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Scams Target You - Protect Yourself

It’s Fraud Awareness Week here until the 9th of March, so plenty is going on in regards to helping people educate themselves, and report scams to protect others.

ScamWatch New Zealand has provided some useful examples of people being scammed which is always worth reading.

If you aren’t much of a reader, here’s the short version.

There are no guaranteed get-rich-quick schemes – the only people who get rich are the scammers.

  • DON’T respond to offers, deals or requests for your details. Stop. Take time to independently check the offer.
  • NEVER send money or give credit card, account or other personal details to anyone who makes unsolicited offers or requests for information.
  • DON’T rely on glowing testimonials: find solid evidence from independent sources (not those provided with the offer).
  • NEVER respond to out of the blue requests for your personal details.
  • ALWAYS type in the address of a website of a bank, business or authority in which you are interested - it’s safer.
  • NEVER click on a link provided in an unsolicited email as it will probably lead to a fake website designed to trap you.
  • NEVER use phone numbers provided with unsolicited requests or offers as they probably connect you to fakes who will try to trap you with lies.
  • ALWAYS look up phone numbers in an independent directory when you wish to check if a request or offer is genuine.

 

And if you want some further advice, here’s what I would add.

Be wary of “trusted” sources. Your bank will not send you an email in which they ask you to confirm any personal details, your bank should not call you to confirm your credit card or other bank card PIN numbers. When scammers attempt to make contact pretending to be a trusted source, they often do so with a false sense of urgency. If you notice this high pressure technique be wary. This policy can also extend to many other situations outside of the internet, so if you're being pressured into making decisions suddenly and without full and proper thought, you should take a cautious approach.

Be extremely suspicious of money orders. While it can be said that money orders are a legitimate tool for financial exchanges, fake money orders are a very common medium for fraud, particularly with auction fraud. A bank will often accept a money order, but then when it's discovered to be fraudulent, you are the one responsible for the amount. Money orders are not covered by the same limited liability laws that we enjoy with our credit cards. In fact the limited liability laws make credit cards far safer than money orders for transactions.

Check your bank account and credit card statements frequently. Be on the look out for purchases or transactions that you may not be familiar with.

Don't judge reliability by how professional a website looks. It's relatively easy and costs very little to create, register, and promote a website. Remember that people and companies you communicate through the internet with are not always what they seem.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Ask yourself
“How could I win a lottery prize if I haven't bought a ticket ?”
“How would Bill Gates share his fortune with me, if I forward this email ?”
“Why would the lost prince of the little known country of Scamartistan share his millions with me ?”

If you win something you should not pay anything to receive your prize. This technique is very common, and is also known as Advance Fee Fraud, or 419 Fraud. Eventually the scammer will reveal that in order for the arrangement to proceed a smaller amount of money is required to be paid first.

Be cautious of Internet Dating. Unfortunately scam artists have begun using Internet Dating sites to groom people over a longer period of time, eventually requesting money whether it be for travel (to be together) or for some other deeply emotional issue, such as a family member requiring medical attention.

And my final kicker.

 

NEVER EVER USE WESTERN UNION TO SEND MONEY TO SOMEONE YOU DO NOT KNOW.

 

Western Union is the bread and butter medium for scammers, why this point doesn’t get driven home I don’t know. Time and time again victims refer to Western Union as being the method of their loss.
ScamWatch New Zealand really dropped the ball with this , though it shouldn’t come as any surprise The National Manager of the eCrime Laboratory for New Zealand Police, did once suggest on national television that Western Union as a safer service to use.

 


Scams target you: protect yourself.

 

Hurre!!!!!!! For fraud

Hurre!!!!!!! For fraud aweareness week ....... Now there will be so many fraud people working on web so beware

i was ripped off by I was

i was ripped off by I was ripped off by vishoes.com to the tune of 600usd by Pure Lin and Bill inventory manager if that their name everything was going well until they got my money me and my friend never heard anything from them again but we established new contact through another email and they replied in a heartbeat and still taking orders but we are still toying with them even this very moment they need to be stopped. Many calls and the same excuse one day is the tracking number is not working another is your items been hold by Chinese custom and after no communication you seem them online but no answer I contacted their business owner Ms. Xiulan Ma no luck no one speak English but they still taking new order. The is very bad for honest supplier in China I’m still dealing with a lot honest people but some are very bad how to lower their price when they get the money you are done.

There are many " fly by

There are many " fly by night" operation in China now, they just make a website and use a ery low price to make you pay them, then t hey will disapear. I have many clients met the problems. But now they do not do that, they will use a Chinese agent to meet the suppliers, this is the safe way to purcahse.

