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    Import Export Representative Scams

    Yet another form of Internet scam is circulating via e-mail. This one's called the Import/Export scam and while it takes several forms, it generally asks recipients for help in clearing checks from overseas.

    A sample of the typical email follows:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I represent ALPHA Import and Export Company based in the Australia. My company exports cocoa and other goods/services for world trade.

    We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium of getting to our customers in Europe and America as well as making payments through you as our payment officer. Most of our customer pay out in cheques and we do not have an account in your country that will clear this money. It is upon this note that we seek your assistance to stand as our representative in your country.

    Note that, as our representative, you will receive 10% of whatever amount you clear for the company and the balance will be paid into an account we willavail to you.

    Please, to facilitate the conclusion of this transaction if accepted,do send me promptly by email the following: (1)Your full names, (2)Contact address and, (3)Phone/fax numbers.

    Thank you for your time.

    Very Respectfully,

    Mr. HILLS JACOBS, President, ALPHA Import/Export co.

    Such an email should be deleted immediately!

    It is a sad fact that over 95% of all serious international import export trade fraud emanates from various African countries. Our position is that there are many poor underdeveloped countries in the world and there is no excuse for over representation in such situations.

    Kinds Of Import-Export Fraud
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    • Bank Transfer (Scam Mail) Scam mail originated in Nigeria but now emanates from many other African countries. Often, victims of this scam receive an introduction letter via email .In this letter they are usually told a story about a wealthy person (for example a rich businessman or government official) who has died. The letter asks the receiver to provide a bank account where the deceased's money can be deposited safely, and promises to give 20%-30% of the total money as compensation. To see an example of this scam mail, please click here.
    • Pro forma Invoice (to get your personal information) Some fraudsters may ask for a pro forma invoice when they do business with you, and then after you provide this, they may attempt to withdraw your funds, and purchase samples using your good name and business reputation. Your stolen identity may even be used to help con the fraudster's next victim!
    • Credit card Be very careful if a business partner you meet through the internet informs you that they can only send you payment by check or credit card...If you accept these payment methods you are running a risk that the checks have been forged, or the credit card numbers stolen, and ultimately you may have to bear the loss. There are many credit card number generating programs available online which also generate fake addresses and pins numbers which conform to the banks algorithms.
    • Free sample fraud We often find cases where a fake importer writes to many hundreds of companies asking for free samples to be sent to them with the fake promise of big sales once they have inspected the goods, in reality these are usually aimed at easy to resale electronic items such as mobile phones, laptops and personal audio electronic produces which they then resell at their local market. While we encourage discount samples to be sent to potiential buyers, the buyer should be requested to pay for shipping and most of the cost of the item.
    • Immigration Fraud Below is an outline of the various methods criminals in Africa and Pakistan are now using to help them bypass western immigration systems by abusing invitation programs set up to help increase trade with these locations.

    Is Your Business A Victim?
    Contact the Export Bureau!

    Please inform the Export Bureau immediately if you suspect that you may be a victim of fraud by someone you met through the ExportBureau system.

    As a first step, please forward copies of all relevant correspondence, along with the other party's details and email addresses (if you know these) to The Bureau will immediately investigate anyone we consider guilty of suspicious behavior.

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