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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: "MR. BEN WILSON" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 21:42:17 GMT
Subject: FROM MR. BEN WILSON
FROM MR. BEN WILSON
NATWEST BANK PLC,LONDON,
57 VICTORIA STREET,
Please accept my sincere apologizes if my email does not
meet your business or personal ethics. I will first
introduce myself as MR. BEN WILSON, the Chief Auditor with
NATWEST BANK PLC, LONDON-UK. One of our
accounts, with holding balance of £12.500 000,000 (Twelve
Million Five Hundred thousand pounds Sterling) has been
dormant and last operated for years ago. From my
investigations, the owner of the said account,Is a foreigner
by name MR. JOHN SHUMEJDA who died along with his entire
family in crash at Birmingham Airport on 4th Jan, 2002.
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Since then, nobody has done anything as regards the claiming
of this money, as he has no family member that has any
knowledge as to the existence of either the account or the
funds; I have confidently discussed this issue with some of
the bank officials and we have
agreed to find a reliable foreign partner to deal with.
My proposition to you, is to seek your consent to present
you as the Next of kin and beneficiary of this late client,
So that the proceeds of this account valued a huge sum shall
be paid to you, and then we
can share the amount on a mutually agreed percentage of 30%
for you,While 60% for me and others involved, 10% shall be
used for miscelenious expenses while the remainder shall be
given to a reputable charity home because the money is owned
by a deceased person.
This transaction is totally free of risk and troubles as the
fund is legitimate and does not originate from drug, money
laundry, terrorism or any other illegal act, funds will be
released to you after necessary
processes have been followed. Let me hear from you as soon
as you get this message, so we can proceed. Reply through my
private email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr BEN WILSON.