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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: "Ali Ibrahim" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 03:58:49 -0800
Subject: FROM ALI IBRAHIM IS VERY URGENT
With a very desperate need for assistance, I have
summed up courage to contact you. I am from (will
disclose this later), presently working in Iraq with an
international organisation that I will also disclose
later, I found your contact particulars in an address
journal. I am seeking your assistance to evacuate the
sum of (US$8.523 Million Dollars) Eight Million
five Hundred Thousand And Twenty Three Dollars to your
country or any other safe country of your choice, as far
as I can be assured that my share will be safe in your
care untill I complete my service here,this is no
stolen money,and there are no dangers involved.
SOURCE OF MONEY:
Some money in various currencies was discovered
concealed in barrels with piles of weapons and
ammunitions at a location near one of Saddam,s
old palaces during a rescue operation, and it was agreed
by all party present that the money be shared amongst
us, this was quite an illegal thing to do, but I tell
you what? no compensation can make up for the risks
we have taken with our lives in this hell hole.
The above figure was given to me as my share, and to
conceal this kind of money became a problem for me, so
with the help of a German contact working here, and his
office enjoys some immunity, I was able to get
the package out to a safe cation entirely out of trouble
spot. He does not know the real contents of the package,
and believes that it belongs to an Asian/American who
died in an air raid, and before giving up, trusted me
to hand over the package to his business associate. I
have now found a secured way of getting the package out
to a safer country for you to pick up, and will
discuss this with you when I am sure that you are
willing to assist me.
One passionate appeal I will make to you is not to
discuss this matter with a third party, should you have
reasons to reject this offer, please destroy this mail
as any leakage of this information will be too bad for
us.I do not know for how long we will remain here, and
I have survived 2 suicide bomb attacks by the special
grace of God, this and other reasons I will mention
later has prompted me to reach out for help, I honestly
want this matter to be resolved immediately. Please
contact me as soon as possible at(firstname.lastname@example.org).