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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: "Benjamin Dell" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2019 13:04:41 +0200
Subject: Re: Oil Business Inquiry

Good day
I would like to introduce you to a business of oil supply as I have a lucrative offer that would be of benefit to us.
I work for Supreme OIl and Gas , A division of  BLU OIL MALTA LTD  as a procurement supervisor. Supreme OIl and Gas, is engaged in the supply of gas oil and diesel oils for the marine and industrial transport use, situated in the Republic of Malta / Europe and a common border with Libya and most Northern African Countries.
Like I said, I believe that we could take advantage of the high price of gas oil / petrol in Southern Africa countries of South Africa and Zimbabwe respectively, to our own benefit. Please Read:
On my desk is a mandate to arrange for Oil purchase from Republic of South Africa and Zimbabwe for up to 2,000,000 barrels on monthly bases for 12calendar months.
This purchase is what we call a back door purchase / black market in oil market, my colleagues and I have been conducting this back door supplies /black market oil supply to most big companies in South Africa and Zimbabwe including private mines, agriculture and manufacturing companies for use on their plants in times like this when the normal petrol prize is high.
The reason for my reaching out to you is because we in the process of establishing a middleman structure to mediate between the 2 parties involved (our Company and the Companies in Southern Africa) before any contract is signed.
You may be wondering why I cannot do it myself. The honest fact is that as an employee working for this company, it is against our company's operational ethics/policy for an employee to be involved or profit in any financial dealings with our Company hence I am looking for a trustworthy person outside my work circle in order to maintain a discreet profile.
I wish to extend this partnership to you my friend to build a middleman structure with you while I work from the background to guide you. Our commission/brokerage as middleman is between $2 - $3 per barrel so if the target of 2M barrels is met monthly we stand to share $4M - $6M every month for a span of 12 months.
Contact me if you are interested in this deal, so that I can give you further details.
Benjamin Dell
Procurement Supervisor
Crude Oil & Products Trading Division
Tel: +356 3550 5409

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