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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: "Joshua Omuya" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 25 May 2008 02:05:21 +0100
Subject: Urgent mail from Chief Dr. Joshua
Greetings to you my friend.
I know this will come to you as a surprise because you do not know me. I am
Chief Dr. Joshua O. Omuya, I work in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN),
packaging and courier department. I got your contact in my search for a
honest person and some one I could trust. Can I trust you?
I want you to help me clear this package that is already in Europe which I
shipped through our Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) accredited courier agent
but the contents of the package is $25,000,000.00 all in $100.00 bills, but
the courier company does not know that it is money that I have in the
package all I want you to do for me now is to give me your mailing address,
your private phone and fax, and I hope that at the end of the day, you will
have 30% and 70% will be for me. My identity must not be revealed to
If this arrangement is okay by you, you can call or e-mail me for security
reasons other modalities will be discussed as soon as you get back to me.
Best regards to your family,
Chief Dr. Joshua Omuya