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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: "Peter Robinson" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2007 21:42:13 -0700
Subject: From Peter
Inheritance Instruction Payment Of $18 Million USD Only
Compliment of the day,HM Treasury office inheritance Probate Dept's
write to inform you that we have Bi-Directional Inheritance Instruction Payment codicil Of $18 Million USD Only in your favor as the TRUSTEE to our late Client's Inheritance Estate who died with his only surviving grand
son in an air crash with his private jet and we wish to inform you to
forward the following details
1.Your Full Name
2.Your Complete Address
3.Direct Telephone Mobile and Fax Number.
4 Your Age
to our office to facilitate the release authorization of the inherited
estate payment to you.We await your urgent response and revert back to the
front desk officer.