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Accurate China Insight: China business scam – Beware of unusually large Purchase Orders

A growing number of small to medium sized companies both in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland have recently contacted Accurate Group to seek our assistance in verifying the existence of China-based companies (many of which are operating out of the Shenzhen area of Guangdong Province) with generic names such as Brightway, etc., that are sending unanticipated, yet conceivable (and therefore tempting), large purchase orders, with attractive upfront payment terms of up to 50%. Following minimal correspondence, the Irish company contact (usually the Managing Director) is invited to travel to China to sign a contract. However, once in China visiting buyer’s office (which appears to be legitimate, but is merely a respectable cover for a criminal activity), and the initial deposit is due, the seller is asked to pay upfront half the bank fees for the transfer, or a commission in cash. Upon return to Ireland the seller will find no initial payment has being transferred and the party they have been communicating with has disappeared as has any cash they have been paid.

Accurate China Insight - China business scam -Beware of unusually large Purchase Orders

The Irish company usually contacts Accurate after a number of email exchanges with the Chinese company, which points to a level of sophistication on the part of the Chinese entity. They have done their homework and know industry specific terminology across a range of sectors including renewables, electrical filaments, and animal feed.

DON’T BE FOOLED BY SUCH SCAMS

  • If the size of the P.O. from a company in China you’ve never heard of reads too good to be true, that’s because it is!
  • There are easier ways to win in China. If you have never dealt with a Chinese company and just want to be sure they are bo na fide then you should contact a long-term hands-on Ireland China business consultancy with offices and Chinese speaking staff on the ground in China.  As veterans of doing business in China, an Irish China business consultancy, knowing the wily tricks played by Chinese companies, can be of invaluable assistance when verifying the true credentials of a Chinese buyer, supplier or business partner

… and, assuming, the Chinese prospective (product buyer, supplier, partner) company is genuine, an Irish China business consultancy can help you to negotiate and make the sale!

  • Never travel to Company to meet a company without verifying the integrity of the product buyer, supplier, or partner company that has invited you to visit them. In any case such a company will need to supply you with a Letter of Invitation (chopped / stamped with the official Chinese company name – any company doing business in Mainland China should be properly legally established [such as a company, a rep office, a branch, etc.] for tax and invoice issuing purpose), which you need to provide to your local Chinese Embassy when applying for a China entry visa. 
  • Even if you have received a contract in English, assume there is always a contract in Chinese. Ask for a copy and have if verified to ensure that contracts are exact copies of each other.

Incidentally it’s not just small and medium companies who fall prey to sophisticated China scams. No company doing business in China is immune: Look at what happened to Caterpillar who recently had to write off most of a China deal after uncovering “deliberate, multi-year, coordinated accounting” fraud (Source:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/19/us-caterpillar-siwei-idUSBRE90H1C520130119)?

Do note that these kinds of difficulties are experienced by very few Irish companies doing business in China. Follow your gut instinct, use commonsense and take the same precautions as you would doing business anywhere else.

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Source: http://accuratelimited.com/blog.view.php?id=t8/dwXC9GMw=

Niall O’Reilly

Managing Director, Accurate GroupIreland China Product & Business Development (Export, Source, Import, Partner Due Diligence) Consultants doing business in China for over 24 years

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China – Under The Hood: Exposing a quack doctor in Hangzhou

Ever seen the film “Catch Me If You Can“? Stars Leonardo de Caprio, in this apparently true story in which he impersonates a school reporter, a pilot, a doctor, and then a lawyer and fools everyone.  Eventually he gets caught.

 

“Doctor Theodore M, M.D. PhD”, presented himself as “one of the foremost western psychologists residing in China“, with an assortment of qualifications, degrees (which would require substantial academic writing and journal submissions), and experience that covered many different facets of the medical profession.  Having satisfied themselves Doctor Theodore M was a highly qualified medical professional local Chinese resident and ex-pats living in Hangzhou with real medical needs flocked to consult with him on various ailments. All had confidence in his abilities not only to treat, but they also took solace in the professional advice that a medical practitioner of his stature would undoubtedly provide.

 

Early in February, a Chinese girl received an email from the Doctor, which was in effect an unsolicited sexual proposition. The email contained his mobile number. The girl in question demanded an apology. After repeated requests and with no apology forthcoming she posted a warning about Doctor Theodore M on the Hangzhou Expat Forum.  In a state of denial, believing that the best defence is offence the Doctor accused her of defamation of character.

 

It just so happened that prior to reading the girl’s post on the Forum I was reading a news article in which HR recruitment experts were commenting that employers will always do an online search for “extra” details about potential job candidates — the point being “make sure that information about yourself, especially your background, which you post online  is true because someone somewhere is going to Google you” [or if you are in 2013 China  “human flesh search you”!]

