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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: Dr.Yuma Michael <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 09:19:20 +0000
Subject: RESPOND NOW
For your kind attention,
I am Dr. Yuma Michael, Estate Administrator to the late Chief (Mrs.) Stella Obasanjo, wife of the President of Nigeria who died in a plastic surgery operation in Spain last year.
I am contacting you to assist me in acquiring funds lodged by my Boss with a security company in London. The security company has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin, or the funds will be confiscated.
My proposition to you, is to seek your consent to present you as the next-of-kin and beneficiary of my late Boss, so that the proceeds of this funds can be paid to you, then we can share the amount on a mutually agreed percentage.
All legal documents to back up your claim as my Boss' next-of-kin will be provided. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through.
This will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. If this business proposition offends your moral values, do accept my apology. Please contact me at once to indicate your interest.
However if you are willing to assist me in this venture I will like to establish verbal telephone communication with you and bring you up to date as regards this operation. To this end let me have your contact details.
Dr. Yuma Michael