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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: mr_hbilly billy <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 23:06:13 +0000
Subject: VERY URGENT.
FROM THE DESK OF MR HASSAN BILLY,BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER,FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPT.BANK INTERNATIONAL OF BURKINA, (B.I.B)OUAGADOUGOU,BURKINA FASO.
GREETINGS, PLEASE CONTACT ME THROUGH MY PRIVATE EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
I apologize for this intrusion. First, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction. This is by virtue of its nature as being utterly CONFIDENTIAL AND TOP SECRET. I decided to contact you through email due to the urgency involved in this matter. My name is Mr. Hassan Billy, I work with BANK INTERNATIONAL OF BURKINA (BIB). I need your co-operation in receiving USD9.5M that has been in a dormant account with my bank for over 7years which belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with his entire family in a plane crash that happened in Kenya, East Africa. I will provide you with detailed informations on the modalities of this operation once I have your interest but I must say that trust flourishes business. Therefore let your conscience towards this proposal be nurtured with sincerity and I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch-free risk and you should keep this transaction (TOP SECRET).
I agree that 35% of this money will be for you as a foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account, and 65% would be for me, there after I will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentage indicated. Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged, you must apply first to the bank as relation or next of kin of the deceased, indicating your bank name, your bank account number, your private telephone and fax number for easy and effective communication and location wherein the money will be remitted.
I don't think I need to spell out the importance of secrecy in this matter considering the amount involved and my career as a banker. I will bring you up to date with all the informations as soon as I hear from you. If I don 't hear from you within a certain period I will assume you are not interested and will solicit for a new partner, but if you know you are interested let me know.
Please I want you to visit the website below for more information about the plane crash and the Deceased DR.GEORGE BRUMLEY AND HIS FAMILY.
Yours Truely,Mr. Hassan Billy,
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