Tuesday, August 28, 2012

West Africa Import / Export Scam

If you placed your company details on a B2B board, it's likely you will be contacted by a West African scammer passing off as a company, consultant, contractor, agent or organization.

Or perhaps you contacted one of the numerous adds placed by these scammers. They will offer you the chance to bid on a contract for a very large order of your product. Their ads claim the desire to purchase products such as mineral water and juices, cosmetics, T-shirts, soap, wine, farm machinery, chemicals just to name a few.

I've seen many postings from Benin Cameroon Nigeria and Togo on B2B trade sites such as Alibaba, Tradekey, Indiamart etc.., and they where nearly all scams. In Cameroon's case 100% where scams regarding product offered.

The tendency has been for Benin scammers to do the Import fraud, and Cameroon scammers doing Export fraud offering various non-existent commodities.

The IMPORT fraud...
If you respond, they will refer you to a bogus aid or governmental organization with various bogus acronyms such as WAIDCO/ WADECO/ WAADA/ BAFDAC/ BEFDAC/ BFDA/ WARC/ NAFDACBJ / SAFDACC .., They also make up names like Contract Awarding Committee, contract committee board, CONTRACT AWARD BUREAU, NCAC - National Contract Awarding Council, Bidding Commission etc.., the list is endless. They may ask you for samples to be sent via courier. You will win the contract after a few correspondence. They often promise that you will be paid 100% prior to shipping in order to gain your confidence.

The thieves use fake web sites and documents including passports and I.D. cards as part of this fraud. Many also don't have domains and websites and use free email addresses which are chosen to match their supposed company name. Please read: Identifying Obvious Scam Websites and www.scam-telephone-numbers.tk

Then comes the purpose of the scam.
You will be asked to pay various never-ending fees for a (fake) barrister to represent you in their country, product registration, import license, health certificate etc.., all accompanied by realistic looking documents. If you pay, a request for a new document will follow for an even higher fee. These can be a few thousand dollars to upwards of $30,000. As with all advance fee fraud, if you balk at paying, they may lower the fee by offering to pay part of it themselves.

Payment may be requested via Western Union or Money Gram, but also through bank transfers. Please read: Western Union/MoneyGram Indicate Scam!!! and Don't Pay Strangers via Bank to Bank Transfer and Be Cautious Paying with PayPal

They will sometime send a forged check with instructions that the product must be shipped urgently. By the time the bogus check bounces, they have received the merchandise. Please read:www.fakechecks.org

Sometimes they will ask that you send expensive gifts such as laptops, mobile phones etc.., supposedly to be given to directors of the bidding committee or others, as an incentive to win the contract. Such demands are common with West African scammers.

Here is a paragraph from a fraud alert posted on the U.S. Embassy in Benin web site:
businesses should be particularly cautious about unknown Beninese "companies" promising them big business deals. Unfortunately, a number of Nigerian criminals, increasingly in collusion with Beninese, use Benin as a base to defraud U.S. companies and citizens with "419" scams (e.g. advance fees), so named for the relevant section of Nigerian law. Potential U.S. investors should contact the Economic Section in Cotonou or the Commercial Section in Abidjan before sending any money or products to potential "partners" in Benin or sending "registration" fees to any purported Benin governmental agency
The worse country for this particular fraud is Benin followed by Cameroon, Togo and Nigeria.

They use mobile phone numbers as it allows them anonymity. For Benin, those usually begin with 9 after the country code (229 9xxxxxxx). They will sometime use listed numbers for their fax. Most of those will be from a fax service or cybercafe offering such fax service.

They will use mostly fictional company names. You can do a search in the online phone directories.

If your contact uses Togo fax number 228-221-5706 or 228-222-3341, these have been used in numerous scams. Details

Scammers will also use mostly free e-mail addresses such as yahoo, hotmail or one of the many variation from mail.com such as @minister.com @justice.com @consultant.com @lawyer.com etc.., The complete list is posted here:   They sometime register domain names with corresponding email addresses.

