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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 COLLIN MITCHELL" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 05:28:24 -0500
Subject: HELLO! MR COLLIN
>From Mr.Collin Mitchell
Fund Payment Department
HSBC bank London
IF YOU ARE WILLING EMAIL BACK ONLY ON email@example.com or call PHONE:
I am Mr.Collin Mitchell fund payment department HSBC BANK LONDON UK,This is
to notify you that after due consultation with board of directors (HSBC bank
London); they now agree that this fund $12million should be transfer to hit
your nominated bank in your country. Actually the fund came as a result of
your unclaimed money in our bank here in HSBC BANK LONDON base on random
sampling carried our by www.foundmoney.com. We therefore appeal to you since
your name appear in our list of payment to urgently contact the above
address for urgent attendant.
This is to make sure (HSBC bank London) did not make any mistakes in
transferring of your funds to you your nominated bank account so long you
are the beneficiaries. Contact Mr.Collin Mitchell with above email addresses
because (HSBC bank London) is not mandated to take nor embezzled anybody´s
fund that was lodged in her bank. We therefore ask you to send to us the
below information to enable Mr.Collin Mitchell to arrange for the transfer
your fund to your nominated bank account in your country with the help of
HSBC BANK´S directives. You can visit; www.foundmoney.com if you are not
Send the below information to us ASAP.
1. YOUR FULL NAME AND ADDRESS
2. YOUR PHONE AND FAX NUMBER
3. YOUR AGE
4. YOUR PASSPORT FOR IDENTIFICATION
5. DETAILS OF YOUR BANK CHOICE
Forward all your information to Mr.Collin Mitchell's office for urgent