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RUSSIAN OIL SCAMS: Transneft fee scam from fake Russian Oil Sellers 839 replies,323227 views


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 !!!br/>
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: Transneft fee scam from Russian Oil Sellers
Replying to [oilyx]:Hi, and thanks for the information regarding Transneft Fraud. Could you please advise the source of this information.
Re: Re: Transneft fee scam from Russian Oil Sellers
Replying to [johntan]: We have been taken for a lot money by these people over the past year in multipe deals until we figure them out and especially the leader for this whole scam who is posing as the President of Transneft. We are sharing our unfortunate experience to potential future victims. These crooks are very well organized and they have all angles well planned. These people think that they are out of reach of the law because they are in Russia.

You know, buyers/traders' greed is the main reason for these scams to stay on for so long. These scammers are counting on that greed to keep their business going. They offer low prices and large commissions to get honest traders to do their dirty work without knowing until it is too late.

When buyers/traders look at the profit they can make with the low prices offered by these crooks, they think that $28,000 or $30,000 is a small amount to risk for a return of Million dollars per month. These people can keep dreaming, they will never see a drop of oil, they are just making these crooks rich.

IN your case, if you are asking for the source of the info, It is either you work for these crooks or you are thinking about doing a deal with one of these Russian crooks and cannot resist the temptations of potential high returns.

Good luck !
Re: Re: Re: Transneft fee scam from Russian Oil Sellers
Replying to [oilyx]:Your article is very informative and it will help others to sniff out potential scam/fraud.

What I'm concern is that you remain anonymous and naming all the parties in your article is very damning without disclosing the sources or details. Who knows?, you may be working for another competitive refinery that is out on a witch-hunt.
Re: Transneft fee scam from Russian Oil Sellers
Replying to [oilyx]:

Dear Sir,

We are please that youre coming forward to share the horrible scam.We had a contract with a Russian company for the purchase of D2 . We were given the Contract and Transneft Invoice asking us to pay the fee ,but upon checking the contract details we found many details were dubious , such as their swift code , does not match with their banks, the email address of the bank officer does not match with the common email used by the bank

Clearly something is amiss with the whole deal , Luckliy we have stop this deal at the right time


Re: Re: Transneft fee scam from Russian Oil Sellers
Replying to [Sheikhkahlan ]:I am glad that you were able to review the contract and find these deceitful data !!!
These Russian scammers never use valid bank account or bank officer. Buyers also do not verify these things until they pay the Transneft fee and then getting ready to go bank to bank.

All banks used their own Mail servers. So when these scammers list a bank officer with an email address showing a different mail server, you know that you are dealing with a scam.

They also use fake swift code sometimes and fake bank account because they think that the buyer will not have a way to verify these data.

Keep up the good work !!!

Re: Re: Re: Re: Transneft fee scam from Russian Oil Sellers
Replying to [johntan]: Organized crime has long arms. There are a lot of security concerns here. Also, proper authorities have been alerted about this scam in many countries and investigations are currently in porgress even in Russia to get these people behind bars where they belong.
Re: Transneft fee scam from Russian Oil Sellers
Replying to [oilyx]:
1. Is it possible for buyer to sign the Transneft Affidavit and Agreement inside the Transneft Office?

2. Is it true that Transneft Fees be paid only thru the Seller's account and that direct payments will only cause delay?

3. Is it true that you do not entertain any buyers to come to your office?

4. Is it possible to make payment directly to Transneft Account for pipeline usage?

Would appreciate your assistance on this matter.

My buyers are ready and willing to pay and would also appreciate if I would be referred to a genuine oil seller.

Respectully yours, Oil Trader
Re: Re: Transneft fee scam from Russian Oil Sellers
Replying to [oiltrade]:

1- Is it possible for buyer to sign the Transneft Affidavit and Agreement inside the Transneft Office?

You are making the assumption that these sellers are sending you valid Transneft documents.

Contact your country's Moscow emabssy or consulate and have them recommend a good law firm already doing business with the diplomatic office. Then let the law firm deals with Transneft and the seller. The law firm will do the required due diligence with Transneft for you. Otherwise, you have no way of verify that you are getting garbage from the seller.

2. Is it true that Transneft Fees be paid only thru the Seller's account and that direct payments will only cause delay?

In my case, the seller forwarded Transneft invoice to us and we paid via wire transfer to a bank account that supposedly belong to Transneft but really belong to the scammers.

Paying the money to the seller's acount, just make it easy for them to steal the money. You will be surprised about the lines they will come up with to justify why they can't deliver POP, PB or Charter Party agreement to close the deal. They also have fake documents for all of these key docs. Unless you have a way to verify them, they are as good as non existent.

3. Is it true that you do not entertain any buyers to come to your office?

Seller's will give all sort of excuse why you should not come to Moscow. The ones that will let you come will setup a nice show for you. You need a good law firm to be with you if you must visit them.

4. Is it possible to make payment directly to Transneft Account for pipeline usage?

I have done so according the Transneft invoice sent to me. The money still went to the scammers.

The bottom line is that you need local help to flush the bad sellers. You should not have to pay these fees upfront once you show that your buyers are able and willing to close.

Any respectable seller wo has closed deals before should not have any problem paying $30,000 for the so-called transneft fee. The big oil sellers (GAZPROM, ROSNEFT,...) do not even mention these so called fees.

Wish I had a shorther and better answer. These scammers are very smart and they counting on buyer;s greed to setup you up.
Re: Re: Re: Transneft fee scam from Russian Oil Sellers
Replying to [oilyx]:
Dear Sir,

Applauding your detail information. You have no idea how many deals from different company I have who is eager to pay that sort of prices and transneft fees. Thanks for the sharing.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Transneft fee scam from Russian Oil Sellers
Replying to [addy9988]:

I know that buyers love these low prices offered by these scammers.
These scams count on people greed to attract buyers and eventually scam them out of these fees.

If it is too good to be true; it is probably is. When they are offering you D2 at $350 when same volume is going for $430, just walk away.

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