I have a order from a company in Nigeria, how do i know if the company is legitimate?

Question posted by Matthew Ford, on behalf of Creative Nature in KT8

I have an order from a company in Nigeria called Saliche Consultant Agency who are arranging it on behalf of Landmark Hotels who they have asked me to invoice the pro forma too.

How can I find out whether this is legitimate or not as if it is we would like to proceed with the order.

They have agreed to pay 70% in advance and for us to arrange the shipment.

Many Thanks,

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David Bill, on behalf of ChemPlex Ltd in EH48.

The only real way is to have a trusted person in Nigeria who can get background on owners of Saliche Consultant Agency. We have a trusted partner in Nigeria who I have worked with for more than twenty years. They can get this background information for you would charge a fee.

Please let me know if you want to pursue this option & I will provide details.

david bill@plexuschem.com

David Bill

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Matthew Ford, on behalf of Creative Nature in KT8.

Hello David,

Thank you for your response on Open to Export.

In regards to checking into whether the company is legitimate what fee would we be looking at?

We are not a huge company which is why I am asking.

Many Thanks,

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Dear Matthew

When are the Nigerians going to pay the balance of 30%.
Are you going to hold the shipment until balance is paid?
The Nigerians should be able to produce a "M " form concerning the payment.
The shipment may be subject to SONCAP Inspection.
Please contact us directly with details of the shipment and we will calculate the freight
costs etc. Either by email colin.crown@ntlworld or phone 01263 513127

Best regards

Colin; Crown Freight

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Uche Akali, on behalf of Hallmark Solicitors in HU1.

Dear Matthew

I am a solicitor qualified to practice here in the UK and in Nigeria. We are able to carry out some due diligence on the companies that you are dealing with. We recently concluded an Event on the things UK Businesses need to be aware when doing business in West Africa.

I would suggest that we look at your terms of business to ensure or shore-up the contractual terms under which you enter into the transaction, including looking at or drafting suitable applicable law clauses suited to an international contract such as the one you are looking to enter into. We would also consider the suitability and advisability of obtaining letters of credit ("LOC") from your Buyers to support the acquisition as a guarantee of payment and in the process reducing your risk. We will also advise on whether the LOC is from an "ok" source. In other words we will conduct due diligence on the issuing bank.

Also chances are that my extensive network of contacts will be put me in touch very closely with the owners of business as was the case when we were asked to carry out some due diligence on a Nigerian Bank.

You can reach me on 0845 6 808 251 should you wish to discuss the matter further.

With kind regards

Uche Akali
Hallmark Solicitors
www.hallmarksolicitors.co.uk

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Mike Reardon, on behalf of Xiota Limited in DA5.

You can also give Landmark Hotels head office a call (they are in Dubai- google them) and check that they are expanding into Nigeria and if so are they using this agent rather than dealing with suppliers directly.

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Saliche Consultant Agency in Nigeria is an organisation which matches clients seeking affordable services. Properties etc in Nigeria with direct producers worldwide. There telephone/fax number is +234 806 290 8547 they give there branch address as No 26 Porthacourt, Rivers State Nigeria .

Firstly you could try www.parishousingscamwatch.wordpress.com/nigerian-scammers-who-are- they/ Most numbers beginning with 234 in Nigeria are what one calls '419' Scams.
One can also check on http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.

Landmark Hotel in Dubai, UAE and London have never heard of them, but this does not mean that they are not sub contractors, but just be aware of any Nigerian Company paying upfront because they could turn round and ask you for more money or say that the goods could not be delivered. Sorry, I am being sceptical but having been scammed once too often and I have become more aware.

Rosa

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