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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: Rita Luke <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 13:30:50 +0000
Subject: Dear Beloved
I am Mrs. Rita Luke,suffering from cancerous ailment. I am married to Mr. Robert Luke, my husband worked with Chevron Corporation for twenty years before he died in the year 2007. My late husband deposited the sum of £7.5 Million (Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Pounds) with bank in England.
Recently, my Doctor told me that I have limited days to live due to the stroke and cancerous problems I am suffering from.I have decided to donate this fund to you and want you to use this gift which comes from my husbands effort to fund the upkeep of widows and charities worldwide.
I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are bourgeois and very wealthy persons and I do not want my husband hard earned money to be misused. Awaiting your urgent reply. With God all things are possible.
Your Sister,Rita Luke