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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: "John Foster" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 12:00:30 +0000
Subject: From Mrs. Rose Foster(Please reply ASAP)
Greetings to you and your family.
My name is Mrs.Rose Foster, undergoing medical treatment Germany.I have been
diagnosed with Esophageal cancer which was discovered very late, due to my
laxity in caring for my health.I am married to Dr. John Foster who worked as
a director with British Railway Commission for over a decade before he died
on 5th of July in the year 2003. We were married for fifteen years without a
child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for two weeks.Before his
death he made a vow to use his wealth for the less privileged in the
society. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my
I and my husband deposited the sum of US$9.5Million(Nine million five
hundred thousand dollar) to a finance firm in London UK as family
valuables,and now that my Doctor made it clear to me that I would not last
long due to my health that has resulted to stroke,I hereby seek for an
assistance of an honest and God fearing person to assist me distribute this
funds to orphanages,and those affected in the Tsunami in far Asia. I took
this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money
and my husband relatives are not inclined to helping poor people,they are
only after the money and I do not want my husbands hard earned money to be
misused or spent in the manner in which my late husband did not specify. I
do not want them to know about this development, this is why i am contacting
an external person and also i cannot carry this out because of my condition.
As soon as I receive your reply I will introduce you as my partner,and shall
give you the contact of the Finance Firm in London UK where the funds are
deposited as Family valuables. I will also issue you a letter of authority
and all other documents that will empower you as the next
beneficiary,through my Lawyer.
As soon as you recieved the fund, you will bring out US$7,000 which you will
send to my doctor as my hospital bill which i must pay. Only 10% of the
total sum will be yours for your kind assistance and time.
I expect your reply immediately.
Thank you and may the Almighty bless you.
Mrs. Rose Foster(Benefactor)