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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: WANNY2005 <WANNY2005@terra.es>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2005 14:07:47 +0100
Greetings from the Netherlands,
I do not intend to take your time unduly as this is
not a financial plea.I am the son to the late
foreign affairs minister of the Federal Republic
Of Zaire, Dr. Pinga Kasenda.
I am moved to write you this letter considering my
present circumstance(to be disclosed in detail),
as I managed to escape to the Netherlands, in Europe
for safety, while my mother and two sisters escaped
to Abidjan, Cote Devoire to settle.
I chose to escape to the Netherlands to carry out the
transfer of a deposited sum($14.5million)in a finance institution,
made by my late father,before his death.
On presenting the relevant documents, as the sole
beneficiary,I was refused the claim base on age and not
having a valid account to transfer this sum to.
Hence,I am soliciting your assistance ONLY to provide an
outstanding account for this transfer.
Note;you will not be required to make any payment of
any form as I and my mother have reserved a good amount for the
miscellaneous expense(s) that might be involved.Ofcourse,you will
be compensated on successful completion of this transaction.
Please,keep confidential as I am presently in the refugee camp in
the Netherlands,with routine restriction on my movement.
I can easily be contacted for details/documents at; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks in anticipation.
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