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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: "MRS. Elizabeth Anderson " <>
Date: 24 Nov 2016 13:23:17 -0800
Subject: RE :


My name is Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson and I am delegated from the
United Nations/European Union to pay 150 scam victims $5,000,000
USD (Five million Dollars) each. You are listed and approved for
this payment as one of the scammed victims to be paid this
amount, get back to me as soon as possible for the immediate
payment of your $5,000 000 USD compensation funds.
On this faithful recommendations, know that during the last U.N.
meetings held in London (UK), it was alarmed so much by the world
Leaders in the meeting on the loss of funds by various
individuals to the global scam artists operating as syndicates
all over the world today. In other to compensate victims and
alleviate their sufferings, the U.N Body in conjunction with the
EU Governing Body collectively agreed to compensate and pay 150
Scam victims the sum of $5,000,000USD each in accordance with the
U.N. recommendations to help alleviate their sufferings.
However, Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems in
Africa and some parts of the World, the payments are to be
supervised by the United Nation's Officials and the approved
paying bank is Credit union in Uk or National Bank in U.S in
According to the number of Scam Victims at hand, 114
Beneficiaries has been paid, half of the victims are from the
United States, we still have more 36 left to be paid the
compensations of $5,000 000 USD each.
Your Names and particulars were mentioned as one of the victims
of these wicked acts by one of the Scam Syndicate who was
arrested, you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate
this message to any of them no matter the reason whatsoever as
the U.S. Secret Service are already tracking other criminals and
impostors. So keep it secret until they are all apprehended.
Other victims who have not been contacted can submit their
application as well for scrutiny and possible consideration. The
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) (Motto: No Body
is Above the Law) have combined efforts with the United Nation
Anti-crime commission to alleviate and redeem the image and past
wounds of foreigners and firms who were defrauded, scammed and
abandoned by these syndicates to restore our dignities to
international communities.
Many Banks, Universal firms, Companies and individuals have been
in bankruptcy today due to the activities of these hoodlums.
However, investigations have shown that these people have
destroyed the lives over 500,000 victims after collecting their
monies falsely, many committed suicide and others living by the
grace of God. With the sanity presently at hand, we have over 500
convicts at hand, 300 are in jail now while many are still
awaiting trials and we are still searching and tracking down
others who feel they are wise and hope that you will be our
friend by giving us more information as per clue in apprehending
them all. We sincerely need all your co-operations here.
You will receive your compensation payment into your personal
bank account by ONLINE WIRE TRANSFER through any of the stated
I will update you with further modalities and proceedings as soon
as I hear from you.

Best Regards
MRS. Elizabeth Anderson


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