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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: Steven Wong <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2006 00:25:57 -0800
Subject: Private And Confidential
My name is Mr.Steven Wong. I train and work as an external auditor for the United Overseas Bank
Singapore (UOB), working as part of a bigger team that covers the entire Asian region. I had taken pains
to find your contact through personal endeavors.
On routine audit check last month, I discovered some investment accounts that had been dormant for
the least twelve years.All the accounts belong to a single holder(NAME WITH HELD) with monies
totaling a little above $15.7 million United States Dollars plus interest.
Banking regulation/legislation in Singapore demand that I notify the fiscal authorities after a statutory time
period of twelve years when dormant accounts of this type are called in by the monetary regulatory
bodies.The above set of facts underscores my reason of writing and making the following proposing.
My investigations of the said account reveals that the investor died in 1993 the exact time the account
were last operated. I can confirm with certainty that the said investor died interstate and no next~of~kin
to his estate has been found or has come forward all these years. I am of the settled conviction that
using my insider leverage, I, working with you can secure the funds in the account for us instead of
allowing it pass as unclaimed funds into the coffers of the Government of Singapore.
This exactly is why I crave your participation and co-operation. I have seized all relevant documents
(legal and Banking) that will facilitate our putting you forward as the claimant/beneficiary of the funds and
ultimately transfer the money to any account nominated by you. Of course you shall be handsomely
rewarded for your part in this transaction as the people I am working with are prepared to allocate a 20%
slice of the total funds for your efforts. I shall however leave out the final details of this transaction till I
receive an affirmation of your desire to participate.
Be assured that my colleagues and I are on top of the situation all the time and there will be no risk
whatsoever if you agree to come on board. Needless to say,UTMOST CONFIDENTIALITY is of vital
importance if we are to successfully reap the immense benefits of this transaction.
To maintain the level of security required to see this transaction to come to a successful conclusion, I
have intentionally left out the finer details.
To affirm your willingness and cooperation to my proposal please do so by email
(email@example.com) stating your FULL NAME, DATE OF BIRTH,TELEPHONE NUMBER,FAX
NUMBER,EMAIL ADDRESS AND POSTAL ADDRESS.
I do expect you prompt response.
Mr. Steven Wong
ASIA REGIONAL CODE:734