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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 James Oliaku" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 21:00:27 +0000
Subject: Mr John Ekene
Please permit my unsolicited mail. it is in my quest for reliable business
associate. After thorough analysis I felt that it would not be a bad idea to
contact your company.
These days, due to overwhelming events of cyber abuse it is difficult to
reliable business partners, the global business network has been grossly
violated that one can rarely find trustworthy businessmen and organizations.
I am Mr. Brian C. Odemba, 54, Lawyer, and a close confidant to late Mr.
Johanson, who had a call deposit of US$14.2Million on Trust with a Finance
company before his demise.
I have searched for his relatives all to no avail, hence I contacted you to
assist in repatriating funds deposited with the bank here in cotonou, Benin
Republic to an account that you will provide.
You will be entitled to 30% of the sum while the balance is for us here. I
am of the expectation you will assist me in investing part of this money out
there. I have been waiting to hear from you after my earlier mail to you in
respect of repatriation of the said funds without any response.
I contacted you in the most desperate situation in that if we do not claim
the money within a specific time period, the money will have to go back to
the state treasury. I will be most pleased if you can assist me in seeing
that we consummate this together.
As a matter of fact, all the necessary documents (paper works) required to
execute this project will be procured observing all tenets of the Law. All I
will need here is your co-operation and assistance to pull this through. An
affidavit will deposed and notarized here in the court confirming, you as
the sole beneficiary of the money in your capacity as the next of kin.
To proceed, I shall request you forward, your address, fax and telephone
number for us to be able to discuss further in respect of this noble
Awaiting your urgent response
Thanks and have a great day.
contact me email@example.com
John Ekene (Barr.)