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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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 free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Engr: C.J. Pinto" <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "Engr: C.J. Pinto" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2021 21:33:04 +0800 (HKT)
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 â 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 MINISTRY OF PETROLEUM).
As one of the Company Executive Administrators and Director, Iâm 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 â 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 â 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 companyâs 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.
ââââ Engr: C.J. Pinto
Email: [ https://email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org ]
Sonangol â Sociedade Nacional de CombustÃveis de Angola, E.P.