The EXPORT Fraud...
They will use many of the tactics described in the Import fraud but will offer to sell you various commodities at very low prices. Cameroon is by far the worse country for this type of scam, it has become so bad on B2B sites like Alibaba that in the thousands of verification request we've had, every single one was a fraud without exception. Conclusion is that if it's from Cameroon, the chance that it's a fraud is practically 100%.

The commodities vary largely and are usually products that are not produced or not available for export from Cameroon such as fresh or frozen meat, fresh vegetable such as onions or peppers, various grains, all types of edible oil, gold and diamonds etc.., The product is almost irrelevant since all offers for exports from Cameroon posted on B2B sites are considered scams.


Here are some legitimate links:
- Benin Chamber of Commerce (CCIB) web site is http://ccibenin.org
- Benin government www.gouv.bj
- Agence Béninoise de Promotion des Echanges Commerciaux http://abepec.bj
- Benin online phone directories http://www.beninphonebook.com
- PASP - Projet Appui au Secteur Privé (French). www.economiebenin.org
- PASP - English version. Limited content compared to the French site. www.pasp-bj.org
- A.D.EX - l'Association de Développement des Exportations http://www.exportbenin.org
- CBCE - LE CENTRE BENINOIS DU COMMERCE EXTERIEUR (French) http://cbce.africa-web.org
- BCA - Business Council for Africa http://www.bcafrica.co.uk
- BCA Cameroon http://www.bcafrica.co.uk/content/cameroon
- Cameroon Government: http://www.spm.gov.cm/acceuil.php?lang=en
- CAMEROON NATIONALSHIPPERS COUNCIL: http://www.cncc-cam.org/en/index.php
- The American Chamber of Commerce in Cameroon: http://www.amchamcam.org
- Togo Government: www.republicoftogo.com
- Togo Customs Administration: www.douanes.tg
- Togo Chamber Of Commerce: www.ccit.tg
- Cameroon Chamber of Commerce: www.ccima.net
- South Africa government - http://www.info.gov.za
- South Africa - Trade and Industry: http://www.thedti.gov.za
- International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa: http://www.itac.org.za
- Public Procurement Authority-Ghana: http://www.ppbghana.org
*The above sites are not recommendations but are merely meant as a guide.

Benin institutions and government ministries have French names although scammers who often don't speak French, being from neighboring Nigeria, will make up English names such as BENIN FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION CONTROL (BFDAC) which is a total invention.

The Benin Chamber of Commerce web site list rules on exporting to Benin (French) http://www.ccibenin.org/index.php?op...=107&Itemid=84

Paragraph 6 translates to:
Quote:
6/ No licence, nor product registration fees are required of foreign enterprises who wish to export their merchandise into Benin.
Here is a Google translation of that page.

All Benin businesses must registered with the Benin Chamber Of Commerce. Their list of registered businesses is available here
The document in question is entitled (FICHIER DES ENTREPRISES / CCIB) Excel spreadsheet.
It's an alphabetical list of businesses so there is no need to know French.
If the name of your contact is there, that would still be far from definitive since scammers often steal the identity of real companies. Some legitimate companies can scam you as well.

Some scammers will invite the victim to travel to Africa to look over the facility or NGO in question. That could be very risky. Never undertake a trip to West Africa without first contacting your embassy or consulate. There are dangers for the uninformed arriving in a country where laws are more or less applied and crime and corruption is rampant. A couple of cases have been in the media recently

- South African Scammers kidnap and torture Brazilian businessman Osmar Pereira - Same scammers had previously released a South Korean businessman, president of a global shipping firm after his company paid a ransom of US70,000
- Lebanese businessman, Roland Yosef tricked into traveling to Cameroon is then kidnapped by scammers - scammers had advertised themselves on a website as oil dealers Read article here

The paragraph below is a contribution of FW user "Honest_African". It relates to Cameroon but I would say it applies to most West African countries:
Quote:
Tips to avoid fraud in Cameroon
1. Government does not use email for official business. So if this is a legitimate government tender, you will have to DHL/FedEx your bid and usually in multiple originals.

