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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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Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2006 16:01:12 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Happy to write you
From: Mr Marc Koumba,Rue 220 logement'sRepublic of Cote D' IvoireHello, My name is Mr Marc Koumba, 29 years,from Republic of Cote D' Ivoire. My father and I escaped from our town BOUAKE at the heat of the civil war after loosing my mother and two of my elder brothers in the war. As a result of the political instability in the city, my father established his cocoa and coffee export business in Abidjan, Cote D' Ivoire.He went back to Bouake for the sales of his property, and was shot and killed by the rebel troupes fighting to take over the government of the country. The death of my father has now made me an orphan and thereby exposing me to danger.Before his unfortunate death,my late father had in his personal account with a bank here in Abidjan the sum of $18.4m. As a result of the present insecurity of lives and property in this country,I wish to request that you assist me use your account in your country to transfer the balance of my father's account. Again to assist me
with a letter of invitation that will make me get a visa to your country for residence in order for me to invest the fund in a viable business venture. I am willing to give you 20%. If this is acceptable to you, send me a mail through my regular e-mail account so that we can discuss further on this matter. email@example.comGod bless youMr Marc Koumba,
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