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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: "smartjoe" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 12:17:25 +0000
Subject: i needed your help
Please this business proposal is strictly confidential with due respect. Sorry at this perceived confusion or stress as you may have receiving this letter, since we have not known or met ourselves previously. Despite that reason, please save me from this situation as I hope that this letter will not constitute an embarrassment to you.
I decided to contact you because of the urgency of my situation here and with this, let me introduce myself. I am Mr.smart joe.(25 yrs old.), The son of the Late LIBERIA Businessman, late Mr.Yaya sliver who died during the Sierra Leone civil disturbances.
I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment I received from my uncles. They planned to take away all my father's treasury and properties away from me since the unexpected death of my father.
Meanwhile I wanted to escape to the United States but they conspired together and stole my international passport and other valuable travelling documents. But luckly for me they did not discover where I hide my father's documents files, where important documents are kept, so I decided to contact you confidentially.
They have even closed all my father's bank accounts just to put me into suffery and starvation. Now i urgently need an assistance of a reputable and trustworthy foreigner like you to help me receive and subsequently invest on my behalf the sum of US$ 40.000.000(FOURTHY MILLION DOLLARS), which my father kept in a security vault in Dakar-Senegal before his death.
It therefore became very necessary and urgent that somebody in your foreign position should render a helping hand to safe-guard this fund for me in safe having over there until my arrival in your country. It is my intention to compensate you with 20% of the total money for your assistance while 10% will be kept aside for any miscellaneous expenses incurred by both
of us and balance kept for any profitable investment anywhere in overseas as you may advice me.
Today i'am in Senegal with my aged mother to claim this money from the security company and searching for a trusted individual or foreign firm whom can help me to invest this money in a very profitable business in overseas as I have all the relevant Documents backing this money now in Senegal it will be faxed to you upon your reqeust.
Your able assistance is as soon as this money comes inyour position, you will look for a profitable business which we will invest this money into .However I have contacted you based on your capability and knowledge in international business investement.
In the light of the above, i shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely. I will need your private phone and fax numbers for easy and urgentcommunications. This transaction will only take 12days (two weeks) to finalise if you will understand and co-operate with me.
Awaiting your urgent and positive response. Thanking you in advance for your understanding and co-operation. AND you can contact me with this Email too.