2. Large tenders sometimes require a bank guarantee but not any advance.

3. Neither the government or any legitimate business uses Western Union. There are international banks in Cameroon and all accept wire transfers into their clients' accounts. Using SWIFT, the transfers take a couple of days at most so why Western Union? Of course, the name of the client should be identical to the buyer and this must be a bank and not a local credit union.

4. In Cameroon, government agencies are in Yaounde, not Douala.

5. The US Embassy provides free trade assistance to legitimate Cameroon businesses. If you are approached, ask the buyer to contact the Embassy's trade office. There is one in Yaounde and another one in Douala. The Embassy will vet both of you and assist in the transaction. FREE.

6. Many lawyers in Cameroon are quite dishonest so you are not safe simply by contacting a lawyer listed as a member of the Cameroon bar but you can check to see if they are a member of the bar at all: http://www.barreau-cam.org/francais/avocats.php The US Embassy can suggest a lawyer if you need one.
An interesting article on Cameroon scammers flooding Alibaba was written by the prominent Cameroon barrister Me Roland Abeng Cameroon: A Scammer's and Cybercriminal's Paradise!

There was a report of Nigerian scammers awarding a contract to an exporter and then requesting permission to visit his country to finalize the deal. A Nigerian then used that agreement to fly out of Nigeria into a Western country with the intention of then disappearing. He was apprehended at the airport and apparently confessed that he had paid the scammers for this human smuggling service.

The above information is only meant as a primary research tool and not as a substitute for a proper due diligence. This is doubly important with west African countries such as Benin where criminals specialize in scamming foreign businesses.

We are not qualified to do that type of in-depth research.

Further details on this scam at the following link: http://www.419scam.org/benin-import-scam.htm

The following thread contains additional details on this fraud:
Benin: http://www.fraudwatchers.org/forums/...ead.php?t=1666
Cameroon: http://www.fraudwatchers.org/forums/...ead.php?t=1547

CHINA Import Scam
Chinese criminals also do an import scam, with some variations. A major source is Guilin China, but there are others.

- They may have a web site heavy on platitudes with little or no information about the company. They will often claim to import a large variety of products, some of which are much more likely to be "exported" by China.

- They will ask for prices and quickly place a very large order of your product, often without seeing samples.
- The price doesn't seem that important to them. They will agree with your payment terms.
- They will insist you travel to China to sign the contract and that's where the scam takes place.

If you go to China, they will ask you to pay for expensive dinners, and/or ask that you purchase gifts such as artwork for the chairman or president of the company, pay advance notary fees / a % of the contract value. They may show you various fake documents, permits, company registration etc..,

If they use a bank account for money transfer, it will usually be a personal account in the name of the thief as oppose to a commercial account in the name of their bogus (or real) company. Personal bank accounts have little regulations in China and are extensively used by criminals and scammers.

Please read: Chinese Import/Export Fake Contract "Guilin" Scam

Here are some links containing victim's description of the scam:

http://www.fraudwatchers.org/forums/...ad.php?t=10377

http://www.fraudwatchers.org/forums/...ad.php?p=71618

http://www.fraudwatchers.org/forums/...ad.php?t=17092

http://www.fraudwatchers.org/forums/...ad.php?t=49386


34 comments:

  1. Dear Sir,

    Please check the following appended person and let me know if this person is GENUINE or FAKE which would enable us to do further process of Execution of Rice.

    Prepare Your Invoice And Send It For Evaluation & Approval To:

    [Hon/Dr. David Pako (Chairman)
    Supply Evaluation Commission
    African Union Projects.
    Address: 433/562, 2nd Liberation Ramant Road,
    Sekondi-Takoradi Western Region Ghana.]

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    1. I need to know what email address it came from. Is that the entire email? If not, please send it to me! Was there a website?

