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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: "kelvin Khionye" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 12:24:21 +0000
Subject: HELLO MY FRIEND
ROM:BARRISTER KELVIN CHIONYE
KELVIN CHIONYE AND ASSOCIATE,
PUBLICNOTARY,SOLICITORS & ADVOCATE.
LAGOS- NIGERIA.STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL
AND URGENT BUSINESS ASSISTANCE.
I am Barrister KELVIN CHIONYE,Solicitor and
Advocate at Law.I am thepersonal Lawyer to Late
citizen of your Country,Working in anoil servicing
In NIGERIA.Referred to as my client On April 21,
my client, his wife,and their three children were
involved in a car accident along Sagamu
expressway.All occupants of the vehicle
lost theirlives.Since then I have made several
inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my
extended elatives, this has alsoproved
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I
decided to trace his lastname over the Internet.I
contacted you to assist in repatriating the money
property left behind by my late client before they
Get confiscated or
declared unserviceable by the Bank where this huge
lodged,particularly the FIRST BANK OF NIGERIA PLC.
Where the deceased had an account Valued at
about(US$16.4million dollars) has Issued me a
notice to provide the Next of Kin. Or have the
account confiscated within the next ten official
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the
relatives for over 2years now,Due to your Name is
similar to my Client Name,I decide to seek your
consent to Present you as the Next Of Kin,of the
deceased,So thatthis account valued at (US$16.4
million dollars) can be paid to you and then You
and Me Can share the money. 55% to Me and 40% to
You while 5%for any expenses.All I require is your
honest cooperation to enable ussee this deal
I guarantee that this will be executed under
arrangement that will protect you and Me,from any
breach of the law.pls i want you to reply me this
email on my private emailbox,email@example.com
Good bless you and your family.
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