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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: "william dossou" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2008 16:36:34 +0100
Subject: PLEASE RECEIVE ON OUR BEHALF
My name is Prince William Dossou and my younger sister Princess Gloria
Dossou a Sierra Leonian, my consignment contains 27million United States
Dollars (US$27,000,000.00) and some quantity of gold and Diamond, which I
cannot specify. The consignment is presently in the United States of
America. The consignments get to the States through the help of Dr Clinton
Komelo. The fact is that Dr Clinton Komelo is supposed to have delivered
these consignments to a man called DR STUD BAKER in States.
When Dr Clinton Komelo arrive to deliver the consignments to him in the
States after clearing the consignment from the Airport, he call Dr Stud
Baker to tell him the description to is house for the delivery but his wife
answered the call and told Dr Clinton Komelo that her husband Dr. Stud Baker
had a fatal car accident which lead to his death a day before. Dr Stud Baker
has already paid the demurrages from the security company, he paid for
Bullion van that took the consignment to the airport and he paid for custom
check report he also assisted us in getting the DRUG / ANTI TERRORIST
CERTIFICATE, which is so expensive that he spent 45 thousand dollars to
acquire it, but unfortunately he died in a car accident, that was why Dr
Clinton Komelo has to deposit the consignment with a warehouse over there in
the States and called us to informed us about what is happening for us to
get another beneficiary for him to make the delivery of the consignments.
So dear,with due respect we are seeking for your assistance to received the
consignments. Please do get back to us with your direct cell number and
address so that we can forward you more details and the diplomat number for
you to call him who is presently in the States now.
Please when you call him you Will tell him that you are calling in respect
of Prince William and Princess Gloria Dossou's consignment that is in the
States. If Dr Clinton Komelo asks if you have discussed with me tell him
that you have discussed with me immediately.You can call me as you read this
mail with this number +233 274 419 530 and stickly reply to my private email
I await your urgent response.
Thanks and God bless you
Prince William and Princess Gloria Dossou.