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    2. IT IS 100% SCAM

      Following sites are linked together as board members are sharing same CV under different names, websites has same content, Google can’t locate company addresses, all parties are using gmail IDs and I am sure there is more to it.

      http://www.auprojects.org
      http://ghanasupplycommission.webs.com
      http://ecowasproject.webs.com
      http://supplyprojectcommision.webs.com

      Contacts involved:
      James Kofi, Tel.+233 242363277, email: jameskofi216@gmail.com

      Dr. David Pako, Tel:+233 268 277 387, +233 268 277 388, email: infoauprojects@gmail.com

      KOFFI MENSAH (GH.) TRADING COMPANY
      N0 :12 OAK STREET, BESIDE EXPO 67 HOTEL,
      NEW TOWN,ACCRA.GHANA
      email: kmensah1010@gmail.com

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    3. Our company received a similar message after responding to a standard email request:
      "Therefore, Prepare and send your Invoice on their
      Email:{infoauprojects@gmail.com) Very Important!!!
      Try and Call their Chairman (Dr. David Pako) on Phone (Tel
      +233268277387. Tel:+233268 277), tell him to Confirm your Proforma
      Invoice in their Office."
      Issued by:
      Mr. Benjamin Kwame.
      NO:12 Melcom Plus Avenue,
      North Kaneshie,
      City:Accra,
      Country:Ghana.
      Telephone Contact: +233 5409 52467


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    4. Thanks for posting the scam email!

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  2. another scam?

    morganc301@gmail.com

    Dear Sir

    Complement of the season, There is a Governmental Organization in
    Nigeria that is interested in your products, Please confirm to me if
    you are interested to participate in a Tender.

    Destination Port: Lagos, Nigeria
    Contract Period: 24 Calendar Months
    Payment: 100% Advance TT

    I know that your company is capable of and supplying the products
    within a period of 24 months.

    Please write back to me and send to me the EX -Work. prices quotations.

    I am waiting for your valued response.
    Regards
    Chris Morgan

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  3. Would like to know if this is legitimate Mr. James Victor Gbeho info@ecowasintacs.info

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    1. It is a scam. Read www.scamwebsites.tk and www.westafrica-importexport-scam.tk I need the emails to have the site removed. Read http://forum.aa419.org/viewtopic.php?p=303200#303200

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    2. Please send me the emails this scammer sent you. That is very important.

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    3. http://www.ecowasintacs.info/. Can you please advise if this website is legitimate. It really looks the same like http://www.ecowas.int/, the only difference is the first website is based Accra, Ghana and the 2nd one Nigeria. I truly hope you can help because after reading all the above I also did to received an email from info@ecowasintacs.info.

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    4. It is a scam! Please read www.scamwebsites.tk It is listed as a scam here: http://forum.aa419.org/viewtopic.php?t=69905&highlight= You need to learn how to search the internet for scams!

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    5. I received the same message. Despite my warning at the very first email contact that I know about scams and that my company never pays anything upfront, they tried to convince me that this was all legitimate for ECOWAS - Ghana. Used contact numbers and addresses:
      Nathaniel Asamoah
      http://www.ecotenderar.info/members.html (blocked by bitdefender for fraud)
      The website itself is just a few months old.

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  4. Please advise if below is also a scam

    Attn: Director.

    Dear Sir,

    Can you handle the supply 800,000pcs of Plain white T-Shirts in 9
    months delivery period.

    The Cotton Plain T-Shirts is needed by the a Government Agency here in
    Nigeria and they told me to source for exporter of T-Shirts.

    My interest in the business is the commission you will add for me in
    your net prices which you shall return back to me when you have been
    fully paid.

    Please confirm your ability to handle the handle the contract to
    enable me send you the specification of the T-Shirts.

    Make your quotation in favour of the Government Agency below.

    Attn: Dr. Sam Ode.
    Upper Niger River Basin Development Authority (UNRBDA)
    Km5, Minna-Zungeru Roud
    P.M.B. 68 Minna, Niger State
    Nigeria.
    Website: www.unrbda.org


    Thank you and hope to hear from you.

