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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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From: "paul anddrew" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 07 Apr 2007 12:36:09 +0000
Subject: GOOD DAY, URGENT ASSISTANCE NEEDED ..
Since, you do not know me and we have never had any personal contact.
Firstly,let me start by introducing myself properly to you.
My name is PAUL ANDDREW, the son of Jonas Malheiro Anddrew, the leader
UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola). I got your
email address from network directory.
I apologize if I have infringed on your privacy.. You maybe aware, that my
Late Father (Jonas Malheiro Anddrew) was killed on friday 22nd February,
2002 in a battle with the government troops of Angola, led by President Dos
Santos. However, I am a young man who has ambitions and I am not in any way
interested in wars, this is why I secretly left Angola for the
Burkina-faso(OUAGADOUGOU) to seek asylum. Besides, I am using this
correspondence to seek and request your assistance and cooperation in a
sensitive but highly beneficial financial arrangement.
There is this huge amount of Six million Two hundred and Forty-Five thousand
U.S dollars ($6,245,000.00) which my late father kept in a
security/financial firm before he was assassinated by government mercenary
on 22 February, 2002, during a political crisis in my country - Angola.
This fund was stashed in a security vault in Burkina-Faso, out of foresight
for a likely situation which I and my family found our selves then. My
father Late Mr. Jonas Malheiro Anddrew deposited it as a family treasure
and that was before his death.
Now I and my Sister have left Angola to Ouagadougou in the Republic of
Burkina-Faso, through the help of my late father's loyal friend. Meanwhile,
we are staying here with refugee status, instead of going to exile and we
have decided also to invest this money in your country or anywhere safe
enough outside my country Angola and the whole of Africa for security and
political reasons. We would want you to assist us to retrieve and transfer
this fund to your country for safety and investment purposes.
If you are willing to render this service to us, we shall adequately
compensate you with 20% of the total figure. We will arrange all the
necessary procedures in ensuring a smooth process for the transaction. We
will also appreciate if you contact me once you receive this mail to
enable me give you more details and modus operandi concerning the business.
This matter requires your urgent attention, confidentiality and discretion
no matter what your decision maybe.
Thank you and God bless you.
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