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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: "johnson brown" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2005 09:27:13 +0000
Subject: LOOKING FOR REAL ESTATE
With warm heart, I offer my friendship, and greetings, and I hope this mail
meets you in good health.
However strange or surprising this contact might seem to you as we have not
met personally or had any dealings in the past, I humbly ask that you take
due consideration of its importance and the immense benefit it will be to
you and I.
After careful consideration,I resolved to contact you for your most needed
assistance in this manner. I duly apologize for infringing on your privacy
if this contact is not acceptable to you, as I make this proposal to you as
a person of integrity. I got your contacts through my personal research and
out of desperation decided to reach you through this medium.
I have Forty Five Million United States of American Dollars
(US$45,000,000.00) in a security deposit which I want to invest in
properties (Commercial and Residential Houses) outside Africa and
would appreciate it if you will kindly Assist me in this regards.
You will be responsible for managing the investment for me until my arrival
in your country with my family.Your every assistance rendered to me in this
Regard will be highly appreciated and rewarded
Handsomely.Respond urgently so that we could discuss in details.
I will give you my every detail upon your positive reply.
Note:Reply me on this email address:firstname.lastname@example.org