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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: "Michael Albert" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 10:49:19 +0000
Subject: IN GOOD FAITH
Do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your personal
ethics. I introduce myself as Mr. Michael Albert a staff in the accounts
management Section of a well-known bank here in the United Kingdom.
One of our accounts with holding balance of £15,000,000(Fifteen Million
British Pounds) has been dormant and last operated in the past 5 years. From
my investigations and confirmations, the owner of this account is a
Foreigner by name John Shumejda died on the 4th of January 2002 on a
plane crash in Birmingham here in UK.
Since then nobody has done anything as regards the claiming of this money as
he has no family Member who is aware of the existence of either the account
nor the Funds. Information from the National Immigration also states that he
was single on entry into the UK.
I have confidentially discussed this issue with some of the bank officials
and we have agreed to find a reliable foreign partner to deal with. We thus
propose to do business with you, standing in as the next of kin of the
deceased and have the funds released to you after due processes have been
This transaction is totally free of risk and troubles as the fund is
Legitimate and does not originate from drug, money laundry, terrorism
Or any other Illegal act.
On your interest.
Mr. Michael Albert Philip
Contact Email :email@example.com
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