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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: "Salem Rangiris" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 10:26:33 +0000
Subject: Respond from Salem Rangiris
I am Salem Rangiris, a citizen of the Philippines and a staff of the United Nations (UN); I know that this mail will be of great surprise to you. I got your e-mail address from the Internet as I was soliciting for a partner who will work with me. Please, do not see this mail as spam mail, which I have received such too. In recent times, there have been conflicts all over the world especially in the Middle East , which has been of top concern to the UN. I happen to be one of the officials assigned to Iraq . I also played a great part in seeing that Afghanistan is been rebuilt and those casualties, especially children are well taken care of. During this period, my partners and I were able to secure some amount of money amounting to Thirty Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($30.5M), which was moved out from Middle East . Moving this fund was easy because of the connections my partners had. Now that things have settled, I want to move the money out
of the deposit company where it is deposited. Am contacting you to work with me because I am still civil servants and cannot do it alone. The presence and participation of a neutral person is needed to achieve this transaction hence my contacting you. Note that all the relevant
documents will be in place for this transaction to be hitch on your name. For your participation, you will be getting some% of the total sum. This transaction will
take not more than fourteen (14) banking/working days to be finalized from the day of Kindly treat it with much needed secrecy, confidentiality and dispatch, as I will not want a blackmail or media scandal. You are the only person I contacted for this transaction and
will hope to get your reply ASAP for further for further information, I will be giving you an attorney at law contact who will help you Obtain the needed documentation on your name before the bank will honor this claim on your name.
I hold you in enormous trust, so please do not let me down. As we commence communication, we shall be talking on how you are going to assist me in investing part of my share in your country or maybe as a joint venture in your business. I advise you to feel free I responding as none of your valuable time or hard earned resources will be wasted in this venture. I believe this is a wonderful wind fall that has come our way and we have got to actualize it together.
Thanks in advance for your immediate response to this letter.
Please accept the assurances of my highest esteem regards,