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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: "Alhaji Mohammed Abacha" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 01:51:55 +0100
I salute you in the name of Allah the most high God . I am Alahaji Mohammed Ali Abacha, the second son of the late General Sani Abacha, the former Nigerian Military head of state who died mysteriously as a result of cardiac arrest. Since my father died, my family has been under restriction of movement and that not withstanding ,we have been molested and constantly under watch by the seeingly agent, above all our bank account here and abroad have been frozen by the Nigeria civilian Government.
Furthermore, my elder brother is in detention by the nigerian Government for more interrogation about my father assets and some vital documents . Following the recent , discovery of my father's bank account by the Nigerian government with my brother's bank in which a huge some belonging to my late father was seized by the Government of Nigeria.
I therefore wish to personally appeal to you seriously and religious for your urgent assistance to tranfer the sum of US$40.2 million into your account in your country where i believe it will be safe, since we can not leave the country, due to the restriction of the movement imposed on the members of my family by the Nigerian Government.
However, arrangement have been put in place to move this money of the country, in the secret vault through a security company to any of the Europe , America as soon as you indicate your intrest, my family shall send to you the security deposite Certificate and Airway Bill of the luggage and other related documents so that you can claim the luggage, which shall be tagged FAMILY TREASURERS. Coclusively, we have agreed to offer you 20% of the total sum 5% for any expenses, while 75% is to be held on trust by you until we can decide on a suitable business investment in your country subsequent to our free movement by the nigerian Government . Please, reply urgently and treat with absolute confidentiality and sincerity.
Alahaji Mohammed Ali Abacha.
N/B. Your response will determine the transaction and please all information guarantee safety.