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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Neboh and Neboh Associates" <>
Date: 16 Oct 2018 17:59:02 -0700
Subject: Next of Kin

Walter K.Neboh
Neboh and Neboh Associates
Plot 32 Ajose Close
Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria.
Telephone: +234-1-4724432.


Compliments of the season! It is indeed my pleasure to write to
you this letter, which I believe will be a total surprise to you
as we are both complete strangers to each other. I am Walter
K.Neboh of “Neboh and Neboh Associates." We are solicitors at
law. We are the personal attorneys to a late national of your
country who used to be a staff of Wilber’s oil servicing company,
which carries out repair works for Chevron Texaco Company. On the
6th of May 2002, it was reported to us that one of our Clients
were involved in a Local Plane Crash at Kano State, which was en
route from Sokoto to Abuja (the capital city of Nigeria), all
occupants in the Plane lost their lives, unfortunately on this
same flight were other dignitaries like the former Nigerian
Sports Minister and a host of others.

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Our client deposited the sum of $4.5 Million in an account with
Nead Bank Plc here in Nigeria for himself, with the hope of
transferring it to his country as soon as he is on leave. Since
his death we have made several enquiries about our clients
extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. Since
then, there has been an extensive global wide attempt to locate
and notify any living relative of our late client being that he
himself died in May 2002. We have also used the services of
three independent search agencies to help us in that but still no

After these several unsuccessful attempts, we decided to check
over the Internet on any member of his family hence I contacted
you since your bear same last name with our late client. I have
contacted you to assist in repatriating the money left behind by
our client before the money get confiscated or declared
unserviceable by the bank where this Money is deposited.
Particularly, the Nead Bank Plc where the deceased deposited the
$4.5 Million dollars has issued us a notice to provide the next
of kin within the next fourteen official working days.

Since we have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for
some time now we seek your consent to present you as the next of
kin of the deceased so that the Money valued at $4.5 Million
dollars can be claimed by you and then you and Neboh and Neboh
Associates can share the money 50% -%50. We have all necessary
legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may
make. All we require is your honest cooperation to enable us
seeing this deal through. We are aware of the international
monitoring of all large-scale financial movements after the
September 11th 2001 terrorist attack on America and to avoid any
state of financial investigation, we will provide all classified
clearance papers from the relevant bodies which will exonerate
the money from drug, money laundry or terrorist related proceeds.
We also guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

Please re-confirm the following information:
(1) Your full names
(2) Your Address
(3) Your Age
(4) Your occupation
(5) Your telephone
Awaiting your response

Walter K.Neboh Esq.

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privileged, proprietary, or otherwise private information. If you
have received it in error, please notify the sender immediately
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