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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: "Rev.Mrs Jumoke Peters" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2011 21:29:44 +0100



Dear Beneficiary

On behalf of the Federal Minister of Finance, Office of the Presidency
and other private sectors here in Nigeria brings out this Regular Mail
Service to deliver the Unfinished Transfer of Funds be indebted to
foreign beneficiaries including their Gratuity that is in the custody
of different firms and companies to the rightful owner in any
countries. I am Rev. Mrs. Jumoke Peters representing the {GPS} (Global
Postal Service).

The Minister of Finance has ordered the Intercontinental Bank Plc and
Zenith Bank Plc to release the Bank ATM CARD or VISA MASTER CARD to
beneficiaries via {Ups}, so that they can be mailed out to the
rightful owners, because there are too many complains coming from
different Countries
to the Presidency/Federal Government of Nigeria{FGN} that people are
not getting their Instrument to cash their funds, e.g. ATM Cards due
to the fact that people are not meeting up with the transfer papers
required and the amount imposed to some of the beneficiaries by this
banks are ridiculous including constant require of fees that are too
much for people to handle.

We have series of Atm-Cards and Visa Master Card, here in our custody
and they are sealed. We have the official list of all the
Beneficiaries whose names are listed down. Now we are getting in touch
with you to know if you have received an email regarding any Atm Cards
or Visa Master Card. Please if you have received it, kindly contact us
back in your return mail with your full information’s for immediately
delivery, this was the order given to me by Mr. President, Goodluck
Ebele Jonathan & the Honorable Minister of Finance. Mr. Olusegun
Olutoyin Aganga.

Please Note most importantly, the Honorable Minister of Finance will
not be responsible for the Ups delivery charge and it will be
monitored by Her Excellency Mrs. Patience Goodluck Jonathan, to make
sure that every Atm Cards or Visa Master Card are properly delivered
to the owners to avoid any problem.

Here is my contact Number and email address Full Names: - Rev Mrs.
Jumoke Peters Valid Contact: - ( Telephone:
+234-8152-950433. To contact her Excellency Mrs. Patience Goodluck
Jonathan Direct-Line 234-8123-889921. E-mail
( Please you are required to
contact her Excellency Mrs. Patience Goodluck, for further

Our duty is to deliver the Bank Draft and ATM Cards which amount to
US$10.9Million to the rightful owner as we are not allowed to open
them as they are sealed and we need honest people that knows they have
not yet received their funds either in Bank Draft or ATM Cards, So we
are expecting to hear from you, As we know no Information about you.


Rev Mrs. Jomoke Peters

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