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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 about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: ashley bolton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 04:26:23 -0800 (PST)
Subject: FOR YOUR UTMOST ATTENTION
However strange or surprising this contact might seem to you as we
have not met personally or had any dealings with you in the past. I
must apologize for intruding into your private email address, but I
humbly ask that you take due consideration of its importance and
immense benefit it will be to you.
I am a legal consultant/broker based in LONDON. I am currently
representing some members of the Independent Committee of Eminent
Persons (ICEP), Switzerland. (ICEP) is charged with the
responsibility of finding bank accounts in Switzerland belonging to
non-Swiss indigenes, which have remained dormant since World War
II. For more information check: www.dormantaccounts.ch
A dormant account with the sum of Forty Five Million United States
Dollars ($45M) as discovered by clients/close asso ciates who are
members of (ICEP). The money included accumulated interest. They
needed my assistance since the transfer can be made easily with my
supervision as an experienced broker. My clients at (ICEP) have
confided in me to look for a foreign partner that will help in
putting the funds into the banking system and also assist in
investing the funds into profitable business ventures for mutual
Since my clients at the (ICEP), Switzerland have mandated me to
look for a foreign partner and that is my aim for contacting you.
Please do not despair because I got your email address from a
business advertising website on the Internet before making my
contact with you. I do not intend to fail my client because I have
been a very close associate and legal consultant to them for the
past 20 years.
Bear in mind that we also have well-established contacts at the
Claims Resolution Tribunal (CRT) responsible for handling
processing of all claims on accounts due to non-Swiss citizens.
Whereas, uncomplicated claims will be processed under a "fast
track" procedure, which is the procedure, our claims will be put
I have also made contacts with the Trust Company responsible for
Dormant Account Recovery (DAR) in the United Kingdom and also
concluded final arrangements with them to take over the funds by a
new beneficiary legally. As an experienced broker and working with
top executive members of (ICEP) who are also my close associates, I
have all secret details and necessary contacts for claim of the
funds without any hitch.
We are willing to offer you as much as 20% of the entire funds and
after the transaction has been completed. There is no risk involved
in this transaction and all the process of the administrative
claims will be legally achieved to transfer the funds in your name
as the new beneficiary.
In conclusion, if you are willing and ready to assist us claim the
dormant account smoothly, please indicate in your return reply mail
or fax number +44-700-5961031 and I will furnish you with more
details on how the transaction will be completed including my
contact telephone number so that you can call me for questions and
clarifications where necessary. We also look forward to doing more
deals with you.
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