To Avoid Fake Suppliers, Keep This Checklist Handy

By The Pro QC Quality Assurance Team

Last week we discussed avoiding fake suppliers and scammers when sourcing medical personal protective equipment (check out that article here: Avoid Fake Suppliers of PPE & Scams).

This week we’re taking you through the checklist you should have on hand when investigating a supplier for sourcing any product. Any of these points should raise red flags as to the authenticity of a supplier.

Fake or Real

  • The website design looks unfinished, there are many spelling errors
  • The ‘About Us’ and ‘Contact Us’ sections of the website do not contain the full company details: registered company name, address, phone number, and email)
  • The website indicates that the manufacturer is selling several categories of branded products, all listed on a single page
  • The website domain name contains the words ‘genuine’, ‘replica’, ‘original’
  • The website domain name is linked to anything stating an offer or discount
  • There are no return policy, terms & conditions, or privacy policy stated on the website
  • The price of the products offered by the supplier are too low compared to average market prices
  • The manufacturer does not appear on a Google Map search, or it does appear but has been added very recently
  • There is no official registration for the company name in the country it is in

If you are in any sort of doubt, and need help to spot a scam, Pro QC can help. Get in touch with us today to find out more.