Websites Fraudulently Representing Saudi Government Entities
(All KSA Government Agencies websites should end in .SA)
2017 Country Commercial Guide entries
Included in Chapter 1 of the 2017 Country Commercial Guide under Market Challenges:
Businesses should be particularly cautious about unknown Saudi “companies” promising high volume business deals. A number of perpetrators of sophisticated internet scams (especially demands for fraudulent advance fees) use Saudi Arabia’s wealth to lure U.S. companies, and citizens, with “419” scams, now named for section 419 of a Nigerian law aimed at combating financial crime. Potential U.S. investors and exporters may request the Commercial Service offices in the U.S. Embassy and Consulates to verify proposed business partners before finalizing any commitment.
Included under Chapter 2: Selling US Products & Services at the end of “Selling to the Government.”
Due to Saudi Arabia wealth, we have seen an uptick in the number of U.S. firms receiving internet solicitations from Scam artists. In many cases, these individuals identify themselves as working for a Saudi Government Agency or a respected Saudi businesses which has a presence on the web. Recipients of these traditionally unsolicited offers are asked to participate in government procurement opportunities in Saudi Arabia. Before you consider any such offer, U.S. firms are asked to contact your local U.S. Export Assistance center before making any upfront payments, shipping samples, or committing significant resources. Links to fraudulent websites masquerading as the Saudi Government pubtenderboard[dot]com; sappcom-gov[dot]org; sadpc-gov[dot]org) or International banking institutions (intstabanksaudi[dot]com) are commonly offered in the emails as references. Please remember, reliable Saudi Arabian government websites all have “.sa” at the end of their website address. Prominent Saudi companies have also been used as unknowing pawns in intricately designed, web-based fraudulent business offers and commercial scams. Such businesses are mentioned as other partners in the communications since their validity can be researched. In one case, a reliable Saudi firm’s website was hacked and fake credentials for a scam had been inserted into their otherwise accurate information. U.S Business should be wary of offers of any procurement tenders involving large contracts with some organization in the Saudi Government. U.S. companies pursuing procurement deals in Saudi Arabia are encouraged to consider utilizing the Commercial Service’s Due Diligence services. For more information see: http://www.export.gov/saudiarabia/
Website for the FAKE Public Procurement Authority: http://pubtenderboard.com/tenderboard/index.php
Website for the FAKE Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Public Procurement Commission: http://www.sadpc-gov.org/
Website for the FAKE Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Public Procurement Commission: http://www.sappcom-gov.org/
Website for the FAKE Saudi Arabian National Development Council (SANDC) http://www.sandc-gov.org/
Website for the FAKE International Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia: http://intstabanksaudi.com/online/
> From: muhammad abdullah [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2018 6:27 AM
To: Mark _______
Subject: CONFIRM IF YOUR COMPANY CAN SUPPLY
Dear Mark _______,
Thanks for your kind email and interest in the supply project, We will be glad to work with your company to achieve this project supply.
Once again I introduce my company as a consultant company registered with the “Saudi Arabian National Development Council (SANDC)” to initiate contacts with companies and persons overseas for the supply of their needs in accordance with Member States Development Projects.
NOTE;My company is not the buyer of these Items, the buyer is the Royal government of Saudi Arabia through the Saudi Arabian National Development Council (SANDC).my company is their accredited consultant sourcing agent.
So will appreciate if your company will be able to Manufacture and supply to the Agency with the below items under contract basis.
PRODUCT FOR SUPPLY WITH QUANTITY
Part Number: IN-1080
SEND US THE PRICE LIST OF THE ABOVE ITEMS
In your consideration, please be guided by this facts below:
DESTINATION PORT;DAMMAN SEAPORT(KING ABDUL AZIZ SEAPORT)
CONSIGNEE: Saudi Arabian National Development Council (SANDC)
QUOTATION: COST AND FREIGHT (C&F)
DELIVERY PERIOD : 1 – 12 MONTHS AFTER CONFIRMATION OF FULL PAYMENT.
PACKING INSTRUCTIONS/INSCRIPTION: NOT FOR SALE
MODE OF PAYMENT: 100% FULL PAYMENT MADE TO YOUR COMPANY BANK ACCOUNT WHICH MUST BE CONFIRM BY YOUR BANKER BEFORE SHIPMENT IS ALLOWED
PARTIAL SHIPMENT: IS ACCEPTED
Kindly confirm if your company can supply the above items to enable me send you further details about the project. Including the list of document to prepare for submission to the tender board committee and the procedure for the registration of your company as their legal supplier.and full contact details of the end buyer for the preparation of your quotation.
734, King Fahad Road
P.o box 7542 Riyadh 1913
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia