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Russian Oil Scams ** Import / Export

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Russian Oil Scams ** Import / Export

Unread postby HillBilly » Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:08 am

This massive scam involves the setting up of fake websites for various imaginary Russian oil, energy, mineral, agrochemical, natural gas and coal companies. To support the scam, fake Russian government, associations, banks, law firms, shipping companies, and due diligence websites are also set up. The purpose is to induce the victim into paying advance fees for non-existent oil or other commodities. Fake documents are sent to the potential victim as further inducement.

Here is an article on several scammers who were arrested by Russian authorities:
West African scammers arrested in Russia

The scammers will request an advance payment or fee from $30,000 to even $150,000 before any oil is delivered, since, of course no oil will ever be delivered. The fee is usually for some fake government or association allocation code, license fee, tax, contract servicing, legalization fee, authorization fee, mandate seller fee, down payment, federation fee, Russian Ministry fee, pipeline fee, Uraltransneft fee, etc. The fake advance fees are only limited by the scammer's imagination. Frequently, the scammers request the fake fees be paid to some fake government officials or oil association agents represented by yet another fake website(s). These scammers will state that such payment or fees are "customary." They are not! ANY ADVANCE FEE IS A SCAM! Here is an example of contract language containing scam advance fees:

"Seller pays for the Legalization/Registration of the “CONTRACT” directly to the Ministry of Energy"

"Buyer pays to obtain Transaction Passport Transfer Certificate (TPTC) / Export Clearance Affidavit (ECA) which defines the buyer’s intention and competence, and it is duly documented to that effect."

"Buyer will open file with the Seller Company, fee of the file opening will be calculated and be based on the volume of the signed Contract. Fee stands for operational charges and payment will be TT wire transfer."

"Upon the Verification of the above documents by the Buyer, The buyers pays via T/T Wire transfer of the total Vessel Charter Fees to re-route the course of the Vessel Tanker to the buyer's discharge port."

Note that scammers will demand that advance fees be paid via Western Union/MoneyGram or Bank to Bank transfer so that once you've been scammed, you will not be able to get your money back!. Please read: Western Union/MoneyGram Indicate Scam!!! and Don't Pay Strangers Using Bank to Bank Transfer

Here is another example from a scam contract:

"PAYMENT: Payment terms may be optional except the payment for THE ALLOCATION FILE OPENING WITH SAMARA SALES DEPARTMENT payment will be made by NON-NEGOTIABLE TT WIRE -TRANSFER..."

Here is a list of some of the known fake government ministries and oil associations with their fake forum listings. The scammers will put more of these up so one has to be alert and question the legitimacy of any supposed government or trade association website! The only legitimate Russian Ministry site associated with the oil and gas industry is:

Russian Crude Oil & Natural Gas Producers and Exporters Association (RUCONG PEAN) (Fraudulent Website)
105037, Mikhalkovskaya ulitsa, 65, Moscow, Russia Federation
Tel: 7 495 943 8726
Fax: 7 495 943 8726
Emails :

person: Private Person
registrar: REGRU-REG-RIPN
created: 2012.02.19
paid-till: 2013.02.19
free-date: 2013.03.22
source: TCI

Russia Export Authority (Fraudulent Website)
109202 Россия, Москва,Орехово-Зуевский проезд, 18.
Телефон: +7 495 7786417
факс: +7495 9813301
Электронная почта: (Fraudulent Website)
Адрес: 105005 Russia Moscow Naberezhnaya Akademika Tupoleva 15.
Telephone/ Fax : +7 (499) 390 0219
E-mail : , ,

Russian ministry of energy and industry (Minpromenergo) (Fraudulent Website)
Address: Moscow, 109074, Kitajjgorodskijj pr., d. 7
Telephone/Fax: +7 (499) 500-9792

Russian Ministry of Oil Natural Gas Exploration (Fake Agency) (Fraudulent Website)
Address: 109012, Moscow, Rozjestvinka Street 17 biulding
Telephone: +7 (495) 978-0810
Fax: +7 (495) 978-9128, +7 (495) 978-9038

