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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: "adrin kambida" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 12:25:35 +0200
Subject: BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP
FROM ADRIAN KAMBIDA.
TEL: + 27- 83-472-9685
I know you will be surprise to receive this mail; I got
your contact through the net when I was searching a
reliable person who will assist my family out of this
predicament here in South Africa. I am ADRIAN KAMBIDA, a
son of a rich farmer in Zimbabwe Late Mr. PHILIP KAMBIDA.
My father was assassinated last two years in the war zone
area in Zimbabwe.
My mother and my two younger sisters are presently in South
Africa, where we were granted political asylum. I inherited
the sum of US$17.7 Million Dollars (SEVENTEEN MILLION
SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS) from my
father;these money has been successfully conveyed to me into
South-Africa and was deposited in private security and
finance company by my late father. I have every document to
this fund including my father's last WILL.
My reason for contacting you is that this country is know
longer a safe place for my family investment for the fear
of encountering the same experience of my late father in
future since the both countries has the same political
history and common boundary, based on this point we seek
for your assistance as a reliable partner to do this
Transaction with us abroad.
If you are interested in assisting us to invest this money
in your country or becoming my partner in business, please
try to contact me on the above number as soon as possible.
Endeavor to keep this transaction very private and
confidential, because it's my family lifetime future
What will be your percentage for assisting us?