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Some time back, there was a scam out of Africa that was based on fooling suppliers and manufacturers into tendering to supply goods to African governments. I had some fun baiting these scammers with fake products and phoney invoices. For instance, in September 2017 I received an email that asked if I was interested in giving details of my 'products' to be considered by the government of Ghana. So I looked around the Internet for really ridiculous prank items and found some zany 'tools'. I figured that these would be good enough to fool dumb African scammers, so I made up a promotional page of them.

Daffy Duck Enterprises Fictional Items

So I replied with one of my pre-prepared template emails that contained the price list for this crap and pictures of the items.

  1. We ship our products to anywhere in the world.

  2. Yes you can pay by Visa or MasterCard credit cards, however the payer will be verified as genuine by the card issuer and the payment completed before goods are shipped.

  3. No you cannot use your own freight company. All our products have international shipping factored into their price and we use our exclusive freight agency for all domestic and international orders.

  4. Yes you can place orders by email.

  5. Please state quantities and we will advise whether we can fill the order or put on backlog.

  6. Warranty on all products is 12 months back to base from date of shipping.

I immediately received this reply, complete with spelling and grammatical errors.

I replied with my willingness to do the deal, as follows:

I received the following reply from the scammer:

So there is the basis of the scam. As the 'tenderer' for this government contract, I am required to pay the 'tender and registration fees'. Yeah, right. I replied with the bait - the understanding that I would pay these fees, but the scammer was in for a surprises.

So as expected, I received an 'order' for these ridiculous items with the usual grammatical errors:

I decided to bait the hook a little more and instead of the 1% that this scammer claimed would be his commission, I actually offered him 5% commission. Hopefully that would have make him think that I was a bigger chicken that was ready for the plucking. This was my reply.

As expected, I received an email from the scammer, advising me that he would submit my bogus pro-forma invoice to the bogus government of Ghana, as follows.

I replied and baited the hook a little more.

At this point, the usual way that this racket operates is to inform the target that although the 'tender' has been accepted, the 'application fee' has to be paid first - obviously by cash transfer such as Western Union. This is where I put the scammer over a barrel, by stating that my company, DD Enterprises, never ever transfers fees by cash transfer, but will deposit the required bogus tender fee into the official bank account of the government of Ghana.

Of course this was the last thing that the scammer wanted to see. Even if Daffy Duck managed to transfer money into that official government account in some way, the scammer could not get his grubby hands on the money. So he would insist that it MUST be transferred by Western Union - to him, of course - or he would give me an actual bank account and claim that it is the account of the government cashier. So I awaited his response and his demand for the fee, whereupon I planned to start to screw him and his scam. But I received this follow-up from the scammer.

So I had to invent a good reason as to why I could not speak to the scammer by phone and this was it.

I received a very sympathetic reply from the scammer.

Now that I managed to give him a plausible excuse as to why I could not talk to him on the phone, I sat back and waited for the scammer's next move. I then received a couple of uninteresting emails from the scammer, merely keeping in touch with his intended victim - me. Then I received this one, complete with grammatical errors, asking me to contact a 'lawyer' and of course this was bogus too.

So I thought that I would throw a fly into the ointment, so to speak and I replied with this.

That gave the scammer the message that I wasn't going to exactly play the game that he intended for me. But he had another try at getting me to contact the bogus lawyer, because this was the basis of the scam - the first attempt at conning a fee out of me.

Note that this scammer had not corrected me about the West African Project not being a part of the Government of Ghana and this becomes a factor later on. But I decided to stir the pot with this reply.

The scammer still insisted that I should contact the bogus lawyer and he sent me this email.

As expected, I received an email from this West African Project email address.

This is when I decided that I was going to challenge the scammer and see which way he would turn, so I replied to this phoney Mark Addo.

At this point, the scammer would have realised that his very carefully prepared scam, complete with certificates and contracts, was flying right out the window. So he panicked and sent me this email from the alleged West African Project, asking me to comply and send the bogus Product Registration fee. I replied with an email that challenged everything that he had said.

I then received an email from the scammer, who told me that he had been rather busy in church. It's amazing how these African scammers always invoke some religion or other to try and give themselves an air of legitimacy and piety. It's a shame that it does not work on me. Then he realised that I was going to challenge the whole scam. That was the last thing that he wanted, because he still thought that there was a chance that I really was a sucker. So he tried to dissuade me from doing anything and he sent me this email.

All of a sudden, this tender was not for the Government of Ghana, but allegedly for ECOWAS and the bogus lawyer was not registered in Ghana, but was an ECOWAS lawyer too. The scammer was in panic mode and advised me not to contact anybody else. Of course this was the last thing that he wanted, for instance me contacting the Ghana Police Service. So that is exactly what I told him that I would do.

I wrote a couple of phoney emails that purported to come to me from the Ghana Police Service and the President of ECOWAS. A couple of hours later, I sent the following email to the scammer to let him know that I was fully cognisant of his fraud and that he was not going to make me a victim.

The scammer had anolther try and convincing me that he was the 'real deal', despite the fact that I had proven him to be a fraudster. So I received this email from the bogus 'West African Project' as follows.

Already being bored with this scam, I fired this email back at the scammer. But I did not yet want to tell the scammer that he had been dealing with a cartoon duck.

There was no further contact from the scammer. But what was funny is that this fool did not check up to see whether DD Enterprises actually exists or anything about the infamous Daffy Duck. A quick Google search would have blown my cover, but I can always rely on the stupidity and ignorance of African scammers to be sucked in by my exploits.