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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:

Fraud email example:

From: Andrew Rogerson <>
Date: 25 Dec 2021 12:21:52 +0100
Subject: Business Proposal


   I'm Andrew Rogerson, Research Assistant for Castle Laboratories
UK, One of the leading Bio Pharmaceutical Companies in England.

I'm looking for a reliable businessman/individual in your region to
represent this company in sourcing some of our basic raw material used in the manufacturing of high quality Anti-Viral Vaccines, Cancer
treatment and other life saving Pharmaceutical Products.

This may not be your area of specialization but it will be another
income generating business out of your specialty. This is because Our
company was yet to locate any seller to buy from.

However, I have been able to discover an international dealer who can
supply us this product. He is selling at a cheap rate, which is far
more cheaper than our previous purchases.
I will give you more specific profit details when I receive a feedback
from you if you are interested.

I want to know if you can front this business as someone who has
international business experience or if you could link me up with
business persons who can.

N/B: Please I have no intention to send unpleasant messages to you and
feel free to ask more for more details i will explain future more.

Best regards.

Andrew Rogerson

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