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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: "fred ottawas" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2005 22:36:00 +0100
Subject: HELLO,HOW ARE YOU?
You may be surprised to received this letter from me because you donot know me in person , I am Mr OTTAWA FRED, the first and only son of late Mr OTTAWA, who was murdered in the on going Sudan Crisis in DARFUR REGION, I decided to contact you. Before the death of my father, he had deposit the sum of US$10,000,000 (TEN MILLION US DOLLARS), in a private security and Finance company, This amount was meant for the purchase of chemicals and tractors for the development of our new farms in DARFUR AREA ZONE. unatics in the society lot of people have been killed because of this WAR CRISIS,demanded an end to chronic economic marginalization and sought power-sharing within the Arab-ruled Sudanese state.which my father is one of them. You can hook up to CNN or BBC news every day for what is happening in the country, if you are in doubt, INTERNET view for more details <http://www.hrw.org/campaigns/darfur/>. it is against this bac!
kdrop that my family and I who are currently in Dakar Senegal decided to transfer our fathers money to any foreign account since the Senegal law prohibits refugees (asylum seekers) to operate any type of bank account or to be involved in any huge financial transaction. As the eldest child of my father, I am seeking for a genuine foreign partner who can help us transfer this money in to his or her oversea account. On the other hand, As a Honest person whom I will entrust my future and that of my entire family in his or her hands , I must let you know that this business is completely 100% risk-free. As we cannot accept to venture into any dangerous deal with our fortune, if you therefore accept to assist us, which I know that you will. Please I will like you to contact me through the receipt of this mail urgently. Feel free to ask all questions you deem necessary. For you assistance , we have proposed two options for you. 1)You may go into part!
nership with me for the proper profitable investment of the money in y
our country. 2)If you do not prefer a partnership, I am willing to give you 20% of the sum while the remaining 75% will be my family prior for investment in your country, while the remaining 5% will be used to defray all the expenses that may incur during the process of this transaction. You are therefore required of absolute confidentiality of this matter. God bless you.
Yours truly, Mr Fred Ottawa.