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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,FRED NANA" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2005 16:03:15 +0100
Subject: BUSINESS TRANSACTION.
I am Mr,FRED NANA. a Ghanian National, and a Manager with the
Bank of Ghana, foreign department Accra.
Please i want you as a reliable and reputable person to handle this
confidential transaction, which involves transfer of huge sum of money.
A foreign National, the late engineer Robert Derry, an oil
Merchant/contractor with the Government of Ghana, until his Death two years ago in
a ghastly auto crach, Banked with us here at the Bankof Ghana
and we had his instruction to receive an outstanding contract sum of
$36 million(Thirty Six Million US Dollars only) in lieu of the contract
he executed for Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (G.N.P.C).
All effort made by the Bank OF Ghana to get in touch with any
of Derry`s family or relatives have proved futile.
Now we have suceeded in transfering this fund to our financial clearing
house in europe, if you can please show your interest that you are
willing to recieve this funds, every information and directive to make
claim of the funds will be giving to you immediately.
Please get back as soon as possible.
Awaitng your quick response.