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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: robert basil <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 13:59:10 +0100
Subject: FROM: BARR. ROBERT BASIL (ESQ).
FROM: BARR. ROBERT BASIL (ESQ)ROBERT & ASSOSCIATES,4 Albert Embankments, LondonSE1 7SR, United Kingdom .Email (email@example.com).
Attention: My Good Friend,
I am Barrister Robert Basil (Esq). I have a client who bears the same last name with you, and a national of your Country who used to work with Mekon Associates Company in London. On the 2nd of August 2003, my client, his wife and their three children were involved in a car accident along Manchester Express Road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.
Since then I have made several enquiries to your Embassy to locate any of my client's extended 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 of no avail, hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist me in repatriating the money left behind by my client before they got confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Finance House where these huge deposits were lodged. Particularly, the Finance House where the deceased had an account valued at about US$20M has issued me a notice to provide the next-of-kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over nine (9) months now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$20M can be paid to you and then you and I can share the money, 60% to me and 35% to you, while 5% should be for expenses or tax as your government may required. I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make, all I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
Please get in touch with me by my secured and confidential email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately you acknowledge the good receipt of this message.
Anticipating your prompt response.
BAR. ROBERT BASIL (ESQ).
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