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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:
Date: 28 Dec 2006 13:20:10 +0100
Subject: Contact Him Urgent
My dear friend
How are you together with your family i hope that all is well if so glory be to God amen.
It's been long I heard from you. Well, I just want to use this medium to thank you very much for your earlier assistance to help me in receiving the funds, without any positive outcome. I am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in receiving the funds with the help of a new partner from Paraguay.
Everything was perfectly done because we strike a deal with one of the Lady accountant who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) and she rendered a tremendous help to us. My new partner initiated this idea and everything worked out successfully. In appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the Funds.
I have decided to compensate you with the sum of $1. million in a Cashier's cheque of (one milloin Thousand United States Dollars). This is from my own share. I did this simply to show you that it is good to do good things to the right people always. Presently, I am in Paraguay for investment project with my own share under the advice of my partner.
Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us somehow. I will be sending you e-mail from time to time to know if you have received your share or not. Now contact my personal assistant in Benin.
Here is my personal assistant contact in Benin contact him urgent for him to send the Cashier's cheque to you imedaitely.
Name __Mr Joe Wallace
Ttelephone__ +229 93485611
Email___ ( email@example.com)
Please do let me know immediately if you have received it so that we can share the joy together after all the suffering at that time. In the moment, I am very busy here in Paraguay because of the investment projects, which the new partner and I are having at hand. So feel free to get in touch with Mr Joe WALLACE to send the cheque to you without any delay.
With My Best Regards
Barrister C. Willimas,