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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: "mike themba" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2004 13:39:15 +0000
Subject: URGENT REPLY HILLY NEEDED
FROM MR.MIKE THEMBA
TEL: +27 83 940-6792
You may be surprised to receive my letter, however,I got your contact from
the South Africa Chamber of Commerce and Trade. I have decided to contact
you for confidential,urgent and rewarding joint business.My name is MR.MIKE
THEMBA, I was a Personal Assistant to the Late Congo President, LAURENT
KABILA, who was assasinated in February and my aim of writing to you is
because of the need for a trusted and honest person, who I can entrust the
sum of US$32,800,000 (Thirty two million, eight hundred thousand USDollars).
Source of the money: I and the late president secured this money in a
security firm in SOUTH AFRICA, in my name before his death. Now I can not
travel out of SOUTH AFRICA, where I am on asylum, hence I am asking for your
assistance to have this money in your care pending when I will secure travel
documents to come over to your country.If you accept this offer we shall
share the money as follows: for you, 25%, 75% for me. I have all the title
documents to the fund which I can transfer to you to enable you have assess
to it. Be assured that is risk-free and legitimate. Please advise me on your
position by e-mail immediately
Finally, if you are interested to assist me in this transaction, I need your
urgent reply through the above. telephone and E-mail. Do not forget to
include your private telephone and fax numbers for easier communication.
PLEASE REPLY MY MAIL WITH THIS E-MAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
Please I await your prompt reply.