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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: "Sullivan Richard" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 01:50:09 +0000
I am Engineer Richard Sullivan, a Director of the Contracts Award and Review
Department with the Shell petroleum South-Africa. I am contacting you on the
business of transferring the sum of large sum of amount. (Two Million, five
Hundred thousand United States Dollars only) into a safe foreign account and
the need is very urgent. I got your contact from the South-Africa Chambers
of Commerce and it is with business trust that made me to contact you on
this matter. I write to solicit for the transfer of this money into your
SOURCE OF THE MONEY:
This Money was generated from an over Invoiced contract sum in my
corporation. I am contacting you for your help and partnership for the
following two reasons: MY OBJECTIVES:
(1) As a civil servant, I am not permitted to own foreign accounts due to
civil service code of conduct.
(2) My present financial resources as a civil servant will not be Sufficient
for me to handle the transfer alone successfully without financial
assistance from a reliable foreign partner abroad like you. 30% of this sum
would be for you as compensation for using your Bank account in transferring
this money, 5% would be used to compensate for the expenses made by both
parties during the processing of the transfer which includes, telephone
bills, travelling expenses and fees. While 65% is for me. Please note that I
will arrange to meet with you immediately after the successful conclusion of
the transfer, the 65% share of mine will be used for investment overseas.
Your assistance and co-operation is highly needed.
I hope to conclude this business within the next fourteen- (14) working
days. Looking forward to your anticipated and urgent positive response Via