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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: benson edward <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 07:53:21 +0100
Subject: INTEGRITY SECURITY AND FINANCE COMPANY, LONDON
FROM: Dr BENSON EDWARD, INTEGRITY SECURITY AND FINANCE COMPANY, LONDON Email:email@example.com SIR RE: TRANSFER OF OVER US$12.8M FOR INVESTMENT. Compliment of the season. I am writing to you with confidence that you are capable and reliable to assist in this business opportunity. I am Dr benson edward; Director of Operations in a security company here in London. Our firm is a security company of high repute with years of outstanding service. I have resolved to contact you through this medium based on the urgency attached to this mutually beneficial business. Mr. George Ashley was our client with a long-term investment of US$12,800,000.00 (Twelve Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars) for an agreed period that has already elapsed and without him coming for his money. His investment has matured and remained dormant following his death few years back. We discovered that Mr. George Ashley died along with his entire family on August 23, 2000 through Gulf Air Flight 72 with Airbus A320 crashed off, killing all 143 people on board and you can view the site for more details:http://www-tech.mit.edu/V120/N32/gulfair.32w.html Based on the outstanding policy and regulatory authorities, our firm is about to return his deposit to the treasury within a short while . But after conducting series of search to no avail, I am now soliciting your noble consent to assist receive this money in your account for immediate investment in your country. As previously written , I do not want this fund to be transferred into the treasury as unclaimed bill and that is why I want the fund to be move out to your account for our mutual benefits. The Security Company has resolved to freeze the investment since we could not trace any relation of Late Mr. George Ashley . But upon receipt of your consent, I will immediately arrange for the transfer of ownership to your name to facilitate the transfer of the complete funds to your country for onwards investment. Be assured that this transaction is 100% risk free but you must maintain absolute confidentiality on this matter. Trusting to receive your most prompt response through my alternative email address:firstname.lastname@example.org Yours faithfully. Dr BENSON EDWARD.
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