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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.Nelson Brown" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2008 05:33:44 +0100 (CET)
Subject: DID YOU GET MY E-MAIL?
My Name is Mr. Nelson Brown, a senior Auditor Heading computing department here in our bank.
On my routine inspection I discovered a dormant domiciliary account with a Balance of ( THIRTY FIVE MILLION POUNDS ONLY} I have only written to seek your indulgence and assistance in transfering this fund.
I am proposing to make this transfer to a designated bank account of your choice. Thus, i need your indulgence and support,as your share will be 25% of the total transfer sum after the transfer has been successfully concluded, 5% will be set aside for any expenses that both of us might incure during the transfer and 5% will be devoted for charity.
Let me know if you can handle it.
Mr Nelson Brown
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