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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: "kamal umal" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 02 Jun 2005 12:25:20 +0100
Subject: Hello Mr Norman Meyer
Dear Norman Meyer
I am Kamal Umal,A Banker. I am the Accounting Officer to MR. Micheal Meyer,a
national of your country, who used to work with Shell development company in
Nigeria. Herein after shall be referred to as my client. On the 21st of
April 1999, my client, his wife and their three children were involved in a
car accident along Sagbama express road. All occupants of the vehicle
unfortunately lost there lives.
Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my
clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these
several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name over the
Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.I have
contacted you to assist in repartrating the money and property left behind
by my client before they get confisicated or declared unserviceable by the
bank where this huge deposits were lodged.
Particularly, Our Bank, Standard Trust Bank Plc where the deceased had an
account valued at about 10million dollars has issued me a notice as his
Accounting Officer to provide the next of kin or have the account
confiscated within the next ten official working days. Since I have been
unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for over 2 years now I seek your
consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the
same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at 10.8Million
dollars (Ten Million, Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only) can
be paid to you and then you and me can share the money. 60% to me and 40% to
you. I have one of the necessary legal documents that can be used to back
up any claim we may make which is the Death certificate.
All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction
through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
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