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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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From: eze chris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 12:55:27 +0100
Subject: NEXT OF KIN NEEDED!!!
BARRISTER CHRIS EZE 44, KOFO ABAYOMI AVENUE, VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS - NIGERIA. Dear Friend, I am Barrister Chris Eze, a Solicitor. I am the Personal Attorney to Mr. Steve, who used to work with Chevron Oil Development Company in Nigeria. On the 21st of April, 2002, his wife and their three children were involved in a car accident along Abuja Express Road. Unfortunately, they all lost their lives in the event of the accident . Since then I have made several enquiries to your Embassy to locate any of my client Relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet to locate any member of his family but to no avail, hence, I contacted you to assist in repatriating the money left behind by my client in a Security Company. Particularly, the Security Company where the deceased deposited the US$15 Million (Fifteen Million United States Dollars only). Consequently, this Security Company issued me a notice to provide the Next of Kin to claim the US$15 Million (Fifteen Million United States Dollars only) in their custody within the next ten official working days. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased to claim the fund as the Next of Kin to him so that the fund will be transferred to your account by the Security Company. Upon receipt of the fund, I will come over to your country to meet with you for the disbursement of the fund and then you and I will share the money in this order: 55% will be for me, 40% will be for you, while 5% will be use don expenses incurred. I have all the necessary legal documents that can back our claim we may make with the Security Company.All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of t! he law. Please, get in touch with me by my secured and confidential email address at [email@example.com] to enable me clarify you further . Best regards . Barrister Chris (Esq) NEXT OF KIN !!!
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