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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: JAMES UKWU <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008 10:01:47 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Tell your story. Save the Internet.
Permit me to introduce myself to you, as we have had no correspondence in the past neither have we met. But my present plight and predicament permitted me to solicit assistance from you. By brief introduction, I am
James ukwu from Sierra Leone. I am 20 years old and I am a student. I lost my father years back and he died during the political crisis in my country.
My late father was one of the directors under tijan kabbah government.My mother is aged and she is 62 years now with an ailment that has been eating her up little by little. We are presently in cote d'Ivoire for the
past six months now. It is my desire to write you, hoping that you will not betray us with our proposal of mutual benefits.
My father diverted some huge sum of money which he deposited with a Bank here in Abidjan Cote d' Ivoire while living and this is just to give you an insight of what I want you to do for us, as all detailed information will
be given to you as soon as I receive your most anticipated mail response.
The said sum is (us$ 5,200,000.00) and I am seeking that you receive this money into your account for onward investment. I have decided to give you 25% of the total sum for your kind assistance. It is my inheritance and as
well my last hope.
Awaiting your earliest and understanding kind reply and my old mother will be glad to know you wish to come to our aid.Reply with this email;email@example.com
Thanks and God bless you.
For the Family.
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