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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!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Fraud email example:

From: "Edward Rossman" <edwardrossman@centrum.cz>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 15:55:14 +0200
Subject: urgent assistance


Ref: NPA/01-1/SAP/07
 
From:edwardrossman@centrum.cz (NPA)
 
I wish to introduce you to this highly prospective crude oil  sale venture. What do I mean?
 
I propose that we become partners in a crude oil sales project under the umbrella of the National Petroleum Agency of Sao Tome and Principe
 
In this project, we will register either your company or a joint company with the local Corporate Affairs Commission of Sao Tome and Principe; re-assign an already allocated crude oil sale license to the company and act as representative of the Petroleum Agency in selling of crude oil to the end buyers.
 
I have assisted a company based in Oman, Middle East to secure a crude oil sale license allocation in 2005. The director of this company, Mr. Ahmed Syed could not actualize his dream in this project as he; the sole owner of the company was unfortunately struck by stroke therefore incapable of involving in active business.
 
I will package you as the crude oil sale license beneficiary. We would re-assign the sale license earlier given to Mr. Ahmed to your/our company. This will give your company/our joint company the legal authority to act as crude oil sales agent/representative for the petroleum agency.
 
The assignment of the crude oil sale license allocation to our company gives us the privilege to operate as first lifters of crude oil from the block. This attracts US$2.00 discount per barrel to the lifter. The US$2.00 is our (lifter) entitlement from the local petroleum agency (national petroleum agency), also been able to get final buyers entitles us also to a US$1.00 discount from the discount given to the end buyer as "mandates". as we are going to be lifting 2 million barrels per month from the block, US$2.00 discount from local petroleum agency sums up to US$4 million per month. And US$1.00 discount from the end buyer comes to US$2 million per month.
 
This totals to US$6 million gross coming to our group per transaction/per month.
 
On equity sharing ration, both of us will be netting in a cool US$6 Million as profits monthly. This proceeds known as commissions will be shared equally on equity between the both of us at the end of every sales operation month. This implies that shall both go home with US$3 Million each
 
This project is highly prospective and presently the most legitimate money making machinery someone can set up. What is so interesting about the project is that our both presence is not much needed, rather after the registration of your/our company and obtaining the crude oil sales license, we would connect buyers to the Petroleum Agency by any means we choose and our commissions will be directed instantly to our nominated company bank co-ordinates.
 
I will gladly appreciate your understanding and keen interest to be part of this moving train called CRUDE OIL SALES VENTURE.
 
Get back urgently. 
 
Edward Rossman


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