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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: Suzanne Kilcup <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2016 01:59:01 -0700
Subject: You Are Amoung Lucky Winner To Be Paid This Year2016

Dear Friend,

I am Suzanne Kilcup, a Citizen of America, and i am 56 years Old.

With the utmost joy in me, i will like to inform you that i have received my overdue contract sum of $6,500,000.00 ( Six Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ) Only from the Bank of Ghana through the help and service of Barrister Paul Dramani.

I saw your Email among the listed beneficiary to be paid this year 2016.

So therefore, i will advise you to contact Barrister Paul Dramani on the email address below for guideline on how to claim your fund successfully from the approved paying bank in Ghana.

Person to contact: Barrister Paul Dramani

TELL : +233571205151

It's was the Agreement of the Africa Union (AU), European Union (EU) and the United States FBI that all unpaid contract sum,inheritance/next of kin, Late government employees retirement fund and lottery beneficiaries should be paid out through the Bank of Ghana.

Am advising you,stop further communication with other offices,contact barrister Paul Dramani for your approved fund release papers. Note the only fee i paid was $220 for Declaration of Fund and Duty Stamp to the Federal High Court of Ghana.

Best Regard,
Suzanne Kilcup

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