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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: "roland faleye" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 07 Feb 2006 09:35:15 +0000
You may be surprised to receive my letter. However, I got your contact as a
result of my desperate desire for assistance.
Though this mail is unsolicited, I pray you to be humane and consider it. I
have decided to contact you for confidential,
urgent and rewarding joint business.
My name is Roland Kabo, I was a Personal Assistant to the Late Democratic
Republic of Congo President; LAURENT KABILA, who
was assassinated. I am sure you must be aware that his son, Joseph Kabila
was sworn in as president. This news which was
reported by most international media including CNN as you can see herein:
I am passionately contacting you based on the need for a trusted and honest
person, who I can entrust with the sum of
US$15,500,000 (Fifteen million, Five hundred Thousand US Dollars).
Source of the money:
The late president and I secured this money in a security firm, in my name
before his death. Now that he is late, I want to
transfer the money out of the security company because of the insecurity of
the money, for investment in your country. I
cannot travel out of where I am now, the country where I am presently on
asylum as I have not got travel documents to do that
for now, hence I am asking for your assistance to have this money in your
care pending when I will secure travel documents to
come over to your country. If you accept this offer, we shall share the
money as follows: 35% for you, and 65% for me.
I have all the title documents to the fund, which I can transfer to you to
enable you have assess to the money. Be assured
that this is risk-free and legitimate. Please advise me on your position
immediately and take note that I want this kept very
confidential as I do not want anyone to know about my where about and the
trace of the funds.
I await your prompt response, as I may be able to access my mails regularly.
I have an experienced lawyer who will undertake
the legal procedure for the transfer of the money to you.