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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: "Manuel David" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2022 06:51:47 +0200
Subject: Crude Oil Trade Angola

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 SOMOIL which is a government approved agent of MIRREMPET (ANGOLA MINISTRY OF PETROLEUM) with Liaison office in Johannesburg, South Africa. We have an urgent need for 2 million barrels of Crude Oil per month for 12 months (1 year) from MIRREMPET.    
As the son of one of the Founders of my Company and an Executive Administrator, Iím directly in charge of crude oil purchase in our company. Also, I have the responsibility of looking for a crude oil licensed agent for MIRREMPET, in order to make this business possible. This is so because MIRREMPET does not sell their product directly to end-buyers, but through their approved licensed agents who acts as their sales agent/middleman - between them and their buyers.
My proposal is this, that we (me and you) work together to get the  MIRREMPET license in your name or that of your Company, which will authorize you to be a Licensed agent for purposes of getting the oil from  MIRREMPET and releasing same to my Company, SOMOIL.   The allocation of 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 a USD$4.00 discount per barrel to us. The USD$4.00 is our (lifter) entitlement from MIRREMPET. Also selling to my company entitles us to USD$2.00 commission per barrel. In other words, we shall be making a minimum of USD$6.00 per barrel.
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 my company comes to USD$4 Million per a month. This will make a total of USD$12 Million gross earning/income to us per 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 on an equity basis of 40% to you and 60% to me.  The reason for this is because I need to get a Sponsor to assist me and also the people that will help us get the License will have to be taken care of.
I will assist you step by step in the process leading to securing the Oil license from MIRREMPET and thereafter introduce you to our company for the signing of all the sales agreements with my Company or any other Company that might be the end buyer. Once this is acceptable to you, I shall involve an Attorney who is well versed in the Oil and Gas industry to assist us with the relevant documentation and give the transaction the legal backing it deserves as I do not want us to go against any law in any way. More so, I do not want to tarnish my image in any way, as I shall be retiring very soon.
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 companyís dealing with MIRREMPET 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, as our retirement benefit is nothing to write home about.
Please get back to me URGENTLY to enable us commence the process.
Best Regards,
Manuel David
Executive Administrator

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