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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: "GBENGATA TAFA .B" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 11:52:28 +0000
Subject: FROM GBENGATAFA!
My Dear ,
I writing to you with the hope this mail would meet you in good health.
I am the son of ex-inspector general of police ( Mr. Tafa Balogun ), the
federal Government of Nigeria has discoverd my father's secrect account &
have confiscated it and I strongly beleive that if they also discover the
money my father saved on my
name, they will also ceased it. Please,permit me to front you to Claim the
money which was
deposited in a Bank Based on the Current situation,I'm apprehensive to
travel to Europe
but if you can give your consent to assist me claim the said money,The
amount is USD$ 11 Million.
I have made every arrangement with the bank on how you are to receive the
money into your
bank account secrectely. I hope to come over to your country as soon as this
funds come to your possesion.Because i would like ( you and i) to go into
viable project which would suit both of
us in your country If you agree to assist me,please forward your Telephone &
so as to talk with you & give you details of the Bank and how to go about
Get back to me via my alternative email
Thanks and God bless.
Gbenga Tafa Balogun