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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: solomon johnson <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2007 12:39:07 +0000
Subject: FROM SOLOMON & RITA JOHNSON
FROM SOLOMON & RITA JOHNSONCountry: Ivory Coast,Location: West Africa.
We know it might be a surprise to receive a letter like this from unknown person. I am Solomon Johnson (20Years old) and my sister Rita Johnson (18Years old). We are only children of late Mr. and Mrs. David Johnson, who was the former Director of Mines and Mineral resources in Democratic Republic of Congo during the regime of the late former President of my country. My father took refuge here in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire after the death of the President. We must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business. We are seeking your urgent attention to help us transfer the sum $10,500,000.00 USD (Ten million five hundred thousand United States of America dollars) into your account for an investment purpose, such as real estates and stock market business etc.
This money was deposited in a Fixed/Suspence account with my name in the bank as next of kin before the sudden death of our father.
We want you to help us invest this money in your country and help us to locate a nice school to continue our education in your country. I and my sister are willing to offer you 30% of the total sum as compensation for your urgent assistance to us immediately after the transfer of the fund into your account in your Country.
PLEASE CONTACT US ON OUR PRIVATE E-mail address( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Yours sincerely, Solomon & Rita Johnson.
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