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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: "SOUTH AFRICA" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 12:47:03 +0200
Subject: PROPOSAL FOR URGENT BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
From: Mrs. Monica Kabba
Phone +27-73 428-2288.
PROPOSAL FOR URGENT BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
I know you will be surprise to read from me,please consider this letter as a
request from a family
in dare need of assistance. I am Mrs. Monica Kabba the only wife of late
Dube Kabba of Zimbabwe,presently residing in Johannesburg South Africa.
I got your contact adress through South Chembers of commerce, and I on
behalf of my family we decided to solicit for your assistance to transfer
the sum of $7.5million Dollars (Seven Million, Five Hundred Thousand,
United States Dollars)inherited from my late husband into your account.
My husband was killed during the current war against farmers in Zimbabwe
from the support of our present HEAD OF STATES President ROBERT MUGABE to
claim all the white owned farms to his NPF PARTY MEMBERS. He ordered all the
white farmers to surrender all their farms to his party members and
My husband was one of the best farmers in our country and because he didnt
support Mugabes` ideas, Mugabes supporters invaded my husband farms and
burnt down every thing in the farm, killed my husband and made away with a
lot of items in my husband farm. Before my husband death, he had deposited
with one of the security and finance companies in Johannesburg, South Africa
the sum of US$7.5 Million (seven million, five hundred thousand, United
States Dollars). After the death of my husband, we decided to move to the
Republic of South Africa where he had deposited the money in the Security
Company as valuables.
We decided to contact oversea firms and companies that can assist us to move
this money out of South Africa, because as asylum seekers we are not allowed
to operate any bank account within South Africa. We have agreed to offer you
20% of total sum for your assistance, 5% has been mapped out for any
expenses that may be incurred in the course of this transaction and 75%will
be for me and my family to invest in your country.
From the above you will understand that the lives and future of my family
depends on this money.as such I will be very happy if you can assist us, all
I want from you is to contact my son (Frida Kabba}With above number.Also
furnish me with your personal telephone numbers and fax numbers
for easy communication. Note that this transaction is 100% risk free and
confidential. Waiting for your urgent responds.
Thanks and God bless.
Mrs. Monica Kabba
Phone +27-73 428-2288.
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