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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "mike chang" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 01:07:41 +0000
It is indeed my pleasure to write to you this letter,which I believe will be
a suprise,as we are both
complete strangers.As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me,
because I believe everyone will die someday. My name is Mr Mike Chang, a
former merchant in Dubai, in the
U.A.E. I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer which was discovered
very late, due to my laxity in caring for my health.
It has defiled all forms of medicine, and right now I have only about a few
months to live, according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived
my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone not even myself but my
business.Though I am very rich, I was never generous,I was always hostile to
people and only focus on my business as that was the only thing I cared
for,but now I regret all this as I n ow know that there is more to life
than just wanting to have or
make all the money in the world. I believe when I have a second chance to
come to this world I would live my life a different way from how I had lived
it, now that it is dark for me, I have willed and given most of my
properties and assets to my immediate and extended family members and as
well as a few close friends.
To correct my wrong past life, I have decided to give alms to charity
organizations,as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth.
So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations in the
U.A.E, Algeria and Malaysia. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly,I
cannot do this my self anymore. I once asked members of my family to close
one of my
accounts and distribute the money which I have there o charity organization
in Bulgaria and Pakistan, the refused and kept the money to themselves.
Hence, I do not trust the m anymore, as they seem not to be contended with
what I have left for them. The last of my money which no one knows of is the
huge cashn deposit of Ten million dollars that I have with a
Fudicial Company Abroad, I will want you to help me collect this deposit and
dispatched it to charity
organizations and you must be sending me informations of how it was
disbursed either by email or otherwise . I have set aside 10% for you and
your fellowship for
your time and patience.
PLESE ALL CORESPONDENCE SHOULD BE TO MY OTHER EMAIL
Mr Mike Chang.
Please do not share my email addess with anyone as I have received some
emails from some unscrupulos people claiming to be charity organisations and