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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: SALIM IBRAHIM <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 12:13:27 +0200
Subject: PLEASE HELP
My name is SALIM IBRAHIM a merchant in Dubai, in the U.A.E.
I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer It has defiled all
forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few
months to live, according to medical experts.
I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared
for anyone (not even myself) but my business. Though I am very rich, I
was never generous,I was always hostile to people and only focused
on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret
all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to
have or make all the money in the world.
I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I
would live my life a different way from how I have lived it. Now that
God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to
my immediate and extended family members as well as a few close friends.
I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so,I have decided to
give also to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last
good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity
organizations in the U.A.E, Algeria and Malaysia.
Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself
anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and
distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria and
Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust
them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them.
The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of
(Twenty million five hundred thousand u.s dollars) that I have with a
finance/Security Company abroad.I will want you to help me collect this
consignment and dispatched it to charity organizations.
I have set aside 15% for you,then 5% for any expenses incured.
God be with you.
Please do get back to me through my private email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
so that i can tell you about the fund.