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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: "mohamedpeter06 Gazeta.pl" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2008 08:33:57 +0200
Subject: CONTACT GUARANTY TRUST BANK FOR YOUR US$2.500.000 MILLION"
My Dear ,
I have contacted my secretary to confirm if you have received the
compensation draft cheque of (US$2.500.000) which I issued in your name, but
he told me that he could not send it to you because of the courier charges.
Now I have called my bank to cancel any payment regards to the draft cheque
and then authorized them to transfer the payment into ATM CARD in your name
which they did.
As of now be informed that all charges has been paid and the ATM CARD is
going to be in your name, but to reactivate the ATM Card you have to forward
your current informations as requested below to the bank and the only money
you will pay to the bank is US$98 for the ATM Card Reactification fee, then
they will send you the ATM CARD for your immediate use.
Here are the informations you have to forward to the bank:
1. YOUR FULL NAMES:______
2. Postal ADDRESS:_______
3. PHONE NUMBER:________
4. CELL NUMBERS:_____
5. EMAIL ADDRESS:____
Director, ATM Foreign Operation Dept.
Guaranty Trust Bank plc. Cotonou, Benin Republic.
CONTACT PERSON: Mr Ebele M .Chinedima
Phone: + 229 93 81 55 88
Fax: +229 23 787 601.
Get back to me once you received the ATM CARD ok.
Thanks and God bless you.