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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: "Christer Ambrosius" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 08:46:13 +0000
My name is CHRISTER AMBROSIUS, a Swedish national Ihave been diagnosed with
Esophageal cancer .It has defiled allforms of medical treatment, and right
now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts. I
have not particularly lived mylife so well, as I never really cared for
anyone(not even myself)but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never
generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business as
that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know
that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money
in the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this
world I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it. Now
that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and
assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few close
friends .I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have
decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I wantthis to be one of
the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have Distributed money to some
charity organizations in the U.A.E, Somalia and Malaysia. Now that my health
has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore. I once asked
members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the money
which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria and Pakistan, they
refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them
anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them.
The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of
Twenty Eight Million dollars($28,000,000,00) that I have with a
finance/Security Company abroad. I will want you to help me collect this
deposit and despatch it to charity organizations.
N/B:KINDLY NOTE THAT 20% of this funds must go to the tsunami victims,10%
should go to the victims of huricane in the United Statea of America and
another 5% for your effort and time.
Please note that all correspondence as regards this project should be
directed to my private mail box.
I await your prompt response.