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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: clare edward <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2007 23:03:49 -0600
Subject: I NEED YOUR HELP
May God be praised!!!I am Mrs. Clare Edward Dear Friend ,I am married to Usman Bello of blessed memory who worked with America Embassy in Madrid Spain for nine years before he died in the year 2000.We were married for eleven years without a child he died after a brief illness that lasted only four days. Before his death he was a very devoted Muslim and I was a devoted Christian by birth battling with both cancer and fibroid problems when my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $21million US Dollars with a bank in Africa.Presently, this money is still with Bank and Recently, my doctor told me that I had a terminating illness (cancer) that would last for the next four months. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke sickness, having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to either a Christian or muslim organization or individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in. I want this organization or individual to use this money in all sincerity to fund churches,mosques,orphanages, widows and also propagatingthe word of God and to ensure that the society upholds the views and beliefs of the holy book The holy book emphasized so much on the giving of alms, charity and this has encouraged me in taking this bold step. I took this decision because I don't have any child to start from and where Iwill stop and and I don't want my husband hard earned money to be misused by people that call me an unbeliever. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an unholy manner hence the reason for taking this bolddecision. I know that after death I will be with God the most high and the most merciful one. I don't need any telephone communications but will only give you the contact of my lawyer Barr. JAMES DOUGLAS because he is the one who is going to assist you in making you the beneficiary of the consignment in the finance and security firm.With God, I know that all thing are possible and as soon as I receive your reply through my lawyer I will now give him instruction to make you the beneficiary of the consignment and all necessary steps to take before receiving these funds and I shall also give you the contact of the bank I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the original beneficiary of the funds.I want you and the community where you reside to always pray for me. My happiness is that I lived a life of a true devoted person though married to a Muslim, whoever that wants to serve God must serve him in truth and inspirit, please always be prayerful all through your life. Any delay in yourreply will give me room in sourcing for another person organization or adevoted person for the same purpose.Until I hear from you my dreams will rest squarely on your shoulders,may the AlmightyGod continue to guide and protect you. Amen. Yours faithfully,Mrs.Clare EdwardNB: JAMES DOUGLAS HAS BEEN A LONGTIME FRIEND OFTHE FAMILY AND I CAN VOUCH FOR HIS SINCERITY.
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