Alibaba Says China Police Arrest 36 in Probe of Website Scams

Police have arrested 36 people for committing fraud on Alibaba, China’s largest online business-to-business trading platform, Bloomberg reports:

The people are accused of using Alibaba.com and other websites to imitate legitimate vendors and sell products to businesses outside of China, spokesman John Spelich said today, confirming a report in Alizila, an Alibaba-owned news site. Chinese suppliers pay a fee to list merchandise on the site, and Alibaba.com says it has an authentication process to check that suppliers are credible.

The suspects were arrested from April 11 to 15 after an investigation involving Alibaba.com and police from the city of Hangzhou, where Alibaba Group is based, Alizila reported. Alibaba.com has refunded $1.94 million to victims of the scam, the website said.

Alibaba.com said in February that it found more than 2,300 vendors used its website to defraud global buyers, prompting its then chief executive officer and chief operating officer — who weren’t accused of wrongdoing — to resign. The number of fraud complaints received by Alibaba in June fell 70 percent from February, Spelich said.

July 1, 2011 10:38 PM
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