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    Fake Tracking Numbers.

    Fake Tracking Numbers.

    Fake tracking numbers are a type of dispatch code provided by fraudsters to distract buyers, lowering their defenses and seizing their funds. Such a situation is challenging and undesirable. However, if it does happen, let's explore what can be done to minimize your losses and recover your money.

    The Fraud Mechanism

    Based on our experience, China Post Tracking has been in the parcel tracking market since 2014. An incautious buyer often trusts and purchases a product with a significant discount from an unreliable online store. They are then given a tracking number. Without suspicion, the buyer tracks the parcel, unaware that thousands of other deceived buyers have received the same tracking number. It should be noted that the parcel is real and directed to its recipient, but besides them, a thousand others are waiting for it, hoping to receive their purchased product. International shipments take over a week to deliver, and none of the deceived individuals suspect they will not receive the shipment. Fraudsters skillfully mask everything, even managing to select a tracking number for a shipment that is headed to the buyer's country. Sometimes, they sort the group of deceived people by country and send one fake package to each group to disguise their actions. Credit must be given - the fraud scheme is brilliantly designed. Few buyers can recognize fraud at an early stage.

    How We Identify Fake Tracking Numbers

    Our universal tracking system registers every shipment tracking request. We save information about the number of requests and their countries of origin. If the tracking number data raises suspicions (too many requests or requests from different countries), we alert the user of our website about this anomaly. We hope this information will help you get your money back for a fake parcel at an early stage. Are there any errors in our system? Yes, this possibility cannot be ruled out. We determine the country by the user's IP. If there are many requests from different IPs, we consider this suspicious activity. However, if you use the mobile version of the site on your smartphone, your IP address changes dynamically, or your Internet provider provides a dynamic IP. In this case, your requests may be registered as from different people. Therefore, you must pay attention to the number of countries from which the parcel is being tracked.

    Scam Levels

    Our parcel tracking system records each tracking request and sets the fraud level for each tracking number based on these statistics. This process is automatic, requiring no action from you. We have identified four levels of fraud for parcels:

    • Very low
    • Low
    • Medium
    • High

    Pay attention to the High Scam Level, where anomalous activity for a tracking number is identified based on the following criteria:

    • Country from which the parcel is being tracked
    • Total number of tracking requests
    • Total number of IP addresses from which requests are made

    If your parcel has a high level of fraud, follow the information below to resolve the problem.

    How to Check Your Parcel

    We have a large database of suspicious tracking numbers available for your review. If you find your parcel number on this list, recheck the shipment for possible fraud and take timely action to recover your money.

    Suspicious Tracking Numbers

    Steps to Take if Your Tracking Number is Fake

    Check your parcel to see if your tracking number is on this list. Here are the steps you need to take:

    • Verify the parcel dispatch date and purchase date. If the parcel was sent before you purchased the product, it is a fake tracking number.
    • Maintain communication with the seller. If they do not respond, this is a cause for concern.
    • Check the online store. Fraudsters often close the site after a while. If the site is offline, this is a sign of fraud.
    • Search for information about the seller and their website online. If you find complaints, this is another sign of fraud.

    From our experience, the faster you realize you have been defrauded, the better your chances of recovering your money. Do not console yourself with thoughts that everything is fine and that this cannot happen to you. You need to act quickly. A passive buyer is a godsend for fraudsters. If you have suspicions, take the following actions:

    • Immediately contact the payment system or bank through which you made the payment. Most banks and payment systems have protocols for handling fraudulent transactions. Find contact information on their website or call customer support immediately.
    • If you bought a product on an online platform and the seller turned out to be a fraudster, contact the platform's support service for help. Open a dispute about fraud and request a refund, describing your suspicions.

    Again, the faster you react, the better your chances of getting your money back. We hope this information is useful to you. Don't let yourself be deceived!

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    Denys Sokolov
    Hi Everyone. I'm Denys Sokolov am the owner of Logic.Cool, a developer of China Post Tracking project and other online applications and mobile games. Please write me with any suggestions for improving the parcel tracking service.