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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
- emmanuel tumusiime-mutebile bank email: (email@example.com) address: plot 37/43 kampala road, kampala phone: (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Matia Kasaija <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 08:18:49 +0800 (HKT)
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS, FOR YOUR FUNDS APPROVAL OF $5.5 MILLION DOLLARS
From Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development
Address: Plot 2/12 Apollo Kaggwa Road/ P.O.Box 8147 Shimoni Rd 1, Kampala, Uganda
Official website www.finance.go.ug
This is to officially inform you that your donation funds the total sum of $5.5 Million US Dollar has being approved by the minister of finance Uganda and bank of Uganda.
You will receive a check or ATM worth of $5.5 million US Dollar from Bank of Uganda, the money will be transferred and loaded into an ATM Visa card which will be issued in your name and send to your address this week, therefore I want you to contact the Bank of Uganda with your full name and address together with your phone number and your id card so that the bank of Uganda management will inform you on what to do before you will receive your funds the sum of $5.5 Million Dollars,
for more information you can login to the bank official website www.bou.or.ug, kindly contact the Bank of Uganda on their contact details below.
Bank Name: Bank of Uganda
Contact Person Sir, Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile
Bank Email: (email@example.com)
Address: Plot 37/43 Kampala Road, Kampala
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Ugandan Minister of Finance
Tel Number: +256753665917
Official website www.finance.go.ug