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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: "folake adewumi" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2005 00:50:32 +0000
From The Desk Of Mr Folake Adewumi
My name is Mr.Folake Adewumi, I am the Accountant of the Late Chief
Mrs,Stella Obasanjo the wife of the Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Mrs Stella Obasanjo just died on the early hours of Sunday 23rd October 2005
in a hospital in Spain where she went for a surgical operation.
Before the death of Late Mrs,Stella Obasanjo she placed the sum of Twenty
Seven Million United States Dollars (U.S.$27,000,000) in a security company
The Security Company does not know of the content of the boxes in their
vault, I happened to know of the content of these boxes because I am the
accountant handling all the late presidents wife financial matters.
The documents of these funds are in my position so I seek assistance to get
the funds out ,her family does not know of these funds including her Husband
the president(Chief Olusegun Obasanjo).
Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this
issue,once the Consignment have been deliver to your nominated House
Address,the sharing ratio is open for negotiation for you,Should you be
interested please send me your full names and current residential address
and I will prefer you to reach me on the email address below,finally after
that I shall provide you with more details of this operation.
Your Earliest Response To This Letter Will Be Appreciated.
View web site below for more details of late Mrs.Stella Obasanjo's death.
Mr. Folake Adewumi