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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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From: "Eng xavier Carvalho" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 06:19:38 +0300 (EAT)
Subject: Crude oil Lifting License No: C-STP/602754


Crude oil Lifting License No: C-STP/602754

Reply Email:

This is a confidential business offer from the oil rich Sao Tome and

Please ensure that you reply this email strictly at

I make this introduction based on my regard for your credibility. My name
is Eng. Xavier Carvalho. 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 2007, 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 year 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 JUNE 2014. 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 BLCO per month. This will fetch us an average of US$28 million
per month. And we have from JUNE 2014 up until JUNE 2015 to lift crude oil
which will fetch us approximately (12) x (28) Million dollars. Which is
approximately 336 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

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 or you
can provide your personal or company bank account to receive the payments
on our behalf.

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 if a 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

I am in London on official duties 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 former 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: Crude oil
Lifting License No: C-STP/602754 I look forward to a prospective business
between us.


Eng. Xavier Carvalho

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