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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: Jane Metcalf <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2008 12:25:37 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Hello, Please Reply Urgently!
Please Reply Urgently!
I am contacting you to let you know my desire to establish a charity foundation in your country with this sum US$: 2.500.000 (Two million five hundred thousand US Dollars) which I inherited from my late husband (Dr J. J Metcalf)
It is my desire to see that this money is invested to any organization of your choice in your country and distributed each year among the charity organizations, motherless babys home, mosques, churches, Schools, supporting destitute aged men and women or whatever you may have in mind that will be to the benefit of the less fortunate.
I took this decision because I was raised from a motherless babys home and presently, I'm hospitalized here in (London) where I am undergoing treatment for my up coming breast cancer surgery operation.
Please reply as soon as possible to confirming your acceptance to claim the deposit on my behalf so that I will give you all the relevant information that will authorise the release and transfer of the money to you as my duly assigned representative.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and I hope to hear from you urgently.
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