Scams by Email - Contract / Inheritance Fund Payments

Email Scams: Government officials with Contract / Inheritance Funds to Pay You!

Did you receive an email from a lawyer or a government, United Nations, or bank official telling you that your "inheritance" or "contract fund" payment, which had been delayed (usually due to "some error" or "some evil persons" (usually the nefarious Dr. Charles Soludo - a relative of Emperor Ming the Merciless) is now "released"?

Sorry to disappoint you, but it is a scam.

Below are links to sample actual emails of this type of scam, along with how to recognize the scam and report them. These are of a type called "The Advance Fee Fraud (AFF)" email is also known as "419" after the section of the Nigerian penal law that deals with this type of fraud. It takes many forms, we have categorized the scams below as "Orphans and Widows of wealthy diplomats, generals, presidents, etc."

How to recognize a fake inheritance / contract fund scam

Let's look at some actual emails people received and see how we can spot that they are scams. In general, notice the awesome amount of misspellings, poor grammar and run-on sentences.  Even if they weren't scams, would you go into business with someone who writes like that?

  1. Sir. Eric Ben at United Nation (Un) Debt Reconciliation Department has a payment for your "contract /...
  2. Nigeria, Mr.Chizoba Chinweike, FOREIGN DEBT PAYMENT OFFICE
  4. CAPT.JAMES C. WILLIAMS, United Nations Office of INTERNATIONAL FUNDS TRANSFER / AUDIT UNIT, We have actually been authorized by the newly appointed UN secretary general, and the governing body of the UNITED NATIONS monetary unit, to investigate the unnecessary delay of your inheritance/contract fund, REV (DR) STEVEN YOUNG

And please let us know about any suspicious calls or emails you receive.  We look for patterns so that we can alert the authorities and victims to new scams, before it is too late!




For a comprehensive list of national and international agencies to report scams, see this page.