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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: Faustin Dogan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 01:25:40 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Dear Respectful,
Greetings in the name of God.i am Faustin Dogan from Sierra Leone the only son of late Engineer Dogan, i am writing you from Rep of Cote d'Ivoire where i Have been taking refuge after the brutal war and Murder of my parents by the rebels during the renewed Fighting in our country Sierra Leone.
Because of the war my late Father sold his shipping company and took me to a nearby country Cote d'Ivoire where he deposited US$18, 300,000.00 Million(Eighteen Million Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in his foreign account with one of the prime bank here in Cote d'Ivoire.
Please i have prayed before contacting you with the trust in God that you will be of help to me and coupled with the current political situation in Cote d'Ivoire now, I am honourably seeking for your assistance to transfer this Money to your account for a good investment Project in your country,
(1) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 20years.
(2) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my Education and to secure a resident permit in your country
i am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum for Your assistance and in no way connected with any illegal transaction, Please Help me to get out of this terrible situation and our Almighty God will bless you .
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