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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: Alan Hassan <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 00:24:31 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Alan Hassan
My Name is Alan Hassan,the only child of late Mr and Mrs Mohamed from the republic of Liberia who died in our country for political reasons, However,before the death of my late father he asked me to move down to Abidjan with some important documents where he deposited the cash sum of
($9.500.000) with a Bank here in Abidjan,and then look for a foriegner who will receive this money into his country oversea for onward investment,
Further directives and details about the deposit and on how to move the fund successfully into your private bank account in your country will be given to you as soon as I get your response
I am inclined to offer you 15% of the total sum as a mode of compensation for your effort after the successful transferring of these fund to your nominated account overseas
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