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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: "Morgan David Family" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 20:56:01 +0000
Subject: ATTN PLS
FORMER, PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO: LURENT KABILA
Kindly permit me to introduce myself to you and I
sincerely hope that you will give me the co-operation,
confidentiality and assistance that I am in dire need
My name is DAVE.M.GODWIN, I was a Personal
Assistance to former Congo President,Late Laurent
Kabila, who was assassinated early 2001. As a
result of his assassination and the following
political situation in my country, travelling out of
the country has been restristed by the government of
However before his Death, we have secured the sum of
US$45,000,000 (Forty Five Million Dollars) in a
security company with all tittle documents in my name.
My reason for writing to you for your assistance in
keeping this money in your personal or company
account pending when I am able to get my traveling
documents to enable me travel out of Congo so that I
can come to your country to invest the money.
But I will prefer you call me so that we discuss what
your share will be for your assistance and how I
will give you the tittle documents to have the money freely.
I want assure you that this transactiion is one
hundred percent risk-free because I have followed all
the legal procedures for both local and international
law of Democratic Republic of Congo as regard a
transaction of this magnitude.
Send me an urgent email indicating your interest,
telephone and fax numbers, and the time you will
call me.To reach me, dial your country access code +
Waiting to hear from you.