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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: Mr.Alex Rugamba <scan@lianli.local>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 21:34:44 +0330

Attention Beneficiary,
I am Alex Rugamba Member board of directors Absa Bank Uganda Limited,While going through some files in my office,I saw a payment file that bears the above email address on top of it.As an unpaid payment file.If you are the beneficiary,kindly reconfirm the following details for us to confirm that you are the real beneficiary.
Full Name.............
Contact Address.......
Phone Number..........
Your Age..............
Current Occupation....
It is our duty to serve you better!!
Yours in Service.
Mr.Alex Rugamba
This message was sent from the Absa Bank Uganda Limited. It is only designated for intended recipient only. If you have received this email in error you should immediately discard it without transferring or storing any of it's content. Anyone caught not abiding with these rules will be made to face the law as all communications are officially meant for Absa Bank Uganda Limited customers only. Absa Bank Uganda Limited Copyright 2015 All rights reserved

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