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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: Leonard Richardson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2008 14:21:46 +0000
Subject: Urgent Attention Demanded
Please, I want to introduce myself and this business opportunity to you. My name is Mr Leonard Richardson , a bank accountant,I will need your assistance in this business transaction. I would like you to stand as the next of kin to my deceased customer,Mr David Clemetson, who died in a plane crash in January 31st 2000 plane crash. Below is the website for the details of the plane crash:
He was a wealthy medical doctor who made a deposit of Seventeen Million United States Dollars ($17,000,000,00) with our bank. He died without any registered next of kin and as such the funds now have an open beneficiary mandate. If you are interested please do let me have your private telephone number so that I can give you comprehensive details on what we are to do.
Send me the following information:
1. Your Full name :
2. Your private secured telephone number :
3. Your occupation :
4. Your home or office address :
I urgently hope to get your response as soon as possible.
Best Regards,Leonard Richardson.
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