A Chinese company has defrauded me.. Who can help me..?? Hmmmmm, a deep sigh..!!!!
Sorry Saeed, we have heard this all too often.. There seems to be NOTHING anyone can do to assist you in this regard.. The shipping line surely cannot assist you with this.. There are no international bodies governing such issues..
If you have the money to fight this, you could involve a good maritime lawyer to see if you have a case to proceed against your supplier..
There have been a few discussions in blog about such issues.. These articles maybe of help to you in the future and also to others..
- Safeguards against shipping and freight fraud
- Business ethics vs Fraudulent behavior in exports
- Exercise due diligence when dealing with China
I do however have one question to the Insurance experts reading this article.. Is there any insurance cover that shippers like Saeed can take to protect themselves from fraud like this..?? There are several buyers being taken for a ride by such unscrupulous companies..
It would be interesting to see how many other readers have had such experiences and if anyone has been successful in getting back any of the monies from the people that defrauded you..??
I have a question about fraud and I wonder if you can help.
Our company in Bahrain. Using email, we made an agreement with a shipping agent (counterpart) in China to bring a shipment from China to Bahrain.
After he loaded the cargo and took the BL from shipping Line, he sent me the invoice with agreed amount.
I paid the amount and asked him to send BL.
Superiority, a women claiming to be his secretary, sent another invoice for around double the agreed amount saying that their company have a rule that we should pay within 7 days after the ship leaves and the attached invoice is for my delay in paying the original invoice.
This 7 day rule have never been mentioned in my correspondence with them.
I went to the shipping line in Bahrain, they said they can not do anything. I asked them to pay the freight charges again and to issue me a new BL, they said they can not do it unless China agent agrees.
This is a clear fraud case.
My question is that, China agent is blackmailing me, is there away to get my BL or an international body that could protect me and sort this out.