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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: business proposal <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 20:58:57 +0200
Subject: business proposal
How are you and your lovely family doing and I gotyour contact through the World Trade Organisation(W.T.O). I decided to contact you on a mutual business relationship. My name is Miss. Vivienne Jones the daughter of former president Henri Konan Bedie of coted´Ivoire, who was unfortunately toppled in a military coup in Dec. 1999 by Genral Robert Guei. As at when the military junta struck, and overthrew the elected government of my father, he was forced to go into exile in France while some of his ministers and close aids ran to other countries. When my father was in power, I was co-ordinating his special businesses, and was also in charge of all his deposit account with different financial instituions in Europe.
To this, Switzerland and Luxemburg Goverment have already responded by exposing many of my family´s bankaccount in their country. It is based on this development that I have the mandate of my father to contact you and request you specifically to assist my family, by helping us to secure this deposit we have with a financial institution in Europe, which amounts to(US$8.5M, Eight Million Five hundred Thousand United States Dollars).This will make it impossible for the new Goverment in power in my country, to have acess to this fund. It is based on this fact ,that I am requesting you to assist us in putting this sum of money in safe keeping by accepting to receive it from the financial institution on our behalf by changing the name and signatory of the account into yours so that it will not have any link to my family and for that reason, my country will not have access to it.
I will furnish you the details of this transaction if you accept to assist. For your efforts we will discuss what remuneration I will give you when you reply. Because of the confidentiality this issue requires, you should reach me on this e-mail addresse,firstname.lastname@example.org
Do not for get to include your telephone and fax numbers while replying to this message.
Waiting for your quick response.
Miss Vivienne Jones ...