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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: "mohammed abacha" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 14:38:05 +0000
Subject: Anticipate your quick reply
From: Mohammed Abacha
13, Sani Abacha Crescent,
I am Mohammed Abacha, the eldest son of the late President of Nigeria. I was
falsely accused of murder and as such was imprisoned but thank to Allah, I
have been released for my innocent. Well dear friend, I need your assistance
in transferring some of my money into your account, because the government
is making plans to seize them, as they did to my fathers own lodged in the
Union Bank of Switzerland. Please view this site and read it's content
The amount is US$12.5 Million packaged in several trunk boxes deposited in a
private vault company. All that is needed is for you to arrange to take
delivery of the consignment/fund from the vault company. I will remunerate
you with 10% at the end of the transaction, but most of all is that I
solicit your trust in this transaction.
I have been confined only to Kano and all my calls are monitored, so, I will
get my family attorney to get the needed informations. While replying
include your personal phone and fax line for the transaction to commence
Please get back to my lawyer Barrister James Mbele on
his private E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
for more clarification.
I anticipate your quick reply.