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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: "Mr Frank Okika" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2007 22:34:32 +0000
Subject: Assistance Please Urgently
FROM THE ROYAL PALACE.
KING Okika PALACE.
I am contacting with utmost respect and with the sincere hope that it will move you into action to help me with my request. I am Prince Frank Okika, my father was the king of ashanti village, my father king Okika is among the people that died in the plane crash which occured on 22th of oct 2005 I am under-going so many problems here from my uncle's side.
my uncle is now trying to claim his properties and drove me out of ashanti village, though the entire community had several meetings to talk to my uncle yet he refused to allow me use my late father's belongings.
He is not happy with me because I am going to be the next king in ashanti village and he's not just happy about it.
Before my father's death, he happened to deposit the sum of $20.5USD.(TwentyMillion Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) in a Bank .as I am the only Son of my father am the only person that knows about the money am just 25 years of age and I really need your help to receive this money for me, at least I know you will be able to keep the money until when I will come down to your country to meet you so that we will use the money to invest. I will offer you 20% from the total amount.
All I need from you is your kind honest/interest to handle this transaction with me.
I will love to invest the money into real estate in your country and you will act as my overseas agent. Please it is important you send me your telephone and fax numbers for a smooth communication.
Feel free to contact me. I await your immediate response.
Prince Frank Okika