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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- 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: MR ISMAEL HAZAL <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 12:50:30 +0100
Subject: ATTENTION PLEASE
Attention: Dear Friend,
I wish to introduce you to this highly prospective crude oil sale and
In this project, we will register you with the local Corporate Affairs
Re-assign an already allocated crude oil & Petroleum products sale
license to you as
representative of the Petroleum Agency in selling of crude oil &
Petroleum products to
the end buyers. In the end of year and seasonal review, some of the
not actualize their dreams in the project as a result of incapability.
So their licenses
have been frozen and declared vacant.
I will package you as the crude oil & Petroleum products sale partner
would re-assign the license earlier given to a failed company to
yours. This will give
you the legal authority to act as crude oil & Petroleum products sales
agent/representative. The assignment of the license gives you the
privilege to operate
as first lifters of crude oil & Petroleum products from the block.
This attracts US$2.00
discount per barrel to the lifter on crude oil. The US$2.00 is our
commission entitlement from the local petroleum agency. Also being
able to get final
buyers entitles you to a US$1.00 discount, from the discount given to
the end buyer as
"mandates". As you are going to be Lifting 2 million barrels per month
from the block.
The US$2.00 discount from local petroleum agency sums up to US$4
million per month for a
2million barrels per lift. And US$1.00 discount from the end buyer
comes to US$2 million
per month. Other petroleum products attracts USD $ 0.50 on each case as above.
This totals to US$6 million gross commission discount coming to you
each month from crude oil sales. What is so interesting about the
project is that your
presence is not compulsorily needed, after the registration of your
and obtaining the sales license. There are always buyers who have no
license and are
ready to buy from those whose allocation are available for immediate
sales. This is if
you are not willing or capable to meet the financial involvement or
maybe you do not
have ready buyer from your contact. We will gladly appreciate your
keen interest to be
part of this venture. Get back to me urgently STRICTLY via my official
MR ISMAEL HAZAL
W.Licencing & Proccurement Department
WAOPMA Crude Oil & Petroleum Product Marketing.