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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: "mercy john" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 3 May 2007 19:55:04 +0000
Subject: hello dear
hello Dear ,
I got your contact from the Ecowas Infomation Center hear in SENEGAL.
My sources of your contact gave me the courage and confidence.
It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I intend to establish
in your country, though I have not met with you before but I believe one has to risk
confiding in success sometimes in life. I am Miss MERCY JOHN , the daughter
of the former minister for DEFENCE and INTERIOR. There is this huge amount of US$12.8million (twelve MILION EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS) which my late father kept for us in the security company here in dakar senegal before he was assassinated by unknown persons.
Now I and my younger brother have decided to invest these money in your country or
anywhere save enough outside Africa for security and political reasons. We want you to help us claim and retrieved these fund from the Fiduciary Fund Holders and Transfer it into
your personal account in your country for investment purposes on profitable ventures.
If you can be of an assistance to us, we will pleased to offer you 25% of the total fund. while we have set aside 15% of the total fund for any expenses incur by you during the process. I await your soonest response through our private
Your house Addres............................
Your Phone Number .........................
Your Fax Number .............................
N.B. Upon your interest, I will forward you the
security company contact immediately .