A few weeks ago I announced that Alibaba wants to stop the fake products on their sites.
This week Femi, one of our readers, mentioned a complete new method that fraudulent sellers use to promote their fake products on Alibaba to you.
I wasn’t aware of this before and I think this is something you must know.
Let’s beat those scammers once and for all!
You won’t see the fake products on Alibaba
Yes this is for sure. When you search for Samsung s6 Edge, Apple iPhone, DELL XPS 13, MacBook Air, you will find no original or fake products. The best you can find are accessories or repair parts.
So Alibaba did beat the scammers? There are no more fake products on their site and everybody is happy.
Well, I guess you understand by the tone of my blog, it is not…
A short lesson in finding fake products
Disclaimer: The following steps are illustrative. If you think you can find real cheap genuine products and you fall for these prices. I can’t help you. You must learn it the hard way. Don’t complain I didn’t warn you…
- Make sure you are logged in on Alibaba
- Search for (electronic) products on Alibaba
- At the product page you will find an option for the latest prices. This option is located just below the description, after FOB prices.
- Clicking this option will bring you to a pop-up with ‘Request for the latest price from supplier’
- Check the option: ‘Get the best quotes from verified suppliers through AliSourcePro’
- Wait a few hours and the inquiries are coming into your Alibaba message center.
These steps actually give fraudulent businesses the possibility to send you emails with their products. Fortunately these emails will only be in you Alibaba message center and not in your personal email box.
It is possible you will get multiple emails with fake products on Alibaba with Too Good To Be True Prices for Non Chinese Brands. It is useless to show the complete lists, but I like to give you some samples form these inquires.
All these products fail for our simple ‘ beat the scammers’ test.
- Too good to be true prices
- Non Chinese brands
- Only payment through Western Union or MoneyGram
Beware!! Identity thieves!
When I checked the company in Google from one of the inquiries, I found a different company and site!! This needed some more investigation.
The autor refers to a site from Kunup Technology. When you Google for Kunup Technology you will find a USB manufactory from China with a Chinese and English version for their USB sticks.
But when you follow the link provided in the email, you will find a fake store for Apple products. This fake site fails on all the criteria I describe in my free video training. You can opt in for this video serie on our homepage.
To be sure, I sent an email to Kunup technologies to verify this site. Within a few minutes they replied to confirm we are dealing with an company identity thief… These people use false company names to sell their fake products on Alibaba.
I cannot urge you enough to stay away from these sites. And if you are a frequent reader of our blog, I’m pretty sure you wil!!
For more info, check the previous blogs about this subjects:
I can’t believe this will hold very long at Alibaba. It is easy for Alibaba to filter for these emails. Remember it is not a private conversation. You talk with suppliers within the Alibaba store. Sure they can monitor this.
Maybe if people start complaining about the fake products on Alibaba, Alibaba will do so. But then these people are already scammed by then…
Question to you
Do you buy products at Alibaba? What kind of products?
And have you received emails like we discussed above?
Please write it in the comment box below.
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Wish you many safe purchases!