The Agency of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation (Russian Ministry of Energy) (Fraudulent Website)[/COLOR]
107997, г. Москва, ул. Щепкина, дом 40
Information Service of the Agency
Tel: +7 (926) 002-3875
Fax: +7 (926) 002-3876
Notary and Legal Department of the Agency

Russian Ministry of Energy and Industry (Fake Agency) (Fraudulent Website)
113045, Sadovnicheskaya St.10 Moscow, Russia
Telephone/Fax: +7 (499) 998-15-59

Russian Ministry of Energy and Industry (Fake Agency) (Fraudulent Website)
Kitaygorodskiy proezd 7, Moscow, Russian Federation 109074
Telephone/Fax: +7 (499) 713-42-34 (Fraudulent Website)[/COLOR]
Russian Oil & Gas Manufacturers and Exporters Association
Address:1/4 Tsvetnoy bulvar 346802 Moscow
Russia Federation.
Phone: +7 (495) 333-7214
Fax :+7(495)789-8221 , (Fraudulent Website) (Fraudulent Website)
Ministry of Energy and Industry
Kitaygorodskiy proezd 7, Moscow, Russian Federation 109074
Telephone/Fax: +7 (499) 713-42-34 (Fraudulent Website)
5, Kamergersky Pereulok
Russian Federation
Tel: +7 (495) 763 50 38, +7 (495) 764 96 73 Fax: +7 (495) 763 50 38
Email: , (Fraudulent Website) (Fraudulent Website) (Fraudulent Website)
Druzhba Petr Chambers
House 23/8k1 Novozavodskaya UID Street
Office 16 Moscow, Russia 212309
E-mail :

Address: Novy Arbat Street, 11c1, 110435 Moscow, Russia
Contact name: Mr Sergey A. Olegovich (Deputy Director)
Tel/Fax: +7-(499)-390-3713
Tel : +7 964 7255 086
Emails: and No real government ministry would use a free email address) (Dead)

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation (Fraudulent Website)
Address: 4/6, Bolshaya Gruzinskaya str., Moscow, Russia
Telephone: +7 (499) 713-48-22 Fax:+7 (499) 713-48-22,
e-mail: (Fraudulent Website)
Russian Energy Ministry & Export Authority Trust (REMEA TRUST)
Valovaya Street No 28, 110227 Moscow, Russia.
Tel/Fax : +7 (499) 390 3826 / 74993903826
Emails: (Dead) (Dead)

Any request for an advance fee payment, especially for the "privilege" of importing oil or a down payment is a clear sign of the scam!

Many of these fake oil companies advertise extensively on B2B networks such as Alibaba,, Tradekey,, EcPlaza, Tradeboss, to name a few. Please note that NO LEGITIMATE RUSSIAN PETROLEUM COMPANY will ever advertise or search for buyers on B2B sites or advertise elsewhere on the internet as they already have regular buyers and traders. If you receive an unsolicited offer from a "Russian oil company, it is most likely a scam. If you see an advertisement from a "Russian oil company" on a B2B network or elsewhere, its most likely a scam.

No real oil company, or any company for that matter, uses free email addresses, especially free email address chosen to match their supposed company names. Google every thing about any prospective company. The name of the company, the domain name, the email address, the telephone number, the name of the officials. We list many of these fraudulent companies on various anti-fraud forums and its very frustrating when potential victims do not take the time or energy to simply Google. Just because you don't find anything that indicates a company is not a scam, doesn't mean it isn't. It could be a new scam site.

A great way to tell whether a company is a scam is to look at the date the website's domain was registered. if the domain registration date is within a year, its most likely a scam. Thoroughly read Identifying Obvious Scam Websites If they don't have a website, they are most likely scammers.

A thread which lists scam sites and shows posts from potential victims can be found here:

Here are some of the West African scammers setting up these fake Russian oil web sites:

Scammers #1 and #2 are from Nigeria

Scammer #3 is also from Nigeria

Scammer #4 and #5 are from Ghana and Nigeria

Scammer #6 is another one from Nigeria

Scammer #7 is from Cameroon

Scammer #8 from Nigeria

Scammer #9 from Cameroon *Etienne Mbega is currently under arrest in Russia*

Scammer #10 from Nigeria

Scammer #11 from Nigeria

Scammer #12 from Nigeria

Here are more links to articles on scams. Take the time to read this entire article including the links and the posts below. The time expended is well worth the knowledge gained and will make you better equipped to recognize a scam. (List of Authorized Subsidiaries )

I have reprinted an article from Alibaba below.

