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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.
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Fraud email example:
From: "SANKOH LARRYSON" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 10:43:44 +0100
This proposal must appear strange to you.
Several events oblige me to contact a completely foreign person (you) for this assistance to mutual profit which requires a discrete and serious co-operation.
The proposal is as follows: My father FUDAY SANKOH was the major controller of the diamond mines in my country (Leone Sierra) and thanks to this position which he occupied, it could constitute an immense fortune for the famille(50 million American dollar). But to finish, he was arrested and imprisoned to have supported the rebellious groups of (R.U.F.) who fight against the government of Sierra Leone.
Dear Sir, I want to notify to you here that the amount of money from which I am speaking to you was deposited by my father on my behalf in a company of guarding and safety in West Africa (Republic of the
BENIN). it's already 4 years now that the money is deposited in the company of guarding and safety.
All the documents concerning this deposit of funds are in my possession currently and I would like that you give me all the assistance
necessary for the transfer of the money in your country. My wish is that the money is to invest in good bargains and I believe that it is a chance
for you to assist me because you will be my right-hand man in all my businesses once the finished transaction.
I offer 10%(soit to you 5 million American dollar) of the total amount for your assistance and I propose 5% to cover all expenditure which
you will have engaged concerning this transaction.
Awaiting your answer and suggerais you to contact me by my e-mail address direct to have more information.
All my greetings,