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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: "Rita Udoh" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2005 16:36:02 +0000
Subject: A CALL TO WORK FOR THE LORD
GREETING IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. I AM MRS RITA ODOH , A WIDOW
TO LATE SHEIK ODOH. I AM 61 YEARS OLD, I AM NOW A NEW CHRISTAIN CONVERT,
SUFFERING FROM LONG TIME CANCER OF THE BREAST, FROM ALL INDICATION MY
CONDITIONS IS REALLY DETERIORATING AND IT IS QUITE OBVIOUS THAT I WON'T LIVE
MORE THAN 3 MONTHS, ACCORDING TO MY DOCTORS, THIS IS BECAUSE THE CANCER
STAGE HAS GOTTEN TO A VERY BAD STAGE. MY LATE HUSBAND KILLED DURING THE U.S.
RAID AGAINST TERRORISM IN AFGHANISTAN, AND DURING THE PERIOD OF OUR MARRIAGE
WE CULD'NT PRODUCE ANY CHILD.MY LATE HUSBAND WAS VERY WEALTHY AND AFTER HIS
DEATH, I INHERITED ALL HIS BUSINESS AND WEALTH. THE DOCTORS HAS ADVISED ME
THAT I MAY NOT LIVE FOR MORE THAN 3 MONTHS, SO I NOW DECIDED TO DEVIDE THE
PART OF THIS WEALTH, TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHURCH IN
AFRICA, AMERICA, ASIA, AND EUROPE. I AM WILLING TO DONATE THE SUM OF
$3.5,000.000.00 MD U.S DOLLARS, TO THE LESS PRIVILEGED.SO I WILL LIKE YOU TO
GET THIS FUND AND USE IT TO HELP THE POOR AND THE LESS PRIVILEGED ALL OVER
I HONESTLY PRAY THAT THIS MONEY WHEN TRANSFERRED WILL BE SURE FOR THE SAID
PURPOSE, BECAUSE I HAVE COME TO FIND OUT THAT WEALTH ACQUISITION
WITHOUTCHRIST IS VANITY. MAY THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS THE LOVE OF GOD AND
THE FELLOWSHIP OF GOD BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY I AWAIT YOUR URGENT REPLY
YOURS IN CHRIST.