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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: "michaeltony12 Gazeta.pl" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2008 18:23:18 +0100
Subject: CONTACT EXPRESS COURIER FOR YOUR PACKAGE:
I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank
Draft of $1,200,000.00 United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you
since for a couple of weeks now. Then I went to the bank to confirm if the
draft has expired or getting near to expire and Dr.Wilson the Director Bank
of Africa told me that before the draft will get to your hand that it will
expire. So I told him to cash the $1,200,000.00 USD UNITED STATES DOLLARS to
cash payment to avoid losing this funds under expiration as I will be out
out of the country for a 3 Months Course and I will not come back till
ending of August 2008. What you have to do now is to contact EXPRESS COURIER
SERVICES as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your
Consignment to you because you. Do not delay to contact because of
dumurrage charges, if you delay the demurrage will increase.
The only money you will send to the EXPRESS COURIER SERVICESS to deliver
your Consignment direct to your postal Address in your country is ($175.00
US) One Hundred & Seventy Five United States Dollars only being Security
Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far. I would have paid the fees then
but they said no because they don't know when you will contact them and in
case of demurrage theincrease.
You have to contact EXPRESS COURIER SERVICES now for the delivery of your
Consignment with this information bellow;
Name of the Person incharge: Howard Morphy
Companys Name: EXPRESS COURIER SERVICES
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel/FAX: +229 9786 6440
Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct
telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and ask
them to give you the tracking number to enable you track your package over
there and know when it will get to your address. Let me repeat again, try
to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further delay
and remember to pay them their Security Keeping fee of $175.00 US Dollars
only for their immediate action.
Note, The EXPRESS COURIER SERVICES don't know the contents of the Box. I
registered it as a BOX of Africa cloths. They did not know the contents was
money. this is to avoid them delaying with the BOX. Don't let them know
that box contents physical Dollars ok. I am waiting for your urgent
Mr. Tony Peter.