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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: "Mr Bryant" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2006 00:28:00 +0200
FROM: MR.PAUL BRYANT
I am Mr. Paul Bryant, I am working as an auditor in account/audit
verification department in a prime bank here in London United Kingdom.
During our annual Year account verification/auditing held on 30th June 2006,
I personaly discovered a dormant account with a total sum of $USD
75,000,000.00 [SEVENTY FIVE MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS] has been dormant
and last operated four years ago. From my authentic investigations I
confirmation that the owner of the said account, is a foreigner by name
"John Shumejda" who died on the 4th of January 2002 in a plane crash in
Birmingham; you can view this CNN website.
For details on the crash.
Since the death of the deceased, nobody has operated in this account till
date. Moreover, this account has NO BENEFICIARY attached to it. Definitely,
this fund will be confiscated by our BANKING CODE OF ETHICS if it stays
dormant for a period of  years.
In this regard, I earnestly need your full cooperation in transferring this
dormant fund out of our bank to avoid confiscating this fund. I will split
the transfer into two 2 stages for easy and smooth transfer.
First, I will transfer $5,000,000.00 to you, upon a successful transfer
without any disappointment from your side; I will then transfer the
remaining balance of $70,000,000.00 for gigantic investments.
If you are willing to cooperate in this project, get back to me for more
Call me immediately between 8.00am - 6.00pm GMT
Private Email: email@example.com
I wait for your urgent response.
NB: This is a Top Secret Project; 100% Legitimate and Trouble Free for both
of us, thus, never disclose it to any third party.
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