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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: "Monica Rossman" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2006 18:29:32 +0200
18 Sunheight Randburg East
Johannesburg South Africa.
Phone:27 73 5943438.
This may appear a bit surprising to you but very
beneficial as a matter of urgentcy,I am desparately
looking for a foriegn partner whom i can trust to handle
some investment or fund movement.
I am Mrs.Monica.F.Rossman,wife of late Mr.Frank Rossman,
who was murdered by the Zimbabwean veterans and irrate
I am writing from South Africa.I got your address from the
internet through the consultancy directory during my
search for a reliable and honest person to transact this
I write to solicit for your special assistance to a
family shattered by a tyrannical government led by a
dictator and his(ZANU-PF)ruling party-president Robert
Because of land and farm land crisis in Zimbabwe,the
government secretly sponsored the war veterans and some
irrate party members to disposess the land being occupied
by white farmers.This action has led to the killing of
some members of opposition party including my
But before the death of my husband,he anticipated some
dangers and so he deposited the sum of US$15.4m(Fifteen
million four hundered Thousand United States Dollars)in
the name of our only son John Rossman Jr,with the help of
reputable security company in south Africa with the
intention of using it to open fertilizer manufacturing
company among other companies in our neighbouring country
(Swaziland)after his university education.
On the 29th of June 2000,the war veterans and some
supporters of(ZANU-PF)ruling party trooped into our
compound and axed him(my husband)to death.Since then,they
have been terrorizing my only son,John Rossman Jr,but we
managed to escape to a neighbouring country,South Africa
as a political asylum seeker(refugee).But our position in
South Africa does not permit us to open an account or run
any huge financial business.
That is why I want this fund to be transferred into your
private account so that you will assist him to invest it
in your country.Hence,if you agree to assist us,we will
offer you 20% of the money for your assistance,5% will be
for the possible expenses incurred in the process of this
transaction,while 75% will be for our family investment in
your country through your assistance.I need your urgent
and confidential response.
(For The Family).
Upon your immediate response,I will immediately arrange
and send to you all the informations that will empower
your good self in finalizing the transaction with the
security company here in south Africa I will also send to
you the agreement that will protect both interest.And also
further information about yourself is necessary for I can
not play on this.
Waiting for your prompt and positive response.Please read
about problems in Zimbabwe from the link below.