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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: "mensah fred" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 05:13:47 +0000
Subject: FROM . F . M . DESMOND
I am contacting you base on mutual trust as I do not want problems but I hope you can assist me in actualizing the under mentioned project,I am in control of the sum of Six hundred and fifty thousand US Dollars (USD$650,000.00 ) which was an excess profit made by our Hong Kong Branch Office in the Second quarter Summary of this year 2006.The above mentioned amount have been carefully placed in an Escrow Deposit Account with systematize procedures without declaring it to my executives.I have only written to seek your indulgence and assistance. I wish to make a transfer involving the above mentioned amount to your personal account; I am proposing to make this transfer to a designated bank account of your choice. Thus, for your indulgence and support, I propose an offer of 40% of the total amount to be yours after the transfer has been successfully concluded. Kindly reply me stating your interest, and I shall furnish you with the details and necessary procedures with which to make the transfer progress. I am anxiously awaiting your response. Kindly reply me through my private email address:firstname.lastname@example.orgThanks,
Mr.F. M. Desmond
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