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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: "Mr Roland Desmond" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 19:11:33 +0000
Subject: CRY FOR HELP
My name is ROLAND DESMOND the elder son of Mr. David
DESMOND of Zimbabwe. This might be a surprise to you
about where I got your contact address. I got your
address from the senegal Chamber of Commerce,
During the current war against the farmers in Zimbabwe
from the supports of our President Robert Mugabe to
claim all the white-owned farms to his party members
and his followers, he ordered all white farmers to
surrender all their farms to his party members and his
My father is one of the best farmers in our country
and because he did not support Mugabe's ideas,
Mugabe's supporters invaded my father's farm and burnt
everything in t! he farm, killing my father and made
away with a lot of items in my father' s farm.
Before his death, my father had deposited with one of
the Security Company in dakar senegal sum of US$12.5
Million Dollars(Twelve million fivehundred Thousand
united state Dollars). After thedeath of my father,
we decided to move to the Republic of senegal dakar where
he had deposited the money inthe Security Company as
So I decided to contact overseas firm and companiesa
that will assist me to move this money out of senegal
because as asylum seekers we are not allowed to
operate any bank account within senegal. I have
agreed to offer you 30% of the total sum for your
assistance, 5% will be mapped out for any expenses
that may be incurred in the course of this transaction
and 65% will be for me to invest in you country.
All I want you to do is to furnish me with your entire
personal phone and fax numbers for easy communication.
Note that this transaction is 100% risk-free and