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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: "Engr: C.J. Pinto" <>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 2021 13:17:57 +0200
Subject: ATTN: CEO / Managing Director,

*ATTN: CEO / Managing Director,*

I got your details from an online directory and having been motivated by
your personal status, I decided to approach you for a possible partnership
in a multi-million dollar project in crude oil trading. The company I work
for is *Sonangol – Sociedade Nacional de Combustiveis de Angola, Liason
office in Johannesburg, South Africa*. We have urgent need for 2 million
barrel of Crude Oil per month for 12 months (1 year) from *MINPET (ANGOLA

As one of the Company Executive Administrators and Director, I’m directly
in charge of crude oil purchase in our company. Also, I have the
responsibility of looking for a crude oil licensed agent with the *ANGOLAN
MINISTRY OF PETROLEUM (MINPET),* in other to make this business possible.
This is so because MINPET does not sell their product directly to
end-buyers, but 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 the
*MINPET* license
in your name or that of your Company, which will authorize you to be a
Licensed agent for purposes getting the oil from *MINPET* and releasing
same to my Company, *Sonangol – Sociedade Nacional de Combustiveis de
Angola *. The allocation the Crude Oil to you or your company gives us
the privilege to operate as the first lifter of the crude oil from the
block. This attracts USD$4.00 discount per barrel to the us. The USD$4.00
is our (lifter) entitlement* MINPET*. Also selling to my company entitles
us to USD$2.00 per barrell.

As we are going to be lifting 2 Million barrels per a month from the block.
The USD$4.00 discount from block sums up to USD$8 Million per a month, and
the USD$2.00 from *Sonangol – Sociedade Nacional de Combustiveis de
Angola* comes
to USD$4 Million per a month. This will make a total of USD$12 Million
grossearning/income to our group per a transaction per month. On equity
sharing ratio, both of us will be netting a total USD$12 Million as profits
monthly. These proceeds (commission) will be shared equally on equity
between us at the end of every sale operational, monthly.

I will assist you step by step in the process leading to securing the Oil
license from *MINPET* and thereafter introduce you to our company for the
signing of all the sales agreements with the *(SINGAPORE REFINING COMPANY*)
being the end buyer.Once this is acceptable to you, I shall involve an
Attorney who is well versed in Oil and Gas industry to assist us with the
relevant documentation and give the transaction the legal backing it
deserve as I do not want us to go against any law in any way.

* Please note:* My intentions to profit from this operation should be kept
*CONFIDENTIAL* between the two of us. It is against my work ethics to
profit from my company’s dealing with *MINPET* but I have seen this as a
good opportunity for me to save enough money against my retirement hence my
decision to source for a partner who can work with me in this regard.

Contact me if you are interested in this deal, so that I can give you
further details.

Best Regards,

*Engr: C.J. Pinto*

*Executive Administrator*

*Email:* **

*Sonangol — Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola, E.P.*

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