Detecting Fraudsters – Beware!!!
- Most official refineries and companies do not communicate via generic email addresses such as Hotmail, Yahoo, and Gmail. All communications will always originate from a verifiable company e-mail address (domains of @companyname.com) and not from any free web-based email accounts.
- Firstly, fraudsters usually ask targets to respond quickly or risk missing out – they always try to rush the deal.
- Secondly, fraudsters usually request targets to keep business proposals, wining, etc confidential.
- Thirdly, fraudsters usually communicate only via email and telephone with a reluctance or a refusal to meet in person.
- Fraudsters can have a website address that mimics the real sight with slight changes to have the appearance of the real one. Do a whois search to see who manages or operates the site.
- Also, fraudsters will deal with unrealistic quantities that many refineries cannot meet.
- Moreover, Fraudsters in Russia will not provide the TIN (INN) numbers in their stamps.
- At last, fraudsters in Russia that send SCO will have a stamp done in English this is not correct.
This list is to help buyers be aware of the scam sellers out there. They have several techniques to appear they are real. Do not accept people that do not have corporate emails or send offers through email asking for your banking details, asking for TTM meeting, and giving very low prices.
All of the companies with emails listed below have been thoroughly researched and contacted to provide documents to refute any claims of being a scam. Not one listed below after several calls and emails gave any refutable evidence they were not scammers.
Dear Visitors! If you have any doubts about Russian suppliers or you just want to check the company out – do not hesitate and contact us! We have Russian people on staff that are willing to help you, go through the documents and come back to you with a report. This service is absolutely free, we just want to reveal scammers as much as you do and help others not to lose money on deals.
Comments: There is a real company under the same name and business registration but on the phone, the real CEO of the company said that they are temporary out of business and that they never even sold anything before. So somebody is using their identity.
Arktikmorneftegaz – firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments: During the phone cal with this company we found out that the documents we received are fake and that they do not sell.
Bashneft – email@example.com – +7(903) 761-46-01
Comments: These guys were real fighters. Since Bashneft is under Rosneft it was really easy to confirm that Bashneft doesn’t issue mandate letters nor export. This document was also sent to fraud department of Rosneft where they confirmed it to be fake.
Comments: They took INN from another company called Yadran Oil, they also provided wrong address, wrong phone numbers, wrong CEO name and stamp.
Ekopetrol LLC – firstname.lastname@example.org – +7 (926) 744 4358
Comments: During the phone call turns out that it is a broker from Turkey who doesn’t speak Russian. After asking certain legal questions about the company – hangs up the phone and become unavailable.
Gazneftproekt – email@example.com
This company is run by a group pretending to be Russians. They can not speak Russian and primarily will talk in English that sounds like Indian and try to force you to communicate through email.
Comments: Though Gazpromneft indeed is a real company – this document/offer is not. First of all, there is small chance any of the big players in Russia will send you SCO withouth you talking to them first and sending them your LOI. This particular document comes from future (we received it in 03.06.2019) and has some mistakes in Russian language which is hard to spot for a foreigner.
Gazpromneft Angara – firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments: Any document you receive online from Gazpromneft is not real as they do not do business like this. If you want to have any relationship with Gazpromneft prepare to visit Russia and buy through online exchange platform.
Gazprom Yamal – email@example.com – Tel+7 (499) 390-8976
Comments: There is no Gazprom Yamal company but there is Gazpromneft Yamal. The difference is: Gazprom – gaz deals, Gazpromneft – oil/fuel deals.
Gusinoozersky Petroleum Refinery – firstname.lastname@example.org
Irkutburtgaz LLC – info@email@example.com
Kirensk Neft – firstname.lastname@example.org
Komsomolsky Refinery (Rosneft) – email@example.com
Comments: One thing to keep in mind about Rosneft is that no matter how hard people try to convince you to make a deal like this – Rosneft never provides any documents via any online sources – they only operate personally through the meetings due to the security issues. Another problem you can face is mandates – there is no such thing as Rosneft mandate. All this information was confirmed by Rosneft itself.
Lennefteprodukt – Sibtransoil
Comments: We’ve been contacted by a group that had lots of documents received from the companies below. None of these documents are legit, as they have a lot of mistakes (very crucial) including names, stamps, addresses and other important information. On top of that, none of the phone numbers of any of these companies are attended so there is no way to verify anything. Be aware as usually so many documents confuse buyers.
Logistics Storage Group LLC – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lukarco Oil BV (Lukoil)
Comments: Indeed Lukarco and Lukoil are directly connected, but make sure you are dealing with the real companies. In this case it was representative office which is not authorized to sell anything.
