prevent you from falling into a trap. However, it is still strongly advised to conduct an in-depth background check on companies that do not trigger any of the most obvious warning signs. The quick and dirty test cannot safeguard you against from overpaying to a trading company that claims to be a manufacturer or conducts a risky transaction with a newly established company.
To add an extra layer of protection, you should always ask for a copy of the business license and verify that the information is correct. I can do a preliminary verification completely free of charge. The business license verification can reveal information about business registration number, legal representative, registered capital, registered business scope etc which is enough information to press legal charges and hold the company accountable for misconduct.
If you consider placing a large purchase order from a Chinese company that appears to be legit it is moreover advisable to check with Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and China Custom that the company possesses all the necessary permits and approvals to conduct foreign trade and request a copy of the bank account permit to verify.
Please share and provide constructive input or suggestions that can improve the quick and dirty test.
Originally posted on https://www.facebook.com/Chinesecompanycheck
Great! Agree On That. Maybe we'll find these fraudulent suppliers only if we're looking for cheaper, cheaper prices. In general, the basis for selecting a supplier is visibility. For suppliers that have a reputation, we can't make a judgment based only on the evaluation of some of them. After all, being famous and growing for many years must have its advantages. We can only judge if we experience it ourselves and communicate with the company.