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What are the signs of the scammers?

For scammers, normally, they will have below signs:

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Unauthorized brand products

Scammers often post numerous branded products (Apple, Samsung, etc.) on their site for very low prices. If asked for legal documentation, they will either refuse or provide fake documents.

Preference for less secure forms of payment

Scammers often refuse to accept Secure Payment or PayPal - even if you offer to cover the transfer fee. They prefer Western Union, Money Gram or T/T so that they can get the money directly.

Extremely low prices

Their product prices are half that of physical stores – or even less. Such scammers also often promise to provide you with a ‘buy two get one free’ deal.

Excessive contact information

Scammers do not like to deal online – they prefer to trade offline. Therefore, they often put their contact information (phone number, Skype, WhatsApp, etc.) all over the site – in product names, product descriptions, product pictures and even their company names.

Changing bank accounts and email addresses

Minutes after you receive a bank account from your supplier, you will get a new message from a similar email address (i.e. the supplier’s email is wendy@hotmail.com; the new email is vvendy@hotmail.com). In the new message, the scammer will explain that the original bank account is being upgraded and request that you send your payment to a new one. After you submit your payment, the scammer will not respond to your messages.

Strange replies from unknown suppliers

You sent an inquiry to 3 suppliers (A, B, C). However, you received replies from 5 different suppliers (D, E, F, G, H), none of whom you had sent an inquiry to. To be safe, you should ask them where they got your inquiry and contact information. You should also check their company information to see if they are in your inquiry list.

Too many accounts with the same company name

If you find products posted on many different sites with more or less the same supplier name – and in each case the supplier is unverified – it may be a scammer. We suggest you avoid trading with such suppliers.

To find reliable suppliers, we suggest you trade with Gold Suppliers or Verified Suppliers. Their information is partly or fully verified by third-parties.

To find reliable suppliers, we suggest you trade with Gold Suppliers or Verified Suppliers. Their information is partly or fully verified by third-parties. Click here to learn how to select suppliers on Alibaba.com.

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