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How to Avoid International Cross-border Shopping Scams Online?

Many consumers have special preference for international cross-border shopping online especially from China. Many new buyers are easily fall into the trap made by the fraud sellers. There is no such thing as a free lunch. There are countless pitfalls waiting you when buying online, so you must be careful when choosing. The following practical tips help you to avoid being deceived.

1. Try to choose well-known reliable websites to place orders.

First, you should try to choose those well-known shopping websites or platforms to place orders. The big website is usually much better in terms of product quality, customer service and logistics. We suggest you buy from eBay, AliExpress, Wish, Amazon, DHgate etc. These websites have been tested by numerous buyers and thought to be reliable sites.

2. Watch out the products with unbelievable low prices

It is reasonable and normal for a product sold from some websites that is a few dollars less than that of other websites, and some products may also have a discount period which are much cheaper than normal. But if the price is unbelievable low, you need to be careful, this is obviously fake product or low-quality one. Therefore, buyers are advised to be more vigilant in terms of price, and not be greedy to avoid suffering great losses.

3. Contact the seller before you buy

Many buyers that are scammed reflect they couldn’t contact the buyer successfully after they find they are cheated. To avoid this, you need to find contact ways of the seller from the website and try to talk few words with him/her before you place the order. Just ask the seller few questions like ‘if the product is free shipping?’ etc. Reliable sellers usually provide detailed address, phone number, email in their website and answer your questions in time. Some fake ones don’t provide contact method at all or only show email on the page. They will not reply you if you send them an email. 

4. Watch out the way to pay

Another thing you should be careful is the way to pay for the item. If the seller only provides payment through Western Union, Wire Transfer or other payment that can’t be charged back once you are scammed, you need to avoid buying it. Reliable shipping websites or platforms usually support payment through PayPal, credit card, Alipay etc. which can be charged back.

5. See if the website has the buyer protection system

If the shipping websites or platform has the buyer protection system, the buyers can open a dispute when the item doesn’t arrive in time, is lost, damaged or you receive it not as it’s described on the website. 

6. See Reviews for the Product

See reviews of the product is a good way to judge if the product is good or not. Some fake shopping websites often have no reviews for the products or have a review system that can be cooked by the sellers. If you find really bad reviews for the seller or products, or the reviews are obviously cooked by the sellers, you should avoid buying from it.  

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Questions and Answers

Fake shipment RG024377437CN

I am writing for assistance on an alleged false shipment. I made a purchase on Aliexpress, the seller gave me this tracking code RG024377437CN. The goods purchased are a car tablet weighing at least 7/8 kg. The Italian post office told me that this code belongs to a small shipment, less than 2 kg.. The shipment is addressed to Crupi Simone, via XXV Aprile n. 11 - 10099 San Mauro Torinese (Italy) - c/o Carabinieri Barracks.. Is it possible to have some indications to prevent the scam from going through?. Greetings. Sandro Maranca. cell. phone +39 331 363 5765

0 Answer(s) | Asked by Sandro | 5/22/2024 7:43:09 AM

Status of AM345742156CN.

Can you tell me about the package related to AM345742156CN. What do you show as destination and status? Also can’t find any details on size or weight. Trying to find out if I have been scammed

2 Answer(s) | Asked by Bfuller | 5/21/2024 3:50:03 PM

False delivered

My package with my supposed number AT400210376CN appears as delivered and I never received anything, apparently it is a very common scam and you do not solve anything nor the company that has sold it to me, I need your help please.

2 Answer(s) | Asked by [email protected] | 5/21/2024 2:00:46 PM

Facebook adv. are fake and scam

PLEASE DO NOT USE FACEBOOK ATTRITIVE OFFERS TO BUY THINGS AND THESE ALL ARE RELATED TO SCAM. YOU WILL NEVER GET YOUR SHIPMENT. SINCE IT IS PART OF SCAM THEY STILL WANT TO GIVE PEOPLE A HOPE THAT THERE SHIPMENT WILL BE DELIVED. PLEASE BE CAREFUL.

0 Answer(s) | Asked by donotbuyfromfacebook | 5/16/2024 11:54:28 PM

My package says it arrived but it did not, is my package lost?

Hi, . I have contacted many people but I am not able to contact the person who shipped my item. I am not able to find their adres or information anymore. Another site told me to contact you for my order: AM343557695CN. I see online it says delivered but this is not the case, before I mark it as scam I want to make sure I have all the information for my insurance claim. Can you let me know where my package is and who the person is who shipped it? . Thank you in advance and have a nice day.

0 Answer(s) | Asked by Alto | 5/16/2024 8:35:51 AM

Package says delivered but i don’t received

AT391869769CN. The package is delivered on May 10 but it has never been delivered to me and the Italian post office does not recognize this tracking in its system.. Is it a scam?

1 Answer(s) | Asked by Mc | 5/16/2024 12:28:08 AM

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