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Il existe de nombreuses arnaques sophistiquées dans le monde, dont certaines s'adressent en particulier aux architectes. NL architects a déjà raconté un "419" de ce genre, mais je ne résiste pas pour l'édification des masses ou pour créer des vocations à vous raconter la notre. Dans la culture populaire l'escroc est un personnage souvent sympathique ("le corbeau et le renard"), et il faut applaudir l'ingéniosité, le travail d'approche et le décor, dignes du meilleur d'Hollywood (The sting, Ocean's Eleven ...) mis en place par nos amis. Alors allons y:

+1 Trouver le Pigeon
Ca commence avec un mail qui ressemble à ça:
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Dear Sir /Madam
I represent Al Haza’a Construction Company I wish to formally introduce myself and our company.
I am Bassam Emad Al Sadat , director communication and projects of Al Haza’a construction which is a kingdom of Bahrain based construction company and has become a fast growing independent company.
We wish to send you a project proposal on an architectural concept in regards to a Sport Centre
We decided to contact you based on your project (Sports and Leisure Center in Saint-Cloud ) which we saw and have made our research on.
Before we send the official proposal, we will like you to assure us of your interest in the kind of project which we believe you are capable of handling.
Above all we will like you to inform us on how available your company is to handle this project , to enable us know if we will proceed.
Once an acknowledgement of this mail is received we will proceed in forwarding you the official proposal in detail.
Many thanks
Bassam Emad Al Sadat
Director: Communication and Projects
skype: alhazaa.construction
alhazaa.construction@hotmail.com
project@alhazaaconstruction.com
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Vous noterez que c'est personnalisé, qu'ils ont pris la peine de voir vos projets, c'est flatteur.
On va voir le site de la compagnie, y'a pas grand chose, les images sont bizarrement distordues:

Alors là on se dit: des gars qui ont un nom de domaine enregistré il y a juste 15 jours, et qui utilisent des adresses Hotmail, méfiance? Oui et non, parce que nous avons déjà été sollicités de la même façon pour un projet au Moyen-orient. Le site du groupement qui nous avait contacté était à peine mieux que ceux des faussaires, l'anglais ampoulé approximatif était du même tonneau. Et puis imaginons un Bahraini qui tombe sur le site d'un major français... Ca sent pas l'arnaque?

Donc, BAHRAIN BLUFF, je joue pour voir ...

+2 Ferrer le Pigeon
Et la réponse arrive vite:
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Dear Sir
We thank you for acknowledging our mail.
Attached is the official project proposal, Please go through and reaffirm us on your acceptance.
We are sending you this proposal following your company’s architectural project which we mention in our first mail, which we totally believe your company has a well experience in sport projects.
If your firm is currently busy with other projects and cannot match the two please kindly state it.
We would like to ask you for some information once our proposal is acknowledged.
NOTE: Architectural design by your firm, which involve the provision concept design, schematic design, detailed design and supervision of the project to completion.
As written on the proposal, we can only provide you with google coordinate of the site if you must need it. The site plan will be official handed over to you on your first visit as a mark of acceptance by the authorities holding it.
Hope to read from you soon.
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Le programme ressemble à un copié-collé d'étudiant mais avec 84 million de dollars, BINGO:

