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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: "Mr. Robert Milotte" <>
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 23:12:48 -0800 (PST)
Subject: My Request

My Request,
I am Mr. Robert Milotte, I decided to reach you directly to solicit your assistance and Guidelines in making a business investment and transfer of (16.8M GBP) to your country within the Next few days.
I presently work as Accountant General of Offshore Mortgage & Services with Habib Allied International Bank UK. But at this moment, I am constrained to issue more details about this profitable Business investment until I get your response by mail. Please take out a moment of your very busy Schedule today to respond back if you are interested; please send your direct telephone numbers through this email ( for an initial confidential conversation. I wish for utmost confidentiality in handling this transaction. It is very pertinent that we talk as soon as hear from you.
Awaiting your reply,
Mr. Robert Milotte.
Snr. Accounts General.

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