'Nigerian' scam gets industry-specific

Nigerian con-artists have long targetted gulible Westerners with claims of untold riches if only an overseas bank account was provided as a safe haven. Provide the bank details and you've been nobbled. BikeBiz.co.uk gets 5-10 Nigerian scam emails per day. But now there appears to be a new sort, targetting specific industries, including the bike trade...
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IBDs and suppliers have reported getting emails from AMAVIC Ltd promising a $20m contract to supply bicycles to a Federal Ministry of Sports in an unnamed country.

Reply to one of these emails asking for further details and you may be asked to furnish bank account details in order for 'AMAVIC Ltd' to make an advance payment of a few million dollars as a 'goodwill gesture'.

BikeBiz.co.uk replied to AMAVIC Ltd. and their reply is below. Perhaps it's a genuine deal, but we have our doubts.

Here's the text of the first, introductory email:

From: "AMAVIC LTD"

Sent: Sunday, August 11, 2002 4:10 AM

Subject: CONTRACT OF SUPPLYING BICYCLES


Dear Sir,

CONTRACT OF SUPPLYING BICYCLES

Your company was introduced to us by a sister company as a reliable

supplier and Manufacturer of bicycles and we will be very happy to establish

a gainful business relationship with you.

Recently, we were awarded contract of supplying bicycles to the

Federal Ministry of sports nationwide. The contract value is $20.8 million

US dollars only and the duration is 9 months.

Could you please reconfirm to us if your company can manufacture

the above product as we are prepared to re-award you the contract of

manufacturing and supplying us bikes.

We will be very glad to hear from you soonest.

Regards.

Engr. Bob C. Eze


REPLY TO EMAIL SENT BY BIKEBIZ ASKING FOR DETAILS:

Thanks for your straight to the point mail.

AMAVIC LTD. is an indigenous company.We are into sourcing contracts from local/foreign governments,Multi national companies and other non governmental organisations and reawarding such contracts to foreign/ local companies who can undertake such.Recently we won this contract to supply sports bicycles for to the federal ministry of Sports for onward distribution to all secondary schools to enhance students acquisition in the field of bike sports hence the need to contact you.

We make our gain through the 5% trade commission as the company that linked you with the ministry concerned

BICYCLE SPECIFICATIONS

Super 8

Weight: 45.8

Colours should be mixed up.

Fork: Shiver

Mode of payment: T/T Transfer through our apex bank or Irrevocable Letter of Credit L/C at sight confirmable by your bank.

Port of delivery: Tin-Can Island Apapa Wharf Lagos Nigeria

Delivery commences immediately after payment is made.

Kindly forward to us your price list for our perusal and quantity recommendation.

Thanks for your anticipated response

AMAVIC LTD.

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