DAFFY DUCK EXPLOIT

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SELLING SHIT TO AFRICA

Some time back, there was a scam mostly out of Africa that was based on fooling suppliers and manufacturers into tendering to supply goods to governments. Hotheads had some fun baiting these scammers with fake products and phoney invoices, but in September 2017, this scam showed its ugly head again. Hotheads received an email that asked if I was interested in giving details of my "products" to be considered by the government of Ghana. These "products" are not only fictional, but they are ridiculous beyond belief. Here is a sample of these stupid products that do not exist.


Daffy Duck Enterprises Fictional Items

So I replied with one of my pre-prepared template emails that contained the price list for this crap.

I immediately received this reply.

I replied with my willingness to do the deal, as follows:

I received the following reply from the scammer:

So there is the basis of the scam. As the "tenderer" for this government contract, I am required to pay the "tender and registration fees". Yeah, right. I replied with the bait - the understanding that I would pay these fees, but the scammer was in for a surprises.

So as expected, I received an "order" for these ridiculous items:

I decided to bait the hook a little more and instead of the 1% that this scammer claimed would be his commission, I actually offered him 5% commission. Hopefully that would make him think that I am a bigger chicken that is ready for the plucking. This was my reply.

As expected, I received an email from the scammer, advising me that he will submit my bogus pro-forma invoice to the bogus government of Ghana, as followes.

I responded by baiting the hook a little more.

At this point, the usual way that this racket operates is to inform the target that although the "tender" has been accepted, the "application fee" has to be paid first - obviously by cash transfer such as Western Union. This is where I put the scammer over a barrel, by stating that my company, DD Enterprises, never ever transfers fees by cash transfer, but will deposit the required bogus tender fee into the official bank account of the government of Ghana.

Of course this is the last thing that the scammer wants to see. Even if Daffy Duck manages to transfer money into that official government account in some way, the scammer cannot get his grubby hands on the money. So he will either tell me that it MUST be transferred by Western Union - to him, of course - or he will give me an actual bank account and claim that it is the account of the government cashier. So I await his response and his demand for the fee, whereupon I will start to screw him and his scam. But I received this follow-up from the scammer.

So I had to invent a good reason as to why I could not speak to the scammer by phone and this was it.

I received a very sympathetic reply from the scammer.

Now that I managed to give him a plausible excuse as to why I could not talk to him on the phone, I sat back and waited for the scammer's next move. I then received a couple of uninteresing emails from the scammer, merely keeping in touch with his intended victim - me. Then I received this one, asking me to contact a "lawyer" and of course this was bogus too.

So I thought that I would throw a fly into the ointment, so to speak and I replied with this.

That gave the scammer the message that I wasn't going to quite play the game that he intended for me. But he had another try at getting me to contact the bogus lawyer, because this was the basis of the scam - the first attempt at conning a fee out of me.

Note that this scammer has not corrected me about the West African Project not being a part of the Government of Ghana and this becomes a factor later on. But I decided to stir the pot with this reply.

The scammer still insisted that I should contact the bogus lawyer and he sent me this email.

As expected, I received an email from this West African Project email address.

This is when I decided that I was going to challenge the scammer and see which way he would turn, so I replied to this phoney Mark Addo.

At this point, the scammer would have realised that his very carefully prepared scam, complete with certificates and contracts, was flying right out the window. So he panicked and sent me this email from the alleged West African Project.

I then received an email from the scammer, who told me that he had been rather busy in church. It's amazing how these African scammers always invoke some religion or other to try and give themselves an air of legitimacy and piety. It's a shame that it does not work on me. Then he realised that I was going to challenge the whole scam. That was the last thing that he wanted, because he still thought that there was a chance that I really was a sucker. So he tried to dissuade me from doing anything and he sent me this email.

All of a sudden, this tender was not for the Government of Ghana, but allegedoy for ECOWAS and the bogus lawyer was not registered in Ghana, but was an ECOWAS lawyer too. The scammer was in panic mode and advised me not to contact anybody else. Of course this was the last thing that he wanted, for instance me contacting the Ghana Police Service. So that is exactly what I told him that I would do.

A couple of hours later, I sent the following email to the scammer to let him know that I was fully cognisant of his fraud and that he was not going to make me a victim.

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The scammer had anolther try and convincing me that he was the "real dea', despite the fact that I had proven him to be a fraudster. So I received this email from the bogus "West African Project" as follows.

Already being bored with this scam, I fired this email back at the scammer. But I did not yet want to tell the scammer that he had been dealing with a cartoon duck.

So far, there has been no further contact from the scammer and it will be interesting to see if he dares to try his scam on me any further. But what is funny is that this fool did not check up to see whether DD Enterprises actually exists or anything about the infamous Daffy Duck. A quick Google search would have blown my cover, but I can always rely on the stupidity and ignorance of African scammers to be sucked in by this.