    Regards

    Stanley Eze
    Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Nigeria

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  5. Dear all, please note, that the following "companies" and their representatives are also sending scam messages, so don't respond to their product and price requests:

    SAMACO CISSE. ENT
    Samuel Cisse (Mr),
    24/7 Hours for Enquiry: +233 262524029.
    Company Name: SAMACO CISSE. ENT
    Company Address: 105 Lapez Road Near Achimota Golf Club, Accra Ghana.
    Email: info.samacocisse_ent@yahoo.com
    Tel: +233 262524029 / Mobile: +233 262524058

    Abu Mohamed Adams
    Adams Business Services
    68 Pace Course Street
    Nii Okaiman West
    Abeka - Lapaz
    Accra, Ghana
    Tel/Fax: +233 237116385

    Mrs.Judith Elvis
    National Secretary
    National Project Management Board
    Accra-Ghana

    Executive chairman Ambassador of the National Project Management Board
    Mr. Shuaibu Musah on +233-241447408
    Accra-Ghana

    Economic Community of West African States
    Dr.HANK LARBI
    PESTILENT LTD.
    Box DC 192, Dansoman
    NO 2 3RD Twereboah Link
    Accra Ghana.
    Phone +233543861666

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  6. Sir,

    Congratulations! Find attached contract award notification letters and Contract Award certificate confirming the award of the above contract reference number to your esteemed company. You are to review the documents attached.

    You are directed to go through the contract award letters carefully and contact the Director General - Alhaji Dauda Issah Dauda on +233 237502382 as soon as possible for more information concerning the contract signing procedure.

    We say congratulation once more to your company.

    Yours Faithfully,
    Dr. Mrs. Rita Etsiakoh
    Permanent Secretary.



    National Project Management Board
    28th February Road
    P. O. Box M180, Accra
    Republic of Ghana
    Tel: +233504711887 / +233504951759
    Fax: +233265157653
    E-mail: info@npmbghana.org
    web: www.npmbghana.org

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  7. Let me know if the following e-mail adress is a scmmer?
    abumohamedadams011@hotmail.com

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  8. I have also received mail from the abumohamedadams011@hotmail.com procuring tenders for ECOWAS Ghana

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  9. Attention:Sir/Madam,

    This Is To Confirm The Receipt Of Your Pro-Formal Invoice Submitted In Our Office Today The: 9th Day Of September 2015, In Various Supplies Taken Place Through National Development Projects For 2015/16 Social And Medical Supply Year Projects. So Far Your Invoice Has been handed over to National Development Project Evaluation Member to Study And Evaluations.
    Can You Confirm The Following Details Below:

    a.Your Company"s Full Name:.................................................................................................................................................................................................

    b. Address:.....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

    c.CEO/Managing Director"s Name & Phone No:.................................................................................................................................................

    d. Name Of The Product And Country Originated From:............................................................................................................................

    e.Have You Supplied This Product In Ghana Before:......................................................................................................................................

    f. If YES, Provide Your Registration Number:................................................................................................................................................................

    g. Any Company Or Product Certification:................................................. If Yes, Name:..................................................................................

    h. Total Invoice Supply Value:...........................................................................................................................................................................

    Your Offer (Invoice) Has Been Confirmed By The Members Of National Evaluation Commission And Registered In Our Office With The Following Details
    1. Your Invoice File Number In Our Office Is: (RE/MI/00212).
    2. Your Invoice Is Four (4) Out Of Eight (8) Total Invoices Received So Far
    3. For: National Development Project

    The Total Number Of Eight (8) Invoices Has Been Received On This Order, Which Your Invoice Remains The Forth And Your Company Files Number Remains (RE/MI/00212) The Identification Numbers tagged For Your Company Invoice Will Serve as a Reference during Payment. Please Always Make A Reference Of This File Number In Your Further Correspondences To Our Office For Invoice Identification Purposes.
    National Development Projects Intend To Have A Long Term Supply With:

    1. A Reliable Supplier, Who Have the Zeal to Supply These Products with High Quality, And delivered It Within The Agreed Time After Payment.
    2. A Supplier: Who Understands The Different Between Long Term And Short Term Business Relationship, Committed To Carry The Order According To The Regulations Provided By National Development Projects, In Line With Ghana Standard Authority?
    Official Responds Will Be Given To You Immediately after The Evaluations Are Concluded Within Few Days From Today. Once Again, We Acknowledged Your Participation As Your Invoice Has Been Confirmed And Received
    Your Invoice Has Been Submitted In Our Office For Evaluations. Urgently Respond The Confirmation Receipt Of The Acknowledgement Letter Sent To You.

