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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: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 02:51:26 -0700
EXTREMELY CONFIDENTIAL WITH TRUST
FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPT.
My name is MR.TONY SMITH of credit and foreign bills of Unionbank Plc.I
am writing in respect of a foreign customer of my bank with account number14-255-2004/utb/to
who perished in a plane crash [Korean Air Flight 801] with thewhole passengers
aboard on August6,1997.Since the demise of this our customer by name Barry
Kelly I personally has watched with keen interest to see the next of kin
but all has proved abortive as none has come to claim his funds of usd.15.5M,
[Fifteen million five hundred thousand united states dollars] which has
been with my branch for a verylong time. On this note, I decided to seek
for whom his name shall be used as the next of kin as no one has come up
to be the next of kin.And the banking ethics here does not allow such money
to stay more than five years, because money will be recalled to the bank
treasury as unclaimed after this period.
In view of this I got your contact through a trade journal after realizing
that your name and country is similar to the deceased. I will give you 30%
of the total.Upon the receipt of your response, I will send you by fax or
e-mail the application, bank's fax number and the next step to take. I will
not fail to bring to your notice that this business is hitch free and that
you should not entertain any fear as all modalities for fund transfer can
be finalized with in five banking days, after you apply to the bank as a
relation to the deceased.When you receive thisletter.Kindly send me an e-mail
signifying your interest including your private Tel/Fax numbers for quick
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