There are scammers overseas that are contacting Uri reps as well as others pretending to want larges million dollar orders. I received this helpful info from Uri International. The following is helpful info:
Please see the websites and links below:
In this site: http://www.joewein.net/419/419-phone-bj.htm
You will find the following:
113 RIVER LAYOUT AVENUE
COTONOU BENIN REP
EL BELO MUSA
On this page you will find more information about import scams to Contonou, Benin which is the Port he mentioned:
Here is an excerpt:
Benin is a small country in West Africa, right next to Nigeria, that unfortunately shares many of the fraud and corruption problems that plague its bigger neighbor. In a common scam run by criminals in Benin, an "agent" will set up a lucrative import contract (food, tobacco, etc), to be pre-paid by the buyer via telegraphic transfer - a no-risk proposition for the seller, you would think.
However there's a catch. The buyer is told that products have to be registered with the government before they can be imported. The registration fee runs into thousands of dollars and it has to be wired by Western Union. This is the payment method of choice for West African scams because it is essentially untraceable. The payment can be picked up anywhere in the recipient country without the seller ever finding out who picked up the money or where that person lives. Seller beware! Read some of the following documents before you proceed with such transactions.
As you will see, the scammers use various company names but often the same phone numbers will show up and the mode of operation is the same. Often a "West Africa Refugees Commission (WARC)" acts as the buyer. We have no evidence that this organization actually exists. If you want to export goods to Benin you do not need to get any license or purchase any certificate. Any required certificates are the responsibility of the importer in Benin, not yours!
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