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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: "Abdullah Gh Al-qassab" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 05:19:35 +0000
I got your email address through search in the Internet.
I hope in the name of ALLAH that I have the right person who will assist me.
I want to transfer money for investment into your country as such I would
like to make contact with people like you residing in that country for
Note,the funds are already with a security company which has branches in
every continent for safe keeping. If you are willing to assist me.
You will help me collect the funds from the Security Company as I cannot
travel out from iraq at the moment because of certain conditions which I
will explain to you if we work together(my travelling documents are not yet
The fall of Saddam Hussein has brought destruction / Hell to our great
country and everything is practically difficult now and opportuinities are
closing up,the new government is trying to frustrate our businesses.
Please if you accept this offer of assistance you are required to give me
your Name, age, occupation, address also enclosing your telephone fax
numbers. What I now need from you are as follows:
1. You should go to the Security Company to secure the funds in cash on my
behalf and open a Bank account in your country for me with the credentials i
will give you.
2. You will be entitled to 30% of the total sum involved for your
3. As soon as you confirm to me by e-mail your readiness to travel to the
Security Company, I will send the PIN code number of the consignment to you
and also the security Company's information.
4. I will also most importantly know if you have the apprioprate travel
documents and send to me your travelling documents for my proceedings over
5. Please note that this project is 100% risk free but you must keep it very
secret and confidential with strong assurance that you will not let me down
I expect your prompt reply.
Abdullah Gh Al-qassab