22 thoughts on “Cote d’Ivoire Scam – asking for Wholesale Orders from Fashion Businesses in Canada and United States”

  1. BEWARE!!! BEWARE SMALL BUSINESS!!!
    THE FOLLOWING ARE SCAMS!!!

    How are you today, my name is Andrea Smith, the owner of Marie Fashion Store..I will like to order for some items in your store,but before i proceed i will like to know if you can supply and ship to Ivory-Coast and if you accept CREDIT CARD as payment.. Kindly advise me ASAP, so i can proceed with the list of needed items.

    NAME ON CARD — ANDREA SMITH
    CARD NUMBER — (removed by admin here just so that we don’t spread stolen credit card info around)
    CVV NUMBER — (removed by admin here just so that we don’t spread stolen credit card info around)
    EXP DATE — (removed by admin here just so that we don’t spread stolen credit card info around)

    Andrea Smith
    Andrea Fashion Store
    250 ANGREE
    00225 ABIDJAN
    COTE’DIVOIRE
    Tel:00225-0226-3290
    andreasmith5229@gmail.com

    SHE IS A FRAUD DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH HER

    1. thanks for sharing, I had exactly the same thing, I just took out the credit card info since I don’t want more scammers to try and use it.

  2. Just adding another update I saw on Facebook:

    quoting from the Bella Rouge page:


    Please add us in this list too… This “Tatyana Bedia” person placed a $2,000+ wholesale order with Zeyzani but THANKS TO YOUR POST we did NOT lose any merchandise!

  3. Same thing has happened to us today! i wont give company name, but we thought it was dodgy and we were right after finding this info! They even used the exact same wording! Thanks

    1. Thanks for sharing! I am glad that you got suspicious from the start. You probably have a good sense of business and reality, so hence that’s why you felt that something wasn’t right here.

  4. Here’s another one I just got, and I also got e-mail from “famous” Adrea as well.
    and here’s one i got yesterday -, i googled the address and it came out to be some apartment building in europe, and also found that was used for another scam with saying different city name she is in.

    rom: carine store20025

    Dear Sales,
    I am Mrs Rita Anthony, a great boutique clothing store dealer, the
    name of my store is New World Fashion Store,
    I have gone through your store and I can see perfectly that your
    products are really nice,and i will be very happy if you can sell to
    my store, method of payment will be credit card payment method,
    As soon as I hear from you, I will send you my order over mail and can
    wait for my invoice attachment,
    BELLOW IS MY SHIPPING ADDRESS
    Mrs Rita Anthony
    New World Fashion Store
    120 Bolvard de Mairselle
    Paris 75001,
    FRANCE

  5. I had the same thing this morning. Exactly the same email from “Marie Fashion” I knew it was fake. We have handmade raw vegan skincare products that are 100% active and they are really hard to make so we don’t really ship wholesale and we an internet business. I don’t even know how they found us. I found ghis scam site by searching the information “Andrea” gave me in the email. I feel so bad for all the business owners like me that didn’t know and got screwed. We all work so hard and it’s really sad that some people are just entitled, careless criminals. Too bad there isn’t a way to stop this on their end..

    1. Hi Helen, thank you for sharing your experience and good luck on your cool vegan line!
      Just be smart like you already are and check everything.
      As we talk more about this online, more people find it and learn the truth.

  6. I’m a Creative Director for upcoming fashion label called TYMOR.SEASONS. Yesterday I have received similar email. God knows how they have managed to found us after searching about AMIES FASHION STORE I found this scam site. its shocking and I wish they get caught who ever they are.
    This is the email……

    Dear Sales,

    With reference to your advertisement On your website, could you please let me know if you can sell to my company & ship to IVORY COAST by FEDEX or UPS. I would also like to know if it is possible to make payment via VISA or MASTERCARD.

    Email me inventory catalogs, line-sheets or where I can choose from your collections that you have at hands (In-stock) for immediate delivery.

    Please confirm all this by mail so that we can make our order.

    Kind Regards,
    Mrs. Amy Morgan.
    AMIES FASHION STORES

  7. I’m a Creative Director for an upcoming fashion label called TYMOR.SEASONS. Yesterday I have received similar email. God knows how they have managed to found us after searching about AMIES FASHION STORE I found this scam site. its shocking and I wish they get caught who ever they are.
    This is the email……

    Dear Sales,

    With reference to your advertisement On your website, could you please let me know if you can sell to my company & ship to IVORY COAST by FEDEX or UPS. I would also like to know if it is possible to make payment via VISA or MASTERCARD.

    Email me inventory catalogs, line-sheets or where I can choose from your collections that you have at hands (In-stock) for immediate delivery.

    Please confirm all this by mail so that we can make our order.

    Kind Regards,
    Mrs. Amy Morgan.
    AMIES FASHION STORES

  8. Reading all your warnings. Thanks. I had an identical request today. BUT how does it work! I would NEVER ship anything at all before I had received the money. So where is the scam? Just do not get what can happend. And no, I would not pay his shipper or anything else in advance. Please advise. Best Regards. Tine Back – Denmark

    1. Tine, sounds like you would figure this out as the scam would proceed.
      They will give you a valid card to bill, it’s only later that you’ll find out that the card was stolen.

  9. I received more or less identical mail today . I am based in Italy .. So watch out here in Europe too !

    Because we are a very high level brand I really check out stores .. I found nothing with the name – but when I googled the address found this site !

    Will do maximum to spread word here ..
    Hello,

    How are you, I am glad to contact you and established a business relationship with you.

    My shop is located in the center capital of Abidjan,we are next to Sofitel Hotel.

    I look forward to working with you in selling your products in my store.

    I will be happy too if you can offer us a discount ..

    Please send us your catalog in pdf with prices in your next reply.

    We look forward to working with you.

    Thank you
    Regards,

    Katherine Marcanthony

    Silverbird Boutique
    Lot 325 Rue princess plateaux
    Abidjan 00225,
    Cote’Divoire,West Africa
    Phone: +22540032655

    1. Ian, thank you so much for sharing and keeping people aware of this scam. Unless these people smartened up, you’d probably notice anyway at some point that they don’t even know much about fashion or fashion boutiques.

  10. I am so sorry to hear about these stories of people getting ripped off by strangers. In my case, my own friend is screwing me over.

    I am faced with something very strange.  One of my friends decided to do exactly what I am doing with the same brand for Vietnam and this is really screwing up our friendship and also my mood.  The worst part is that she is not open with me completely and she doesn’t want to tell the company that she’s been referred by me.

    1. Hi Polly,  
      Very sorry to hear that one of your friends is doing something behind your back, she must have been very impressed by what you are doing that she decides to do it herself, but she may not have
      the passion you have.  I am this old  and I have gone through this kind of thing myself so I know exactly what it is doing to your mood, you are hurt and feel betrayed.

  11. These are the reasons why I don’t handle directly any of my sales. I go with old fashion ways to find my clients.

    You have to go either door to door or hire a sales rep.  With jewelry (my line of work) it doesn’t seem that there is another way!  This is an item of beauty, so unless they see it, they won’t even consider talking to you on the phone.  Are you comfortable just walking in and talking to people?  This is what I have to do.

  12. SCAM!!!!!! BE CAREFUL EMERGING DESIGNERS!!!!

    Show Girl (SHOWGIRL) Boutique from Cote d’ivoire tried to place a $55k fraudulent order with us!!!!
    Name to BEWARE: STEPHANE Ngengoran stephaneangengoran@gmail.com (TOTALLY FAKE)
    Boulevard de Marseille
    225 Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
    Highlights info row image
    Tel: +22588319193

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