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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: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 20:47:52 -0400
PRIVATE AND URGENT.
My name is Allan Baker, I am the credit manager in a Bank here in the Isle of Man- United
I am contacting you on a business transfer,of a huge sum of money
from a Deceased account.Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude
will make any one apprehensive and worried,but I am assuring you that everything has been taken care off,and all will be well at the end of the day.I decided to contact you
due to the urgency of this transaction.
I am the account officer of a foreigner named Gerald Welsh who died in an
air crash along with his wife in 31st October 1999 aboard an Egyptian
airline 990 with other passengers on board.You can confirm this from the
website below as PUBLISHED ON BBC.http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/world/americas/502503.stm,
Since his death, none of his next-of-kin have called to make claims for this
money as his heir,because it is assumed they are not alive.The only
known relative of his,i.e his father,died a few months ago.(May his soul rest in peace).
We cannot release the fund from his account unless someone applies for claim
as the next-of-kin to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.Upon this discovery,I now seek your permission to have you stand as a next of kin to the deceased,as all documentations will be carefully worked out by me for the funds ($49,000,000.00)Forty Nine Millions Dollars to be released in your favour as the beneficiary's next of
kin.It may interest you to know that we have secured from the probate an
order of mandamus to locate any of the deceased beneficiaries.
Please acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutual
business endeavour by furnishing me with the following information if you are
1.A Beneficiary name;In order for me to prepare the document for transfer of
the funds in your name.
2.Direct Telephone and fax number;For our personal contact and mutual trust
in each other.
Upon your acceptance I shall send you a copy of my international passport
and drivers license for more confidentiality and trust.I shall be
compensating you with 30% on final conclusion of this project for your
assistance, while the 5% shall be set aside for expenses,and the balance of 65% shall be for me and my partner,and for investment purposes.If this proposal is
acceptble by you,please endeavour to contact me immediately.Do not take
undue advantage of the trust I have bestowed in you.
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