 

Anyway, I had some time to burn today, as one does when it is seriously freezing outside, and as I re-read the posts on the topic raised by the girl something just didn’t seem right.  As we say back home, I smelt a rat.  This guy’s mode of offence wasn’t very becoming of a medical practitioner of repute, especially a psychologist.

 

And so began the Google search.  Soon Google was throwing up lots of disturbing information about the Doc M… He claimed to have 15 college degrees (including 3 PhDs), he was Reiki Master/Healer, a member of the US Marine’s elite Delta Force, a stuntman, a bounty hunter, a former police officer, and an actor. Google search threw up a huge amount of information about this Superman going back 15 years. 

 

About those degrees:

  • AS Degrees in Arts & Sciences; York & Gaston Technical Colleges
  • BS- Healthcare Services; Alameda University
  • BS-Psychology and Master of Arts- Counselling; Alameda University
  • Masters of Science-Psychology and Masters of Science-General Medicine; Medical University of South Carolina
  • Ph.D. in Medicine; Medical University of South Carolina
  • Ph.D. in Psychiatry; Medical University of South Carolina
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy; UC Berkeley

 

He had purchased all the degrees certificates online.  Alameda University in particular has a reputation for selling any type of degree at a price. Further research confirmed that the Doctor Theodore M wasn’t registered with any reputable medical school / authority in the USA, especially the American Medical Association. 

Out of the blue Hangzhou had its very own version of Catch Me If You Can starring Theodore M. The man was nothing more than a con-artist with a very big ego (conmen usually are).

A quack doctor exposed: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck!

A quack doctor exposed: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck!

How his scam worked

  1. Buy the degree online
  2. Reside in a developing country with second and third tier cities crying out for the ‘professional wisdom of expert Westerners’, and where nobody can hardly speak  English, let alone read and write it
  3. Have you online purchased degree notarised by the nearest US Consulate (in this case the US Consulate in Shanghai)
  4. Use the officially notarised documents to attain a license to practice as a medical physician
  5. Use your charm
  6. After you have the license you could easily apply for a job in needy hospitals, the notarised documents being proof that  medical qualifications / degree are bona-fide

Doc M‘s approach opened doors to Hangzhou’s leading hospitals, and before long hewas even advertising his services as a licensed and certified China organizer for organ Transplants for Foreigners, a minefield controversial subject in China last year given evidence that the body parts of executed prisoners were being used in transplants (a trade that Chinese authorities have since outlawed, which doesn’t necessarily  mean that the organ donation trade will stop in China any time such is the huge domestic demand for organ transplants).  Moreover, most alarmingly, as a licensed physician Doc M was also able to prescribe any type of prescription medication, including anti-depressants and sedatives, which are considered very dangerous medications if not administered by a real professional doctor.

 

So the Doc M was abusing a position of trust that had the potential not only to seriously undermine the credibility of bona fide foreign doctors practising in China, but also the legitimacy of all foreign professionals working in Hangzhou.

 

Soon other women started coming forward accusing the Theodore M of molestation and worse.  After reading his online dating profiles, and hearing and reading his victims first-hand accounts, it was clear that his deception was deception of the highest order, bearing all the hallmarks of a sex predator, who according to several definitions is a person:

“who is or was seen as obtaining or trying to obtain sexual contact with another person in a metaphorically predatory manner”. (Source: Google)

“Doctor” Theodore M was exposed as a quack. The US Consulate in Shanghai and others were informed and he is no longer practicing in Hangzhou, let alone China: Caught!

Resume of a Quack Doctor (as posted online):

“RESUME

FILM EXPERIENCE

Shake Rattle & Roll – Townsperson

Carrie 2 – Paramedic

The Patriot (starring Mel Gibson) – Militia Fighter

MODELING EXPERIENCE

Millie Lewis – Runway Model

TELEVISION COMMERCIAL EXPERIENCE

Two Local Commercials  Principal and Voice Over (both)

SPECIAL SKILLS/INTERESTS

Martial Arts, Stunt Fighting, Sword Fighting, Some Singing Ability, Archer, White Water Rafting, Repelling, Expert Marksman, Hiking/Camping, Former Police Officer, Private Detective, Bounty Hunter, Photographer, Paramedic, USMC  Force Recon, Wrestler, Clinical Hypnotherapist/Counselor, Meditation Instructor, Reiki Master/Healer and versed in Buddhism, B.S. in Health Care And Much More.”

(Now we know what the B.S. in Health Care really meansBaring teeth)

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