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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: Wed, 25 May 2005 15:19:40 +0200
Subject: MY DEAR
Barrister Mark Williams (SAN)
Williams & Associate
124, KOfo Abayomi Street,
I, am Barrister MARK WILLIAMS, an attorney at law. A
deceased client of mine, by name Mr. DAVID Roddick, who herein after shall
be referred to as my client, died as a result of an AUTO ACCIDENT with his
wife and only child in November 2001.
I have contacted you to assist in distributing the
money left behind bymy client before it is confiscated or declared unserviceable
by the bank where this deposit valued at 15.5 million dollars is lodged.
This bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin, or the account
will be confiscated.
My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as the next-of-kin
and beneficiary of my named client, since you are of the same foreign national,so
that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you.
Then we can share the amount on a mutually
All I require is your honest cooperation to enable
us see this transaction through.
This will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect
you from any breach of the law of this nation.
If this business proposition offends your moral values,do accept my apology.
Please contact me at once to indicate your interest,
also send to me your private telephone and fax numbers for easy communication.
I look forward to hear from you.
My sincere regards,
BARRISTER MARK WILLIAMS
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