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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: John Lawson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2007 12:14:41 +0000
Subject: My Dear
Dear , I am John Lawson, the only son of late Dr Andrew Lawson who exports crude oil and gold gems abroad. He died as a result of brief illness,but before his death,he called my attention beside his sick bed and gave me some informations with a document covering $10million which he deposited in my name as a next of kin,in a private security company in Ghana. I am only 22years,i do not have any experience of handling/investing such an amount.Therefore,I humbly seek for your consent to assist me claim this fund from the security company and invest it properly in your country. You will take 40% of the total sum for your assistance,while 5% is for any expenses that may incure during the claim,Then you will keep 55% for me in your account. Please i am looking forward to hear from you,so as to give you the contacts of the security company,for you to contact them and arrange with them for the release of the fund to you.Please reply to my alternative email address( email@example.com ) Thanks and God bless, Yours faithfully,John Lawson.
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