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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: "Dr.Denzelous Joe" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 02:46:02 -0700
Subject: Prompt Response Needed.
From the Desk of Dr.Denzelous Joe, Assistant to Head of Delegation, Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC.
14th July 2005
Good day to you.
I want you to patiently read this mail. I am Dr.Denzelous Joe from Sao Tome and Principe, also Assistant to the Head of Delegation to the World Bank in West Africa. I am the linkman between the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries - OPEC and the petroleum sector in a West African country. I also attend OPEC meetings constantly in Geneva on the auspices of World Bank.
Through the sale of our allocated oil quota in OPEC, I was able to make US$16.4million, which is currently deposited in a finance company in Europe. I want you to assist me to claim this money as I cannot claim it directly because I am still a civil servant, and the code of conduct bureau forbids me to acquire such amount of money.
It is on this basis that I am contacting you for assistance, if you will be interested; claim documents have been processed and will be sent to you. The documents with which the fund is deposited will be changed to reflect you as the new beneficiary so that you will be eligible to collect the fund on my behalf.
I will give you 30% of the fund for this assistance, while 60% will be for me and 10% will be for expenses that may be incurred on both sides. I am aware of the international monitoring of all large-scale financial movements after the September 11th 2001 terrorist attack on America and to avoid any state of financial investigation I will provide a classified clearance paper from the relevant body which will exonerate the money from either drug, money laundered or terrorist related proceeds.
Kindly responds to my proposal through this my private email: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> on the receipt of your mail indicating interest. I want to assure you that there is no risk attached in this transaction. You should also provide me with your private telephone and fax numbers for easier communication.
Expecting your response.