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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: richard jr <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2007 07:05:52 +0200
Subject: CONTACT MY ACCOUNT KEEPER IN MALI
My Dear,This letter is to acknowledge the substantial contributions of time and energy you have made in receiving the fund through your account, despite that it failed us because of your inability to continue financing the transaction.Besides I'm happy to inform you that I have succeeded in transferring the fund out of my home Country with the help of a new partner from Tuvalu.I am now in Tuvalu for investment and Tuvalu is composed of 9 coral atolls along a 360 mile chain in Polynesia. They gained independence in 1978 the former Ellice Islands.Therefore in appreciation of your earlier assistance, I have decided to compensate you with the sum of: $1,500.000.00 USD which I deposited on your behalf.So feel free and contact my account keeper in MALI, his name is rev faith sundayAddress: Carre 1299, Ste Rita CityBamako, Mali RepublicEmail: (email@example.com)and instruct him to send the bank DRAFT to you. Please do let me know immediately you receive it.Regards,Dr Richard Jr
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