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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: "john gezi" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2005 02:01:21 +0200
Subject: RELPY BACK
A PLEA FOR ASSISTANCE
My name is Mr JOHN GEZI the elder son of Mr. ANTHONY GEZI,of Zimbabwe. It
might be a surprise to you where I got your contact address, I got it from
South African information bureau. During the current crises against the
farmers of Zimbabwe by the supporters of our President Robert Mugabe to
claim all the white owned farms in our country, he ordered all the white
farmers to surrender their farms to his party members and their followers.
My father was one of the best farmers in the country and knowing that he did
not support the presidents political ideology, the presidents supporters
invaded my fathers farm burnt down everything, shot him and as a result of
the wounds sustained, he became sick and died after two days. And after his
death, I with my younger Brother decided to move out of Zimbabwe for the
safety of our lives to South-Africa.
BUT, before he died HE WROTE HIS WILL, which reads "(MY BELOVEED SON ,I
WISH TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO THE SUM OF ($25,000,000=00). TWETY FIVE
MILLION U.S DOLLARS WHICH I DEPOSITED IN A BOX WITH A SECURITY COMPANY IN
JOHANNESBURG (SOUTH-AFRICA). IN CASE OF MY ABSENCE ON EARTH CAUSED BY DEATH
ONLY". You should solicit for reliable foreign partner to assist you to
transfer this money out of South Africa for investment purpose. I deposited
the money in your name and it can be claimed by you alone with the deposit
code. Your mother has all the documents. Take good care of your mother and
brother.I will be very grateful if you can assist us. I with my younger
brother are now living in South-Africa as POLITICAL ASYLUM SEEKERS and the
financial law of SOUTH-AFRICA does not allow ASYLUM SEEKERS certain
financial rights to take out of south africa such huge amount of money .In
view of this, I cannot invest this money in South-Africa, hence I am asking
you to assist me transfer this money out of South-Africa for investment
purposes. For your efforts, I am prepared to offer you 15% of the total
fund, While 5% will be set used to refund for local and international
expenses and 80% will be kept for me and my family . Finally modalities on
how the transfer will be done will be conveyed to you once we establish
trust and confidence between ourselves. Looking forward to your urgent reply
.For detailed information.
NOTE: THE KEY WORD TO THIS TRANSACTION IS ABSOLUTE CONFIDENTIALITY AND
SECRECY. THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE. YOUR URGENT RESPONSE WILL BE
(FOR THE FAMILY).
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