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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: "suzzan sainovic" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 13:00:41 +0000
Subject: I NEED FOUR HELP
I am the wife of Mr. Nicolai Sainovic one of the people of the former
Yugoslavia indicted at the War Crime Tribunal in Hague.The indictment was
politically motivated we must say, but there is nothing we can do now but to
answer according to the law.The whole set-up we believe was a package some
of the the western world has provided former Yugoslavia to contend with. Mr.
Slobodan Milutinovic and my husband had kept some funds, American currencies
in a private Bank to enable them take care of rebel problems.
However, now that the country they seeked to protect has turned against
them,We need to transfer the money out for safety from where it has been
lodged somewhere in Europe.The fund is in excess of 75million (Seventy Five
It can be transferred to you under diplomatic immunity or be paid into
offshore accounts through which you will lay possession of it to foster some
investment on our behalf.Can you Handle this projects? Are you capable of
handling funds? Are you trustworthy? I have been asked to offer you 25%,for
your assistance, Will that be ok for you?Please reply to me at the earliest
to enable me stop contacting other persons for assistance.
Home and Office address
Phone & Fax number
Your company name
Your International Passport or Driver Linces
These information are vital to the success of this transaction.Note that
this transaction is risk free. I will commence immediately to secure all
legal documents in your favor on your acceptance to fully co-operate with
I await your urgent response to enable us jump-start this project and
nurture it to reality.