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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: "mb" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2005 23:06:24 +0100
FROM ROYAL FAMILY.
Dear Sir / Madam,
It is my humble pleasure to write you this mail irrespective of the
fact that you do not know me.
Forgive me for the rather unorthodox way of contact however; I got your
contact from the internet listing while searching for a reliable person
to assist my family.
I am DR. MRS.MARIAM ABACHA, the former first lady of Nigeria and wife
of the late GEN. SANI ABACHA, the former head of state and Commander in
chief of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Due to the fact that the British government is trying to hand over my
family bank accounts to the Nigerian government I decided to search
for a reliable and trustworthy foreign partner, who will help receive
some funds, which we have in cash totaling US$25m (Twenty Five Million
United States Dollars Only) into a personal, company or any Reliable
foreign bank account for safe keeping for a short period of time, since
our family bank accounts within and outside the country have all been
frozen by the Nigerian authorities.
I would refer you to these few Websites for further information about
these monies and my family
This money in question has however, been carefully deposited with a
Finance home Overseas.
You may therefore be required to travel in person or transact with the
finance home in an online banking system depend on the one that suit
you as I do not want to inconvenience you while trying to help my family
as you are to collect the money on behalf of my Family for
It may also interest you to know that some of my family members have
since the inception of the present democratic government, been placed
under Partial house arrest, with their international Passports withdrawn
pending the resolution of current fund recovery face - off between them
and the present RTD GEN. OLUSEGUN OBASANJO led Federal Government,
which from all indications will not exceed this year.
We have decided to offer anybody who will be willing to render this
tremendous assistance 20% of the total Sum, while 5% shall be set aside
for incidental expenses.
Note that this transaction involves no risks whatsoever, as you will
have no dealing with my country Nigeria, Rather, you will deal directly
with my private attorney whom is in London for more directives.
Let me have your confidential Telephone/ Fax numbers, and I shall let
you into a complete picture of this mutually beneficial transaction when
I have received your anticipated positive reply.
This matter should be treated as urgent
Dr. Mrs. Mariam Abacha.