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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 5:41 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I recieved an email to my work address, wondered if anyone has seen this sort of scam before and what they're after. I replied to the first email in case it was genuine, though didn't think it was. Not replied since the second.

Here they are:

I will like to know, not the final-quote, but a preliminary estimation of how much it will cost to decorate 19 Government houses. All the
19 rooms have a living room, a confrence room and a relaxation space, with an optional lounge included in some housing unit that
needs re-decorating. If you can work with this details or you need more information please get back to me as soon as possible. This is a
government contract and i was made aware of your perfect and aesthetic finishing and if it is something you can't handle, i will be grateful
for some referals.

Burton H.

And after my email:

The job site is the official government houses of the Government of Benin Republic. For all the jobs, it's not time or price limited but
if the attention to details and clear understanding of client's demands, as stated on your homepage is anything to go bye, i think this is an
avenue for even more jobs to follow. What i will like to know is how soon, you are ready to send representative(s) over so i could send
you a data form since you will be in-charge of procurement and advisory role in what is best combined to bring out the best plush,comfy
official residence. Time is of essence because i must tell you, we are speaking with some other firms and ofcourse the best all round bid
will be considered. Thank you

Burton H.

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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 6:00 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Not a lot to go on here, but I'm guessing they want to book a decorator in order make an advance payment by check. Then they may ask that you Western Union some amount to an associate, supplier, etc (scammer). Alternatively, the job will be canceled or delayed and they'll ask you to return most of the payment, keeping some amount for your trouble. Or some other such nonsense.

Of course, your trouble will not be the loss of the job, but rather the mess you'll be in when the check is returned and you are held liable for the full amount.

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