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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: "kevin" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 23:07:58 +0400
Subject: 00971 50 2443308 kevin contact me
00971 50 2443308
How are you doing with the entire member of your family?
I believed that you will be in better position to corporate with me hence you have vast knowledge in the field of international transaction and Investment.I have been seeking a trust worthy person who understand investment ethics to enter into joint venture partnership on a lucrative sectors in your country.
My name is Mr. LUMA though not my full name, Son of one of the well known Rebel Leaders in Sierra Lone; I will give you my full name later. I am in a hide out now in a Country in U.A.E DUBAI due to recent dead of my father in prison. I have huge sum of money for INVESTMENT secretly deposited by my late father, the government of Sierra Lone is searching to recover some of this money which my father made when his rebel troops captured the Diamonds mining's field in Sierra Lone.
The money is in Millions of U.S. dollars (US25.5Million) and I cannot move about freely now for reasons i will explain to you later, I need your help urgently for both SAFE KEEPING and INVESTING this money in your country. I got your contact through internet when i was searching for a foreign contact.
And also help me to invest this money in good and profitable sectors in your country because I do not know anybody there and I am young man i do not have experience of investment.
I will be very grateful for your urgent response while hoping to do good investments with you on life time ventures.
My best regards.