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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: ruth kwame <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2007 07:36:42 -0700 (PDT)
With due respect and trust, permit me to inform you of my desire of going into a good relationship with you.
l am Miss Ruth Kwame, the only daughter of late Mr. Yao Kwame. My father was an engineer and a contractor with the Government of Cote D'Ivoire. He was mysteriously poisoned to death by his business associates over a row of a contract award in the Agricultural ministry of our country. I was told that my mother died few hours after giving birth to me due to over bleeding, I never knew her.
Before the death of my father in a hospital here in Abidjan, he secretly called me on his bedside. When I sat down to listen to him, he started crying complaining that I am too young to be manage my life, and there is no body to take care of me again as a young girl. After weeping, He narrated to me how he deposited a trunk box containing the sum of US$8.000.000 (Eight Million United States Dollars) in a security company as valuable family items here in our country because there was serious political crisis then, and the banks were under attack by the rebel forces. He told me that he used my name as his only daughter as his next of kin in deposit of the box. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates, that l should seek for a God fearing foreign partner in a country of my choice where l will transfer this money and use it for proper investment purpose.
For this reason, I seek your assistance to serve as my guardian and help me in the retrieval of this deposit from the security company and to aid me in the investment of the money in your country. I also require you assistance to continue my education in your country because I am only 19years old and a student.
Please, l am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as compensation for assisting me in this regard. Hoping to hearing from you soonest.
May God bless you as you extend your helping hand to me.
Miss Ruth Kwame
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