Circus Performers, and anyone getting an email from Mr.Chen regarding a Circus event in February Please Read:
KUNMING SCAM – YUNNAN PROVINCE CHINA – CIRCUS SCAM
At Magique we curate events, and prior to our New Years Eve event in Dubai we were contacted from a person named Mr. Chen. Below is the original email:
I tend to get at least 3-4 spam emails a day, selling me SEO etc. and I almost deleted this but when I noticed they wanted a circus I realised this could be a client. I had no reason to question their intentions as we do work globally.
After negotiating back and fourth and figuring out what Mr. Chen who was apparently from Guotai Economy and Technology Investment Co. Ltd wanted for a Circus event spanning 15 days at Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens for the Spring Festival I realised something was up.
We had agreed on an amount but the scammer aka Mr.Chen said this:
After reading this red flags popped up, it seemed strange to have to fly to another country to sign a contract and to fly back – all at my own expense. I have never seen this in my dealings but in saying that China works differently that other places so I thought I would investigate this a bit more.. give them the benefit of the doubt,
They sent me an invitation letter which would be, if I was to go, be used to get my Chinese Visa. This Letter is below:
There is one thing that Mr.Chen, aka the scammer didn’t know.. is that my Girlfriend is Chinese. I spoke to her about this and she mentioned to me that Kunming as an area is renowned for scams and to be careful.
The website provided by the scammer didn’t work, and I doublechecked the address and it wasn’t the same as the actual company name. Then I went onto google and typed “china scams kunming” and my assumptions were corrected.
This scammers number: Mobile: +86-15887282585 Tel: +86-871-63936160 was used a multitude of times across different companies, and different variations of Mr. Chen, Mr. Deng, Gouqing Chen and so on.
I was pretty suprised how many blogs and various sites I read about the same style of scam happening in china, they would get you there and then ask you to pay a fee to notarise the contract or would get you to buy cigarettes for officials and then get you to pay more when you return home – a Long con it is.
In the Bottom of this blog I have listed a few of the other Blog sites and discussions regarding these types of scams to help anyone else who is unsure or considering travelling to china under a similar false promise.
So aside from being cautious when doing business with China, or any other country what is my advice? well here is my opinion or advice on this matter, how you should deal with this:
* Get all the information of the person you are dealing with, name – email and company address their website. Do some research on their company and ensure that the person actually works there call that company if you need to.
* Reading a blog like this already shows that your in tune to knowing something is up – when it seems too good to be true it usually is.
* I Believe if you want to have the contract offically done, you can do this through their embassy but I suggest before event thinking about leaving your country you speak to your embassy and local officials who may be better equipped to answer your questions. They would see this kind of thing much more than any regular person.
*And do what I’m doing, the only thing I can. Write about it and spread the word so any of your trusting Circus friends are not conned by the same thing.
China Scam Kunming Blog – GoKunming Forum
Linkedin Discussion – China Golf Course Kunming Scam
Visiting China Scams – Notarize contract
Other hostel scams in China – Kunming, roommate scam
I feel happy I have figured this out and didn’t venture to Asia but also a bit sad, it makes me a bit sad that their are so many tricky people out there that you almost always must keep your guard up. I feel sorry for the legitimate businesses in China, and especially in Kunming who would find it impossible to trade abroad whilst such operators are scamming across the Globe.
Anyways enough from me, feel free to comment below or event shoot us a message or wall post on our Facebook page here. We hope this blog has saved you some time, and some money and of course saved you from some headache !
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