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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: mr ahmed <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2007 17:53:01 +0000
Dear, (CONFIDENTIAL) My dear I am contacting you in regards to a business transfer of a huge sum of money from a deceased account. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make anyone apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day. I decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction. PROPOSITION; I discovered an abandant sum of $8. 7m(eight million-seven hundred Thousand United States dollars). in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers who died along with his entire family. Since his death, none of his next-of-kin or relations has come forward to lay claims to this money as the heir. I cannot release the fund from his account unless someone applies for claim as the next-of-kin to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines. Upon this discovery. I now seek your permission to have you stand as a next of kin to the deceased as all documentations wil!
l be carefully worked out by me for the funds $8.7 m(eight million-seven hundred Thousand United States dollars) to be released in your favour as the beneficiary's next of kin. It may interest you to note that I have secured from the probate an order of madamus to locate any of deceased beneficiaries. Please acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of my mutual business endeavour by furnishing me with the following;1. Your Full Names and Address.2. Direct Telephone and Fax numbers. These requirements will enable me file a letter of claim to the appropriate departments for necessary approvals in your favour before the transfer can be made. I shall be compensating you with 40% which is about $3.48 Million Dollars on final conclusion of this project, while the rest $5.22Million shall be for me. Your share stays with you while the rest shall be for me for investment purposes in your country. If this proposal is acceptable by you, do not take undue advantage of the tru!
st I have bestowed in you, I await your urgent email.Yours faithfully,
MR.MUSA AHMED.THE DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OFTELEX/COMPUTING DEPARTMENT OFAFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (A.D.B)OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA-FASO.PHONE:00226-76-99-18-86
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