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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: clifford ohene <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2006 13:21:01 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Subject: Payment Notification
Subject: Payment Notification
We write to bring to your attention that we received a memo from the office of the president of Nigeria to honour your payment with the country, Ghana but we are still on negotiation on the percentage the paying country is demanding, because of the fraudulent activities in Nigeria activated by corrupt officials, the government of Ghana is yet to accept to pay from their country.
Now; you are advised to contact the officer in charge of the payment in Ghana. Below is his contact;
Name: Barrister Martin Ofori
Barrister Martin Ofori is the bank accredited lawyer with the bank of Ghana in charge to oversee all related payments from Africa. Furthermore, we hereby warn you to strictly adhere to instructions given in this e-letter to contact Barrister Martin Ofori if you must receive your payment.
Like we stated in the first paragraph, it will be to your advantage to contact Barrister Martin Ofori who is in charge of all payment emanating from Nigeria, West African Region. Like we said before, we are still under negotiation with the government of Ghana but contacting Barrister martin Ofori might make a difference, therefore you are advised to contact him directly without any hesitation whatsoever.
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