To all buyers of Russian Oil Products.

Do not pay any upfront Transneft fee to Russian Sellers under no circumstances.

There is a well organized Russian crime network made of many so-called Russian independent sellers or seller's mandates,all of them advertising on but their leader is posing as the Presient of Transneft, the Russian State Pipeline monopoly, issuing fake Transneft documents including Invoice with Transneft bank accounts (which really belong to the scammers), Affidavit and contracts. He uses the following email addresses: and All deceptive email addresses from a Russian free mail server using the name of a legitimate Russian official to fool foreigners who think that they are dealing with the head of Transneft. We learned that he also uses the alias: Sergey Dmitriev.

Buyers from many countries have been victimized by these scammers and they are still in business.

These people are not selling oil. Their business is to scam foreign oil buyers for upfront Transneft fees.


We have paid Transneft fees for over 8 contracts and have lost all that money

Their contracts usually include Cell phone as seller's phone, fake ****, fake SWIFT code, fake email addresses, fake bank officer who is usually an individual who is part of a scam.

All phone and email messages that the buyer sends to the seller's bank go to people working for the scam not to the bank.

Some of these companies are fictitious and do not even legally exist.

When they provide Transneft invoice and other documents, if you ask for verification, they will put you in contact with fake Transneft officials including someone who claimed that he is the President of Transneft and a close friend of President Putin. All of These people are also part of the scam and no really who they claim to be.

They used to provide an invoice for payment to be wired to Alfa Bank or Russian Standard Bank in behalf of Transneft pipeline or Transneft Trustees; Not True. They have people inside Alfa Bank, Russian Standard bank and other Russian banks to divert the money to them.

Nowadays, they use Russian Standard Bank and other banks with the money going to an individual who supposes to be a Transneft Trustee but is part of the gang. Their fee went from $28,000.00 last year to $30,000.00 now per 500k contract.

They will make you believe that you are getting a god deal because you suppose to pay both the internal and external fees upfront but because of their special relationship with the President of Transneft, they will arrrange an exemption for you to only pay the Internal fee. All scam talk. The following companies are part of the scam: Alduke Holdings-Sibneftprom, Soyuz Corporation, Igion Oil, Icon oil & Gas, Rusneftprom, Golden Oil, Zorin Energy Resources.

If you pay them once, they will ask you to submit more contract before they can perform on your first contract because they must meet internal Transneft quota before they can deliver any PB or POP to you. If you insist, they will put you in touch with the fake President of Transneft who claims to be Mr. Boishtoc himself, to tell you that the Russian seller is in good standing with Transneft but you must deliver more contract to them so that they can meet their Transneft quota.

Avoid individuals like Nikolai Gubin from Alduke Holdings, Andrei Shaika from Soyuz Corp and Rusneftprom. In the case of Alduke, after you pay, they will then tell you that they have back tax problems with the government and cannot perform until this problem is resolved and will try to have the tax problem confirmed by the fake Transneft President who is really the ring master. This Master Scammer will not only confirm that Alduke or any of scammers is a good seller but will ask you to advance Million dollars in cash (to be wired to a bank that they will provide) to him so that he can get Russian officials to help Alduke so that you can get your oil. Right but not in this lifetime !!!! Just tell this guy to send you a certified copy of his passport as Mr. Boishtoc, the head of Transneft, so that you can verify it with the Russian Embassy before you send him the Million in cash that he is asking for. He will tell you that he is very offended by that request and will hang up the phone quickly.

These scammers will object to you visiting Moscow to personally make payment to Transneft Bank then move to LC in exchange for PB/POP documents there.

No matter what you do, do not pay them upfront fees and do not accept any procedure where you have to pay large upfront sum to get the deal started. Once you pay and pay, there is no way to get your money back and recover the lost time. The fake Mr. Boishtoc from Transneft will tell you that Transneft has met their obligations and that you are now liable for the additional external fee of $150,000.00 per contract and that you should address your concerns with the Russian seller.

