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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.Giselle Doumbia" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 15:30:04 +0800
Subject: please reply urgent
16,Rue des jardins Cocody
Abidjan Ivory Coast .
Please write to me with this adress :
I am Mrs. Giselle Doumbia from Ivory Coast. I am a widow being that I lost
my husband.My husband was a serving director of the Cocoa exporting board
until his death.
He was assassinated by the rebels following the political uprising. Before
his death he made a deposit of fifteen Million USA Dollars ($15,000,000.00)here
in Ivory Coast in security company. This fund he intended to build a company
and buy a cocoa processing machines and materials.
I want you to help me for us to retrieve this fund and transfer it to your
account in your country or any safer place as you will be the beneficiary
and recipient of the fund .
I have plans to do investment in your country, like real estate and
industrial production. This is my
reason for writing to you. Please if you are willing to assist me and my
only son Francis,indicate your interest in replying soonest.
Thanks and best regards .