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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: "John Bin" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2005 10:10:31 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend
I am JOHN BIN , a solicitor at law. I am the Personal Attorney to
Mr.Tony ,who lived in NIGERIA for ten years.
On the 21st of April 2003, my client, was involved in a fatal car
accident.All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives, my
client was one of them. Since then I have made several enquiries to your
embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives this has also proved
After these several unsuccessful attempts,I decided to contact you. I have
contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and properties left
behind by my client before they get confisicated or declared unserviceable
by the Swiss bank where this huge deposit was lodged.The Swiss bank where
the deceased had an account valued at 6 million dollars has issued me a
notice to provide the Next of kin, or have the account confiscated within
the next ten official working days.
Since I have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for over 2
years now I seek your consent to present you as the Next of kin of the
The proceeds of this account valued at 6 million dollars can be paid to you,
as my clients Next of Kin, and then we can share the amount on a mutual
agreed percentage.All legal documents to back up your claims as the deceased
Next of Kin, will be provided.
All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal
through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in
touch with me stating your phone number or the best way I can reach you, to
enable us discuss further about this transaction.
Barrister JOHN BIN (Esq