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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: Matia Kasaija <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 08:18:49 +0800 (HKT)

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

Attention, Pls,

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, kindly contact the Bank of Uganda on their contact details below.

Bank Name: Bank of Uganda

Contact Person Sir, Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile

Bank Email: (

Address: Plot 37/43 Kampala Road, Kampala

Phone: +256751456171

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards

Matia Kasaija
Ugandan Minister of Finance
Tel Number: +256753665917
Official website
Email (

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