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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: "richard bongo" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 2006 13:19:23 +0200
Subject: Mr Richard Bongo
FROM: Mr Richard Bongo
NED BANK LTD.
Alternative email :firstname.lastname@example.org
I am Mr Richard Bongo, The Auditor General of NED BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA.
I have decided to contact you through this medium based on a business
proposal, which will be of mutual benefit to both of us. However, I got your
contact through a BUSINESS TRADE MANUAL in South African Chamber Of Commerce
in my search for a foreign business partner whom I will transfer this fund
in his personal or companys account.
During the annual bank auditing, we discovered an abandoned sum of US$
126,000 000:00 (ONE HUNDERD AND TWENTY SIX MILLION US DOLLARS ONLY) in an
account that belong to
one of our foreign customers (Willie Jackson Sr.) 61 years, of Scotch
Plains, N.J. USA lost his life aboard Egypt Air Flight 990,which crashed
into the Atlantic
Ocean on October 31,1999. View this
website;(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/502503.stm) .Since we got
the information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to
come over and
claim his money, because we can not release it unless some body apply for it
as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking
Unfortunately, nobody has come forward to claim this money. It is based on
this, that some officials in my department and I have decided to establish a
cordial business relationship with you, hence my contacting You. If you
indicate interest in this transaction I will let you know they steps to take
for a smooth transaction for the approval of this fund from the Bank in your
The mode of sharing after the transfer of the money into your nominated bank
account will be as follows: 65% for me and my colleagues, 30% will be given
to you for your assistance and 5% will be mapped out to offset expenses
during the course of the transaction. in receipt of this mail, call me
immediately via the above phone or email and kindly send me your private
telephone and fax numbers for easy communication.
Please treat this business proposal STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.
Hoping to hear from you soon.
Mr Richard Bongo.
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