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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: "mamud takar azzam" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2005 08:39:00 +0000
Subject: MY SECOND MAIL TO YOU, PLEASE REPLY!!
Dear Sir / Madam,
I am aware that lots of fraudulent mails are circulating through the
Internet, I have no other means to send you this important message if not
through email because your contact information is limited to me.
I am Engr Mahmud T. Azzam, Chairman of the Tender Committee in one of
the leading oil company. My Committee is principally concerned with payment
of all contract
awarded from 2003 to date, in order of priority as regard capital projects
of our corporation.
I am positive and convince that you would provide us with solution to a
money transfer deal valued at US$13 Million (Thirteen Million United States
Dollars) and subsequently a joint business venture. I will need bank account
in your country or offshore account.
I would like to invest the money in manufacturing of products such as
Household products, Electronic goods, Apparel and Textiles, Real Estate,
Properties or Telecommunication in your country. If you have any other idea
of investment, that would be welcomed by me. My choice country for
investment is Germany, Japan, Hong Kong and America.
In the course of our duties as values, and project inspectors for the
on-going liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project, we have over-invoiced the
value of some jobs done by foreign contractors to the tune of US$13Million.
As follows: -
(1) Computer optimization and Installation 4,000.000.00.
(2) Installation of 250,000.00 Monax Turbine$6,000.000.00
(3) Turn around Maintenance $3,000,000.00
The money will be shared as follows after transfer, 30% for you 70% for me.
I know exactly how to present you / your company as the Beneficiary of the
Engr Mahmud T. Azzam.