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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: "IDRIS GAMBO" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2005 17:47:06 +0000
Subject: HONOURABLE CONTRACTOR
Contract Verification & Payment Committee
Block E & F, suite 22 Ikoyi
Our ref:fm/fsc/06/vol 11/cvpc
ATTN: HONOURABLE CONTRACTOR
RE: LONG OVER DUE CONTRACT PAYMENT TRANSFER ADVISE IN YOUR FAVOUR:
I am a director with the Federal Ministry of Finance and was instructed by
the Hon Minister of Finance to find out before the end of this month, WHY
your contract/ claim of your part payment of $15.5 Million fund have not
been credited to your account.
However their is two gentlemen who came from your country to claim this fund
on your behalf and the reason giving to us is that you are the one who send
them that you are terminal sick and they provide account of Union Bank of
Swizterland for the payment to be made.
Union Bank of Swizterland
ACCT NAME:Swizterland GROUP LIMITED.
Kindly reconfirm your banking particulars to us and to know if you are the
one that send them, your telephone and fax numbers and your full name for us
to check with the one in our file.