    The Secretary
    Mrs. Jessica Jonson


    Dr Atta James
    Projects Chairman
    Tel:+233 268 277 959

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  10. I have received this email:
    Thanks for your interest about the supply offer to this organization under the economic community of west African state [ECOWAS] and in a large quantity for their ongoing promotional and rehabilitation project. The recommendation for this project was made known to us from the contract awarding committee headed by (Ambassador Alhaji Shuaibu Musah) as the chairman of the contract committee to this organization for the action ageist poverty elevation in the country.

    The only product I will want us to bid cooperatively are Office chairs to this organization which we are only agent to them on commission basis. Go through the supply details below and get back to me if you can handle the required quantity to this organization.

    DETAILS:-
    I want you to know that I am a commission agent. Due to my relationship with members of the contract awarding committee of the ministries, many firms have gotten many contracts through my company effort over the years. If you win this contract through my company effort, i will be entitled to 1% commission as gratification to my company. The 1% commission will emanate by increasing the prices of the products by 1% in your proforma invoice to accommodate my commission. This money 1% will only be paid to me after you must have received your full contract payment from the organization.

    The products are needed by the Government of Ghana. All these compounded is a strategy by the ruling party towards showing their happiness in the country.

    Selected products and total quantity needed below:

    MESH OFFICE CHAIR
    Chair Size: 585 mm L x 640mm W x 945 mm H
    Total Quantity Needed: 5000 Pieces

    It may interest you to note that the organization makes an advance payment of 80% by bank to bank by telegraphic transfer and the remaining 20% to be paid by bank to bank telegraphic transfer, to be paid before shipment/supply. All payments to be confirmed by your bank. Deliver, FOB/CIF TEMA WHOLF. Delivery period, 180 days after receipt of payment from the organization by the contractor.

    SUPPLY DURATION:-
    The supply duration is negotiable with the contract committee as well as partial shipment is allowed if eventually you win the contract. If these meets your consent, let me know so that i can tell you the documents to prepare and the contacts of the contract awarding committee so that you can contact them directly.

    I look forward to receiving your response to enable us proceed on the contract. Do not hesitate to contact me on phone or e-mail if there is any clarifications you may need.

    Best regards,
    Mr. Nana James Oti
    James Investment Agency,
    Plot 44F, Market Road,
    Accra-Ghana
    Tel: +233-554307636
    WhatsApp line: +233-273134442

    Is this fake or not??
    Thank you

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  11. Please advise if below is also a scam

    tkf.anointed.one@gmail.com

    How are you ? I thank you for your prompt response with details about
    your business and products.

    I am happy to know about your interest that we do business together
    and,I believe once we are able to reach an agreement and have a common
    ground of understanding we can have a good business relationship
    going.I was able to look into your message and I believed we will make
    great sales overhere with your products.

    Now,I need you to please read the following lines below carefully as
    this will help you understand my field of work and how best we can
    work together should you still be interested.

    Like I stated in my first message to you;I am not a buyer but rather a
    sales representative,I represent companies and manufacturers of
    different kinds that want to explore and do business here in this part
    of the world;the market here is very good and your products will
    surely move here very fast as this country serves as a business center
    for this region and neighbouring countries.I deal with varities of
    products and once your product is good for the market I can assure you
    we will have a success .

    Buyers from this end do not put their cash upfront when the
    goods/products are not on ground or without seeing the products on
    ground which is their policy of safety due to many fake dealers on the
    market. How can we do business ? I have contacts to many different big
    Buyers that will be very interested in your products and I can help
    struck a deal with them.What I advise we do is this:You first send me
    a catalogue of your products and I will select that which is best for
    the market after which you will send me few samples of the selected
    products so I can introduce to the market and after that upon the
    selection/choice of buyers and the quantity that they may want to
    purchase with an understanding of the wholesales prices,you can now
    send that quantity to me here for sale if you can trust me or you can
    come along with the goods yourself if you have the time and in that
    way also it would be an advantage for us to meet in person .

