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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "TLYER DONALD" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2019 15:21:12 -0700
Subject: RE: CRUDE OIL SALES VENTURE.
I'm the Procurement Manager at the Singapore Refining Company Pte Ltd (SRC). We buy crude oil, refine it and sale the refined products. Our company has an urgent need for a 2 million barrel monthly supply of NOCL Libya crude oil for a total period of 12 months (1 year). Our vice president Ms. Foo, who is directly in charge of crude oil purchase has saddled me with the responsibility of looking for a crude oil licensed agent with the NOCL Libya who we can buy the crude oil from NOCL Libya through. This is so because the NOCL Libya does not sale their product directly to the buyers rather, NOCL Libya sales through their approved licensed agents who acts as their sales agent/middle man between them and their buyers.
My proposal is this, that we (me and you) work together to get you the NOCL Libya license which will authorize you to be a sales agent for the NOCL Libya and subsequently the middle man between our company (SRC) and NOCL Libya in our company's purchase intentions. In summary, I'm proposing for you to obtain a license from NOCL Libya to sale their crude oil to enable me to introduce you to our company's vice president who is directly responsible for crude oil purchase, so our company will buy the Equatorial Guinea crude oil through you as a license agent to NOCL Libya.
The NOCL Libya pays their approved licensed agents a commission of $7.00 per barrel of their crude oil sold. For a monthly supply of 2 Million barrels to our company SRC, you will be entitled to receive a monthly commission of (2 million barrels multiply by $7.00) US$14 Million from NOCL Libya after our company SRC successfully buys the crude oil through your license.
You can either apply for the license under your individual name or using a company name if you have a registered company owned by you alone. I will prepare a draft License Application Letter for you to sign and submit to NOCL Libya either in person at their head office in Libya or electronically through email scan attachment to their official email . Before NOCL Libya can approve your license application, they will request to confirm that you have a potential buyer for their crude oil and if you are registered with their operators and contractors board.
Let me know if you need more clarifications to enable us move further to apply for the license.
Singapore Refining Company Pty Ltd