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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: "Ban Kin Moon" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 03:26:37 -0600

United Nations Headquarters,
New York, NY 10017, USA
Greetings Beneficiary
We were authorized by the appointed United Nation Secretary General (BAN KI MOON), and the Governing body of the United Nations Debt Reconciliation Unit, to investigate the unnecessary delay on your payment, recommended and approved in your favor. During the course of our investigation, we discovered with dismay that your payment has been unnecessarily delayed by corrupt officials of the Bank and Government regulatory organs in your country who are trying to divert your funds into their private accounts.
This is to bring to your notice that we are delegated from the UNITED NATIONS to pay 50 Scams victims from your country this year 2016, Our investigation team has notice that you have being a Victims of Internet scam and your Name and email has been selected among the 50 people .The United Nations has decided to pay you $1,500,000 USD (One Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) each of the Internet Scam victim. You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims to be paid this amount, get back to this office as soon as possible for the immediate payment of your $10,500,000 USD compensation funds for this year 2016. We have been having a meeting for the past Seven months which ended Three days ago with the former secretary to the UNITED NATIONS.
This email is to 50 selected people in your Country that have been scammed or extorted money from because of your contract payment execution in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of $1.5 MILLON USD This includes every foreign contractors that may have not yet received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems or irregularities etc. We found your Name and email in our list and that is why we are contacting you, this has been agreed upon and has been signed by the United Nations Board of Directors and Trustees from the WORLD BANK ASSISTED PROGRAMMED.
Note that United Nations Board of Director have sign your ATM MASTER CARD in the favor of your name and hand it over to Mr Louis Martins Protocol Officer, Dispatch Unit to arrange the delivery process, you have to contact Mr Louis Martins he is in charge of your ATM MASTER CARD, as he is our UNITED NATIONS representative in UNITED STATE and AFRICA, ASIA region contact her immediately for your ATM CARD worth $1.5 MILLION USD.
Contact information:
Mr Louis Martins
Protocol Officer, Dispatch Unit.
Email: (
Direct Telephone line: +234-9035928197
As soon as you establish a contact with him, ensure that you provide your present address as below to the contact in other for the Officer to effect the change and Re-direct the parcel to your home address.
1 Beneficiary’s Full Name ………………….
2 Sex: ………………………………………………
3 Date of Birth: …………………………………
4 Nationality: ……………………………………
5 Occupation: …………………………………..
6 Home Address: …………………………..
7 Telephone Number: ………………………..
10 Copy of Identity Document (Passport ID, National ID Card or Drivers license):
he will be expecting your email and urgent attention to this email to enable us monitor this payment effectively. Most importantly you shall be requested to pay the sum of $50 usd(Only) to Mr Louis Martins as the Delivery fee of your ATM MASTER CARD. Once you contact the Office, please request the delivery option from him in other to avoid further delay.
Sincerely yours,
Yours Faithfully,

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