Hi @ ChriS, FIRSTLY IF SOME

Hi @ ChriS, FIRSTLY IF SOME BUFFOON THINKS THAT HE IS BUYING GENUINE- VERTU FOR 180$ OR 58 INCH PLASMA FROM SAMSUNG/LG FOR 500$ OR iPHONE FOR 140 USD HE DESERVES TO BE SHOT, HANGED AND THEN TRIED IN A COURT OF LAW JUST FOR THE GENERAL PRINCIPLE OF IT. for most of the sensible people out there fraud or scam means- -THE PEOPLE WHO TAKE YOUR MONEY AND DISAPPEAR. SO DEFINITELY A SEPARATE LIST FOR SUCH "CONVENTIONAL FRAUD" WILL BE VERY HELPFUL AND GREAT. Because most of us understand what buying from china means. WHAT WE WANT TO VERIFY IS JUST THAT THESE GUYS ARE THIEVES OR NOT. MANY PEOPLE WANT TO BUY FAKE STUFF OR CHEAP IMITATION.... ( CHEAP BEING THE KEYWORD HERE ) SUCH PEOPLE WILL BE VERY GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD AFFORD TO HAVE A SEPARATE LIST OF THIEVING KIND OF FRAUDS. AS FOR THE FAKE GOODS........... WELL AS I SAID EARLIER THEY "EARNED" IT . THERE IS A PROVERB IN HINDI WHICH TRANSLATES ROUGHLY AS:- NOBODY LEAVES THE WOOL ON THE SHEEP. IE. SOME PEOPLE LIKE THE SHEEP ARE JUST MADE TO BE SCAMMED (OR SHEARED). SUGGESTING THAT SUCH MADE TO ORDER FOOLS WERE JUST ASKING FOR IT AND THE POOR CHINESE GUYS JUST WENT AHEAD AND GAVE THEM WHAT THEY WANTED. THEY MIGHT NOT ACCEPT IT BUT GREED IS THE ROOT CAUSE OF THEIR MISFORTUNE. DID THEY THINK THAT EVERYONE WHO BUYS A GENUINE I PHONE FOR 600$ OFF THE LOCAL MARKET IS A FOOL ? AND ITS ONLY THEM WHO HAVE DISCOVERED THE HOLY GRAIL OF CHEAPEST MANUFACTURING COMBINED WITH INTERNET. WHAT WERE THEY THINKING ?

Hi Chris, I couldn't figure

Hi Chris, I couldn't figure out how to submit a scam site for sure, so i hope you get this. i bought shoes from misshopping.com and I never received them. I'm so mad at myself because i never fall for this kind of thing, but I was able to pay with paypal and I thought it'd be fine since I could file a dispute if there was a problem. I also didn't realize they were based in china until a received my paypal receipt on the next page. I filed a dispute but paypal said there was no buyer protection so i was screwed. I never noticed that there needed to be buyer protection, i thought paypal protected all purshases...dumb mistake i know. anyway, check out misshopping.com. they sell manolo blahniks and other off season designer shoes, but I never received anything and they aren't contacting me back. please put them on the list to warn others.

Many of the Louis Vuitton

Many of the Louis Vuitton products utilize the signature brown Damier and Louis Vuitton Epi Leather, both of which were first used in the late 19th century. All of the Louis Vuitton Taiga Leather products exhibit the eponymous LV initials.

cnlilong.com is scam

cnlilong.com is scam

Yes, they fraudulent

Yes, they fraudulent

http://www.cnlilong.com/membe

http://www.cnlilong.com/memberlogin.asp Is a scam lets all hack the site and rip them off

They took money and sending

They took money and sending all False docuemnts . Beware

Hi Chris I read your blog on

Hi Chris I read your blog on frauds and I want to ask you if you can also help me out. I want to make purchases on www.china-jewelry-wholesale.com and it doesn't seem to look fake but can you please help me out Thanks so much!!!

hey! im wondering the same

hey! im wondering the same thing. i saw your question on yahoo also.

they sent me a paypal email telling me to send them money but then i sent it to spoof@paypal.com & they said that the paypal email http://www.china-jewelry-wholesale.com/ sent me was phishing email.

i wanna know if i will get my items if i go through the actual paypal.

hello, also in my opinion is

hello, also in my opinion is a very big scam

sincerely

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hello. i am in the process of

hello.

i am in the process of making some order with some chinese sites.

www.globwholesale.com
www.chinashopunion.com
www.b2bmvp.com

all these sites have agreeed to accept paypal... is this a trustful website to order from??

farah

thank you

PayPal is relatively a safe

PayPal is relatively a safe payment. Though they seem legitimate, it's better to check reviews about them. It's a good practice to try sample orders, to examine the product quality and the services they provide. After all, you wish for a long-term business with them.

one of fraud site

one of fraud site www.macktrade.com manufacturer information on Alibaba.com is 'http://jerseysite.en.alibaba.com/aboutus.html#companyprofile' I am not sure even the information on Alibaba.com might be fake however the factory is using 'macktrade.com' as its official website. hope to help somebody being scammed by them.

