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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: "Dr Williams Challas." <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2007 21:14:38 +0000
Subject: RE: I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE.
I am writing you this mail only to ask if you can be trusted, because bad people in this world has made us not to trust the good once again, but as for me, you can trust me. However i am Dr Williams Challas, i am working in a Bank here in Abidjan-Cote D'Ivoire as the remittance director in the Bank. For your information,the sum of $1,000,000.(One Million Five Hundren Thousand Dollars) Was deposited by one late Carine Kone. And since died nobody has come for the claims of the fund.
So that is why i am writing you this proposal, in order for you to act as a business partner to Late Carine Kone, so it will enable me to transfer the fund into your account in your country. For your information, there is no risk in this transaction, in our Bank i am the only person that knows about the money, as i am the remittance director of our Bank. So please fill free and get back to be, in order for me to give you the full details on how the fund will be transferred into your account without any problem.
For more details, you can contact me with my direct email address that is stated herein ( email@example.com ) And i will like to know how much will be good for your assistance.
Thanks and God bless you.
Dr Williams Challas