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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: "williams mensah" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2005 18:12:40 +0000
Subject: REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE
I am looking for your cooperation in building a Tourist Hotel/shopping Mall
or Real Estate in your country. I am sorry if this is not in line with your
business.I need an experienced person like you to assist me to set up
develop the project and assume responsibility of ownership as chairman but
will be bringing in profit /distribute profit monthly or annually.
I am williams mensah,a citizen from volta region,Ghana.presently contract
warding committee chairman/coordinatorand Budget and planning to the
president of Ghana,J.A. Kuffuor.I
acuirred this money as a result of over invoicing on contract projects.
I am currently in possession of $2.5m,which i want to use for any of the
investment listed above,purposes preferably in your country.Now the present
government of Ghana has intensified efforts at probing the officials of my
committee, but they have turned their backs untill the end of this
That is why i need someone like you who is trustworhty and honest, to assist
me achieve my objectives,and also manage the business for me.
your immediate reply will be highly appreciated and I shall give you more
information on this project,and your percentage and all what is expected of
Please contact me at my private email address:email@example.com
or call me on 233-244-139-896
Your response is higly welcomed.