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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: "ECO WAS" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2006 11:47:37 -0500
Subject: RE: Your Yahoo-email doees not work
I am very sorry for your encounter while trying
to email me. I deactivated my yahoo email
address this afternoon. This is because l detected
a spy ware in the system l communicate from. I
do not know to what extent my privacy have been
Please henceforth, send your correspondence to my
personal email address at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have read your most recent email, the content was
well understood. Today is a public holiday here, so
tomorrow, l will go to the director of the company to
inform him that my late fathers foreign partner is
ready to collect the trunk box in London. Whatever
l conclude with him, l would send you an email to
Talking about an increase of the 20% l offered, l can
only add 5% to it making 25%. I think this is fair
enough. By tomorrow, l would be able to know
exactly how much l will need for my trip to London.
But before then, l will try and conclude with the
director of the company so as to know where we
I have scanned the Deposit Certificate and my
international passport for your perfect peace of mind.
I have attached them to this email, they are both PDF
files with password protection. While opening the
PDF files, you will be prompted for a password.
The password is abidjan (in small letters).
I will get back to you once l finish with the director
of the company tomorrow. Please note that l will be
communicating with you through my personal email
address as from now on (email@example.com).
Thanks for your understanding.
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