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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: "Mr.Moses Dante" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 3 Sep 2004 23:17:16 +0100
Subject: FROM THE DESK OF MR MOSES DANTE
FROM THE DESK OF MR MOSES DANTE
I got your address via the internet. I have a proposal for you this
however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour
against your will.
I am 50, and had worked with a bank (one of the African leading banks in
the West Coast).Here in this bank existed a dormant account for the past
10 years which belong to a Syria national who is now late. After
discussing my view and your profile with my colleagues,they were very much
satisfied and decided to contact you immediately for this mutual business
When we discovered that there had been no deposits nor withdrawals from
this account for this long period, I and my two other colleagues decided
to carry out a system investigation and discovered that non of the family
member nor relations of the late Syrian is aware of this account.
This is the story in a nutshell.
Now we want an account overseas where we can transfer this funds.
Thereafter, we had planned to destroy all related documents for this
account. It is a careful network and for the past eleven months we have
worked out everything to ensure a hitch-free operation. The amount is not
so much at the moment and plus all the accumulated interest the balance in
this account stands at-US$9.5 million US dollars.
Now our questions are:-
1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can you sponsor this project?
3. Can we give you this trust?
4. What will be your Total commission?
Consider this and get back at us as soon as possible. Finally, it is our
humble prayer that the information as contained herein be accorded the
necessary attention, urgency as well as the secrecy it deserves.
We Expect your urgent response if you can handle this project. Call me at
this direct line +228 9063205 after sending a mail for confirmation.