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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:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Comfort Bunting" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2022 08:33:39 +0100
Subject: Greetings

To begin, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mr. Comfort Bunting, and I work as a Group Supply Chain Manager/Procurement Category Manager for The Petroleum Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA). The Petroleum Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA), is a wholly state-owned company of the Government of South Africa and registered as a commercial entity under the South African law. It is a subsidiary of CEF SOC Limited (CEF).
For a period of (TWELVE MONTHS), my company is interested in acquiring crude oil from the United Arab Emirates in quantities of up to (EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND BARRELS PER MONTH).
If you are asking why I need you to carry out this strategy, it is because it is against my company’s operating ethics for an employee to profit personally from the company business activities. As a result, I will need to collaborate with someone capable and trustworthy who is not in my personal circle in order to keep my involvement private.
So, my proposal to you is that we work together to create a middleman structure, with you as the front man and me operating behind the scenes.
I have relevant contacts within the upper echelon of the United Arab Emirates for granting crude oil export licenses to any company or individual I present for this venture.
This is a fantastic opportunity for us to establish ourselves as global oil industry leaders. Only after getting your response and confirmation of your interest will I provide full details.
Mr. Comfort Bunting
Group Supply Chain Manager
Petroleum Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA).
Telephone: +27 78 612 0156

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