Beware of Fraud: "West African Food & Drug Administration Control (WAFDAC)"
West African Food & Drug Administration Control (WAFDAC) is a fake institution used in an import in Benin. No such institution actually exists. In a common scam run by criminals in Benin, an "agent" will set up a lucrative import contract (food, tobacco, cosmetics, etc), to be pre-paid by the buyer via telegraphic transfer - a no-risk proposition for the seller, you would think. Then, the deal is almost ready the buyer will be told he first has to register with a government institution, typically at a cost of $2000-$4000. That money is to be sent by Western Union. This is what the whole scam is about. If the money is paid it will be lost. The subsequent prepayment for the big order never arrives because the whole deal is only a bait for getting a supplier to send cash for the "registration fee".
A few points about the fake website wafdac.com:
- It is a generic .com commercial domain, not a gouv.bj Benin government domain.
- It was created by the scammers in June 2006.
- It is in English only, not in French like all genuine Benin government sites (http://www.gouv.bj)
- It is hosted on a server in Nigeria, not Benin.
- The word "drugs" is misspelled as "durgs" in the title of the website
- The phone numbers in Benin and the Netherlands listed on the site are mobile phones
- Most of the text on the site is stolen from nafdacnigeria.org, a government website in next-door Nigeria.
Contact details on the website:
Tel: +31 64518 0079
Fax:+31 20409 5398
Deray Lawey, 15,25 12 AC
Dehag - Netherland.
Tel: +31 645180079
Fax: +31 60684554
58 Rue de Atlanque cotonou,
Contact In Person:
Mustafa Musa (Chairman)
Tel: + 229 9739 6960
Fax: + 229 2133 3549
Edwin Clerk (MD)
Tel: + 229 97874672
DEAR MR FIRSTNAME LASTNAME,
WE WAIT TO YOUR OFFICIAL QUOTATION IN SOONEST POSSBLE TIME. KINDLY LET US
HAVE THE SAMPLES URGENTLY FOR OUR BUYERS EVALUATION AS TO ENABLE US PROCEED
WITH OUR FIRST ORDER SHIPMENT WITHOUT TIME WASTING.
PLEASE SEE THE INFORMATION TO BE USED WHILE SENDING US YOUR SAMPLES.
ATTN: MR EDISON STEVEN. LIAISON OFFICER.
BULK HOUSE TRADING LIMITED.
45 MIDOMBO AKPAKPA
REPUBLIC OF BENIN.
THANKS AS WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR REPLY SOONEST.
From: ngozi okoro [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 22 March 2007 09:08
To: FIRSTNAME LASTNAME Companyname
Subject: RE: PRO FORMA INVOICE
DEAR GOOD MR FIRSTNAME LASTNAME,
THANKS TO YOUR URGENT REPLY AND PROFORMA INVOICE OKAY WITH US.
REGARDING TO OUR DISCUSSION ON PHONE YESTERDAY, KINDLY UNDERSTAND THAT OUR
LOCAL BUYERS ARE DEMANDING TO SEE THE THREE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS BEFORE THEY
WILL MAKE THE PAYMENT COVERING THE TOTAL INVOICE VALUE.
THEREFORE,WE WILL LIKE YOU TO FORWARD US YOUR EXPORT LIECENSE,HEALTH
CERTIFICATE AND THE WAFDAC FREE SALES. AS WE NOTED YOU YESTERDAY THEIR ARE
LAW GUIDING IMPORTATION HERE IN OUR REGION AND WE CAN ONLY MOVE
SUCCESSFULLY IF YOU COULD OBTAIN THE FREE SALE CERTIFICATE FROM WAFDAC AS
THIS CERTIFICATE WILL COVER ALL THE SIXTEEN COUNTRIES OF WEST AFRICA.
THANKS AS WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR URGENT REPLY SOONEST.
DEAR MR FIRSTNAME LASTNAME,
THANKS TO YOUR REPLY AND DETAILED CONTENTS WELL NOTED.
IF YOU HAVE YOUR WAY IN WEST AFRICA YOU WILL KNOW MORE ABOUT THE NEW IMPORT
REGULATION.OUR CUSTOMERS ARE COMING FROM NIGERIA,TOGO,GHANA,LIBERIA AND
IVORY COST.DUE TO THE EASY CUSTOM CLEARANCE HERE. THE REGISTRATION
CERTIFICATE WILL BE DEMANDED BY THE ROAD SIDE CUSTOMS OFFICER AND IF IT IS
NOT PRESENTED THAT WILL COST THEM MUCH MORE MONEY.
THE WAFDAC ORGANISATION IS BEEN APPROVED BY THE ECOWAS GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT
HUMAN HEALTH. AS THIS CERTIFICATE WILL AUTHORIZE US TO SALE AND MARKET YOUR
PRODUCTS HERE IN WESTERN PART OF AFRICA AS WE EARLIER NOTED YOU AS TO AVOID
PROBLEMS WITH ANY WEST AFRICAN AUTHORITY. IF IT IS NOT REGISTERED WITH THE
WAFDAC THEN OUR BUYERS WILL NOT MAKE THE PAYMENT FOR THE ORDER THE PLACED
EVERY COUNTRY HAS IT RULES THAT GUIDES IMPORTATION OF FOOD,DRUG AND COSMETIC
PRODUCTS WHICH WILL BE TO HEAVY FOR US TO WORK WITH THAT IS THE NEED WHY WE
DIRECTED YOU TO THE WAFDAC AS THEIR APPROVAL CERTIFICATE WILL BE USED
COUNTRY HERE IN WESTERN PART OF AFRICA.YOU CAN GET INTOUCH WITH THEM FOR
MORE EXPLANATION THROUGH THEIR ADDRESS AT: email@example.com OR
THANKS FOR YOUR KIND UNDERSTANDING AS WE FORWARD TO YOUR FAST REGISTRATION
OF YOUR PRODUCTS SOONEST.