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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: "MR MUSA AHMED" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2005 09:08:36 +0000
Subject: READ VERY CAREFULLY AND TREAT AS URGENT/CALL 00226 7651 5960
I am well confident of your capability of executing this transaction for the mutual benefit of our both families, believing that you will not expose or betray the trust and confident I am about to repose on you.
I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of $8.7m(eight million-seven hundred Thousand United States dollars). immediately to your account.
The money has been dormant for years in our Bank here.I want you to apply for the release of this money $8.7M to your account as the nearest person to the owner of the account who died on July 30th 2000 of a Ghastly motor accident.Since his death nobody has neither applied to our Bank as his relation nor nearest person to him because his supposed next of kin died along with him in the motor accident.
I don't want the money to go into our Bank treasury as an abandoned money,so that is the reason why i contacted you.That you will join me to claim the money out from our bank into your account.
As it may interest you to Know, I got your impressive information through Burkina-faso chamber of foreign relations here in Ouagadougou Burkina-faso.I contact you to be my Partner and person to be viable and capable to champion a Business of such magnitude without any problem.
I have agreed to offer you 40% of the total sum if you agree to assist me in the business while the rest will be for me.Please I would like you to keep this transaction very confidential as you may wish to know that am still working in the bank as Bank official.
Upon receipt of your positive reply,i will send you more details of the transaction and how it will be executed.
THE DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF
TELEX/COMPUTING DEPARTMENT OF
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (A.D.B)