In which of the two circumstances in the last answer should an offered letter of indemnity never be accepted?

The first. To accept the letter of indemnity in that case could amount to a fraud (a criminal act) against the bank or banks involved as well as the consignee.

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Why would a shipper want a clean bill of lading when a clean bill of lading is not justified by the order and condition of cargo?

In what circumstances might a letter of indemnity be offered to the ship or carrier, in connection with a bill of lading?