Hi there, I got ripped off by

Hi there,
I got ripped off by Chengyangzhou Int′l Trading LTD, web site: http://chengyangzhou.en.alibaba.com/.
Wish I would have read this earlier.

Now it seems that I found a new site at: http://www.tenglongtechnology.com/.
They use the name of a real producing company "shenzen" and named themselves "SHENZHEN TENGLONG TECHNOLOGY CO.,LTD".
Be aware of the fact that you will not be able to find this company in the internet or in the phone book!

So, watch out, guys! If a price seems too good, don't trust them!
There are lots of these scammers in China!

I would say think twice about

I would say think twice about doing business with suppliers on alibaba.com and like directories. Several reasons:
1) part of accounts on alibaba.com (probably those before 2006) were upgrated to premium members automatically 'cause alibaba.com wanted to charge service fees to all registrated members
2) some previously free accounts are being traded and the users are not the company owners as you see
3) suppliers in China keep shuffling and many have shifted to domestic markets, and moreover, the accounts on alibaba.com are registered as personal accounts, not company accounts

I was also fooled by

I was also fooled by Chengyangzhou Intl Trading - I lost $ 550 in January.
With them is Mr. Yin Man - Ms. Cindy Chan - Ms. Winni Zu - Ms. Yiun Chen.
I found some information on google on other websites selling.
Informed that they are scam and perhaps "robbers".
Those who know them, they inform the webmaster for deletion.
Let's end these Chinese robbers.
They soil the reputation of those who are good sellers.

have a company to add to your

have a company to add to your list of fraud china suppliers. however i was lucky enough to research before i sent any money. the website is www.ecsunshine.com lee vera is the contact name that has been listed w emails. in which i also reconized the name switch backwards in another statement from a victum of fraud. under a different website. this one is not on th list : )

www.ecsunshine.com Hi, thanks

www.ecsunshine.com

Hi, thanks for your story! i just wanna make a payment of a few hundred dollars to this website. I talked with that company with Alex (Xin) and Eddie (Sueddie) seperately with different names to check their story. Now i read this i dont gonna pay anything. Yhanks again!
Jan Willem

I have just started receiving

I have just started receiving very similar "you won a prize" scammails at both my New Zealand and overseas addresses. One purports to be from Vodafone and informs me I have won 850,500 pounds! The other calls itself the Euro Milliones (sic) Board and there my prize is 750,000 euros. I traced one of these back to a site registered to a Chinese hotel that appears to have been specifically set up as a scam hosting service.

Here's one I received today

Here's one I received today that you may want to add to your list. Sender's email is thomas.pan@fowa-china.com. Thanks!

(If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward to the right person/ department, as this is urgent, thank you!)

Dear CEO,

We are the department of registration service in China. We have something need to confirm with you. We formally received an application on April 13, 2010. One company which self-styled "Banao trading co.ltd" are applying to register "quizamanagement" as brand name and domain names as below :

quizamanagement.asia
quizamanagement.cn
quizamanagement.com.cn
quizamanagement.com.hk
quizamanagement.com.tw
quizamanagement.hk
quizamanagement.in
quizamanagement.net.cn
quizamanagement.org.cn
quizamanagement.tw

After our initial checking, we found the brand name and these domain names being applied are as same as your company’s, so we need to get the confirmation from your company. If the aforesaid company is your business partner or your subsidiary company, please don't reply us, we will approve the application automatically.

If you have no any relationship with this company, please contact us within 10 workdays. If out of the deadline, we will approve the application submitted by "Banao trading co.ltd" unconditionally.

Best regards,

Thomas Pan

I received the same thing.

I received the same thing. What is the scam?

Yes we also got an identical

Yes we also got an identical email. They are probably trying to get you to buy the overpriced domains to "protect" your corporate name.

I did a search on the company that supposedly was buying up the relevant domains and they did not exist.

paypal said there was no

paypal said there was no buyer protection so i was screwed. I never noticed that there needed to be buyer protection, i thought paypal protected all purshases...dumb mistake i know. anyway, check out misshopping.com. they sell manolo blahniks and other off season designer shoes, but I never received anything and they aren't contacting me back. please put them on the list to warn others.