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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: justin goms <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 07:53:48 -0800 (PST)
Subject: PRIVATE MESSAGE TO/Jacqueline Winter,
GO THROUGH THIS MAIL CAREFULLY AND GET BACK TO ME.
I am Barrister Justin Goms, a solicitor at law, personal attorney to Engr J. Winter, a national Of your country,who used to work as a contractor in Lome Togo. Here in after shall be referred to as my client,who died some years ago in a fatal accident on September 2002,
All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there lives. Since then I have made several enquiries here to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts,I decided to search through with his name which motivated me to contact you, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.
I have contacted you to assist in repartrating the fund valued at S$10,770,000.00(Ten million seven hundred and seventy thousand United States Dollars). left behind by my client before it gets confisicated or declared unserviceable by the Security Finance Firm(bank) where this huge amount were deposited.
Now the management under the influence of the bank Chairman and Members of the Board of directors,has made arrangement for the fund to be declared Unclaimed so that they can share the money amongst themselves.They has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have his account confisicated within the next twenty one official working days Since I have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for over 2years now, I seek the consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have the same last names, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you.
Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for transfer. I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for claim.
All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction goes through and for more details.
phone number.. ................
FROM BARRISTER JUSTIN GOMS
HOUSE 8, FLAT 15. RUE DE FONTE.
SEND YOUR REPLY TO(email@example.com)
NB:Please on no occassion should you discuss this transaction with any person or group of persons all information should be kept as confidential matter to secure this fund,you should know that the success of a man lies in his tongue (advice).
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