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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: "Government Approval Funds" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:30:00 +0330
Subject: Rr: Your Outstanding Payment

To the family of Acclaimed Deceased
Re: Payment of Outstanding

Total Amount: US$14.5 Million United States Dollars.

I wish to draw your attention Sir/Ma, to the above claim, which has already been programmed for transfer by the Inter-Bank Telex Unit of the Central Bank of Nigeria. As an ACCREDITED ATTORNEY OF THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA, I VISITED THE BANK (Central Bank of Nigeria Lagos Liaison Office, Tinubu Square) last week Wednesday, to obtain the new guidelines for PAYMENT REPRESENTATION FOR LAST QUARTER OF 2014 when I was handed an authorization letter attention to me from the office of the EFCC Chairperson signed by Governor Central Bank of Nigeria directing me to act on your behalf.

However, in accordance with the rules & regulations guarding Compensation Beneficiary Payment and Signing of Documents on behalf of any Beneficiary/Contractor(s), I state categorically here that I have ACCEPTED to act on your behalf and to make sure that you receive your total payment within the shortest possible time. According to 1982 Constitution # 5 A, Section B & D and as amended in 1994 & 1999 constitution #12 C, Section A Paragraph 2, which permitted me to act on your behalf I state and promising to act accordingly in your favour.

I would’ve contacted you since last week but I traveled for wedding, however, while in my office preparing for the day job two white men in company of a Nigeria and a Benin Republic Banker came into my office with shocking news that you are dead. The two black man one from Nigeria other from Benin Republic said that you died on Friday of Throat cancer that your burial will be coming up in two weeks time and the family asked the two White men to come for the payment.
I am sending this message across to you in line with the World Bank Regulation of 1990 Section 467 Paragraph 212 Subsection 32 as amended in 1997 which empowers me as an international Probate Lawyer to investigate their claim which I suspected because of their eagerness to have the money paid to them. I, ask Central Bank of Nigeria Accredited Attorney attached to the Presidency for this payment, I do not find it comfortable with the sudden change in Beneficiary’s Name and Address from its original particulars to a new account details below as provided by your associates MR. LIM ALBERT. 1 KIM SENG PROMENADE # 15-01 GREAT WORLD CITY EAST TOWER SINGAPORE 237994. Note: I suspected the moves because of the account they gave to me for the payment into a different country why not in your country? So I want any members of this family to confirm to me if you are dead or not.

Note: If you do not authorize this claim all that I need is for you to forward me your direct telephone number, home/company address, Your Full Name as the one on the central computer has being tampered with by these people and I will do another programming as an International Probate Lawyer for you to have your money paid to you immediately without any jeopardy as I will stand for you. Also forward your account particulars where you want the money to be paid into.
Thanks for your understanding and I expect you to use the above Telephone Numbers given above to always get in touch with me. Though your urgent response will be of immense help so that this chamber could start the immediate arrangement needed for the actualization of this payment and for your payment to be included in the Payment Schedule that will be coming out this week for immediate payment. E- mail :

Best regards,



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