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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: "Mrs Solomon" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2005 00:04:17 +0000
Subject: Dear Beloved
Let me first of all inform you, I got your email address from a mail
Directory and decided to mail you for a permission to go ahead.
It is by the grace of the Lord that I send you this Letter, having known
the truth; I have no choice than to do what is lawful and right in the
sight of the Lord for eternal life and in the sight of man for the Witness
of Gods mercy and glory upon my life.
By way of introduction I am Mrs. Jenny Solomon the wife of Mr. Victor C.
Solomon. My husband worked in his life time with the Chevron / Texaco in
Kenya for Fifteen years before he died in the year 2001. We were married
for ten years without a child. My Husband died after a brief illness that
lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born again
Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a Child
outside my matrimonial home which my religion is against. When my late
husband was alive he deposited the sum of Nine Million Five Hundred
Thousand U.S. Dollars with a Security company in Europe. The funds where
deposited as family valuables / treasures for security reasons. Hence they
are not aware of the real contents of the consignment.
Presently, I'm in a hospital in Kenya where I have been undergoing
treatment for esophageal cancer. I have since lost my ability to talk and
my doctors have told me that I have only a few weeks to live. It is my last
wish to see this money distributed to charity organizations any where in
the World. Because relatives and friends have plundered so much of my
wealth since my illness, I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this
huge responsibility to any of them for personal reasons.
Please, I beg you in the name of God to help me Stand and collect the Funds
from the security company I want a person that is God fearing that will use
this money to fund churches, orphanages and widows propagating the word of
God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained. It is said that
blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I don't have
any child that will inherit this money. I am not afraid of death hence I
know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the
Lord. I don't want them to know about this development. With God all things
are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the
contact of a representative who is in Europe as he will be the one to
assist you in laying claims for these funds. I would advise strictly here
that you contact me via my alternate email address; email@example.com for
personal reasons as I feel more secured with the email account to make this
whole affair discrete.