To Avoid Fake Suppliers, Keep This Checklist Handy

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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.

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