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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:
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2005 06:20:39 -0700
RE: APPROVED CONTRACT PAYMENT OF US$7.5 MILLION ONLY EXECUTED UNDER C/NO:FMF/PED/CBN/1277-02.
With due respect, I am a director with the Federal Ministry of Finance and
was instructed by the Hon. Minister of Finance to find out before the end
of this month, why your contract/ claim of your fund have not been credited
to your bank account, after instructions has been passed to all various
Government parastatals that all over due contract/ claim payments should
be released as a lot of petitions by beneficiary's is being received by
Your bank details is what this office requires from you to reconfirm,with
your telephone and fax numbers respectively, and any other information.
However, why have you not received your payment up-till date? In view of
this circumstances, I will give my assistance to make sure your file is
in order for payment as two unknown people came for the claim of the funds
and submitted bank account claiming that you are sick.
Sir Fred Okonjo
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