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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.John Cole" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 16:58:46 +0200
Subject: CONTACT FEDEX COURIER SERVICE IMMEDIATELY TO RECEIVED YOUR CHEQUE.
I have been waiting for you to contact me for your Bank Draft valued at
$1.5Million United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since that
time so i
went and deposit it to Courier Delivery Company here in Cotonou Benin
because i waited enough to hear from you so that it can be wired through
Plc Benin,but due to late delay i deposit it with the FedEx delivery
services, as I
will be out of the country for 6 Months Course and I will not come back
till end of
I have paid for the delivery charges & insurance fee meanwhile the only fee
to pay again is their security keeping fee which is $195.00.I would have
security keeping fee but the shipment officer refuse and said that it is
there operational regulation as they don't know when you will communicate
delivery and also in case of demourrage.
Therefore i will advise you to contact them with their contact
information as listed below to avoid them increase their security fee
package the bank draft inside a magazine then i told the shipment officer
have an African magazine to deliver to my friend in United State of
America so that no delay unless you delay to send their fee of $195.00. So
Below is their contact address including their email with the number of the
Attention: Dr.Eduard Graham, Shipment Officer of FedEx delivery services
Benin Republic E-mails: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Line: +229 95 45 95 90
Private Line: +229 93 41 12 17
Office Fax: +229 20 21 25 25
Parcel No: Eg2272
Parcel Code No: #01721457
Also below is the information they needed to deliver the bank draft to
you to avoid wrong delivery.
Please make sure those information is complete as they promised that
once they receive their security keeping fee within 2 to 3 working days your
draft will be delivered to your door step according to the shipment officer.
Note. The FedEx delivery services don't know the contents of the parcel
I registered it as an African magazine they don't know it contents bank
draft this is to avoid them delaying the delivery.
You can even call the shipment officer to confirm +229 93 41 12 17.
Let me know immediately you receive your Draft.
Mr John Cole.