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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: Mon, 20 Jun 2005 23:33:24 +0100
May l briefly introduace myself to you; I am Hajia Mariam Abacha, the
wife of the late Nigerian Head of State, General Sani Abacha who died
on the 8thof June 1998. Ever since the death of my husband, my family
has been facing a lot of problems mostly with the present Civilian
Government. Consequently, my son Mohammed Abacha who has been under
torture in detention for a sin he did not commit and made to make a
lot of confessions as regards valuables, money inclusive that my late
husband entrusted in his hand for safe-keeping has been released and
presently being under security watch.
The latest is his confession on the US$700,000,000.00 (Seven Hundred
Million United States Dollars) cash his late father gave him for
Please before you start to read my mails go through this link
Please check Newswatch Magazine of May 8th/15th, 2000 issue on
to confirm the above story. Also the recent publication by Thisday
Newspaper on Thursday March 1st Edition, which London Court clear ways
for more recovering of Abacha?s family looted money. Please confirm
this issue on website: http://www.thisdayonline.com,
click the Archive/2001/March 2001/Thursday March 1st.
Please you can as well view this site and read it's content carefully
for you to understand my story,
As a widow that is so traumatized,I have lost confidence with anybody
within the country. You must have heard over the media reports and the
internet on the recovery of various huge sums of money deposited by my husband
different security firms abroad, some companies willingly give up their
secrets and disclosed our money confidently lodged there and many
outrightly blackmail us.In fact the total sum discovered by the Government
is in the tune of $700. Million dollars. And they are not relenting to make
me poorfor life.You may be surprise how I got to know but I will tell you
when you reply.
I repose great confidence in you hence my approach to you. Due to security
network placed on my day to day affairs I cannot afford to visit the
embassy so that is why I decided to contact you and I hope you will not betray
my confidence in you.I have deposited the sum of U.S 40.3 million dollars
with a security firm abroad whose name is witheld for now until we open
I shall be grateful if you could receive this fund into your account
for safe keeping.This arrangement is known to you and my lawyer alone, so
my he will deal directly with you as security is up my whole being.The
name of my Lawyer is Barrister Frank Ahmed You can reply to the mail address
above. You can also reach my lawyer
on his email address, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please honesty is the watch
word in this transaction, and kindly send your reply to him since he has
full consent to handle this transaction with you and his email address is
I will like you to provide me immediately the following information.
1. Full names
2. Contact address
3. Telephone and fax numbers
So that we can commence communication immediately.In case you dont
accept please dont let me out to the security.I will greatly appreciate if
accept my proposal in good faith.Please expedite action.
Dr.Hajia Mariam Abacha
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