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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: "michealmartinn1 Gazeta.pl" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 14:36:32 +0100
Subject: CONTACT THE DIAMOND BANK PLC BENIN REPUBLIC
* DEAR FRIEND,
How are you today together with your family i hope every body is fine, you
did not come down to my country here Benin Republic to pick your money (
$1.2million us dollars ) in a Bank draft as we fixed and i did not heard
from you since that time as we arranged then I went and deposited the Bank
Draft with THE DIAMOND BANK PLC BENIN REPUBLIC here in Benin Republic
because I travelled to saudi arabia to visit my family and i will not come
back till next month ending.
I have arranged with them to make your payment to you with their new ATM
MASTER CARD which you can use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine
around the globe at the maximium rate of $2500 us dollars (Two thousand
five hundred us dollars) per day.
You have to contact the DIAMOND BANK PLC BENIN REPUBLIC with your full
contact informations such as follows.
YOUR FULL NAME...............
YOUR HOME ADDRESS.............
YOUR PHONE NUMBER..............
A COPY OF YOUR PICTURE...............
However, kindly contact the below person who is in position to release your
ATM MASTER CARD.
REV RAPH JOHN DIRECTOR,
ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT DIAMOND BANK PLC BENIN REPUBLIC.
MOBILE : +229-9395-9153
I have paid for the delivery, stamp and insurance charges.The only Money
that your are going to pay to them is only ($470 us Dollars) which they will
use to reactivate your ATM MASTER CARD before sending it to you.
Try to contact them as soon as possible to enable them quicken the
processing of your ATM CARD .
Do Let me know as soon as you receive your ATM CARD.