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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: "Howard Jones" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2005 19:34:26 +0100
You will be surprise to see this message but I got your information
through Spartanburg, area chamber of commerce USA.
My name is Howard Jones, a Chief Auditor, during my last auditing in
in London,UK we realized the sum $35.5million owned by one Patric Zuma
from Egypt who died
in a fatal motor accident in Nov.15,2004 while he was away on vacation
All efforts,made to reach the relatives of Mr.Patric Zuma for the past
two years, have not yielded any positive result. It was later gathered
that Mr.Zumas divorced wife died some two years ago in Gaza.
In our last Board Meeting, the directors jointly decided that Mr.Zumas
money should be included in the annual profit for the year 2005. Since
I was the one who introduced Mr. Zuma to the bank, I objected to the
decision and demanded that the fund remains floating in the treasury
for another one year to see if we could actually get the relatives of
Mr.Zuma to claim the money.
I am seeking your partnership to transfer this funds to your account
For your co-operation and assistance I willcompensate you with 25%
70% percent for me and 5% set aside for any saundry expenses.
With your consent, we will put up a claim on your behalf as next of kin
to Mr. Zuma, Iwill send you all the documents to you. Once this is
the Claims & Verification dept will have the funds processed and wired to
your account, then we can meet to share the money together.
Please I want you to keep this information very Confidential as the
exposure of this information might even lead to my life imprisonment or
death. If you are not willing to assist me, then I will beg you to
still keep the informations secret.
Let me have your telephone number so that I can reach you if you need
me to call you. I look forward to hearing from you soon.I am presently
in London on special duties.
Thank you and regards
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