Things to do to avoid these scams:

1.- Always contact your country's embassy in Moscow for help on screening Russian sellers.

2.- Ask your embassy to recommend a local lawyer to screen and verify any document that you receive from Moscow.

3.- Get your lawyer to invite you to Moscow to verify all documents issued by your seller and to visit your seller.

4.- Get the seller to move first by issuing PB from reputable Russian Bank with a major Foreign corresponding bank and Vessel Charter Party Agreement verifiable through your lawyer in Moscow.

There is no scam without a Bank. Check the seller's bank listed on the contract. Bank uses their own mail server so if given bank email address shows a different mail server then be concerned. Call the bank. Bank officer should use a land line for their phone number not cell phone

Serious and sucessful sellers should not have any need to collect Transneft fees upfront from you once you show then preliminary proof of fund via BCL or soft probe. Only scammers want to see your money first, because their business is to collect these fees,not to sell oil. Furthermore, once you send them one payment, they tell you that they have a quota and that you need to send them more deals before they can accept your Pre-advice LC or issue PB.

Even if you ask them to sign a promisory note to return the money in case of non-performance, they will do it because you have no way of collecting that money back from them.

Do not accept any document from these people unless you have a way of verifying it independently. They are master forgeurs for all sort of refinery and government documents.

They use a lot of Seller's mandate all of over the world to bring them business. The Russian mandates are part of the scam but foreign mandates are usually innocent victims who think that they are representing a legitimate Russian seller.

Happy Trading !!!
Please don't be afraid to share your scam stories !!! Scammers use the same scheme over and over because their victims do not speak out

Your story will help weeding out scammers from the business. It is not just about the money, it is about detecting these scams soon enough to avoid wasting time.

NOTE: Since this article was initially posted here, there have been some new company listings on (Lukhoilsandgas, Golden Oil,....)presenting themselves as mandates for Russian companies like RUSNEFTPROM.

My personal recommendation is not to do business with any mandate or company that lists relationship with Alduke Holdings-Sibneftprom, RUSNEFPROM or any of the companies listed above in this article.

The real test is for you to get a copy of their procedure, they all require upfront fee from the buyer for Transneft fee before they issue PB, POP, or show any oil or SGS report or proof of previous deals where that have actually ship any oil to anybody.
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Re: Russian Oil Scams ** Import / Export

Unread postby HillBilly » Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:31 am

petrofinder has posted a fraud warning from Gazprom [/B]


"GAZPROM, the Company, DOESN'T make a request to register future contracts at various ministries and entities of the Russian Federation as the Russian legislation doesn’t provide for such a procedure."

Gazprom wishes to warn the public against transactions with unscrupulous market players, which disseminate fictitious commercial proposals for petroleum products sales from Internet websites and via e-mail purportedly on behalf of Gazprom or its affiliated companies.

Gazprom and its subsidiary companies do not establish business relations and do not offer guarantees of goods delivery in absentia, via Internet or e-mail.

Gazprom exclusively exports its petrochemical products through its subsidiaries– Gazprom export and Gazprom neft, which bypass any intermediaries when concluding contracts.

Official information about the activities of Gazprom export and Gazprom neft is available on the websites;
1) and

Likewise, the Company doesn’t make a request to register future contracts at various ministries and entities of the Russian Federation as the Russian legislation doesn’t provide for such a procedure.

Gazprom reserves the right to take legal action in order to terminate fraudulent actions by unscrupulous market players.

JSC Gazprom Neft
ul. Profsoyuznaya 125 A, Moscow, 117647 Russia
Tel.: +7 (495) 777-3152
Hotline: 8-800-700-3152
Fax: +7 (495) 777-3151

The complete contact details of Gazprom are posted here
In connection with emailing and using the Internet for offers for sale of substantial quantities of natural gas from brokers allegedly related to the Gazprom Group's companies, Gazprom Export (a 100% owned subsidiary of Gazprom) informs that in accordance with Russian law it is the only exporter of natural gas that belongs to Gazprom Group abroad and does not engage any Russian and foreign businesses/individuals as intermediaries in negotiating and concluding contracts.

