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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: roland johnso <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 01:53:45 +0000
Subject: NOW CONTACT MY SECRETARY,
Hello my good friend.
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family. You may not understand why this mail came to you.But if you do not remember me, you might have receive an email from me in the past regarding a multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded. I am using this opportunity to inform you that this multi-million-dollar business has been concluded with the assistance of another partner from Paraguay who financed the transaction to a logical conclusion.
I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you. But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out of my bank to my new partner's account in Paraguay that was capable of assisting me in this great venture. Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness you shown during the course of the transaction. I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of US$900.000.00. I have left a certified international bank draft for you worth of USD$900,000.00 cashable anywhere in the world.
My dear friend I will like you to contact my secretary with Pastor Ampong,on his direct email address at:[email@example.com]for collection of your bank draft. I authorized him to release the Bank Draft to you whenever you ask him for it. At the moment,I'm very busy here because of the investment projects, which I and the new partner are having at hand.Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart,
Also comply with Pastor Ampong`s directives so that he will send the draft to you without any delay.CONTACT:Pastor Ampong . Email address:firstname.lastname@example.org,You are required to furnish him with the below information to enable him deliver the cheque to you, 1.FULL NAMES:______________________ 2.ADDRESS:____________ __________3.E-MAILADDRESS:_______________ 4.TELEPHONE NUMBER:___________________
Hoping to hear from you. Thanks and God bless you and your family. MR Roland Johnso.
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