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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: "zuma ndlovu" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2005 09:53:26 +0200
Subject: IMPORTANT MESSAGE
FROM DR.FRED ZUMA NDLOVU
MEDIA ACCOUNTANT (B.com (Hons) M.sc )
Alternative Email address:firstname.lastname@example.org
ATTN: DIRECTOR (C.E.O)
It is my pleasure to inform you of a transaction nvolving the transfer of
Thirty Million United States
Dollars (US$ 30M) to a foreign account for safe keeping pending my arrival
with my colleagues for
sharing with you as the account owner.
I am a media-relations accountant with the South African Anglo-Gold
Corporation in Johannesburg and this money originated from an over-invoiced
contract executed for the co-operation some time ago. On completion and
inspection of the contract, The payment voucher was approved and the money
involved made available for the payment to the contractors. We are high
profile officials therefore we are not liable to come for the claim of this
money. We are looking for a competent and honest company or individual
abroad whose particulars will be tendered by us here in South Africa as
one of the contractors that executed the projects for the collection of
To effect this transfer, I therefore request the following: Your account
number, The name of your bank, address, where this money will be transferred
into and also your Fax and Telephone numbers for quick and confidential
Upon due consideration, you were strongly and reliably recommended to us
although we have not met before as to know the extent of your honesty, but
based on the recommendation, I personally want to believe that you will not
sit on our money once finally into your account. It is on this note that I
sidered it proper to write you asking for your consent, permission and
support to transfer this money into your account. You should not fear any
risk because we have concluded arrangements to safeguard you in this
transaction but at the same time we would not like you to publicise this
transaction for our own safety. Therefore it requires a high level of
secrecy, and confidence. Meanwhile this is the break down of the sharing
1.) 10% will be used to settle transference charges and legal protocols
2.) 30% will be given to you for using your account.
3.) 60% will belong to the originators of the fund
I shall expect an immediate reply from you if you are willing and capable to
Please note that all correspondence should be strictly through Phone and
DR. FRED ZUMA NDLOVU
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