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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: "Barr. Luis Antonio" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 17:52:26 +0100
Subject: Your Fund Release Order.
Attention: Fund Release Order. Sequel to the meeting held on 13th June, 2007. I write to inform you that British Government and Members of the house of senate have authorized me to contact you for your inheritance payment of ($14 million) Fourteen Million Dollars which was deposited by your late relative. The British Government has given you an Identification Code Number: UKL/ID300/0X10/BCLB also your file has been forwarded to the Director Telex department, United States of America for onward crediting of your nominated account which you may provide for this transfer. I have copies of Deed of Will & deposit Certificate, with this two documents and Code Number: UKL/ID300/0X10/BCLB, the paying bank will process your payment file. Do please indicate your willingness to assist by sending your full names, age, occupation; address and private telephone numbers to enable us commence immediately. I will inform you on the next step to follow. Regards, Barr. John Wild (ESQ).
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