we have recently had a scam attempted on us from Togo, a big order (20 foot container) a bank transfer from an unfeasible looking bank that have a wonky email address:
Banque Togolaise de Dveloppement [BTD]
Angel Avenues Des Nimes et Nicolas Grunitzky. B.P. 65, Lome
Republic Of Togo
Phone: +228 813606709 Fax: +228 221 4456
The scam is an easy one to spot, they use dodgy emails, gmail or yahoo, then you recieve a note asking for a fee to allow importation from a pseudo govt department, the government department sent from a Russian dating site website so in no way credible.
The gentleman who tried to scam us:
From: Orient Int'l Company
Address: No.105 Rue Be Kpota
Republic Of Togo
Phone: +228 9036 0919
Fax: +228 222 0189
We are highly interested on your product and willing to be importing it regularly in large quantity, provided if the price is reasonable.
In this regard, kindly send us your website and the price list of your product, for our order.
Mr. Tom Ike [Director]
I wrote to the consul general in Togo and had this very useful and perceptive response:
Dear Mr. Fugard,
There is no problem contacting me, I have many requests like this and I am happy to be of assistance.
Generally the enquires sent from here like this for large quantities of products are fraudulent,
Since the language of commerce here is French any English messages are sent by people from Anglophone Countries like Nigeria and Ghana.
Companies registered here are either Ets. ( Establishment ) or SARL ( Limited ). As this does not fall into either category you might ask them to send you a copy of the Carte Operateur Economique, a requirement for all companies operating here legally.
I hope this helps.
Rodney C. Wade
British Hon Consul to Togo