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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: "newton brick" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 14:58:47 +0000
Subject: REPRESENTATIVE NEEDED URGENTLY!!!
I represent HAMSON IMPORT AND EXPORT PLC based in HONG KONG. My company
markets and exports Polymeric and other products for world trade. We
are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium of
getting to our customers in Europe and America as well as making payments
through you as our payment officer. It is upon this note that we seek your
assistance to stand as our representative in your .country. Note that, as
our representative, you will receive 10% of whatever amount you clear for
the company and the balance will be paid into an account we will avail to
you. Please, to facilitate the conclusion of this transaction if accepted,
do send me promptly by email to firstname.lastname@example.org,Contact address
and Phone/fax numbers.
Thank you for your time
MR. NEWTON BRICK,