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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: Eastwood David <>
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 19:31:12 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Funds For Investment And Management

Name: David Eastwood
Email: (
Subject:Investment And Management

Funds For Investment And Management
I am facilitating for a private investor who has interest to do business
relative to long term investments in your Company or Country. The area of
interest is Health, Real Estate, Crude-Oil, Farm, Services and construction or
any business of your choice.
You will be required to:
[1]. Receive the funds in cash into a business/private bank account.
[2]. Invest and Manage the funds in the specified areas of investment.
The total sum available for investment is ONE HUNDRED MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ( USD$100,500,000.00 ) . My client is willing to
pay 10% as participation fee for your role as the receiver partner to the funds
and a subsequent 10% "Management Commission" for your advised investment
services. Absolute confidentiality and professionalism is required in the
handling of this funds and subsequent investments.
You may as well send me your Cell phone numbers so to ease communication.
I look forward to your swift response.
Sincerely Yours.
David Eastwood

Kindly send your response to my direct email
Funds For Investment

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