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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: larisa sosnitskaya <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 19:14:27 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: For our mutual benefit (Please take time to read)
I am Larisa Sosnitskaya and I represent Mr. Mikhail
Khordokovsky the former C.E.O of Yukos Oil Company in
Russia. I have a very sensitive and confidential
brief from this top (oligarch) to ask for your
partnership in re-profiling funds US$46 Million. I
will give the details, but in summary, the funds are
coming via Bank Menatep. This is a legitimate
transaction. You will be paid 20% as your
commison/compensation for your active efforts and
contribution to the success of this transaction.
You can catch more of the story on This website below
or you can watch more of CNN or BBC to get more news
about my boss.
If you are interested, please do indicate by
providing me with your confidential telephone
number,fax number and email address and I will
provide further details and instructions. Please keep
this confidential as we cannot afford more political
problems. Please do send me your response as soon as
possible via my personal email
look forward to it.