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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: "CHARLES PETER" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 09:51:38 +0000
Subject: IMPORTANT MESSAGE
FROM MR CHARLES PETER
This is an official notification of funds deposited in your name. We arrange
for the safekeeping of special and valuable packages and baggage in trust
for reputable clients that are honest and trustworthy. A benefactor whose
identity can not be disclosed because of the Non Circumvention and Non
Disclosure Agreement that was signed with the said benefactor when the funds
were being deposited, made you the beneficiary of a package containing some
amount of money.
The Non Circumvention and Non Disclosure Agreement signed with the
benefactor mandates us to fully divulge and disclose the benefactor's
identity 18 months after you, the beneficiary, has received the funds.The
funds totals US$9.5M (Nine Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars) and we confirm that these funds are fully free of any liens, or
encumbrances and are clean, clear and non-criminal origin and are available
in the form of CASH. You are hereby advised to reconfirm your Full Contact
Information for verification with information contained in our database in
the format stated below.
After verifying the details with the information we have in our
database,you will be contacted to personally claim the funds in the Finance
and Security Firm in Europe where its being kept with the Consignment
Deposit Information (C.D.I) that will empower you to do so.This Consignment
Deposit Information (C.D.I) is what is needed to claim the funds and will
only be sent to you after all your information has been verified and
confirmed to be true.
The information should therefore be sent in the manner stated below so as to
ensure that no mistake is made.
Your Full Name: _____________________
Your Complete Address (Physical Address with Zip
Date of Birth (Day/Month/Year):___________________
Direct Telephone/Mobile Number: _____________________________
Complete the above and send back to me as soon as possible.
Congratulations in advance.
Thank you and I sincerely remain
MR CHARLES PETER