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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: "Mafikeng Claudia" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 22:00:46 +0000
My name is claudia Mafikeng the eldest daughter of
Mr.John Mafikeng of Zimbabwe.It might be a surprise to
you where I got your contact address but I got your
contact address from the Johannesburg Chambers of
Trade and Commerce.
During the current crises against the farmers of
Zimbabwe by the supporters of our President Robert
Mugabe to claim the farms in our
country, he ordered all the farmers to surrender
their farms to his party members and their
followers.My father was one of the best farmers in the
country and knowing that he did not support the
Presidents political ideology, the Presidents
supporters invaded my fathers farm burnt down
everything, killed him and confiscated all his
After the death of my father, my mother and I with my
younger brother decided to move out of Zimbabwe for
the safety of our lives. We took along with us the
money my father kept in the safe in my mothers
house,which amounted to the sum of US$16.7Million
(sixteen Million,Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars) to
the Republic of South Africa.where we now seek political asylum,
the money has been tranfered to a financial house overseas
My Mother and I have decided to contact any reliable
overseas firm who could assist us to claim this
money out from the financial house because we as asylum seeker
here in South Africa we are not allowed certain
financial rights like operating a bank account.
We need you to open a non-resident account through which this fund
will be channeled out to your nominated overseas
If my preposition is considered, for assisting
us to transfer this money to your country, we will
offer you 3million dollars of the total fund, while me and my
family will like to invest in your country under your guidance
This transaction is 100% risk free.Your urgent
response to my personal box will be highly appreciated.
(email@example.com) anxiously waiting for you reply. thank you.
For the family.