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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:
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 22:30:55 +0100
Hello Dearest Friend,
I am glad to inform you that I have successfully concluded the transaction,the
money has been transferred to London through the assistant of Mr.Howard
Ferraro who is a London base business man.
Currently I am in London with him and my wife and children.
However, I did not forget you because you are the source of my success,you
made me what I am now though you are not there to complete this project
with me but I gave all the credit and thanks to you.
I know it is not your fault or rather your wish to back off on me and the
transaction, I understand it was simply because of some circumstances you
could not control.
In appreciate of your assistance I have mapped out as a Compensation and
wrote on your favor a certified bank cheque worth of US$800.000.00
(Eighty hundred thousand , United States Dollar Only) I left the cheque
with my Secretary Mr Bright Fero, on my departure to London.
I would like you to contact him on the below info and instruct him where
to send the cheque to you because i have directed him on that already.
Attn: Mr Bright Fero.
As soon as you recieve the cheque you let me know because i am busy here
trying to put things together and may not be chanced to email you frequently.Feel
free to contact him for your cheque.I will stop here.
Once again,thank you very much and remain blessed.
Dr, Alex Emma