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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: maria makata <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 05:45:22 -0800 (PST)
Subject: My dearest
Dear Friend, How are you today and your family? I do believe that God is really in control.Please, I would like to introduce myself as Mrs.Maria Makata,of Repulic of Cote D Ivoire,widow to Late Kargbo Makata (for Consular of the Cote D Ivoire).I have been recently been daignosed of Cancer of the Pelvics.I am writing from my sick bed.
Please consider the transaction on it's content and not the fact that you have not known me before. I need not dwell on how I came by your contact information because there are many such possibilities these days.I decided to do this after praying over the situation.
There is this US$10.5 Million my husband has in an account with a bank Aflited/France/Cote D Ivoire of which I am the next of kin. With my health condition and because my husband and I have no children, I am looking for a credible person to whom I will pass the right of the next of kin.
This person will apply to the bank and request for the transfer of the fund to his/her bank account. This is on the condition that you will take 25%of the fund for yourself, 5% used for expenses, while you will use the remaining 70% for the less previleged people in the society. This is in fulfilment of the last request of my husband: that a substantial part of the money be used to carter for the less previleged homes and also to orphange children and disables etc.
If this condition is acceptable to you, you should contact me immediately with your full names and contact information so that I will submit your name to the bank as the beneficiary and also send the authorization that will give you the right of next of kin to the account in the bank. I will also give you a text of the application you are to send to the bank. I cannot predict what will be my faith by the time the money will be transfered into your account,but you should please ensure that the money is used as I have described above.
I look forward to your urgent response.
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