My cousin is a mechanical engineer, got contacted today from someone who claimed to be working for the supreme board for international arbitrators (sbia) and ICAC in the Middle East and north Africa region.

She told him he would have to pay $300 in order to get a 1 day course, or workshop, afterwords he would become an international arbitrator for engineering issues related to his field. Full sized images here and here

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My cousin and I think this is a scam, and their website is bad and there's no mention about SBIA anywhere, no results on google, no social media presence. I would like to ask you about it though, have you ever heard about it? Is this a scam?


I think they are copycatting this http://www.incodir.org/, not only that, I hope you could read arabic, on the first image, it says in parentheses

ريم الفانك

which also works in the organization I mentioned, I'm going to try to contact her somehow, either she's being impersonated in which case I'll see if we can press charges, otherwise she's part of the scam, I hope not.

Edit 2

I tried contacting president@incodir.org, the email didn't get delivered to report the case, well then I must conclude that they too are a part of the scam sadly, the rabbit hole goes deep.

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    $\begingroup$ They may well have an office in Ashford, but I would not spend any money in their direction... $\endgroup$
    – Solar Mike
    Nov 16 '18 at 20:45
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    $\begingroup$ Comment under a recent question on money.SE: "Can we add a bot that answers 'Yes, it's a scam' to every question that asks 'Is this a scam?'" $\endgroup$ Nov 16 '18 at 20:47
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    $\begingroup$ Why do you think these are two different organizations, and one is copycatting the other? A single bunch of scammers might have 20 or 2,000 similar sites that you haven't found yet. But their choice of ICAC as an acronym is a bit ironic - see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_Commission_Against_Corruption $\endgroup$
    – alephzero
    Nov 16 '18 at 23:17
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    $\begingroup$ Here's a third one - also with fractured English and speeling missteaks: equitycollege.org/about.html - they have a representative in " Austuralia", apparently ;) $\endgroup$
    – alephzero
    Nov 16 '18 at 23:26
  • $\begingroup$ @alephzero This is so sad, isn't there legal actions one could take against scammers? Regardless of my country, because my country is weak, isn't there someone to report to? $\endgroup$
    – Lynob
    Nov 16 '18 at 23:29

They can't even write English on their certificate.

... training of good stand, and is in accord with American and European standers...

That's an obvious typo. Of course it should say

... training of good sit, and is in accord with American and European sitters...

Is it worth paying $300 for a joke certificate? That depends on the buyer's sense of humour, I suppose.


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