A press release from Lukoil ... 527&pr=yes



The OAO LUKOIL Press Service would like to draw the attention of all interested parties to new instances of attempted fraudulence on the international petroleum-product market.
The Company has knowledge that certain persons are currently sending out commercial offers regarding the export of petroleum products on behalf of OOO LUKOIL-Nizhegorodnefteorgsintez.
Under these circumstances the OAO LUKOIL Press Service would like to point out the fact that OOO LUKOIL-Nizhegorodnefteorgsintez does not supply any petroleum products to the foreign market. These products are exported solely by LITASCO (an OAO LUKOIL wholly-owned subsidiary).
The OAO LUKOIL Press Service strongly recommends that groups closely examine the suppliers who claim to be acting on behalf of OAO LUKOIL or its subsidiaries.
The OAO LUKOIL Press Service declares that the Company shall not bear responsibility for would-be undesirable consequences that may ensue as a result of commercial relations with such “partners”.

Press Centre OAO "LUKOIL"
Phone.:+7 (495) 627-16-77
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Re: Russian Oil Scams ** Import / Export

Unread postby Wayne » Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:23 am

Translated version of

Detained nationals suspected of embezzling at least 900 million rubles from several hundred foreign commercial companies
October 24, 2012 19:40
According to the operative data of at least 900 million rubles were able to "earn" fraudulently immigrants from African countries, using the names of major Russian companies.
During the raid, operational investigative group consisting of the Investigation Department of the Russian Interior Ministry and the General Department of Transport Ministry of Russia, detained nine people from West Africa (Nigeria and Cameroon), residing in the territory of the Russian Federation.
These activities are conducted within the framework of the investigation department of the Russian Interior Ministry Investigative criminal proceedings instituted in respect of an international group, whose members are suspected operative data of embezzling at least 900 million rubles from several hundred foreign commercial companies that operate in the European Union, the United States and Southeast Asia.
When committing fraud group members used fraudulent national passports with names and surnames, somehow resonate with the names of major Russian companies, for example, "Gazprom", "Murmansk Shipping Company", "Rosneft" and so on.
Simultaneously in different parts of Moscow were conducted searches at seven places of residence suspects. Print seized fake entities notary forged documents, computer and office equipment, used by fraudsters to commit crimes.
The rapid development started with an address to the General Directorate Ministry of Internal Affairs on transport Russian company OAO "Russian Railways": in the office received a letter from the carrier of Chinese entrepreneurs, perturbed by the fact that the Russian side is not fulfilling its obligations under the transportation of coal.
In turn, JSC "Russian Railways" due to the fact that there was no contractual relationship with Chinese entrepreneurs never signed, sent their application to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. Transport police found that in December 2010 the staff of the Chinese company interested in the proposal, placed some commercial organization on the English site on the Internet, entered into business correspondence with scammers.
The sides agreed to supply coal to the prerequisite for its prepaid transportation. For payment lzhepredprinimateli sent to the customers account details of the settlement, drawn up by a person, whose name means as JSC Railways, which translated to English means of Railways. Originally scammers expect to receive as a prepayment of U.S. $ 200,000, but later reduced the amount to 50 thousand dollars. In February 2011, the advance has been listed, but coal and the customer does not reach.
Detectives and investigators determined that such a scheme attackers acted for a long time. On Internet sites they put proposals on the implementation of various minerals and other goods (rails, locomotives, etc.), indicating the details of non-existent commercial companies. As a way scammers contact specifies the e-mailbox for subsequent business correspondence, phone numbers, as well as fictitious names of the contact person. Further, they agreed on the supply of goods of prepayment, but after transferring the required deposit disappeared. Indeed, the entire "business" correspondence was conducted with computers located in rented apartments in Moscow.
The law enforcement bodies of the Russian Federation is justified believe that in this way not only the suspects committed crimes, but also applied to reputational harm to the image of Russia as a member of international trade relations.
Cash generated by illegal means, legalized through remittances to countries of West Africa.
At present, addressed the issue of election detainees remand in custody.
Criminal Code of the Russian Federation for committing this type of crime is punishable by imprisonment up to 10 years and large fines.
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