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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: "Over Sea" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 14:03:19 +0000
Subject: YOUR KIND SOLICIT UNDERSTANDING REQUIRED FROM JUDITH
hello dear , good evening to you
I know you will be surprise to receive this message as we have not spoken
directly but i saw your profile details and decided to talk to you in
details all about me as i want to relocate to your area for the investment
and my position here. pleasde i will be glad you call me on phone for us to
talk 00229-689290. i repeat, 229 the country code and the number is 689290
i have confidence in you as reconmended by your profile and you have all
the qualities i need for the investment of our fund in good investment and i
know you will be able to take good care of me and my younger brother and
you will help us to control our fund after clearance into your account.
meanwhile, i have told my brother all about you in your profile and i have
also informed him that i have told you about our coming over to you and
about our fund which i need your help for the clearance and transfer to into
your account for investment. he asked me how can i trust you without even
knowing you better, i told my brother that Am a child of God and God do not
dissapoint and i was directed to contact you immediately i saw your .
But firstly, i will like to tell you who am so that you will understand and
comprehend my point clearly .
My name is judith Makoulou and am here in Benin Republic with my junior
brother Isreal Walakou in a hotel called hotel colombo which we arrived two
days now because of big war in that country that lead to the death of my
father ad mother living me and my younger brother alive and we are from
Congo Democractic and lives in a country called Abidjan - Cote d'Ivoire but
here in Benin Republic we entered as a result of the war in that country
which lead to the death of my father and mother living me and david alone on
earth.And here in benin republic we entered as arefugee though we are not in
the refugee camp and that is why we have access to internet to talk to you.
We came here recently and we are staying in a hotel.
Please we need your assitance and help and that is why we are writing you
you this letter since we are not able to have account/operate a bank account
here because we entered as a refugee here but refugees are not allowed to
opeate an account here and we do not have the clearance fee which they
required from us . i need your help to enable you have it cleared into your
account for investment.
Before the death of my father, he used my name to deposit some money as his
next of kin in a FINANCE COMPANY HERE IN BENIN REPUBLIC. THE TOTAL AMOUNT
DEPOSITED HERE FOR US IS VALUED AT $9 MILLION DOLLARS. And am standing as
the beneficiary but cannot lay claim because here they do not allow refugees
to operate account in the bank here and the finance company has contacted us
to come and have our fund cleared to aviod demurage which i saw your
profile and decided to confide and trust in you.
My late father was exporters of gold and diamond to european countries
before his death.
All i need from you is to help us get the total money transfered into your
account for investment once we change the beneficiary in your name and
favour as the person we authorise and empower for the clearance .
WE NEED THE FOLLOWING TO ENABLE US CHANGE THE BENEFICIARY IN YOUR FAVOUR SO
THAT YOU WILL BE STANDIND AS THE BONAFIDE AS WE EMPOWER AND THE FINANCE
COMPANY WILL CONTACT YOU FOR THE TRANSFER. AFTER WE SIGN THE POWER OF
ATTORNEY THAT WILL EMPOWER THEM TO RELEASE AND TRANSFER TO YOU AS INSTRUCTED
AND AUTHORISED.I NEED THE FOLLOWING BELOW.
YOUR FULL NAME
YOUR TELEPHONE AND MOBILE
YOU SCAN A COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT OR DRIVING LICENSE AND SEND BY ATTACHMENT.
ONCE WE RECEIVE ALL THIS AND YOUR TELEPHONE CALL ASSURING US YOUR READINESS
AND WILLINGNESS TO HELP US CLEAR AND CLAIM OUR MONEY AND ASSURE US ALSO OF
HELPING US TO INVEST OUR MONEY WHICH IS THE ONLY HOPE OF OUR LIVING AND
YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BETRAY US ONCE THE MONEY ARRIVE IN YOUR ACCOUNT. WE
WILL SUBMIT YOUR DETAILS FOR THE CHANGE OF THE BENEFICIARY IN YOUR FAVOUR
TO ENABLE THE FINANCE COMPANY HAVE THE FUND TRANSFER AS WE AUTHORISE.
GOD BE WITH YOU AS WE AWAIT YOUR POSITIVE DECISION TO HELP AND YOU CAN GET
US ON PHONE NO: 00229-68 92 90 FOR DETAILS DISSCUSSION
REPLY ME HERE PLEASE FOR EASY ACCESS:
JUDITH AND DAVID
PLEASE I NEED YOUR HELP TO ENABLE US MOVE OUT OF HERE AS SOON AS OUR FUND IS
SEE THE WEBSITE BELOW FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND OUR POSITION NOW