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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: "patrick rossman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 09:45:28 +0000
Mr. Patrick Rossman
FROM: MR PATRICK ROSSMAN
24 HILLS TREET, RANDBURG,
Dear: Sir/ Madam
This Letter Was First Sent To You Via Post Mail Two Months Ago, But Up till
Now, I Have Not Heard From You. Based On This, I Decided To Reach You
through this means, though, I Know For Security Reasons, This Is Not The
Safest Means To Reach You, But Was Left With No Other Viable Option Since
There Is The Press in Need To Reach You. I Am Quite Sure That This Mail Will
Surprise You Since I Have Not Been Having Previous Correspondences With You.
You may be surprised to receive this message from me since you dont
know me in person, but for the purpose of introduction, I am MR Patrick
Rossman. The Son of the late Jonathan Rossman, who was murdered in a land
dispute in Zimbabwe.
The SOUTH AFRICA EXCHANGE NETWORK ONLINE here gave your contact to me in
Johannesburg as a reliable and trustworthy to deal with, then I decided to
Contact you. My Father was among the few rich Black Zimbabwean farmers who
were murdered by the agents of the ruling government of President ROBERT
MUGABE for his alleged support and sympathy for the Zimbabwean opposition
party. Before the death of my father, he took me to South Africa to deposit
a sumof US$20 Million (TWENTY Million United States Dollars) with a
security and finance company, as if he knew the looming danger in Zimbabwe.
The money was deposited as Gem/Precious Stones to avoid much demurrage from
the security firm. This money was ear marked for the purchase of machinery
and chemicals for the farms and also for the establishment of new farms in
Swaziland and Lesotho.
The land problem arose when President Mugabe introduced the new land Act
that wholly affects the rich white farmers and some few black
vehemently condemned the MODU OPERANDI adopted by the Government.
This resulted in rampant killing and mob actions.
My family and I are currently staying here in South Africa as refugees or
asylum seekers and have decided to transfer this money to a foreign country
where we can invest it. I am faced with a dilemma of investing this money
here in South Africa with the fear of encountering the same problems in the
future because Zimbabwe and South Africa share the same political
history.Moreover, the South African monetary policies do not allow asylum
Seekers to do any investment. I want to let you know that this business is
risk free. So if you are willing to assist us, my family and I have agreed
to offer you 20% of the total money. 75% will be for us, while the remaining
5% will be mapped out for all expenses we may incur during this transaction.
Therefore, if you are interested and willing to offer the needed
assistance endeavor to reply through my email. I also need your private
Tel/Fax numbers for easy communication. Remember to keep this business
MR Patrick Rossman.
Kindly reply me using this Email Address: email@example.com
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