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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: "OFFICE OF MR.PRESIDENT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 01:37:32 -0800


Dear Sir/Madam.

First let me on behalf of good citizens of Nigeria apologize for the troubles and inconveniences you have been through as a result of your delay payment in the past and assured you now of quick and urgent payment in this first quater of 2012.

In line with agreement and directives from IMF and the Paris Club, the Nigeria Government, has through the Federal Ministry of Finance and Federal Ministry of Justice handed over your payment file to the WORLD BANK AUDITORS in Nigeria (WBA) The above-mentioned world financial bodies, acting on petitions from foreign beneficiaries have directed that due to so much fraud and scams perpetrated against foreign beneficiaries that the World Bank Auditors headed by Dr.Williams Bradfords should take charge of your payment with immediate effect and on my order as the Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

However I want you to note that your Payment file is presently with the World Bank Auditors African Region with Head Office here in Nigeria and you should contact them, As the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, let me inform you that there is no other office(s) or person notwithstanding his/her position in government that is presently directly in-charge of your payment. Therefore you are advised in your own best interest to desist from making further contacts with anyone or office with regards to your payment. We have instructed all banks and government offices previously involved in your payment to stop forthwith and you are ask to stop communications with them as well, unless you want to be defrauded.

So you will have to provide your complete details to the World Bank Auditor here for you payment as the sum of US$4.5Million has been approved for them to be released to you. The government and people of Nigeria are not going to be liable to any money you may lose should you defile this Presidential order, therefore we once again urge you to stop further conversation with anyone outside WBA. It is also very important to inform you that anyone informing you that they are in charge of your payment outside the WBA must be doing that to defraud you, so continuing communication with such person(s) or office(s) is at your own peril.

Here are the contact details of the World Bank Auditors headed by Dr.Willaims Bradfords; you are advised to contact them, provide them with all the information they may require from you to ensure a smooth transfer of your fund either by Bank Wire Transfer or by ATM Master Card as you may wish as the funds beneficiary.

Dr.Williams Bradfords.
Director General/CEO.
World Bank Auditors,Nigeria Desk.

Do not say that you were not warned to stop further communication or contacts with any other body outside the Williams Brad Fords of the World Bank Auditors in Nigeria,note that the Nigerian Government has procured every necessary documents that will confirm your funds as legal and genuine,all you need to do according to the World Bank Auditors and the FBI/HomeLand Security is to secure an official Clearance Certificate from the World bank which is they own discretions as is not free hence you MUST pay for it before they will issue same to you,Willaims Bradfords will advise you better on this as he is in charge,call him oin phone once you receive this Presidential Order.

Yours faithfully

Dr. Goodluck E. Jonathan (GCFR, mni)
President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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