fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days

About Us

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.



Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Chopra Parkash" <>
Date: Thu, 08 Oct 2020 15:10:48 -0700
Subject: ...Project Funding]

Greetings ,

I'm a business start-up and investment facilitator/financial
consultant, I work with Angel Investors, private investors/lenders,
VC's, Venture Funds, Investment companies and other financing sources
that are privately seeking opportunities to invest their funds in
Viable Business, such as, Real Estate funding , Oil and Gas companies,
Bio-energy, Good Automobile/ Aviation Companies, Manufacturing
Industries, Medicals/Equipment's etc, that can generate a good Return
Of Investment for their private investment portfolio.

If you have projects or opportunities or know anyone who has a viable
projects that need funding, do get in touch with me ASAP for us to
discuss this matter further with your business plan.

Best Regards,

Chopra Parkash.

Anti-fraud resources: