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Dishonest Company – Industry Alert – SPT Medical Equipment


from ICE (www.ImagingIgloo.com)

 We wish to inform all of our colleagues in the medical imaging equipment industry of scammers that we recently encountered, who are specifically targeting buyers of medical equipment. The company is called SPT Medical Equipment from Helsinki, Finland, and the contact we communicated with went under the name Henri Kapanen. This company is skilled at looking legit. They were able to provide us photos of the equipment (in this case, a Siemens Emotion CT scanner) that matched the description, and they gave full specifications as would be expected from someone selling an actual system. Be aware, however, that this company will steal your deposit and suddenly become impossible to contact. The equipment never shows up.
  • We have since learned that these people may operate under different names and websites, appearing to be from different countries. These include http://www.sptmedical.com, http://www.lmx-med.com, http://www.dnbmedical.com, http://www.mg-medi.com, and possibly others. Notice the similarity between these websites, the images, and the content. Some of our information suggests that the individuals responsible may actually be from Russia.

    How do you avoid scammers like this? Always know who you’re dealing with. Ask for and check for reputable industry references. Whenever possible, physically inspect the equipment, and look for any signs that the vendor may be trying to avoid allowing an inspection. (In our case, they told us the equipment was already crated and in a facility where inspection was not possible. This is a major red flag.) Always get good pictures and details, and check that the pictures are consistent. (We have seen other brokers actually send marketing or promotional pictures for equipment, claiming them to be the actual equipment being sold. Some people send images they found on the internet.) Verify that the vendor is a member in good standing of well-known industry communities that check member credentials, such as DOTMed or IAMERS. If they are not, contact these organizations and ask if they are aware of any reasons to be concerned.

    Those of us well grounded in this industry hold it very dear, and it is our responsibility to uphold integrity and to keep dishonest people like this from conducting their immoral form of “business.” Thanks for your attention, and please spread the word!

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