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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: "ABULAYE" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2005 22:21:46 +0100
Subject: HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU
I am Mr.ABUDU MOUDU,a
Sierra Leonia.I am the first born of the deceased
COL.ABUBAKAR MOUDU a rebel leader of the Revolutionary
United Front of Sierra Leone,who died,at battle field
during the West Africa peace keeping intervention at
the peak of the Sierra Leonian war.Before his death,he
deposited an amount of four million seven hundred
thousand American dollars
(U.S.$4.700,000) in a private security company in
Presently,I want you to help me transfer the money
into your accounts,so that you can help me to invest
it and also to help me acquire naturization status in
your country.I will give you 10% as your reward and
also 5% as miscellaneous expenses.I need your reply
urgently to enable me forward the necessary
information which protects the documents which are
with me as the beneficiary. I hope to hear from you at
the earliest convenient time.