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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: WILLIAM COLGATE II <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2007 22:58:27 +0100 (CET)
Subject: OPPORTUNITY FROM EXXONMOBIL
I'm William Colgate II, a representative of Exxon Mobil in
London http://www.exxonmobil.co.uk) I have a sensitive and
private brief from the Senior Executives of this top oil
company in need of your partnership to re-profile funds
amounting to US$12.2M (Twelve Million Two Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars). I will let you have the details, but
in summary, the fund would be paid to you through a
Finance Company where it is presently deposited as soon as
the filing and documentation process is concluded in your
This is a legitimate transaction without government
interference and you shall be compensated with 20% of the
total sum, should you and your company agrees to work with
us.If you are interested, please reply for further details.
William Colgate II
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