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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: mohammed usman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2007 22:43:30 +0200
Subject: From Mr. usman hamza mohammed.
From Mr. usman hamza mohammed.
My name is Mr. usman hamza mohammed, 26 years old from Dafur , Sudan now under United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) asylum protection in Ivory coast because of the war in my country.
My father was killed along side with my mother during the long civil war and his properties were totally destroyed.
However, after their death I managed to escape with a very important file of my father which stated that he deposited the sum of (US$8M) Eight Million U.S Dollars in a bank Abroad with my name as the Next of Kin.
Now, I would appreciate you to represent me in withdrawing the funds and also help me invest it in profitable ventures since i have limited knowledge in business and you will also make residence arrangement for me in your country.
I need your friendship and trust to start live again in your country and put my horrible past behind me.
I will compensate you with 20% of this money if you help me to transfer the money to your account, If you are interested please furnish me with your.
1) Real Names2) Phone/Fax numbers3) Occupation4) Residence address I am waiting to hear from you,thank you.usman hamza mohammed
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