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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: Miss Marina Makukha <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2007 03:32:52 +0000
Subject: Hi Dear...Please Act Fast
I know this is an unconventional way of introducing a business, but if you can take your
time to read my letter carefully, you will understand the necessity for my action. I am
Marina Makukha. I got your email address from the Russia Ministry of Commerce Directory.
I have a profiling amount in an excess of $26.5M (Twenty Six Million, Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) which I seek your partnership in accommodating for me.
INTRODUCTION OF MY SELF:I am Miss Marina Makukha, a personal secretary to Mikhail Khodorkovsky the richest man
in Russia and owner of the following companies: Chairman CEO: YUKOS OIL (Russian Most
Largest Oil Company) Chairman CEO: Menatep SBP Bank (A reputable financial institution
with its branches all over the world).
SOURCE OF FUNDS:The documents of the above funds in question was handed over to me to be used in payment
of an American oil merchant for his last oil deal with my boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Already the funds have been deposited some where in the United Kingdom (undisclosed for
now), where the final crediting is expected to be carried out. While I was on the
process, My Boss got arrested for his involvement on politics in financing the leading
and opposing political parties You can catch more of the story on this
YOUR ROLE:All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the above quoted sum and I will
arrange for the documentation which will enable transfer of the sum to you. You will be
rewarded with 30%, 5% has been mapped out for any expenses that might occur during the
transaction While 15% will be spent on taxes in your country. I have decided to use my
share of this transaction to relocate to American continent and invest on the Real
Estate Venture. The transaction has to be concluded in less than 2 weeks. As soon as I
get your willingness to comply through my most private email address:
[firstname.lastname@example.org] , I will give you more details and sites that will enable
you find out more about the transaction.
Thank you very much
Miss Marina Makukha
Note: Please all message should be forwarded to my private E-mail at
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