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China fraud warning

[ October 2, 2013   //   ]

The British International Freight Association is warning of a scam involving Chinese freight forwarders. UK forwarders receive emails that appear to be from independent forwarding companies in China looking for UK partners and offering cheap ocean rates.
But cargoes arrive at the UK port without the UK forwarder having received the original Bill of Lading. When contacted, the Chinese forwarder then demands a large ransom for the release of the original. BIFA advises against entering into any form of agreement with an overseas partner only of the basis of a signature on an agency agreement.

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