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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: "Mrs Laura Myer" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2005 00:36:43 +0100
Subject: GREETINGS FROM LAURA MYER
I greet you in the Name of GOD.
I am MRS LAURA MYER from South Africa.I am married to
Late MR NELSON MYER of blessed memory who was an oil
explorer in Kuwait and Brunei for fifteen years before he
died in the year 2000.
We were married for twelve years without a child. He died
after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before
his death we were both devoted to our God and respect other
who serve him.Since his death, I too have been battling with
both Cancer and fibroid problems. When my late Husband was
alive he Deposited the sum of $18.5million (Eighteen
Million, Five Hundred thousand U.S Dollars) with a Deposit
Company in Europe.the money is deposited as Family
Valuables/Treasure for security reasons.
Recently, my doctor told me that I have only six months to
live due to my cancer problem, and this lead to a stroke
attack which bother me most though because I cannot move as
I use to.Having known my condition I decided to entrust this
fund to either a philanthropic organization or devoted
individual that will utilize this money the way I am going
to instructs herein.30% of the US$18.5million goes to you to
ensure that you are prepared for the task ahead, 60% of this
money will be used in all sincerity to fund philanthropic
organization, orphanages, widows and 5% will go to the
family Attorney who will prepare the Authorisation and the
balance 5% sent to me to at least prepare for my funeral and
off-set my medical bills.
I am taking this decision because I don't have any child or
devoted relations whose behavior has left much to be desired
while I am ill and above all I don't want a situation where
this money will be used in an UnGodly manner,hence this bold
decision.Since my health is Retrogressing by the minute, you
will have to send your POSTAL ADDRESS, CONTACT PHONE NUMBER
AND FAX and a little details about yourself, because I got your
address from the internet after a thorough search.As soon as
I receive this information from you I will make arrangement
to prepare the Authorization through the family Attorney for
you to get Possession of the Deposit. As soon as I receive
your reply and the authorization is given to you by me, I
will give you the name and contact of the Deposit company
where the money was Deposited in Europe, for claims to the
consignment.Until I hear from you, I pray that this letter
bring you and your family good tidings while my dreams to help
humanity rest squarely on your shoulders.
May the Almighty God continue to guide and protect you.
MRS LAURA MYER.
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