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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: "MR.ATIKU MUSA." <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2006 20:47:47 +0000
Subject: ATTENTION PLEASE
Permit me to introduce myself, my name is DR.MR.ATIKU MUSA I work with
COMERCIAL BANK OF SENEGAL(CBS) Limited as(Assistant Auditor),in the discharge of
duty,I stumbled on this domiciliary account that has remained dormant
three good years now with four million two hundred Thousand
dollars(US$4.2m) in it.
I contacted my director and we sent out staff for enquiries and
that the account holder died in an accident. I am writing you so that
work together to remit the money to you as the next of kin because this
money belongs to a foreigner and has to be claimed by a foreigner for investment purpose.
I guarantee this transaction under a legitimate arrangements that will
breach the law by both parties, it is simple process which will take a
while to process.If I hear from you,I will tell you all you need to
about the money. S.B Please reply to my personal email