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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: davidd fordd <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2007 05:36:06 +0000
I want to enquire if the Pre March 1996 USD Notes is still a legal tender in your Country? Is it possible to exchange the dollar Notes in your Country? If your answer is yes, then I urgently need your help! In appreciation of your esteemed contact received through a reliable source, I wish to introduce myself as David Ford, the son of Mr.Terry Ford of Zimbabwe. During the current crisis against the Britsh farmers of Zimbabwe by the supporters of our President Robert Mugabe to claim all the white owned farms in our country, he ordered all the white farmers to surrender their farms to his party members and their followers. You can view websites:
My dad lost his life in the process and life became miserable for us; but fortunately, on last Monday (my 27th birthday), my mother told me a TOP SECRET that my father kept USD20MILLON! in my name with a Security Company in SPAIN!I demanded further explanation and she said that my father hid the money before the new 100 dollar bill was introduced! and kept it in SPAIN and was making arrangement for us to move to SPAIN for investment and relocation before his untimely death. My reason for communicating you is a search for a foreigner who can help us out by making a trip to SPAIN for the claim of the money with the security company.
If you are interested in helping me and my mother to go to Italy on our behalf and change this money you will be rewarded with 15% of the total amount USD20M; Urgently send your complete contact details including telephone/fax and mobile phone. On receipt of your positive response, I will furnish you with my plans and further details. Awaiting your response
With best regards,Mr. David FordFor the family
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