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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: pernason chambers <aries_chambers1@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 03:49:55 +0100
Subject: HELLO,



FROM THE DESK OFARIES PERNASON & CO LAW FIRM,20 LATEEF SALAMI LANE,VICTORIA ISLAND LAGOS,LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA.

HELLO,
Your e-mail address came up in a random draw conducted by our law firm,ARIES PERNASON{Law Chamber in LAGOS State. Nigeria.

My name is ARIES PERNASON ESQ. A personal attorney to our late client Mr. James Harrison who use to worked for an oil firm in Nigeria. Mr. James Harrison a well known Philanthropist, before he died, he made a Will stating that $7.2M (Seven million and two hundred thousand us dollars) should be donated to any Philanthropist of our choice overseas. We have made a random draw that your e-mail address was picked as the beneficiary to this Will.

I am particularly interested in securing this money from the Bank, because they have issued a notice instructing us to produce the beneficiary of this Will within two weeks or else the money will be credited to the Government treasury as per law here.
It is my utmost desire to execute the Will of our late client.

You are required to contact me immediately to start the process of sending this money to any of your designated official account.I urge you to contact me immediately for further details bearing in mind that the Bank has given us a date limit. Please act fast; please contact me on my private email address info_chambers123@yahoo.com
ARIES PERNASON ESQ.
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