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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: "mike muba" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 15:03:35 +0000
Subject: GOOD FAITH
My Name is MIKE MUBA a citizen of Sierra Leone I am writing to solicit your
noble assistance for the transfer and investment of U.S.D$15 million dollars
(fifteen million U.S dollars) in your country. I am the son of late Army
General JOSEPH MUBA of the Sierra Leone. A National Army who died in 2003
as a result of coups and counter coups in Sierra Leone. My father before his
death was director in charge of military arms and armory procurement.
Before his death , he called me confidentially and informed me in confidence
of this sum of USD$15 million dollars he deposited in a security company in
Accra-Ghana West African for security reasons and it was marked as valuable
items belonging to the family. He told me that he deposited this USD$15
million and that he used my name as his first Child as the next of kin. And
he directed me where he kept the Deposit Certificate, he further advised me
to search for a reliable partner overseas who will assist me retrieve and
invest the money overseas in case he did not come out alive, unfortunately
he died early last year.
Now, I am soliciting your kind assist once to help me receive this money and
to assist me invest the money wisely as it is the only money left for the
entire family now, pending guarantee of your faithfulness and co-operation.
Right now, I have all the documents with me here in Ghana where we are now.
So, I look forward to be hearing from you so that we will proceed and as
soon as we receive the money, I will come down to your country to meet with
you, witness the investing of the money and for you to secure a residential
house for us. Finally I will go back to Sierra Leone to bring my mother down
to your country, so as to begin a new life with my mother . Meanwhile, you
will be compensating with 20% of the total sum for your noble assistance.
And I have also mapped out 5% for any Incur expanses made during the
Expecting to hear from you soonest.
Thanks and God bless you.
For the family.
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