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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:
- 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 mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: Comfort Bunting <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2022 19:37:31 +0200
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 companyâs 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
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