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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: "Miss.Vilam Miss.Vilam." <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 1 May 2006 13:00:05 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: From: Miss. Vilam.
From: Miss. Vilam.
Rue 12 Avenue williamsville Abidjan,
Republic of Cote D' Ivoire.
My name is Miss Vilam. an orphan to the late former minister of
finance in Liberia Dr. Thomas Vilam who died as a result of rebel
attack during one of their peace keeping forum in the year 2003.
I inherited a total sum of $8.5 million US dollars from my late
parents. This money which is concealed in a metallic trunk box is
deposited with a security and finance company in Ivory Coast under a
secret arrangement as a family treasure. This means that the security
company does not know the real content of this box that was deposited
in their security costody.
My main purpose of sending you this mail is because of the way I found
you and perhaps trustworthy to give this priority of shipping this box
of money to any address that you think is very secured and safe in
place with your percentage of which we shall chat on soon. I will come
over to your country to continue my education as soon as the funds is
claimed by you.
There is need for urgent action because I am paying US $45 dollars per
day as a demurrage charges to the security company for keeping this
consignment. I give thanks immensely for the co-operation as I look
forward to hear from you soonest.
Contact me back on this Email Address,
contact the security director to know very much about with his number,
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