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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: alima mustapha <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2005 01:55:56 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: BUSINESS ASSISTANCE / INVESTMENT
From: Mrs Alima. B. Mustapha and Son Abiodu,
Compliments of the day. I know my message is like a surprise to you. I write you in due respect. I am Mrs Alima.B.Mustapha , the wife of Mr Ahmed.Y.Mustapha of Great Memory. He was one of the top government officials in the government of Zimbabwe, but he was killed prior to the political problems in my country. We were forced to leave the country for the fear of our lives. But before his death, he deposited the sum of $11.5MILLION USD, with a private security company here in Thailand. To be honest with you, this is the only legacy left for me and my son Mr Abiodu.T. Mustapha behind for us by my late husband, in which I have some documents regarding this money.
We have the intention, to invest this money on properties in your country for future up keep of me and my son. For your assistance, I will appreciate if all correspondence via this mail address until we finally move the funds out of Thailand. We are willing to offer you 15% of the total sum and 5% extra for any further expenses incurred during this transaction.
We await your urgent response,
Alima B. Mustapha and Son Abiodu,
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