et un autre mail arrive
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Dear Sir
We are so glad to receive your email and your acceptance of handling a Sport Centre which we have proposed. We will make sure that our partnership with you in making this project a success will be fruitful.
We will be delighted to have you handle these projects, “SPORT CENTRE IN MANAMA, KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN”
This project will commence by Mid-March with the Architectural design, and the construction will commence after your first visit to the site with the clearing of the site.
We will be grateful to receive your answer on the below question.
1 If your company will find it comfortable to have a stay in Kingdom of Bahrain for this project at the initial stage? (This is to enable your design be approved and able to read in order in case you wish to travel i.e. if you are not bringing the whole team from your company)
2 Have you done any project outside your home country? (Please list them if any)
3 We will like to know your terms and condition for such international project work (if not ready for this project you can send us a review of your last international project)
4 Do you have and drafted agreement plan as to guide us on your fee / payment condition?
5 Can you send me a contact number to reach you?
6 Can you provide us with your Skype Id (we require you provide us this, because it will be our main source of communication including presentation once we reach to an agreement) kindly add us skype: alhazaa.construction
7 Do you have any partner in the kingdom of Bahrain? (It is not compulsory you must have a partner to do projects here but if you have kindly list the company with its website or contact address for us to run a check on them to know if we can actually work with them)
8 what is your possibility to meet up with the local requirement needed for an international Architect to practice in Bahrain, by obtain the international Architect certification of practice.
9 Can you provide your company profile to us to enable us discuss cooperation plan
WE WILL LIKE YOU TO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS IN ITS ENTIRETY.
Please feel free to ask us any question that will make this project and our proposal understandable to you.
We will like to have and sign a contract Agreement with you in order to meets your comfort for this project.
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C'est le week end , on laisse passer, mais notre client est pressé!
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Dear Sir
We sent you some questions until now we have not received answers to them.
Please our company will like to take this project serious and by that we will like you to show some seriousness. In our proposal, we stated that if at any moment you wish to discontinue or you receive a better offer and decided to drop our proposal please with due respect you notify us.
We will like to get responds to our mail to enable us move forward.
To avoid wasting our time, if you wish to drop kindly reply us at least notifying us.
Hoping to read from you soon.
Many thanks
Bassam Emad Al Sadat
Director: Communication and Projects
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+3 Nourrir le Pigeon
Le lundi on répond, et le piège c'est la question 8, car quand on cherche ce qu'est ce international Architect certification of practice Google nous amène ici:

Evidemment c'est payant, mais l'Ordre des architectes aussi...

alors pourquoi pas? Mais deuxième alerte: il faut payer par Western Union.. les images sont distordues... la plupart des liens ne marchent pas... Mais bon, pas le temps de fouiller car un autre mail arrive:
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Dear Sir
We are so glad to receive your email
As regards your comment:
We wait to talk to you on skype. And please attached is a draft agreement kindly check if it reaches the standard you work with and make adjustments if possible. As regards the permit we are yet to conclude if it necessary or not.
Our Board of directors (Al Haza’a Construction) will be having a meeting on 5th February 2014 with the investors to endorse your firm. We will be able inform them on the essential points you made during our communications.
If you need further clarifications as regards to this project kindly state them to enable us clear you and move forward.
Attached is the company’s drafted agreement kindly review and amend if any to enable us adjust it .
Please send us a letter of intent showing your interest in our project and how ready you are to work on this project.
We will wish to receive the letter before our meeting with the Bahrain Building and Architect governing board.
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Le contrat est lui aussi dans un anglais un peu bizarre, "performa" au lieu de "préforma", mais pas plus qu'un formulaire de réservation des chemins de fer indiens!

One step beyond, on se SKYPE (il est pas là mais un type à la voix fatiguée fait son possible pour nous rassurer sur le coté bricolé du programme et le sérieux de l'affaire) on lui envoie sa lettre et direct la réponse:
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Dear Sir
We received your letter of intent and we will inform you on how to proceed once after our meeting.
We have noted your point on the agreement and we will get back to you if we need any information
At this point we wish you ask any further questions which are not yet clear to you to enable us answer you before we proceed and to propose a date for your meeting. With this we wish you have a proper understanding of the project beforehand.
Hoping to read from you soon.
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Bon à ce point , faut savoir qu'on est bien dans l'ambiance, en plus on a contacté un BET implanté dans le golfe qui ne tique devant rien, alors attendons le résultat!

