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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: "Mrs Wendy Wood "<email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2007 09:42:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: May God bless you as you walk in the light and glory.
Dear Good friend. I don,t really know who you are ,but peace be unto you as you read this letter. My Instinct tells me that I can trust you by my proposition. My Instinct directed me to send this money to you. I am a widow and a devoted christian, my name is Mrs Wendy Wood from UNITED KINGDON Since my husband died ,I have been suffering from arthritics and lately doctors have diagonised me with terminal cancer which left me with approximately twelve months to live. I am currently on wheelchair and being looked after by a nurse and some of my late husband's relatives in turns.Before my husband died,he left some money to the tone of US$4,800,000,00(Four million ,eight hundred thousand dollars)and he made me promised him that it should be used for humanitarian work,because we have no children and he doesn't want his brothers to lay hand on it,since they don't believe in God, they have a different vision. This money is currently in a vault with a security company/bank in Europe
. If you will promise me that you will use this money to achieve thewish of my husband and me,then I will instruct the security company/bank to release the content of the vault in your name.reply me through my email address; firstname.lastname@example.org for us to discuss so that you can go and claim this money before i die. May God bless you as you walk in the light and glory. Thank you. Yours in Vineyard Mrs Wendy Wood
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