Did you know? For high net worth Chinese individuals, the threat level is higher outside of China. Those traveling from China to the US don’t typically have knowledge of potential threats happening. They can also end up being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Bad people can always find good people.
No matter who you are or what you do, you can come in contact, and even be conned by someone who seems like a good person. This is especially true if English is your second language and you don’t understand certain nuances.
You’ll know these people as fast talkers. They may wear a Rolex and a nice suit and drive a sports car, but they are not as they seem. They may have done their research on an individual and set up a business meeting with the intent of extorting money from the individual in some way.
Know Who You Are Doing Business With
If you are traveling outside of China for business, it’s important to know who you are doing business with. What may seem like a good person who works for a legit business may be anything but that. Scam artists will set up elaborate schemes just to take you for your money.
No matter how you came into contact with this person, it’s important to have an executive protection agency do a background check to find out if they are telling the truth about who they really are.
Be Careful of Who You Meet and How
Maybe your associate has introduced you to someone that they have known for a while regarding a business venture. You have to keep in mind that your friend or associate could have been tricked by what they see on the outside–the sports car and the suit. They probably don’t know this person very well.
Before you even meet with this person, a simple background check will give you some information that you need to know to determine whether they would make a good business partner.
Many people don’t believe background checks are necessary because it reflects someone’s past. However, past behavior is an indicator of future behavior. When we look at determining the level of threat and dangerousness of someone, we look at their past behavior.
Anybody can get scammed. You need the experts who can look at a background check and notice the subtleties that may be indicators that this is someone you should not go into business with.
While background checks will show any necessary information, they can’t protect you from everything. Background checks can’t be performed on strangers who we don’t know are threats until they have made a threat in some way. They also do not stand in between you and an attacker.
Traveling with Your Family
If you are a Chinese billionaire traveling with your family, it is extremely important to retain the services of an executive protection company. While you may think that any criminals would go directly after you, they often choose the easiest target. If you have hired one bodyguard for yourself, they will go after your wife or children.
No matter where you travel, you can fall victim to extortion and put the lives of your family members in danger.
Where Do Enemies Come From?
Enemies can come from anywhere and have many different reasons for their actions. If you are involved in politics, they may not like your viewpoints. They can also be people who weren’t your enemies before you came into contact with them. If you are traveling to a new country that has civil unrest, you could get hurt in a riot by someone who doesn’t even know who you are.
Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones When Traveling
While background checks can help you determine whether or not someone is safe to do business with, they can’t protect you from other dangers.
If you are traveling with your children, someone may find out where you are traveling to and come there. Through social media, anyone can find anyone. They can know what you are doing and when you are doing it to find the times when you are least protected.
Billionaires also have to consider that people might try to get money out of them however possible. This includes kidnapping their children to extort money.
Background checks don’t protect you from hidden dangers and strangers, but executive protection can. Not only will you have one to three agents with you and your family members at all times, but they also plan accordingly. Our agents go to your next location ahead of time to make sure we know where the exits are in case there is an emergency situation. We will also have knowledge of any of the people in which you are visiting for business purposes or otherwise.
When you are traveling outside of China, the best way to stay safe is to be proactive and work with executive protection agents who put your safety and security first.