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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: Tue, 21 Jun 2005 17:58:47 -0800
Subject: widow need urgent help
FROM MRS JULLET MOORE
ADRESS 12 RITY ROAD JHB South Africa.
(compliment of the day)
I humbly wish to seek your assistance in a matter that is very important and needs utmost trust and confidence. I am MRS JULLET MOORE,the wife of Late MR.CLEMENT MOORE,who was recently murdered in the land disputein Zimbabwe. I got your contact through network online hence decided to write you.Before the death of my husband, he had taken me to Johannesburg to deposit the sum of US$8million (Eight million United States dollars),in one of the private security company, as he foresaw the looming danger in Zimbabwe this money was deposited in a box as Valuables to avoid much demurrage from security company.
This amount was meant for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for the Farms and establishment of new farm in Swaziland. This land problem came when Zimbabwean President Mr. Robert Mugabe introduced a new Land Act Reform wholly affected the rich white farmers and some few black farmers.And this resulted to the killing and mob action by Zimbabwean war veterans and some lunatics in the society.In fact a lot of people were killed because of this Land reform Act for which my husband Late Mr.Clement moore was one of the victims.
It is Against this background that I and my family who are currently staying in South Africa decided to invest the aforementioned sum in viable businesses overseas since the law here in South Africa prohibits a refugee (asylum seeker) to open any bank account or to be involved in any financial transaction throughout the territorial zone of South Africa.
I am faced with the dilemma of investing this amount of money here in South Africa for fear of goiong through the same experience in future both countries have similar political history If you agree to act as a fund manager for me and my family, I shall release the sum of US$8 MILLION united states Dollars to you if you meet my requirements. The money is available in cash in a safe trunk deposited with a security company, and upon a favorable response from you, I shall let you know how you will receive it.
Your commission shall be down payment of 25% of the total sum, and an annual 10% of the after tax returns on investment for the first five years. Thereafter, the terms shall be varied. so, if you are capable and willing to participate in this transaction, Call me with the above private phone number or email address soonest. please note that your private mobile phone and fax number is highly needed immedaitly for easy communication.
FOR THE FAMILY.