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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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From: "Investment online E Gold" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 00:22:46 +0700
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Words have meanings, and there is a tendency for people, in explaining e-gold in their own words, to employ terms which are imprecise and which engender confusion. Please do not refer to a bailment as a deposit, or the e-gold system as a bank. An e-gold payment order is not a check. The e-gold monetary/payments system is not a financial system (though it will certainly be used as a foundation for financial activity). Redemption is not the same as currency exchange. Redemption means to exchange your e-gold for bullion coins or bars [the reverse of bailment]. Currency exchange is to exchange national currencies to or from e-metal (or one e-metal for another). An e-metal balance is accounted by weight, so please do not make reference to withdrawing dollars or some other national currency. We do not hold national currencies on account for anyone.