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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

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Fraud email example:

Date: Wed, 02 May 2007 12:13:27 +0200
Subject: Confidential Business offer

Confidential Business offer

Re: STP/289749/C-Oil

Reply Email:

This is a confidential business offer from the oil rich Sao Tome and Principe.Please
ensure that you reply this email strictly at

I make this introduction based on my regard for your credibility. My name is Engr.
Pedro Carlos. I work with the
Sao Tome and Principe national petroleum agency.To be precise, I oversee the
issuance of oil allocation license for our oil company.

My position in the agency entitles me to recommend oil allocation bidders and
actualize oil lifting and exploration allocation licenses to my candidates based on
my interest. I also oversea and approve the issuance of the license for oil
allocation in our company and also monitor the lifting procedures in our company.

In June 2006, I facilitated and actualized the license of a candidate. A business
man from Korea (Comprehensive details to be provided subsequently) . The license was
for 1 years at 24 million BBLS/12 months. Incidentally the candidate was no more.

The license has been valid till date (as I always ensure that I keep to my side of
the bargain), I have decided to begin using the license from May. I am in need of a
partner from your country whom I can trust. I will package this partner as the
allocation license beneficiary and assign the license to this partner. Due to my
position in the petroleum agency, I cannot handle this position. Your profile fits
into the criteria of a partner I need. This is why I am contacting you.

With the trend of events in Sao Tome and Principe , we shall be able to lift a
minimum of 300,000 barrels of SLCO per month This will fetch us an average of US$12 million per month. And we have from this
May. 2007 up until April 2008 to lift crude oil which will fetch us approximately
(12) x (7) Million dollars. which is approximately 84 Million dollars for the rest
of the time of the license allocation. I have ready buyers who are waiting and
would be ready to scramble for any number of barrels we lift. Also I will oversee
all lifting procedures with the available mercenary around.

This is what I propose:

1. Your company profile shall be used in place of the initial license Operator .
This I shall handle with my capacity in the company.

2. I will ensure that your company's profile is recognized as the current license
operator and that we have a
mandate for at least min of 300,000 barrels per month, a maximum of 500,000 barrels
per month.
Starting from this May.

3. I will ensure that all lifting procedures are in place and buyers readily
available to purchase the product.

4. You shall stand in as the license operator for all lifting and sales
transactions; we shall open an
account for the receipt of the oil sale proceeds in which both of us shall be
signatories to the account.

5. We shall split the oil sale proceeds in the ratio of 60:40 equity shares. I shall
be entitled to 60% share while your
company shall be entitled to 40% share.

Please note: no third party arrangement shall be allowed.

I believe you are a man of wisdom and intelligence. This offer I make to you is
based on utmost good
faith. I could be jeopardizing my position in the agency is word of this goes out.
Therefore without
mincing words, I rely on you for utmost confidentiality on every bit of detail
relating to
this transaction.

Please reply this email strictly at am in United
Kingdom at the moment waiting for your response. Upon your positive
response, I will be willing to forward to you proof of my proposition and my
personal identity. Also I shall fly back to Sao Tome and Principe and from there we
shall commence operations. I shall also provide you details of the formal license
operator and a copy of the license issued to him for the lifting of crude oil in our
company which I personally approved and endorsed. Also procedures for license
reassignment and actualizing the rest of the project shall be provided to you.

Please in response to this email, quote the reference number: STP/289749/C-Oil

I look forward to a prospective business relationship between us.

Kind regards,

Engr Pedro Carlos

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