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Architects beware

Dear Editor:

Recently, some local architects received phone calls from a Chinese company called Xi’an Guiying Trading Co. Ltd. asking for a proposal for a commercial and office project in Xi’an, China. Some might have gotten an “invitation” to visit Xi’an and to sign the contract there.

According to the British Embassy in Beijing, it’s a scam:



“After protracted negotiations over several weeks the foreign company is invited to China to meet and sign contracts. The foreign company is presented with a large bill for all entertainment, excursions and other costs incurred over the course of the trip.”

For details of the British Embassy’s scam alert, check the following website: ukinchina.fco.gov.uk/en/business/help-for-uk-companies/Country-information/scam-alert/.



Personally, I can’t verify and confirm such information I got from the Internet. But I do want my fellow architects to be aware of such possibilities before your long trip!

Xiangdong (Don) Shi

Basalt


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