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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: "Mark Obi" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 04 Nov 2005 22:54:32 +0000
Subject: VERY PRIVATE
270 VAN OSTADESTRAAT
I am Mr.Mark obi a citizen of the Netherlands and I am 43years of age. I
am married with three kids; I work with Interdiplomatic Security B. V.
Amsterdam, the Netherlands I am the accounting officer of Mr. Nelson Owen
who died on the recent bomb blast, which occurred in London on the 7th of
Mr. Nelson Owen who is our Client with Deposit number IDS 467699 has
left the sum of Two Million one Hundred and Twenty Thousand Dollars
(US$2,120.000.00) with instruction to deposit with the Treasure s Bank in
this Amount is yet to be credited in his favour before he died on the
bomb blast in London.
I want to solicit your assistance to furnish me with all the necessary
information that will enable us make you the net of kin to the amount while
you shall receive 40% of the fund I and my colleague will have 60%.If you
are interested in this transaction please fill the requested personal data
below and return back to me to enable me open an online account on your
Date of Birth:
Next of Kin:
The court affidavit and change of beneficiary and all relevant information
will be given to you, when you contact me on my private
email address as stated above. Let me seize this opportunity to inform you
that no risk is attached.
Treat with utmost confidentiality.