Our international dispute resolution lawyers get a steady stream of emails from companies seeking help to recover money lost in international scams or just telling us about the scams and asking us to report the scammers to “the police, the government, the State Department, the Embassy, and/or the consulate. Many of these emails also request we write about the particular scammer so as to protect others from falling victim.
We never report these scams and we never name names here on the blog. Our job as lawyers is to do our best to determine what is true and what isn’t and to dig into the facts to come up with as much as possible that might be helpful to government and law enforcement authorities in finding the culprits. So unless the company wants to pay us to document everything before making this criminal reports, they can and should do this reporting themselves.
We do not name names here on the blog nor on facebook because it often is not clear there has been a fraud. Here is a recent example. A Mexican company bought $80,000 in t-shirts from a Chinese clothing company. The Chinese clothing company sent the requisite quantity of t-shirts and the Mexican company alleges they were of such poor quality as to be a scam and they asked us to report this scam to “the Chinese authorities.” Was it a scam? I have no idea. Did the Mexican company have a written contract with the Chinese company specifying the quality of t-shirts it would be buying? I have no idea. Did the Mexican company spend $10 per t-shirt or $1 per t-shirt? I have no idea.
In many cases of alleged fraud, the name of the company that was provided to the party that was scammed is NOT the company that committed the fraud. Fraudsters often claim to be with a legitimate company when they are not and a quick check of their email address reveals this. It is extremely unlikely a legitimate Samsung or Hitachi employee is emailing you from a qq or gmail account.
They are simply claiming to be with a well-known company to pull off the fraud. We are not going to list company names when we have zero clue what company (if any) is actually involved.
Bottom Line: If you want to avoid being scammed, do your foreign company due diligence before you send money.