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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: "Cindy Elliott" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2005 08:22:55 -0700
Subject: Important !!!
I am one of the transfer officers of JP Morgan,London and
my name is Mrs. Cindy Elliott. Please permit me to make
this plea to you and if interested, do not hesitate to get
back to me via my email immediately for further action.
Last 4 years, a group of men from Africa were able to move the sum
of $32 to our branch in London and since then, none of them have
shown up to lay claims on the said amount.
Several calls have been made to the owners and none was successful
on the numbers given and now I have all the paper work to transfer the
funds via our payment office here in London to your account without any
trace as all documents will be destroyed by me immediately the transfer is taken
place after 5 days of receiving your details.
Please this is very confidential and must not be discussed with anyone else as I have
prepared all my documents to resign once transfer is made to your account. Also
you will assure me that you will not disappear with the funds hence I make this plea in good faith.
The funds will be shared on 60-40 bases to avoid greed on both sides.
If you are interested, get back to me and we shall get this done.