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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: "MIKE BENJAMIN" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2006 10:52:59 +0400
Subject: THANK YOU
Dearest.Friend, This is to inform you about my success in getting the
money moved under the cooperation of a new partner from South America.
Presently i'm in South America for investing my own part of the money
Meanwhile,i didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in
moved the cash despite that both of us could not make it. Now contact
my secretary,his name is IGWE NNANNA and his email address
is(email@example.com ) ask him to send you US$800,000.00 in a Certified
Draft which i kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and
attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that
time very much. So feel free and get in touched with my secretary IGWE NNANNA and instruct him where to send the money to you. Please do let me
know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all
the sufferness at that time. in the moment, i am very busy here
investing with my new partner . finally, I have forwarded instruction to my
to send the Confirmable Draft to you, so feel free to get in touch
with IGWE NNANNA and he will send the Draft to you without any delay.
Best Regards MR MIKE, BENJAMINE