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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: alida benjamin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2007 14:36:58 +0100
Subject: How are you today?
Hi, How are you today? The very moment i saw your profile, i was convinced within my heart that i can trust you with all my heart but my only fear now is that i hope and pray you believe what i have to tell you. I am Miss. alida benjamin. I am 19, My mother was an African American while my father was from the French speaking colony of Cote D' Ivoire. I was living with my mother not too far from Charleston building, USA. And i attended Charleston senior High School, 1201 Washington Street E, Charleston, WV. I lost my mother sometimes ago and after her death i came to meet my father for the very first time in Cote d' Ivoire West Africa, though he was also living in the states before he relocated back to Cote d' Ivoire to set up a business. Exactly two months and one week after i came to meet my father with the help of US consulates he died, he was very sick when i came to meet him. But before his death there were some documents he gave to me and he told me that everything he worked for in his life time is in the document and when i crosschecked the documents, i discovered that my late father deposited a package box that contents ($ 8.5 Million dollars) in a security company here in Cote D' Ivoire, my late father deposited the package box as family valuables package box. The reason he deposited the box with the security company was because of the political problem in this country. Why I am telling you this, is that i am just a girl and there is little or nothing i could do on my own and again if my late father's relatives here in Coted'Ivoire find out that my late father left that kind of money in my care, i don't know what they might do to me. So i need you to help me contact the security company and claim the deposited Item for me as my friend and Guardian, and take me along with you to your country. If you do this for me apart from love, i will also offer you 40% of the total money for helping me and I will also entrust my share of the money in your care for wise business investments since i am not exposed to the business world. Please dear, i requested for your trust and understanding because it might sound unbelievable but it is the truth. So please, kindly get back to me as soon as possible. Sincerely, Miss. Alida Benjamin
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