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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: "Eco Bankplc" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 06 Oct 2005 19:13:52 +0000
Subject: Await Your Very Urgent Reply
MR. DAN UGO
FOREIGN ACCOUNT DEPARTMENT
ECO BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC
13/15 WHARF ROAD
P.O. Box 1388, APAPA, LAGOS
Private Email: - email@example.com
Before I start by introducing myself, I am aware that this is certainly an
unconventional approach to establishing a relationship, but you will realize
the reason for my action after going through this email. My Name is Mr. Dan
Ugo, I work with ECO BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC (EIB), in the foreign accounts
department. I was the personal account manager to one of our late foreign
customer, Mr. Jim Anderson who was until his death an employee with Chevron
Oil Exploration Company in Nigeria.
On the 21st of April 1999, the deceased, his wife and their three Children
were involved in a car accident along Sagbama express-road. All occupants of
the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made Several
enquiries to his country's embassy so as to locate any of his extended
relatives, this has proved unsuccessful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you. I have
contacted you so as to assist in repatriating the money and possibly the
property left behind by the deceased before they get confiscated or declared
unserviceable by the bank here where the huge deposits were lodged. The
Constitutional provision of the Federal Republic of Nigeria further mandates
the deceased account manager or attorney to repatriate the fund if original
country of deceased is established.
Particularly, ECO BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC (EIB), where the deceased had an
account valued at over Fifteen million dollars has issued a notice to
provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next 14
official working days. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the
relatives for over 3 years now, hence I seek your consent to present you as
the next of kin to the deceased since you are from the same country, So that
the proceeds of this account valued at over Fifteen Million dollars can be
paid in your name and remittance be effected to your given account. After
receipt of the funds, you can disburse as follows upon my arrival in your
1. 30% to you.
2. 65% to Me
3. 5% to off - set any expenses incurred such as telephone bills, fax,
Every document needed for the approval and release of the funds for payment
so that remittance can be effected to the account that will be given to me
by you in your response back to me, will be legally secured. With your
honest cooperation, every document will be secured through the assistance of
an attorney in accordance with the banking law and guidelines in your name
as the next of kin to the deceased.
You accepting my proposal in standing as the next of kin to claim this
funds, please indicate by replying this letter and also give me your DIRECT
PRIVATE TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS FOR EASY AND CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATION AT
ANY TIME OF THE DAY, YOUR ACCOUNT DETAILS THAT WILL RECEIVE THE FUNDS AS
WELL. I await your immediate reply to enable us start this transaction.
response should be directed to this VERY e-mail address:
Thanks for your anticipated assistance.
Mr. Dan Ugo