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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: "Akakh Henry" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005 22:31:06 +0100
Subject: Letter of Introduction
REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP.
I solicit your utmost confidence in this transaction. It is confidential and "Top Secret". I represent officials of the Nigerian Federal Government Contract Review Panel (FGCRP) who are interested in investments, to buy and manage fish trawlers or go into
crude oil exploration/marketing with funds, which are presently trapped in Nigeria. In order to commence this business we solicit your assistance to enable us transfer into your account the said trapped funds.
The source of this funds is as follows: During past military regimes in Nigeria, government officials set up companies and awarded themselves contracts which were grossly over-invoiced. The present Government set up a Contract Review
Panel of which we are members.
We have identified a lot of inflated contract funds, which are presently floating in the Apex Bank of Nigeria ready for payment. Unfortunately, as civil servants and members of this panel,
we cannot acquire this money in our names. I have been mandated by my colleagues of the panel to look for a foreign partner into whose account we would transfer the sum of the USD$30M (Thirty Million United States Dollars)
Hence, I write requesting your unreserved assistance.
We plan to share the money with 30% going to the Account Owner, 60% for my partners and myself and the remaining 10% used in settling all
If you accept this proposal, be kind enough to send to me by fax
1. Your company's name, address, telephone and fax numbers
2. Your bank name, address, as well as your Bank account number.
With this information, we are going to put in applications for the release
of these funds into your account for us all. So far, much has been said,
and due to our sensitive position we can not afford a slip in this
transaction so contact me immediately through the above email address for further information on the requirements and procedures for this transaction.
Please treat with the strictest confidentiality and utmost urgency.