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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: "rebbeca.felix tara" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 08:38:18 -0700
Subject: My Dear Friend

It is my pleasure,

My name is Ms. Rebbeca. Felix Tara, from Sierra Leone West Africa I now
base in Ghana with my Mother, 1 junior brother we came here to be safe from
the civil war in my country, I would also use this change to disclose my
family secret to you really have never meet you before but will build this
trust on you.

My Late father was the director of GOLD and Diamond Company in my Country,
when the war get started he move two company safe boxes down to a nearby
Country call Ghana also in West Africa being where I am now with my family
and Deposited it with one Security House in Ghana which will be disclose to
you late as we progress.

Now my mother including my junior brother has agree together to move out
this boxes that contain an amount of $20million Dollars (TWENTY MILLION
DOLLARS) the Security Company did not know that this boxes contain such cash
as my late father deposit it in the name of the his company and put his name
as the next of kin and also inform them that the content of the boxes is
Gold and the other is Diamond for security reasons.

This two boxes deposited 4 years ago and my father died 2 two years ago when
the war affected our city and we lost all our properties his investment,
houses may his soul rest in pace and by then we still live in our country
and it was when the rebels soldiers troop into the last building we are
living in and bunt the building there we have to run down to this country.

We have apply for the release of the two boxes as we came to Ghana and the
Security Company told us that we will need a foreign partner who will stand
as my late father partner and they will process all the legal documents with
your name and after the legal documents complete, there delivery Agent will
deliver to you in your Country the 2 boxes and handle you over, we will send
you the key of the boxes at first before the delivery date..

Don't need financially assistant hence my late Father paid for all the
necessary charges before he died, the only thing my mom need is you to come
down to Ghana for us to meet face to face as we have never meet before and
build trust with us, from there will sign everything and after the boxes
live we all follow together with you back to your Country.

We all agreed to share you 40% of the total amount for all your effort and
honest, the remaining will go into any kind of business, investment, that we
will all agree as we arrive your country home and we are going to buy our
own house where my family will stay.

whatever you have in mind kindly let me know or if you have any question or
prove please go ahead and ask me, I am 27 years and I know everything
clearly because it just happen 4 years ago so I can tell all history about
it...My younger brother name Kennedy Tara 24 years and my Mother Name Mrs.
Mawa Tara 53 years, this is all I know...kindly let us know your mind before
we will forward you there Application form from the Security Company.

Ms. Rebecca.

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