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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: "Brian Taylor" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2003 22.50.06 +0100
Subject: Real estate project !!
Compliment of the day, i am Brian Taylor with the ministry of international development here in the Great Britain, i write
to seek your assistance in my desire to invest US $7.5M in a confidential manner into real estate investment on property
development in your country or any other lucrative business with low risk according to your advice.
I secured this fund through the advantage of my position in the government and have deposited the fund with a security & finance
company for safe keeping in abroad before the government placed a new embargo on we serving official from private trips abroad
and also restricting us from sending out money abroad. The vital issue at the moment is for you to assist me clear the consignment
from the vaults of the security company on my behalf and use the fund to commence for the investment purpose.I am still with the
civil service and would want this project to commence in near future to secure the betterment of my retirement future.
Furthermore,please indicate your options towards assisting me as i believe that this transaction would be concluded as soon as you signify your interest to assist me.
Anticipating to hear from you soon.
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