+4 Plumer le Pigeon
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Dear Sir
We had a successful meeting as regards inviting an International Architect for the project
Subsequent to the outcome of our final meeting with the Bahrain Architectural Authorities.
We now need to commence the next step for the project, we have schedule a meeting on24th of February 2013 in Bahrain.
After our prosperous meeting with Bahrain planning Authorities and its associated development bodies. They have accepted our proposal to bring in an international Architect to handle this project on the condition that the Architect or firm must be registered architect with Bahrain Royal Architects to allow the Studio to practice and seal work in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
We tried to let them understand our timeline on this project, by appealing to them to wave this process for you , the authorities refused, saying “This should not be new to your Architect if he is really an experience Architect as you said , for you to practice in any country the architect must be registered with the country’s Architects Registration council or board ask you Architect he should know this , sincerely he should know this.”
We were also told to provide an office space for you in Bahrain during the project in case you visit for supervision.
They require you register with them in other to obtain Bahrain Architects certificate. You can contact them on this link www.b-r-a-c-bh.org .The certificate of practice will enable Bahrain Registration Council approve the Architects Preliminary competence for this design. This is the requirement you must meet to enable us move on. Kindly tell us how possible is for you in meeting their requirements.
Your competence of obtaining the Certification of practice will be of great accomplishment to our partnership for this project.
We request, you obtain Bahrain Certification of practice, to enable our meeting hold on 24th of February 2014
More so, It will be our pleasure to meet with you in Bahrain soon. All our board of Directors will be present for the meeting, the construction company teams and the Bahrain Building Authorities.
For the handover of all documents and contract signing with the upfront payment made.
I hope you will be able to meet up with BRAC requirements before the above date.
Kindly send us the below documents.
1. International Passport of your team visiting or any means of identification.
If a woman will be among your team kindly inform us to enable us make proper agreement for her too.
2. If you need a visa to visit Bahrain please kindly forward the list of your team to visit so that we can writing a letter of invitation to the immigration in our country this will make bookings easier and faster.
Note: We will take care of your accommodation and traveling expenses which will be subjected to 5 people. Please if a female will be part of your team kindly inform us too to make a proper arrangement for her.
If you need any further information do not hesitate to contact me
Attached is some of the approval documents.
Hope to read from you.
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Vous noterez une fois de plus les logos et tampons très déformés, sans doute un problème d'export depuis WORD (apparemment c'est le logiciel utilisé).
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Objet: SEND BACK FORM
Dear Sir
Please attached is a form (immigration form)for us to start your traveling arrangements.
Kindly fill the form among the team from your company that will be visiting and send back to us.
We will like to send you the E-ticket one week before the due date for your visit.
Please inform us once your certification process has started, we wish to happily inform you that we have transferred our investors bond to the board today.
We urge them make the process fast for you.
We wish you update us ASAP.
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Je vous rassure, même cette "immigration form" est un faux... Et entre temps on en a bien eu la confirmation par l'AFEX de l'existence de cette arnaque.

+5 Des soucis de l'art de l'arnaque à l'ère de sa reproductibilité technique
Il est frappant que l'acmé de l'illustration de la thèse Benjaminienne - le cinéma- soit celui qui raconte si souvent, comme une métaphore de ce monde perdu, des arnaques forcément irreproductibles: The Sting, Ocean's Eleven etc.
Or, même l'arnaque a quitté cet horizon de l'oeuvre unique pour , magie d'internet et du Nigéria, devenir une industrie de masse: en résumé l'arnaque pour tous, c'est plus d'arnaques mais sur de plus petites sommes. Et c'est cette obligation de rendement qui perd nos amis en les amenant à laisser autant de traces que la trainée d'une comète. Qu'on en juge:
+ Pour multiplier les touches ils ont monté des sites d'"ordre des architectes" fantaisistes pour la plupart des pays du Moyen-Orient. Mais pour aller plus vite c'est la même grille tarifaire partout et les mêmes photos qui servent -avec des noms différents quand même- pour illustrer les conseils d'administration de deux sites:

Une constante: ce foutu template qui étire les images et logos n'importe comment, mais vu le prix de la connexion dans un cyber-café, on peut pas utiliser Dreamweaver!
+ une simple recherche "who-is" révèle que le site de l'"ordre des architectes" et celui de l'entreprise sont hébergés sur le même serveur.
Plus rigolo: le téléphone du propriétaire du site et celui du BRAC sont localisés dans le même magasin de pneus (?) au milieu de l'île de Bahrain!

Une recherche sur le contenu de ce serveur ...

...et surprise! plein d'autres entreprises sont hébergées ici! Curieusement leur durée de vie n'excède pas 1 an... La plupart des sites sont fermés, mais ceux des arnaques en cours sont visibles: toujours des images étirées, des liens qui ne mènent nulle part etc.

Ainsi que, mais c'est une autre histoire, des sites d'architectes Ukrainiens vendant des appartements, des agences de voyage Biélorusses ... Bref toute une faune s'activant activement à s'emparer de votre argent durement et, peut être, honnêtement gagné.

+ TIR AU PIGEON(postface)
Et si le cave se rebiffe le menacer d'une guerre thermonucléaire!
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Dear Sir
Our ministry of justice and foreign affairs with interpol had called us in regard to the black list our website and the our national board as scam following so other links which you have on your website.
We have answered all questions in regards you dirtying our names international.
You decided to paint our country and my company bad.
With this we are giving 48hours to remove all the stuff on your website , including the national board because they do not have a hand in contacting for a project.
If after 48hours we still see the pages on your website, we will go for legal actions or we will continue the cyber war which you have started.
Many thanks
Bassam Emad Al Sadat
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