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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: "msarahjohnson05 Gazeta.pl" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 03:24:32 +0000
Subject: FROM MISS SARAH JOHNSON:
I am delighted to write you.I am sorry if this mail will come to you as a
surprise but i'm contacting you for a business investment in your country .
I am Princess Sarah Johnson from Ivory Coast and i'm contacting you because
i need your help in the management of a large sum of money that my late
father Late Chief Adam Johnson intended to use for for an investment
overseas before his death.
The amount is 6.2 Million USD,deposited in a bank here in Abidjan.Its such a
large amount that i dont even know where to start from due to my age and
condition here.I lost my mother long time ago during child birth and ever
since then,i have been with my father until his death as the only child.My
Late father was a very rich Cocoa farmer and he was poisoned by his business
colleauges.Now i want you to stand as my guidian and appointed beneficiary
to help me see that this fund is transfered to your account in your country
since i am just 20 years and an orphan.I am not safe here because of the
political crisis going on here for some time now and am also afraid my late
fathers colleagues might come after me.I am presently in the assylum camp
because our house was set on fire during one of the political problems here
which rendered me homeless.
Please permit me to ask you few questions:
1. Can I completely trust you?
2. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you
after the money is transfer to your country?
3.Can you help me to come over to your country and further my educational
4.Can you asure me of the confidentiality of this transaction,So that when
coming into your country there would not be focus of attention.
5.Your full name.
6.Your residential house address.
7.Your direct mobile number.
8.Your age and marital status.
Please i will like you to reply me as soon as you recieve this email so that
i can give you more detailed information.I have the agreement certificate
that my late father had with the bank when he deposited this fund.In my next
email,i will send you a copy of my picture so that you will know the person
you are about to help.
Please,i will kindly plead with you to keep this transaction very
confidential till this fund gets to your account and i'm assuring you that
there is know risk involve.Thank you so much for your expected co-operation
Princess Sarah Johnson