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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: "From Kenneth Luza" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2005 19:37:03 +0000
>From Kenneth Luza
Abidjan - Côte d'Ivoire
It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I and my Sister Juliet ,intend to establish in your country.Though we have not met with you before but we believe, one has to risk confiding in someone to succeed sometimes in life.There is this amount of TWENTY-FOUR Million US Dollars ($24.000.000.00)
which our late father and mother deposited with a local bank in Abidjan Capital city of Cote d'Ivoire which he wanted to used for his political ambition in our Country before he was assassinated.
Now I and my sister have decided to invest these money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and political reasons.We want you to help us claim and receive the funds which will be transferred to your account to enable you plan for the investment in your Country we will like to invest part of the money into these three investment in your Country but, if there is any other business that is better than my suggestion, I will be very glad to follow your advice.
1). Real estate
2). The transport industry
3). Five star hotel
If you can be of an assistance to us we will be pleased to offer to you 20% Of the total fund while the balance will be invested by you.
Furthermore, before the death of our father he warned us about the increase rate of Internet Scam which have been our fear not to contact you all this while, so that is why we are fearing for the security of the funds. Also he handed over to us the copies of the bank deposit slip and agreement issued to him by the bank.
Finally, You can contact us on the above e-mail address. NOTE: That this transaction is 100% risk free and absolutely confidential and remember that the change of beneficiary must be changed in your name before the transfer will be done.
I await your soonest response.