Lukoil Bunker – email@example.com – +7 925 244 8614
Comments: Though Lukoil is a real company, this document and this offer come from scammers. There are a lot of issues here starting with the actual address, email and phone of the company – all of them are incorrect.
Comments: It’s a scam offer though the company is real. They provided wrong INN, wrong address, and no contact information.
Mazon Oil Consult
Comments: This company is involved in a big scam with other companies and tank storage. They provide wrong contact information, no INN and no Russian version of their company name.
MonefteGas LLC – firstname.lastname@example.org
Neftegeoservis – email@example.com
NeftGaz Holding – firstname.lastname@example.org
NordGazInvest – email@example.com – +7 (495) 665-8100
Comments – this company sends out partial PPOP and the documents including the stamps are not authentic. Phone numbers are forwarded and the person answering the phone does not know the company. When confronted about the legitimacy of documents they immediately hung up the phone and blocked calls from our number.
Novatek – firstname.lastname@example.org – +7 926 503 9170
Comments: Person on the phone doesn’t speak Russian, he hung up and never picked up the phone again.
Ofis Nefte Produkt – email@example.com – +7 (968) 025 8117
Comments: This company was closed on November 19, 2018, as they were not legitimate and registered on the fake address. Their website is only in English (not in Russian) and phone numbers don’t answer so it is a scam.
OilGaz Limited – firstname.lastname@example.org
Oil Service – email@example.com – +7 926 773 2014
Comments: This is an African scammer group, during the phone call they admitted that they don’t know Russian and that they are just mandates for some refinery. After requesting certain verification they quit responding.
OilTanking Amsterdam – firstname.lastname@example.org – +31 10 340 04 23
Comments – when contacted to discuss their procedures and to follow through the long chain of companies leading back to a law firm in the USA they immediately hung up the phone and would not accept further calls. The agent working at this so-called established company was very nervous when questioned by us about the long trail of companies they had that had no real POP. Add this one to the long list of scammers!
RNK Refinery – email@example.com – +7 926 749 2016
Comments: This company sends the fake documents including some issued by Russian government and BoL. All of them are poorly made and include fake information. They also have a website only in Russian language but it’s also poorly translated from English.
Sakhavostokneftegaz – firstname.lastname@example.org – +7 383 312 0571
Comments: This company was liquidated in December 2009.
Saratov Oil Refinery – email@example.com
Comments: There is a real refinery with the same name working under Rosneft – they have different contact information provided on the Rosneft website. In this case it’s a fake company stealing
Comments: Another reminder – Rosneft doesn’t have mandates or documents floating
Simbirsk Nefteproduct – https://simbirsk-nefteproduct.ru/
Comments: This company has a website which is Google translated from English to Russian. That means it’s not a Russian company but a scammer. English speaking man answered the phone and after we started speaking Russian he pretended not to hear, hung up and doesn’t answer anymore.
Soyuz Gaz Company
Comments: It’s a fake ghost company without any phone numbers, email or website. Their business registration is only for exploration, not for export and they could’t even put the right company name in the header.
Standart Oil – firstname.lastname@example.org – +7 (926) 774 6459
Comments: This company was liquidated in 2013.
Stock Oil Company – email@example.com
Comments: This company was liquidated on March 19, 2018.
Suromna – firstname.lastname@example.org – +7 926 773 8574
Comments: It’s a fake document with different issues including the mixture of Russian and English languages on the document, the phone number, the stamp and and the signature – all not legit.
Tatneft-Samara – mikhaillykov@smr-tatneft / email@example.com – +7 (495) 908 7016
Comments: Though Tatneft-Samara is a real company, this document and people who send it are scam. The email addresses do not belong to the real company, the names are wrong too, the phone number is a fake one, and signature is not real.
Comments: Under liquidation.
Trans Magistral Neft LLC – firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments: Under liquidation.
Transitgaz – email@example.com – +7 926 806 6733
Comments: The legal address is incorrect, the name of General Director is wrong, the stamp and signature are 100% fake.
Tungus Petroleum – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ural Neft – email@example.com – +7 (967) 054 4915
Comments: They are working with a fake mandate Denis Abramov who claims to be Russian but he is not. Their website is a google translate from English to Russian and no phone numbers answer (sales dept phone number doesn’t even exist).
Verkhnelensky Refinery – firstname.lastname@example.org
Yamalnefteprodukt LLC – email@example.com
Yubk Npz – firstname.lastname@example.org
Yukola-Neft LLC – email@example.com
Yuzhnyy Npz (Yunnpz) – firstname.lastname@example.org