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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: Mrs Ruth Benson <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2008 18:35:58 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Warm greeting from Ruth Benson
Greeting from Ruth Benson
Greetings to you and your family in the name of God,in my search for a reliable and God fearing person and having gotten your contact through prayers and pains taking efforts via searching i made on the internet on my bed side. Presently, I'm in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for Oesophagi Cancer.Though its a sad and long story but I will cut it short for your quick and easy understanding. I am Ruth Benson (Mrs) widow to Late Mr. Jean Benson, former Kuwait embassy here in Ivory Coast. My husband was murdered alonside our only son who are envious of his position in the same office.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $(4.8 Million ) USD four Million eight hundred thousand Dollar in a Metal Trunk Box as a Family Valuable in a Finance Security Company here in Abidjan.Before his death he made a vow to use his wealth for the down trodden,orphanages and the less privileged in the society.
Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church or a God fearing person that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want a church or a God fearing Person that will use this fund for orphanages, hospitals, schools, widows, for the propagating peace and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained.
I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money
and my husband relatives are not inclined to helping poor persons and I do not want my husband's hard earned money to be misused or spent in the manner in which my late husband did not specify. I do not want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner. I want you and the church to always pray for me because the lord is my shephard. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that Wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth.
What is required of you is your honesty, trust and sincerity. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for another individual for this same purpose.
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Ruth Benson (Mrs)