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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: "mrhensjohn14 Gazeta.pl" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2008 05:23:24 +0200
Subject: CONTACT MR LINUS
It is my pleasure to reach you after our unsuccessful attempt on our
business transaction. Well, I just want to use this medium to thank you very
much for your earlier assistance to help me in receiving the funds.
I am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in receiving the funds with
the help of a new partner from South America Mr.Alfredo Gomez Castillo.
Everything was perfectly done because we strike a deal with one of the Lady
Accountant who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF), and she
rendered a tremendous help to us.My new partner initiated this idea and
everything worked out successfully.
In appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the funds, I
have decided to compensate you with the sum of 800,000.00(USD) in a
This is from my own share. I did this simply to show appreciation to you for
your kind support and assistance even though we couldn't succeed due to some
unforseen circumstances. Presently, I am in Paraguay for investment with my
own share under the advice of my partner.In the light of the above, you are
therefore to contact my personal secretary in Cotonou Benin Republic his
name is Mr Linus Unachukwu,and do send him your contact address where you
want the draft to be sent to you. Stated below is the contact information of
Mr, Linus Unachukwu
E-mail (**firstname.lastname@example.org* <email@example.com>*)
So feel free to get in touch with him to send the draft to you without any
My Best Regards,