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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "ENGR COLE" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:06:27 +0700
Subject: CRUDE OIL SALES (BONNY LIGHT)
Interested Buyer confirm the loaded cargo M/T POLYMNIA I underway to qingdao port or any safe (ports) in China.
QUANTITY : 1,947,395 Barrels Bonny Light Crude Oil
NOTE the cargo was loaded in the name of pipelines and product marketing company(PPMC) as a subsidiary and strategic business unit of the of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
DISCOUNT PRICE: GROSS: USD 10.00 per barrels NET:USD8.00 per barrel to buyer while USD2.00 to Buyer and Seller brokers.
Buyer to obtain the official Re-assignment of the cargo M/T POLYMNIA I 1,947,395 Barrels Bonny Light Crude Oil in buyers name through the officers in marine and shipping department of Bonny Terminal.
Within 72hours Buyer will receive the complete full set of shipping documents proof of products (POP) in Buyers name as the consignee of the cargo M/T POLYMNIA I 1,947,395 Barrels Bonny Light Crude Oil .
Captain Isaac Lagriscti will be officially instructed to open communication with the buyer and reissue
Estimated time of arrival (ETA) with Notice of Readiness(NOR) to the buyer port of discharge with marine ATB in Buyer's name for Q&Q inspection after which M/T POLYMNIA I sails to buyer destination port to discharge the product.
Payment for the full Products within Five (5) banking days by MT103/23 or MT103 wire Transfer to The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation bank account, after discharge of products Q&Q inspection verified by buyers inspectors agent at buyer discharge port, against presentation of the full set of the original shipping documents with the certificate of ownership & warranty of Title to the buyer.
N/B First Quarter Bulk Approved Allocation & official SPA CONTRACT for M/T POLYMNIA I 1,947,395 Barrels Bonny Light Crude Oil will be release to the buyer upon receipt of buyer letter of intent or LOI.
Engr Jason Cole
Director of Operations