    I have alot of contacts overhere and once we are able to get
    established here in Togo,then we can start moving to other
    neighbouring countries also with your products where I have good
    contacts also and will be able to make good business there aswell.

    I know and understand that there is a need of trust to get this going
    that is one reason why I sent a copy of my passport which has my
    personal details and you can verify with the Togolese Embassy;secondly
    I will be glad if you make a trip here before we get started so we can
    first get to know each other in person and I can also introduce you to
    few buyers so you can have an idea of what I am saying but if you
    can't make a trip now;I remained available to talk on phone or
    skype,anyone which is best for you just let me know as I believe
    understanding is highly needed to have a good business relationship.

    There is a vision and your business can grow really big here,this
    place do not have manufacturers therefore all that is consummed here
    comes from foreign lands .We can talk about my commission or
    percentage once we have an understanding on how to proceed .

    I thank you for your time and business as I wait to read from you
    soon.Any suggestion from you will be appreciated and please don't
    hesistate to ask questions should you have any.


    Best Regards,

    T.K.Francis,
    Sales Representative,
    Tel:(00228-9093-4782)
    Skype:machedasa
    Lomé-Togo
    W/A

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    1. Yes, it is a scam. Just like the article explains.

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  12. Have received mails and phone calls from Benjamin Osei Ghana pretending to work for EKEM Company Ltd. and offers us to become suppliers for a tender from African Union Public Procurement Authority .

    Below his mail, contacts and the bank account he's using.




    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I wish to inform your esteem company about a tender supply in the AFRICAN UNION PROCUREMENT AUTHORITY here in Ghana for the supply of ....


    This Tender is open to Foreign suppliers whose company products meet international standards.

    Terms of Payment: If the Order is given to you, An upfront payment of 80% (T/T) will be made to your account, while 20% will be paid before shipment.

    you will need to do official tender registration with the AFRICAN UNION PROCUREMENT AUTHORITY when you are submitting your Supply/bidding documents for approval before award.

    If your company is interested kindly get back to me for details about the project supply and how to proceed.



    Best Regards,
    Benjamin Osei
    Plot 206 Ring Road
    P.O.Box 7291
    Accra Ghana
    Tel.+233 264 430 390

    Bank account he used - he asked us to make a payment for registration fee.

    ACCOUNT NAME; EKEM COMPANY LIMITED
    ACCOUNT NUMBER; 0081 0117 74941
    SWIFT CODE; ABNGGHAC
    BANK NAME; ACCESS BANK GHANA LIMITED
    ADDRESS; KANESHIE BRANCH
    AMOUNT: 1,550 EURO

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    1. It's a fraud, scam! You will win the tender and then they try to get a processing fee of 0.5% of the whole tender amount.

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  13. Thanks for your reply.
    First, I am (William Mensha) an accredited Public Agent with (National Development Project Ghana) i was directed to initiate contacts with a reliable Companies, Persons, Agent overseas for the supply of Items Below. Over the years, many firms have gotten contracts Supply from Them (NATDP) through my efforts, So will appreciate more if your firm will be able to supply the (NATDP) with your company. And is going to be a regular and continuous supply after a successful completion of this first order.

    Products required Below in large quantity.
    1.Product Name:KIMO Multi­function Lady Bag
    Colour: Black.
    Quantity Order: 35,000 Piecess
    Price:Your Price Should Be With CIF To Tema Sepoart Accra Ghana.
    Purpose: To Be Distributed to Private Sectors On Trading Scales.

    And i believe that this Supply will also create more business relationship among us. It might interest you to know that this is a contract Supply order which is quiet different from ordinary purchase order which i know that your company will appreciate and will also understand that this contract can create more business relationship for future business.

