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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: edward edward <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 20:28:00 +0100
Subject: From Edward Williams
From Edward WilliamsDear SirIt's my pleasure to acquaint you with this proposal for a financial and business assistance in your country, I know my message will come to you as a surprise.
Don't worry I was totally convinced to write you in reference to the transfer of USD$11.5M to your account for onward investment (Hotel industries and estate building management) in your country, this fund was deposited in a prime bank in Abidjan, Cote D' Ivoire by my late father.
All you need to do is to provide me with your private telephone and fax numbers for us to talk and as well provide me with your account details or you open a new bank account for the transfer of the fund to your country. please,if you are interested, reply me urgently with this email:firstname.lastname@example.orgRemain bless while expecting your prompt co-operation.Best Regard.Edward Williams
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