    Prepare Your Invoice And Send It For Approval To:
    To: Hon Atta James (Project Director)
    National Development Project
    19 Milne Close, off Arnilcar Road, Airport
    Residential Area, P.O. Box 4172, Accra North-Ghana
    Tel: +233 268 277 959
    Email:infonatdp@gmail.com
    In your consideration, please be guided by these Terms below:
    Terms And Conditions Of Supply
    Packaging: According to your Company Original Pack.
    Your Price Should Include: Cost, Packaging & Shipment.
    Invoice with: CIF.
    Shipment Destination: Tema Harbour Seaport Accra Ghana
    Payment Method: Bank To Bank Transfer, To Be Confirmed By Your Bank Before Production.
    Payment Terms: 80% Down Payment To Start Production/Packaging, While 20% will be paid when the Product is ready for shipment.
    Inspection: SGS Port of Lading: (To Be Paid By The Buyer).
    Delivery Time: Maximum Of 360 Days From The Date Of Initial Payment.
    Currency: US Dollars Or Euro Only
    Partial Supply: Accepted
    Your Invoice Should Covers (a). Cost Of The Product. (b). Labour For Productions & Packaging. (c). Vessel Charges (d). Insurance Cover (e). Shipment Cost to Tema Harbour Seaport Accra Ghana

    If you are really interested in this contract Supply and that you are ready capable to handle it, delivered it at the right time in Ghana without any delay, disappointment, after full payment is made into your Account. Then Prepare Your Quotation Invoice And Send it to them Immediately.
    Thanks for your understanding.

    Thank You.
    Mr. William Mensha
    Tel: +233 269 025112.

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  14. Dear Sir,

    Thank you very much for your prompt reply to our request, before we proceed I would like to reconfirm to you that I am not the direct buyer of the products rather

    they are needs for such products is for a contract supply to Government of Ghana under

    African Union Development Commission (AUDC), I want you to know that I am an accredited/

    Sourcing agent to the Government of Ghana
    African Union Development Commission (AUDC)

    on contract allocations and other services. It will interest me to inform you that there is an Ongoing Supply Contract of such Product mention as follow

    1/ 200 x 300 mm Wall Tiles




    TO the African Union Development Commission (AUDC) under FOB or CIF Port of Tema Harbour PORT, for their 2015 enhancement Project. If your company is capable and

    willing to handle such project, kindly send us Your Price list to enable us submit an application and book order on your behalf for the supply contract. The good news

    about this contract is that any company that wins it automatically gains a long lasting business relationship with the African Union Development Commission (AUDC) if

    handled the order very well.

    Note: If you secure this supply contract through my company effort, we will be entitled to 2% commission as gratification to my company. The 2% commission will emanate

    by increasing the total invoice value of the products by 2% in your proforma invoice to accommodate my commission. This 2% commission will only be paid to our account

    after you must have received your full payment from the entire Organization.

    PAYMENT TERMS:-

    It may interest you to note that the organization makes an advance payment of 80% by bank to bank by telegraphic transfer and the remaining 20% to be paid by bank to

    bank telegraphic transfer,to be paid before any shipment/supply. All payments to be
    confirmed by your bank.

    SUPPLY DURATION:- The supply duration is negotiable if you eventually Win this supply is considered in your favour. If these meets your consent, let me know so that I can

    tell you the necessary documents to prepare and the contacts of the End Buyer to contact them directly.
    Looking forward to hearing from you and to establish a good business relationship with your company.
    Best Regards,


    Abu Mohamed Adams

    Adams Business Services

    No.67 Ring Road West North Industrial
    Accra Ghana.

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  15. Hi,
    Is this a scam id :
    reynolds.associates@hotmail.com

    Best Regards,
    Mr. Ryan Reynold
    Reynolds Associates
    B, 6 & 7 Time Tells Building, Comm 5, Tema, Ghana
    P.O. Box 8351, Tema
    Tel: +233-554307636
    WhatsApp line: +233-273134442

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  16. Good morning,

    please advise if this is a scam id's:

    economiccaghana@gmail.com

    Mrs. Salimah C. Peter
    Committee Secretary
    ECA - Ghana.
    WWW.ECONOMICCAFRICA.INFO

    info@economiccafrica.info
    ECA

    a-tosin@outlook.com
    Mrs. Mary Agboola Tosin
    Secretary
    KC Gh Consulting Agency
    + 233 (207) 022-502
    15 Steelworks Road / Heavy Industrial Area, Tema-Ghana

    Thank you very much for your assistance!!

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    1. It is a scam, just like the article states!

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